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					Dear Member                                                       March 2009

How lovely to see the snowdrops coming up and some sunshine as well – makes us all
feel better, doesn’t it.

I gather last months meeting went well and the fish & chips etc. were enjoyed by all.

This month the meeting is on Wednesday March 18th and we will be very busy.

    (a) Daffodil show – hopefully we will have some daffodils – hall opens at 6.45pm to
        Get exhibits in place.
    (b) Annual General Meeting – time for you to have your say about the running of
        the Club.
    (c) Talk on the Basingstoke Canal by Bernard Potter when the AGM is over and
        we have had our cup of tea.

Coach Trip to Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold – Saturday April 25th – Leaving
Sandhurst at 10.00am.

For new members who may not have received a newsletter last month, this is
principally a Rhododendron and Azalea garden, but there are also lots of winding
paths through Bluebells, Primroses etc. all over the garden with lakes and ponds, a
bog garden and a special hybrid Rhododendron garden.
There is also an embroidery exhibition in the hall in the grounds (This is optional and
the entry fee of £4.50 is not included in the ticket price)
Lovely tea-room – Freshly made sandwiches around £2.50, tea, coffee and luscious

Cost of trip £15.50 - Sheila Davenport is in charge of tickets on 01252 874361.
Only 26 seats on this coach so hurry if you wish to come.

Show Schedules are available at the Hut and on club nights – 50p

Sunday April 19th – Members Open gardens – 6 gardens are opening – Tickets and
map cost £2.50 to cover all gardens are available at the Hut or on club nights. All
proceeds to Sandhurst Day Centre.

I was at the Hut on Sunday – do come down, we are bursting at the seams with new
stock. You will save your subscription in one visit. Wednesday opening starts March
18th – same as club night.

If you haven’t renewed your subscription by the end of March, this will be your last

Happy gardening – get those seeds going!. Chris


The trading hut will open again on Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm, from 18th March

***Easter Opening***
Once again we will be open on Good Friday 10th April, 9 to 10.45 am, but closed on
Easter Sunday 12th April. This will allow you to stock up on gardening items before a
busy weekend in the garden!

NEW: COMPACT RAPID ROOTRAINERS (Made in Scotland from recycled plastic)
Last year we started stocking Rootrainers and they were very popular. We now have a
stock of the Compact Rapid version. These are ideal for cuttings, sowing large seeds
and pricking out.
They encourage strong, straight roots and minimize root disturbance when planting
out. The Compact ones have a cell depth of 8cm. For only £3.85 you get 5 books with
4 cells each, a support tray, a clear propagating lid and instruction leaflet. For an extra
£1.15 we also have the drip trays for watering the cells. This set sells for £5.99 at
garden centres without the drip tray.

For more information visit

We now stock a large range of compost for all your requirements.
JOHN INNES Seed, Nos 1, 2 & 3: £2.90 for 25L
MULTI-PURPOSE COMPOST + JOHN INNES: £5.70 for 75L, £4.25 for 35L
*Note: Westland Compost price will increase when new stocks arrive.

Reduced price this year: Lawn Weed, Feed and Mosskiller: £1.60 for 3kg, £3.15 for
6kg, £6.20 for 12kg and £12.75 for 25kg. These amounts will treat 53, 106, 212 and
440 sq yds respectively.

FEBRUARY CLUB NIGHT: Gardeners’ Question Time
Just in case you missed this here are the answers to a couple of the questions:

How do you get rid of liverwort and oxalis?

Graham Talbot: Just scrape liverwort off as there is no amateur chemical available.
Get rid of oxalis before it flowers using a flame gun, Weedol or by digging it out. You
will need to keep at it for a few years to get rid of it. Don’t put it on the compost heap
as the seeds will not be killed!
(Available at the hut: Weedol as a sachet for £1.35, Weedol Gun 1L for £3.30 or New
Weedol Max 1L for £4.25)

Can you cut up large begonia corms?
Yes. Get them started in temperatures of about 65 - 70ºF. Once the eyes start to
appear cut up the corm so each portion has some eyes. Dust with sulphur and leave
for 24hours before planting. They can be started in damp perlite. Make sure they
don’t get too wet. Plant up once the roots appear.
(Available at the hut: Vitax Green Sulphur 225g for £2.25, medium and fine perlite 5L
for 55p)

Top 10 jobs for March – For further information go to:

1. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
2. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
3. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
4. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
5. Top dress containers with fresh compost
6. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
7. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
8. Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand
9. Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
10.Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days


Sat March 21st. 11.00am – 12.00pm. Spring stroll at Lily Hill Park.
Enjoy the highlights of spring at Lily Hill Park on a guided walk. No Booking required.
Meet: North car park, off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX

Sun April 5th. 10.00am – 12.00pm. Heathland bird walk at Wildmoor Heath.
Catch a glimpse of Woodlarks, Dartford Warblers and early spring migrants. Learn why
these internationally rare birds are so special from an expert guide. Booking required.
Meet: Car park, off Crowthorne Road, Crowthorne, GU47 8PD.

Monthly walk with the Rangers – A steady walk for 3 miles at 3mph.
Wed April 8th. 10.00am. Streets and Woods of Crowthorne.
Meet: Devils Highway car park, off B3348 Bracknell Road, Crowthorne, RG45 6SR.

Bookings: Contact The Look Out Discovery Centre on 01344 354400/354441 or call
in at reception (open 10.00am – 5.00pm). Further information from: www.bracknell-

Our Email address is: This will direct your
mail to a committee member who can deal with it or pass it on to the relevant person.
Our web page is:

We now have a forum where you can see any news that is available
before the newsletter is available and you are also free to ask questions
or let us in on interesting info. Access via the website or at

Chairman: David Hurst, Fourlegs, St Johns Rd, Sandhurst 01252 872506
Hon Sec: Chris Dresler, 20, Brook Ave, Farnham 01252 322227
Trading Co-ordinator: Jane Heritage 01276 600438
Treasurer: Marilyn Grant 01344 771646
Seed and Plant orders: Derek Dolling 01344 774505
Wisley Tickets & Newsletter Distribution: Sandra Hooper 01276 34112
Newsletter Contributions: Steve Roome 01252 877965
Cake Stall: Carol McGowan: 01276 36392
Bulb Orders: Ruth Page 01344 774539
Other committee members:
Robert Cobb 01344 761458
Postal membership renewals Mrs J Heritage 174B, Branksome Hill Road,
College Town, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 0QQ