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Esher Molesey Garden Society

Current Events


Flower Show




These are now due. If you are a life or 5 year member the expiry date of your membership is on the address label of the envelope of this newsletter.. If you are not sure please call Tony Speller on 020 8398 1774. If no expiry date is shown on the top right of the address label, your membership is an annual one and renewal is now due. Annual membership fees are not normally due from allotment holders whose allotment societies are affiliated to Esher Molesey Garden Society.

Membership fees remain at £5,00 for the year or £24.00 for 5 year membership –a great bargain if you attend the lectures. Please send your remittance, together with your raffle tickets to one of the addresses shown in the section headed ‘Raffles’. No acknowledgement will be sent at this time, but your new membership cards will be enclosed with the next newsletter in January. Please note many five year memberships expire this year, check the address label immediately to see if your 5 year membership is expiring now.

Help Needed

A. We are actively seeking to increase our membership, and are hoping to canvass the whole area during early 2018. Initially we plan a leaflet drop through all the doors of households in the Molesey and Thames Ditton areas. Would you please help by dropping a leaflet through the doors in your road and/or neighbouring roads? Tony Speller is coordinating this so please email him at (NB not .com) or call him on 020 8398 1774 if you are willing to help.

B. Our Chairman, Tom Appleton, has indicated that, due to ill health, he wishes to resign. If you would be willing to take this job on, or know somebody that you think might do so please contact Tom at or telephone him on 020 8398 1013.

C. Jim Walker, who has managed our publicity for many years is also stepping down. If you have any expertise in this area and are willing to help please contact Tom as in B above

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.

2018 programme

Monday 5th February. Roses – History and Growing. Valerie Munro will give us a talk on the above.

Monday 5th March. The Grace and Flavour Community Garden at West Horsley Bob Spackman and Robin Satow will tell us all about this wonderful project.

Monday 9th April. Encouraging Wildlife in Your Garden Andrew Halstead comes to visit to give us a talk which will help us make our gardens more wildlife friendly.

Monday 14th May. 20 Plants that Changed the World We welcome back Colin Jones to tell us all about these 20 plants.

June 2nd or 9th Molesey Carnival

Monday 4th June. Tales from the Minutes Anthony Barnes returns to tell us more stories from the early Years of the Esher and Molesey Garden Society.

18th August Flower Show

Monday 3rd September. The Beauty of the Scottish Highlands Mary Braddock returns to give us another talk, with her beautiful photographs. This time its of a journey through the Caledonian forests and a climb up the Cairngorm mountains.

*Tuesday 2nd October. Poinsettias Graeme John Edwards, of Woodlark Nurseries, will tell us all about the history, cultivation and caring of these beautiful plants.

*Tuesday 6th November. Come along and enjoy a fun evening testing your horticultural, and other, knowledge.

Monday 3rd December. Esher and Molesey Garden Society A.G.M.

Molesey Carnival

This on 9 JUNE 2018

Annual Flower Show

The Annual Flower Show takes place on 18th August, 2.00 - 5.00pm at St Nicholas, Church Hall, Thames Ditton

For full detail go to the Flower Show page

Coach Trips 2018

Coach and Garden Tour 1: Springtime Blossom Tuesday April 17th 2018

The first 2018 EMGS day out is to Faversham in Kent and we look forward to seeing as many of you and your friends as possible, all are welcome. The trip includes visits with private tours to see the huge variety of trees at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, and nearby, the gardens of Belmont House. As the Brogdale orchards are enormous, we will be taken on a privately guided tractor and trailer tour, leaving time afterwards for lunch and browsing in the farm shop and small garden centre. Amongst the highlights, we are hoping for a fine display of cherry blossom in particular.

Belmont is a beautiful Georgian house and garden and we’ll spend the afternoon there. On arrival, we’ll meet the Head Gardener in the Orangery for a brief outline of the Estate history and then he will lead our tour around the beautiful walled and kitchen gardens, pinetum and parkland and as we go, answer our questions. Tea is included in our visit after the tour.

Coach pick up and drop off is at Imber Court, 08:00 departure and back at 19:00. The day includes coach travel, garden entries, private tours and tea but not lunch. There is a café for lunch, menu and prices to follow or bring sandwiches. Price per person is £42.

More information:

Booking: Please contact Julia Jones,, 0208 398 0295, 55 Eastmont Road, Hinchley Wood, Surrey KT10 9AY. Cheques to EMGS.

Coach and Garden Tour 2: (5 July, Summer at the Grace and Flavour Community Garden and Gilbert White’s House and Garden at Selborne.

The guest speakers at our lecture in March, Bob Spackman and Robin Satow, will introduce us to the Grace and Flavour Community Garden, and we have also been invited to make an EMGS visit to see the garden in West Horsley and have a tour with Bob Spackman. When the local steering committee first found the three-acre, derelict walled garden in the grounds of a nursing home belonging to the National Trust, in 2009, you couldn't actually see the walls because it had 30 years’ worth of fly-tipping, brambles and nettles at head height! See how it has been transformed during our tour.

Our day begins with the visit to Grace and Flavour, and after this we will travel on to the delightful village of Selborne, where we will have a guided tour of the gardens at the home of naturalist Gilbert White. Over 250 years ago, Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. We will discover some of Gilbert White’s story within his unique 18th century garden.

Coach pick up and drop off is at Imber Court, 09:00 departure and back at 18:00 (times to be confirmed). The day includes coach travel, garden entries and private tours but not lunch. There is a café for lunch, menu and prices to follow or bring sandwiches. Price per person is £38, which includes a donation to the Grace and Flavour Garden. More information:

Booking: Please contact Julia Jones 55 Eastmont Rd, Hinchley Wood KT10 9AY: 0208 398 0395. Cheques to EMGS.

Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show WINNERS!!!

We are proud of, and grateful to, the team that planned, prepared and created the 3 metre by 3 metre flower box for the above event. The team of members that volunteered were Julia Presland, Ian and Jean Billett, Nick Mills, Pat Freeman, Lynda Rowley, Deb Traynor and Tom Appleton.

The exhibit that they created was designed to reflect the nature of our suburban gardens. They used material grown in our members’ gardens. As is usual in our gardens there was a mixture of perennial and annual plants. There were, deliberately, plants that are bee and insect friendly and plants that flower over a wide range of periods. They included water for birds and habitats for insects. The exhibit was awarded a gold medal and declared to be ‘best in show’ for the class in which it was entered. We congratulate them.

Some members of the team have already decided that they would like to enter an exhibit in next year’s show. Our Committee have agreed to support them if a team can be assembled. If you would like to join the team please contact Tom Appleton at or telephone him on 020 8398 1013

Flower Show 2017

This year’s show was a great success. There were 307 entries – the highest number for many years. The show was opened by the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Rachael Lake. She stayed for the whole show and presented the prizes at the end of the show. In a short address she praised the quality of the exhibits and reminisced about her own days as an allotment holder. Vic Choules won the RHS Banksian Medal, had the most points overall and had most points in the vegetable classes. Hampton Court Way Allotment Association won the Certificate for best rose in the show, the Certificate for the best vegetable in the show and in the intersite competition the awards for both the best flowers and best vegetables. Lynwood Allotment Society won the intersite competition overall. Iris Hawkes got most points in the flower classes, Gerald smith and Jill McDermott tied for most points in the fruit classes and Pat Saunders got most points for baking and preserves. We are very grateful to the many members who volunteered to help on the day but particularly to Julie Alderman and Frankie Bell who ran the tea room for the whole afternoon.