Save the date! Details of these events will be confirmed at a later date.

Gardener’s Question Time

Friday 23rd March at 7-8.30pm in the Barn Cafe with James Masters, Elaine Boot and Carolyn Hibbert.

You can email questions to Pam, or hand them in on the door on the night, and we will try and ensure that as many as possible are answered. We are charging a very reasonable £2.50 for this event, payable on the door, but would ask that you reserve your places by emailing the newsletter address above, so that we know when we are full up. Tea and coffee will be available at 50p a cup, with a slice of cake on offer for £1.

This is the first time we have held an event like this, but a chance to quiz the experts and turn our own gardens into mini-Standens. So do come along and support us for what promises to be an informative and fun evening. Not all the questions have to be totally serious; I’ve always wanted to know what pot plant James would take to his desert island if he was on Desert Island Discs.


Thursday 24th May at 6pm in the Barn Cafe (with guest speaker Ian Currie).

Ian has been a weather presenter on a number of TV programmes, including the Inside Out Series, Big Breakfast and Countryfile. He is a member of the Royal Meteorological Society, and has written books on topics including Frost Fairs and the 1987 hurricane. He knows Standen and visits it often.

His talk will be entitled “Frost Fairs” and focus on Britain’s severest winters over the last 1,000 years, and say how we coped and even benefited from them. How did 17th century watermen make a living when the rivers froze over? What activities took place on the ice-covered rivers at Frost Fairs? And why has the river Thames in the heart of London not frozen as it last did over 200 years ago in the famous 1814 Frost Fair? If you want to know the answers to these questions, please put the date in your diaries now.


Sunday 8th July in the Picnic Area.

Quiz Night

In the Autumn.