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Esher Molesey Garden Society

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Flower Show



Flower Show 2017

We are very pleased to welcome the Mayor Councillor Rachael Lake and her consort Ian to open our Flower Show at 2.00.p.m. on 19th August. We hope as many of you as possible will be there to welcome them and make our Centenary Flower Show an occasion to remember.

The Show Schedule, Entry Form and Helpers Volunteer Form are included on other pages.

Raffle Tickets : If you are unable to attend on the day these should be returned, with payment, to one of the following:

Tony Speller, 15, Riverside Avenue, East Molesey, KT8 0AE.
Jim Walker, 57, Couchmore Avenue, Hinchley Wood,KT10 9AX.
Iris Hawkes, 216, Walton Road, East Molesey, KT8 0HR.
Ann Beauchamp, 21, Spencer Road, East Molesey,KT8 0SP.
Tom Appleton, 9, Oaklands Avenue, Esher, KT10 8HX
Or to the Depot on any opening time up to 13th August.

Also look out for our extra challenge in the cookery section of the Schedule, a wartime chocolate cake constructed from homemade bread crumbs. Tip - Do Not Use Sliced Bread. Why? Not historically correct and will make the wrong sort of crumbs!

Uncooked Chocolate Cake (not as bad as it sounds). Ingredients
2 oz margarine
2 oz sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 oz cocoa powder
vanilla essence
6 oz crisp breadcrumbs

(To make the breadcrumbs, bake some stale pieces of bread in the oven until crispy. Let the bread cool, and then place it between two pieces of greaseproof paper, or a plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin.)

Put the margarine, sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan. Heat gently until the margarine has melted, then remove from heat. Stir in the cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla essence and the crisp breadcrumbs and mix well. Grease a seven inch cake tin with margarine paper, then pour in the mixture. Allow to stand for 4—5 hours, then turn out carefully, nowadays is best done by leaving in a refrigerator for several hours.

For the icing, mix together 2 teaspoons of melted margarine, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon golden syrup and a few drops of vanilla essence or leave out the cocoa and use “hundreds and thousands”.

Garden Talks

All lectures are at St Nicholas Church Hall in Thames Ditton, starting at 8.00 pm and are free to EMGS members. Visitors pay an entry fee of £1.00 - a very good reason to join the Society

The lectures have been well attended this year and it is obvious that you are all enjoying Ann’s choice of speakers. Our thanks go to all those who help with putting out the chairs and providing the teas at the interval.

If you have any contacts or ideas for speakers or are able to help out at all please let Ann know either by email on or by phone on 020 8979 1415.

Lectures and Events programme for 2017

Monday 6th February. Regency Gardens 1794 – 1830’s. Cherrill Sands, a Garden Historian, returns to give us another of her informative and enjoyable talks.

Monday 6th March. Italy from Seed to Plate. Paolo Arrigo, from Franchi Seeds one of the oldest Seed Companies, will take us on this journey of vegetables from the seed to the plate.

Monday 3rd April Gardening with Flair John Negus - Garden writer, broadcaster, lecturer and photographer returns to give us another of his lectures. He is Wisley and Merrist Wood trained and a writer for woman’s Weekly and Amateur Gardening.

Monday 8th May Iron Work for Gardens. Lucy Quinnell owns Fire and Iron Gallery in Leatherhead, specialising in contemporary art metalwork. They have produced the Iron Work for their gold medal garden at Hampton Court Flower show in 2012.

June Molesey Carnival

Monday 5th June Cabbage Palms and Cruise Ships. We welcome Karen Bridgman, a freelance consultant at Painshill and Strawberry Hill, who will give us her talk about A Garden Student’s Year on the Isles of Scilly.

19th August Flower Show

Monday 4th September Winkworth Arboretum: Its Trees and History. Dr Peter Herring also returns to give us another of his interesting talks.

Monday 2nd October. EMGS History. Anthony Barnes

TUESDAY 3rd October Quiz 3rd October Come along and test you horticultural knowledge.

TUESDAY 7th November Tales from the Potting Shed. Jean Griffin gives us an evening of anecdotes and information from the above!!!

4th December Annual General Meeting


Molesey Carnival

18 growers brought on over 600 plug plants of geraniums, fuchsias and petunias, which provided the backdrop for a very colourful stall. Along with donated plants, and especially tomatoes, we had a very successful day. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way, and congratulations to one of our helpers whose dog came 2nd overall in the Dog Show and who kept us up to date on progress throughout the afternoon! Many people have become regular customers at Molesey carnival, and we look forward to being there again next year.

Coach Outings

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13th We plan to visit The Aston Pottery Garden and Buscot Park garden. Aston is much more than a pottery, and the enthusiasm of the owner Stephen Baughan will be evident when he shows us his inspirational garden. He says “Our gardens flower from the middle of April through to September Our Hornbeam Walk is planted to give a new experience to the knowing eye every month of the year.” The afternoon visit to Buscot provides a complete contrast. See the Four Seasons garden, woodland walks and one of Britain’s finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italianate formality with an English parkland landscape.

08.45 meet at Walton Leisure Centre. 9.00 depart. 11.00 arrive at Aston. The group rate for a homehade quiche and salad lunch is (8.95 (optional, not included). 13.30 depart. 14.00 arrive at Buscot Park. 16.30 departs arriving at Walton at 18.30. £30 per person (£38 non-NT Members) Unable to get to Walton? We may be able to help with a lift from Thames Ditton, please contact Julia.

BOOKINGS:- Julia Jones, 55, Eastmont Rd, Hinchley Wood, KT10 9AY. Cheques payable to EMGS (Esher Molesey Garden Society),email, tel.0208398 0295.