Horticultural Society

Plant Sale
Scarecrow competition at the August Show.
Vegetables exhibited in baskets at the August Show.
A table of exhibits in the marquee at the August Show.

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 2020/2021

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.

2020 Meetings Dates
Date Topic or Event
January No Meeting
Mon 03 February “Garden Photography” by Mark Saunders
Mon 02 March Annual General Meeting and Quiz
Mon 06 April “Hostas” by John Baker
Sat 09 May Cancelled due to Covid-19.
06 & 07 June Cancelled due to Covid-19.
10 June Cancelled due to Covid-19.
Sun 14 June Horticultural & Craft Show in the Village Hall at 2 pm. Teas available.
August Cancelled due to Covid-19.
Mon 31 August Horticultural & Craft Show on The Green Cancelled due to Covid-19.
Sat 03 October Autumn Plant Sale on the Little Green at 10.30 am.  Coffee available
Mon 05 October “Bee Keeping” by Pam Hunter
Mon 02 November “Hardy Geraniums” by Jacqueline Aviolet
Mon 07 December “Chelsea Gold – Antislavery Garden” by Juliet Seargeant from BBC Gardeners World – Tickets £5
January No Meeting
Mon 01 February “Gardens of the South of England” by Ray Broughton
Mon 01 March “Chelsea Gold – Antislavery Garden” by Juliet Sergeant from BBC Gardeners World – Tickets £5
Mon 12 April “Preparing for your Show” by Barry Newman

The Committee as at March 2020

Position Name & Telephone Number
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 Tricia Evans
Aija Hamilton
Nick Riley
Karl Sawyer
Sarah Sawyer
Reg Snelgar
Kate Steele
Christine Warner
Shirley Dean Webster