Esher Molesey Garden Society

Current Events


Flower Show



Relocation of the Trading Hut

We have made the decision not to relocate the Trading Hut, and have negotiated a new lease with Beauchamp Road Allotments. Therefore trading at Beauchamp Road will continue and we look forward to seeing you there.


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

This year our lectures of been well attended, especially our first mini spring flower show. We had 35 entries. Gerald Smith kindly offered to be our judge, and commented on the high standard of all entries. Also while the judging was taking place members enjoyed a fun quiz, with tea and biscuits. It was an evening where members were able to get to know other members. We hope to introduce this mini flower show as an annual event.

Our lectures resume after the summer break commencing again on Monday 2nd September with a talk by Paul Patton on ‘Compost, Growing Media and Mulches’. This is followed on TUESDAY1st October by a talk on Gardens of Surrey by Cherrill Sands. Our last lecture of 2019 season will be by Jim Arbury from Wisley Gardens on Soft Fruit Growing on TUESDAY 5th November.

Do come along to St. Nicholas Church Hall, Summer Road at 7.30 for an 8pm start. For further information contact Ann Beauchamp on EMGS members pay £2.00 and visitors pay an entry fee of £3.00 which includes a raffle ticket. Please note the last two lectures of the season are on TUESDAY not MONDAY

Flower Show Secretary

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lynn Postle, who has agreed to be our Flower Show Secretary. We hope Lynn finds it an enjoyable and rewarding role.

EMGS Flower Show 17th August 2019

Our flower show last year was a great success. Entries equaled those of previous years and members were congratulated on the quality and standard of their entries despite the weather conditions. We hope to see as many entries this year. If you have never entered before please do have a go, but if you are not sure about entering please do come along on the day and hopefully it will encourage you to enter the following year. We have a lovely tea room serving tea and homemade cakes.

Accompanying this newsletter is the show schedule, entry form and helpers form (we depend on your help to make the show run smoothly. We especially need judges’ stewards).

Sponsorship : Would you like to sponsor 1 or more classes at the Flower Show? Your sponsorship guarantees the prize money for a particular class, and on the show table this is acknowledged with your name on the class number label. Sponsorship helps enormously in keeping the overall costs of running this annual show under control, and helps to ensure that we can keep this event going. If you can sponsor a class, which is just £5.00 per class, please send back with your raffle tickets and entry form to one of the address listed below.

Summer and Christmas Raffles The Committee have decided that in future we will have only one Raffle and this will be the one for the Summer Flower Show. So take this opportunity to buy your tickets with the chance of winning some great prizes. But please could everyone make sure that their name and phone number is on the stubs. It is sometimes impossible to trace the winners because of insufficient information and this is a great shame. Money and completed stubs can be handed in at the Trading hut or sent to one of the names below

Tony Speller, 15 Riverside Ave, East Molesey, KT8 0AE
Lynn Postle, 40 Wolesey Road, Esher, KT10 0NX
Iris Hawkes, 216 Walton Rd, East Molesey, KT8 0HR
Ann Beauchamp, 21 Spencer Rd,R Molesey KT8 0SP
Tom Appleton, 9 Oaklands Ave, Esher, KT10 8HX
Jean Billett,75 Douglas Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 8BG
Joanna Warner, 11 Holly Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3AT

Show Entries to Novice Classes : Please read the rules carefully. To enter these classes you must not have won first prize in the relevant class before, AND you must be a full member of Esher Molesey Garden Society. Membership of an allotment society ON ITS OWN is not enough, you must have EMGS membership (Orange membership card for 2019). Checks are made. Please call Tony Speller on 020 8398 1774 if you are not sure if you can enter these classes.

We Would Love to Hear from you

If you have any suggestions of how the society can benefit members please let us know, we would also love to hear about any gardening tips that have worked well for you and you would love to share with other members.

Molesey Carnival - Saturday June 8th

P>Thank you to everyone who helped with growing plug plants for Molesey Carnival. At the time of writing this event is still in the future, but plants which have been brought on by our growers are looking really great and we are hoping for a really colourful stall. Results will be in the next newsletter.


Thank you to all the members who have renewed their membership for 2019. However, there are still a few subscriptions outstanding, so if you have not paid your subscription there are several ways to do this, by cheque made payable to Esher Molesey Garden Society, which you can send to Tony Speller, 15 Riverside Avenue, East Molesey, KT8 0AE or by direct payment to our bank Santander: Sort Code 09 01 51 A/C No 19487306 quoting your name. Of course you can rejoin on a Sunday morning at the depot.

EMGS Coach Trip Thursday August 29th 2019 Parham Park

Parham Park is an Elizabethan house and estate in the civil parish of Parham, near Pulborough in West Sussex. The estate was originally owned by the Monastery of Westminster and granted to Robert Palmer by King Henry VIII in 1540. The gardens consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are stunning herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House. It is certain that the Garden pre-dates the House – it is thought the land was first cultivated as far back as the 14th century by its owners, monks from the monastery of Westminster. The site’s open aspect, sheltered by the South Downs, would no doubt have made it an appealing location with a productive fruit and vegetable garden. The garden is now run on organic principles, producing its own compost and is able to be self-sufficient, providing enough mulch and rich compost for the entire site. The Garden Shop and Nursery has over 220 herbaceous perennials on sale, grown and hand tended on site by the garden team.

Parham is one of the country’s finest Elizabethan Houses, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. The Pearsons found it in a dilapidated state of repair and employed the architect Victor Heal to help them carry out a major renovation and conservation of the building during the 1920s and 1930s. They researched meticulously the architectural features they found, restoring them using traditional methods of craftsmanship. The many rare and precious collections of paintings, furniture, needlework and antiquities were collected over a period of 60 years by Mr and Mrs Pearson, and subsequently their daughter, Veronica Tritton. Their guiding principle, aside from acquiring some of the original furniture and effects, was to add to the house in a sympathetic, sensitive and inspiring manner. Parham has perhaps the finest and most important collection of seventeenth century embroidery in the country. Other areas of the house include the Great Parlour, Saloon, West Room, Ante Room, Ship Room and Green Room. Arrangements: Meet at 08:15 at Thames Ditton and Esher Golf Club**, 10:15 arrive at Parham House for tea and coffee followed by the garden tour. 12:30 lunch (own arrangement) and free time for the house and more of the garden. 16:00 depart, 17:30 coach drops us off.

** NOTE THE NEW MEETING POINT. The meeting location is next to the Scilly Isles roundabout, next to the Marquis of Granby Pub, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AL. Car parking is opposite the front of the club house facing the wooded/grass area or in the marked area between the clubhouse and the pub. Please do not park in the spaces designated for the officers of the Golf Club. Glyn can offer lifts from Thames Ditton library please let me know if you would like a lift. Limited seats available. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… p.BOOKING SLIP: return to Julia Jones 55 Eastmont Rd, Esher, KT109AY

Visit to Parham House and Garden. August 29th 2019. COST £42.50

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Payment by (please tick which): cheque to EMGS / bank transfer to sort code 090151 acct 19487306

If you pay by bank transfer write your name in the reference box so that Tony can track your payment.

Julia will acknowledge receipt of all booking slips, so if you haven’t heard from her by August 20th, please contact her. Questions: or 0208 398 0295