Come and join the fun of Strictly Gardening on Saturday May 16 from 10am to 4pm and meet gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock.
Charlie will be joined by our gardening ‘experts’ BBC Sussex’s Jean Griffin and the Head Gardeners from Parham House and The Secret Gardens of Sandwich, Tom Brown and Steve Edney. This panel of experts will conduct a Question and Answer Session at 10:15am to 11:45am.
There is plenty more to see and enjoy during the event at The Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath. As 2015 is the 150th Anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Strictly Gardening has taken this as its theme. West Sussex County Council have kindly given a grant to purchase extra-large pottery cups, saucers and tea pots which all our local primary schools, Brownie Units and care/nursing homes are painting. The Cups and Saucers Competition will be displayed and judged during the morning’ events starting at 9:45am.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff to West Sussex will be judging the Teapots at 1.45 pm and awarding the prizes. Our nursery schools are also joining in this year and are planting out mini wheelbarrows which will be by Carole Hayward will judge at 2.00 pm and award the prizes.
Then, at 3.15 pm there will be the judging of our Cake Bake Off by the local senior schools which have all been made with vegetables or fruit. The judge will be Vera Ashpool of Elvira’s Café at Borde Hill with the prizes being awarded by Deputy Lord Lieutenant together with the High Sheriff.
The final event of the day will be a giant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at 3:30pm. The Guides and members of the Strictly Gardening Committee will be serving cake to all attending the day’s events!
Over the past three years, Strictly Gardening has become much more of a whole community event. It now promotes not just gardening, but sustainability, outdoor activities, health eating and healthy lifestyles.
Report contributed by Diann Johnson.