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.
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.
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.
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.
|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||Plant Sale on the Little Green at 2.00 pm. Teas available.|
|06 & 07 June||Open Gardens – organised by, and for, St Peter ad Vincula Church|
|10 June||Outing to Lullingstone Castle & World Garden (contact Kate Steele 01798 813357)|
|Sun 14 June||Horticultural & Craft Show in the Village Hall at 2 pm. Teas available.|
|August – TBC||Garden Visit – to be arranged. 2 pm at WG Village Hall (car sharing).|
|Mon 31 August||Horticultural & Craft Show on The Green at 2 pm. Fete starts at 1 pm.|
|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|
|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 2019
|Chairman||Philip Midwinter (700402)|
|Secretary||Linda Hatcher (701884)|
|Show Secretary||Ian Clemens (751756)|
|Treasurer||Sue Appleton (700197)|
|Membership||Alison Midwinter (700402)
(not committee member)