Horticultural Society

Winter Talks

During the winter season, there is a monthly talk on a horticultural subject by a professional speaker. These talks are held, at present, at 8.00 pm on the first Monday of each winter month in the Village Hall. Members contribute £1 and non-members £2.00 towards the cost of the speaker, and free tea and biscuits are provided. On occasion “big-name” speakers have been booked, such as Bob Flowerdew and Pippa Greenwood, well known from the BBC and the RHS, but the size of the village hall means we then have to charge considerably higher prices. If any member has a speaker they would like to hear, WGHS will do its best to fulfil the request.

The Annual General Meeting, normally followed by a gardening quiz, replaces the March meeting.

The Shows

WGHS organises two shows each year, in June and August. Both are open to all and include childrens’ classes, cookery and flower arranging.

The June Show is a typical village show held in the Village Hall. The August Show, held on the Bank Holiday Monday alongside the village fete, is in a marquee on the Green and is on a much larger scale. Art, Craft and Photography groups are added and many more outside competitors enter the open classes. Villagers and members normally do very well in the open classes but also have closed classes just for them.

In both shows, cash prizes are awarded to First, Second and Third in each class, and WGHS also has many trophies to present. Some well-wishers sponsor particular classes with higher prize money. With over 200 classes to enter in the August show, it is a worthwhile event and an enjoyable experience. Judging in all cases is by experts in their field, normally with national qualifications; for example, all the horticulture classes are judged by RHS experts. Prizes are presented on the day of the shows. Click here for Show Winners.

Garden Visit

WGHS organises a coach visit to a famous garden each year (June/July) and a further car-sharing visit to a smaller garden in August.

Plant Sale

WGHS holds two plant sales a year in May and October. Not only does this contribute to the Society’s funds but distributes plants that generally do well in our soil conditions and climate. Prices are good value and often a rarity is to be found!

Programme of Events 2017/2018

Meetings take place in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm unless stated otherwise. (£1.00 members / £2.00 non-members)

The Table Top competition, which accompanies the evening talks (and the AGM), will be the same every time: “From your own garden, five flowering (preferably), or evergreen stems displayed to best effect – of one or more variety.” Exhibits must be grown in the member’s own garden or allotment. Points awarded each month are accumulative. The Winner will be announced at the June Show.

Mon 07 Mar 2017 AGM and Quiz
Mon 03 Apr “Flower Arranging for Entering in Competitions” by Angela Hyde
Sat 06 May Plant Sale on the Little Green at 2.00 pm. Teas available.
Tue 14 Jun Outig to Wakehurst Place (Contract Kate Steele 01798 813357)
Sun 18 Jun Horticultural & Craft Show in the Village Hall at 2 pm. Teas available.
Mon 07 Aug Garden Visit – to be arranged. 2 pm at Village Hall (car sharing).
Mon 28 Aug Horticultural & Craft Show on The Green at 2 pm.
Mon 02 Oct “History of the National Garden Scheme” by Lesley Chamberlain
Sat 07 Oct Autumn Plan Sale on the Little Green at 10.30 am. Coffee available.
Mon 06 Nov “Candle Light Christmas” by Sue Flight
Mon 04 Dec “Sussex Apples Permaculture” by Peter May


Jan No Meeting
Mon 05 Feb “Cematis through the Seasons” by Everett Leeds
Mon 05 Mar Annual General Meeting
Mon 03 Apr “Alstroemeria” by Ben Cross (UK Crosslands Nursery)

The Committee as at March 2017

Patron Doris Smallwood
President Eric Clark
Chairman Philip Midwinter (700402)
Secretary Linda Hatcher (701884)
Show Secretary Ian Clemens (751756)
Treasurer Sue Appleton (700197)
Membership Alison Midwinter (700402)
(not committee member)
Members Tom Christopherson
Tricia Evans
Aija Hamilton
Rosemary Longhurst
Reg Snelgar
Kate Steele
Karl Sawyer