The Horticultural Society
With origins before 1900, the Society has a proud history of encouraging horticulture within our three villages, originally with annual Flower Shows and more recently with events across the year:
- Talks, delivered by outside speakers are held in the darker months at the beginning of each year and recent subjects have included birds of prey, keeping chickens, the secret life of the mole, plus regular gardening tips and advice;
- A plant sale is held in May;
- Members only open garden events;
- The Autumn Show in September is the highlight of the gardening calendar – an opportunity for members to exhibit the beautiful plants and vegetables they have nurtured over the year. There are also classes for crafts, cookery, photography and children. The 2022 Autumn Show is being held on Saturday 17th September at Brockham Village Hall. Further information to follow – for now please mark the date on your calendars.. ; and
- The November AGM provides an opportunity for members to hear an official report from the Committee and a chance to air their views.
Event posters are published on this website’s events calendar and topical /seasonal updates are published on this page – please scroll down!
The Horticultural Society is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and the Surrey Horticultural Federation. The Society is keen to promote the many advantages of gardening as widely as possible and is for everyone, regardless of age, experience or the size of garden.
If you would like to join our Horticultural Society please send us an email to ask for more details. Membership is £5 per person and members receive 10% discount on plants at Buckland Nurseries and Grow Smiles.
Christmas Wreath workshop.
Although it might seem a long way off to Christmas, we thought we would release the details now so that you can book ahead. It was an extremely popular event last year so again, for those of you who fancy making their own Christmas wreath, with personal touches, then this workshop will be right up your street.
We will be on hand to explain how to make a wreath using greenery, decorated with cones and baubles and finished with a bow.
We will provide you with an oasis wreath base, wired ribbon, string, wire and moss pins. Refreshments will also be included.
The cost of the workshop is £20 and will be held on Tuesday 6th December at 7pm in
Brockham Recreation Ground, Middle Street, RH3 7JT.
The places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please contact us, before the 28th of November, on the email address below to book your place. We will request payment when we confirm your place. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email .
October signals the start of Autumn. The summer of 2022 has been exceptionally dry and because of the drought. the leaves on the trees started turning in late August. September brought a little rain to our gardens but not enough. With the leaves turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow the landscape looks to be ‘on fire’. Berries and fruits start to appear on the hedgerows, which brings winter food for our birds and small animals. Autumn is a colourful time of the year.
The Autumn Show is now over for another year and it is time to focus on our own gardens. You may be starting to plan for the coming year by planting spring flowering bulbs, daffodils, tulips and fritillaria (snake head) or perhaps a wildflower seed area to compliment the spring bulbs.
There are plenty of jobs that need tending in your gardens too. Prune climbing and rambling roses. Lift your dahlias, begonias and gladioli tubers and store them
in a dry place for next year. Scarify lawns to get rid of moss and dead thatch, rake any dry leaves and add to the compost heap. Mowing lawns usually ceases by the end of October as growing slows down. October is an ideal time to plant hedges, move small trees and shrubs plus the everlasting raking of leaves!
Although the days are getting shorter, there is still time to enjoy the rich colourful display that October has to offer while getting the garden ready for winter.