Ropley Horticultural Society News

2020 will be the 125th Anniversary of the first meeting of the Ropley Horticultural Society! Apart from one gap between 1964 and 1982 there has been a horticultural society in Ropley for all this time which is an amazing achievement!

This year we have a splendid Programme to offer you which is both varied and interesting! We have our AGM on Monday 27th January at 7.45 in the Sports Pavilion when you can join the Society for an annual fee of just £10 which will enable you to come to ALL our members’ meetings through the year and join us on our visits. We thought you might like to have a preview so here it is!


Monday 27 January          – AGM & Travel through the Himalayas with Rem Moser

Wednesday 19 February – Visit to Little Court, Crawley

Monday 24 February       – Flowers of Reserves and Roadside with Gerald Ponting

Monday 30 March           – Looking after your Lawn with Wilf Simcox

Saturday 4 April                 – Spring Show

Monday 27 April               – The production and seduction of growing roses with Stewart Pocock

Friday 15 May                    – Plant Sale

Monday 29 June               – Visit to Uppark, South Harting

Monday 27 July                 – Gardener’s Question Time with Ray Broughton

Saturday 22 August         – Summer Show

Tuesday 8 September    – Visit to Longstock Water Garden, Stockbridge

Monday 28 September   – Dressing Your House for Christmas with Susanna Jarrett

Monday 26 October         – 350 Years of Glasshouses at Oxford Botanical Gardens with Timothy Walker

Monday 30 November   – Death in the Garden with Michael Brown


Monday 25 January        – AGM & Photography in Your Garden with Gordon Brown


Don’t forget, now is the time to start planning for 2020! Use the dark Winter days to enjoy the horticultural catalogues and plan how you can make your gardens even more beautiful! If you are brave enough to venture out into your gardens here are a few suggestions:

  • Prune wisteria and rose bushes
  • Remove old hellebore leaves to make the blooms more visible as they appear
  • Tidy up perennials and grasses
  • Prune summer flowering clematis
  • Prune winter flowering jasmine after flowering to encourage new growth
  • Remove faded flowers from winter pansies to encourage fresh flowering
  • Any deciduous trees or shrubs which need moving – now is the time!
  • Tidy the vegetable garden and prepare seed beds
  • Replant snowdrops in the green (while the leaves are still green but the flowers have faded). You will see some wonderful snowdrops during our visit to Little Court, Crawley in February – definitely not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you next year – have a lovely Christmas and we wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. May your gardens blossom in 2020!

Jill Shakespeare