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Farringdon Gardening Club
is a local gardening club which, (in normal times), organises a number of public events throughout the year.

The Spring and Summer Horticultural Shows, The Farringdon Open Gardens Afternoon
and a number of other events for Members.

For more information please contact the secretary

On Sunday 9th June 2024, the Farringdon Garden Club are organising an
Open Gardens event - from 2.00 –5.00pm.

flowersgardensFarringdon Artists’ Studios have been open all week but on Sunday
they will be open from 11.00 - 5.00pm.

At the Open Studios there will be paintings, pottery and crafts.

11 gardens will be open, two of which open regularly under the National Garden Scheme (NGS), as well as The Village Community Garden.
The Open Gardens will reflect a variety of sizes, styles and layouts.

Teas will be available, at Upper Farringdon House and at
theThatched Cottage in Church Road where there is also a plant Sale

At Hall Farm there will be Classic Car Display and a Sale of Vases and Table Decorations at Hall Farm,

In the Church there will be exhibitions of crafts and village history.

Programmes and a map showing the location of the gardens and open studios will be
available from the gazebo on the Village Green adjacent to the Church in Upper Farringdon.
The charge is £7.50 per adult which covers the cost of access to all the gardens.
Most gardens are wheelchair accessible.


(There is no charge for children under 16. - Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcomed in the majority of the gardens.)

Funds raised will support: Cardiac Rehab, the Alton Food Bank and the Church Fabric Fund.

Do come and enjoy a stroll around the diverse gardens, sample the cakes, look around the ancient church,
buy some lovely plants, see the classic cars and visit the open studios.

We hope to see you on 9th June. Enjoy Your Day


A belated happy new year to everyone. Our new committee have recently met to discuss roles, responsibilities and events for the coming year, and wanted to share this information with you.

Mark Loxton & Jenny Stratford – (Joint Chair) . . . Chris Bohringer – (Secretary) . . . Penny Cushing – (Treasurer)
Stephanie McCarthy – (Subscriptions). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monika Kaminska – (Organiser of New Events)

The Gardening Club are planning to hold a variety of workshops around areas of interest that will hopefully engage people new to Farringdon, and children.

The first of these will focus on Beekeeping and making Farringdon honey. Details below


Other events will be Open Gardens – probably in May, and a Summer Show in August.

There are other events being discussed and will be confirmed soon.

A reminder to all members that subscriptions are due on April 1st. The cost is £5 per family, which includes a 10% discount at Garthowen Garden Centre (T & C apply) and the use of a discounted RHS membership card.

We hope that you are going to participate in, and enjoy the events we are planning for 2024.

Any queries please contact Chris Bohringer


The AGM was held on Wednesday 22nd November and I am pleased to report that three new people from the village have offered to join the committee. This means the society will have a core group that will enable us to continue running events in the coming year. Brilliant news.

The new members are: Monika Kaminska, Penny Cushing and Stephanie McCarthy, They will be joining: Chris Bohringer, Mark Loxton, Jenny Stratford and Chrys Browne. We will be meeting up very soon to organise the various roles and responsibilities watch this space!

Chris Bohringer - Secretary

Spring Hedge Planting in the Village Garden Sunday 25th February

Thanks to Penny Cushing for the Pictures


FARRINGDON GARDEN CLUB LATE SUMMER SHOW - held in the Church on the 16th September




The sun shone for our village show held at the church on Saturday 16th September. It is always a challenge knowing what flowers and produce are going to be ready to show, especially with our very changeable summers. Therefore it was good to see a similar number of entries as for the last summer show in 2021.


PhotosArrangemantsBrown Drizzle Cake




More recently we have introduced some different categories of crafts, and this seems to have been well supported. It was disappointing there were no children’s entries and we would welcome any suggestions from parents of young people in the village how we might better engage and encourage children.

DahliasVoucherThere were so many excellent exhibits, but, as a newcomer to the show, Sue Harrison swept the board as a winner of :
The Novice Class Shield
The Challenge Cup
for Best Exhibit in Show (All classes)

(The Dahlias were amazing!)
and The Diploma for Excellence.
Prizes were presented to Sue by Chrys Browne (see Right)

A new cup (kindly donated by Farringdon W.I.). was presented this year in memory of our previous chairperson, Phyll Watts who sadly passed away last year (kindly donated by Farringdon W.I.).

This was awarded for the best exhibit in the Floral Classes and was also presented to Sue Harrison.


When our independent judges make their decisions and comments as they examine the entries, we listen to their deliberations, and this enables us to make modifications to future schedules.

Many thanks to everyone that took part in the show and helped to keep alive a very traditional part of Farringdon life!

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Prize List 2023 - Cup & Awards
Presented by Gardening Club Chair - Chrys Browne

Shield - Section A . . . . . . (Novice Classes)
Susan Harrison

Challenge Cup - Sec B . . .
(Vegetable & Fruit Classes)


David Horton


2nd Victoria Schryver
3rd Mark Wescott


Challenge Cup - Sec C. . .
(Floral Classes)
Nicky Horton
2= Victoria Schryver & Cally Horton
Challenge Cup - Sec D. .
(Floral Art)
Mo Biggs
2= Anne Charrington & Chrys Browne

Challenge Cup - Sec E . .
(Home Craft)

Penny Cushing

Penny Cushing
2nd Mark Wescott -
3rd Chrys Browne
Shield - Sec F. . . . . . . . . . .
Jules Norton-Ford
2nd Mo Biggs -
3rd Penny Cushing
Challenge Cup - Best Exhibit in Show
Susan Harrison


Subscriptions will remain at £5 per household, if subscriptions are not paid on time and new members joining we cannot continue to have events, shows or Open Gardens. To lose what is a very British Institution would be a shame for the village as the Society has been in existence since 1896 and without more village support it will close.

We are a very friendly club; your level of gardening experience is no bar to joining us. New faces and ideas are always welcome.
During the lock down restrictions many of you have spent more time in the garden and have found great satisfaction in growing Vegetables and having some colourful flower borders.

It is an easy way to keep fit in the fresh air and help mental health. Your efforts last year have not gone unnoticed by residents and visitors so keep up the good work. Stay well and safe. Good Gardening.

Farringdon Horticultural Society Subscriptions

To join the Society £5.00 per household. Direct Debit:- email the secretary for more information.
Cash: - in an envelope, fee plus name, address, e-mail contact and telephone number in the letterbox at:
Weycroft, A32 Gosport Road (opp. Barnstormers) Due 1st April .

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During the week beginning Monday 10th July members of our committee travelled around the village,
judging the outdoor containers and hanging baskets at the front of people’s homes.

There were some lovely displays and Carol Stock was judged to be the winner.
Well done Carol and thanks to Garthowen for the donation of a garden voucher

Our affiliation to the RHS now gives us the benefit of a RHS Garden Entry Discount Card.

This is available to share amongst our members and offers 2 adults 50% discount off entry to any RHS garden.

Please contact Chris Bohringer or tel 587307 to arrange use of the card. (exc Flower Shows & Glow illumination events)



In spite of the forecast on the day, our event was well supported by both village residents and others from surrounding areas.

Thanks to everyone who came along, we were able to raise a total of £361 for HomeStart. In addition, Martin & Sally Burr were pleased with the amount raised by their stall in support of Marie Curie.
Our thanks must also go to those who helped so much before the day, with special thanks to Gill Schryver, Steve
Watts and David Horton.


Farringdon Horticultural Society 2023

After the recent AGM the committee has welcomed two new members, Mark Loxton and Jenny Stratford.
They will join Chris Bohringer: Secretary; Mo Biggs:Treasurer; Pat Herman:Membership Secretary and Chrys Browne:Chairperson.

At a recent meeting, some initial event planning has been started for the coming year. These include spring and summer shows, a plant swap and sale, visits to local gardens, Wisley trip and a village competition for summer, hanging baskets and tubs.

There are also plans in progress to link with our local primary schools.

Subscriptions will remain at £5 per household.
Once all the dates for these events have been confirmed we will circulate them. Please note our next Open Gardens will be 2024.
Our hopes are that after the challenges of the last three years, with your support we will have a successful year.
Watch this space to see how you can become involved.


The Farringdon Horticultural Society AGM

Farringdon Horticultural Society held their rescheduled Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 11th January at 7pm in the Church

For many years the Society was Chaired by Phyll Watts but her death last year, led to the rescheduling of the AGM and a chance for the Committee to take a look at whether there was enough support  to continue the Society into the future.

FHS President, Tim Charrington, took the Chair and proposed a toast to The Late Phyllis Watts for all her efforts to keep the FHS afloat particularly though the last couple of years when organising any event was something of a lottery.

Following the acceptance of the Financial Report which showed a fair return, thanks to The Spring Show at the end of April which, despite the low exhibition numbers the displays was well supported by the village and the Open Gardens Day, held on 3rd June was also well supported and £600 was donated to Alton Community Care.

Visits to nearby gardens were also well supported but fewer seemed interested in the Annual trip to Wisley RHS gardens this year.

So where do we go from here, it was agreed that the Farringdon Horticultural Society should continue as despite the low membership events and open days were well supported but the point was made that there should be provision for help from non-members to organise and set up exhibitions and Open Days which were generally well supported.

Efforts should be made to boost income and cut down on unnecessary expenses. The FHS web site had been closed down this year, saving over £160 and information was now posted on, the Farringdon Biz Village Web site, the Village What's App group and the Farringdon.net email system.

It was proposed the Club should continue under the current Committee although Chrys Browne did point out that she was happy to continue but she was likely to be leaving the village later in the year.

The meeting closed soon after 8pm and members and visitors made their way home.

If you have any gardening problems or questions:
Contact The Secretary for more information.

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The Village Garden in May 2022


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