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1 May 2024




SATURDAY 11th MAY 2024
12.00 midday till 4.00pm

At Chichester Hall field, Witley

WITLEY GARDENING ASSOCIATION are once again running their very popular plant stall at this event (previously known as Witley fair)

Excellent plants at unbeatable prices.

Come and find us under the big tree (you can’t miss it!)

2 April 2024

Andy McIndoe - ‘ Shrubs: Discover the perfect plant for every place in your garden’

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Our next event is a talk by Andy McIndoe on Tuesday 16 April


Andy McIndoe is a freelance gardening consultant, designer, radio presenter and author of several books.He writes for garden magazines, newspapers and websites on a wide range of horticultural topics. Together with his wife Ros, they hold horticultural courses at their 2 acre garden Sandhill Farm in Hampshire.

Andy is the former Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres and was the designer responsible for 25 of Hillier’s gold medal exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Andy was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in 2017 for his services to horticulture.

Following Andy’s illustrated talk there will be a chance to purchase a copy of his book that accompanies the talk and some of his favourite shrubs.

See the "Next Event" page for further details of this event.

27 February 2024

David Hurrion - Creating a Jungle Garden in the UK climate

Our next event is a talk by David Hurrion on Wednesday 13 March

David is a well known Gardener, Horticulturalist, lecturer and presenter. He is currently the associate editor of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, a member of the RHS Tender Plants Committee and an RHS Show Judge.

David has appeared on TV and radio and has launched his own You Tube channel back in 2018. He has recently been designing and presenting a wide range of masterclasses for the magazine and other clients.

This year David is hosting garden tours in Kent and Sussex, Cornwall and Yorkshire as well as a cruise covering gardens in France, Spain and Portugal. He is also appearing at all three Gardeners World shows this year, so we are extremely lucky to have managed to book him.

He has travelled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, to discover plants and gardens. He has a passion for tropical plants and in his talk, he will look at some of the best plants to create an exotic look in our gardens without bringing all of them inside for the winter. You will be surprised how many of these plants are hardy!

See the "Next Event" page for further details of this event.

7 February 2024

Our first event of the year - change to speaker and subject

Unfortunately we have just heard from our first speaker of the year, Martin Duncan, that he has to cancel his visit to us next week, due to unforeseen treatment that he has to undergo.

Catherine, our events secretary, has been ringing around for a replacement, but has not found a suitable person who is available. This is not surprising as we normally book a year in advance to get our first choices.

However, we are very fortunate to have an excellent speaker in our very midst. Peter Herring has spoken regularly on the local circuit and has kindly agreed to present one of his talks to us at short notice. All details are on the "Next Event" page. We are extremely grateful to Peter for helping us out in this way.


We all look forward to seeing you at the hall next week. Don’t forget to car share if you can, to assist with parking.

29 January 2024

Martin Duncan


Our first event of the year is a talk by Martin Duncan

Following an international career, Martin became Head Gardener at Arundel Castle Gardens in 2009. The gardens are famous for their unique stumpery garden and one of the country’s largest annual tulip festivals which Martin has designed and he and his team maintain.

Martin has appeared on TV: ‘ Great British Gardens’ on Channel 5 and various You Tube videos.


In 2018 Martin was awarded the Kew Guild Medal.

In his international career, Martin was Head Gardener for the late King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan and landscape designer for the Royal Palaces in Jordan. He was also Head Gardener and Senior Superintendent for the Botanical Gardens, Arboretum, Parks and Government House in Bermuda.

In his talk, Martin will give a brief background on his worldwide gardening experiences and talk about the famous gardens at Arundel Castle.

See the "Next Event" page for further details of this event.

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