The Horticultural Society

With origins before 1900, the Society has a proud history of encouraging horticulture in 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 Flower 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; 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. Members receive 10% discount on plants at Buckland Nurseries and Grow Smiles.

December Update

The past year has thrown up a variety of challenges for the Horticultural Society and we have triumphed through them all. 

Our Plant Sale in May was a great success despite the miserable weather. The change of venue to Brockham Green attracted a large number of interested locals. The donated plants disappeared very quickly and a few artifacts too including a wine press. The takings of £505 were very pleasing indeed.

The Autumn Show was held this year in another change of venue, Brockham Village Hall.  We had a good steady turnout of interested people through the doors.  Our exhibitors had put in a lot of hard work producing their fruit, vegetables and flowers. The results were excellent.

A mother and daughter competed against each other for the largest pumpkin only to be pipped at the last minute by another, larger entry. They had to settle for joint second place.

A big thank you to everyone, including North Downs Primary school and the Brockham Brownies for their amazing entries and for making the show a big success.  

The annual AGM was held in November. Reports were given of the year’s events by the Committee.

The year is coming to an end now and the Committee have started to plan for 2022.  Information of dates and events will be known in due course.

The Society would like to wish all of our Members a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

2021 Autumn Show

The Autumn Show attracted a steady flow of public interest this year.  The change of venue (Brockham Village Hall) helped and over 50 people attended.

As usual our gardeners didn’t disappoint us and produced a good display of attractive and colourful flowers despite the challenging weather they encountered this year.  The vegetables and fruit were amazing too with the onions and beetroot standing out.  Surprisingly there were no runner beans!!

A mother and daughter competed against each other in the Pumpkin class only to be pipped into joint second place by a larger pumpkin!  Roll on next year ladies.

Another competitor entered her cake for the first time this year only to win First prize. She was delighted and we hope she enters next year.  The Brockham Brownies had 10 entries in the cake section and they were delighted when they won many prizes. With this success they are intending to bake for their slot in ‘Teas on the Green’.  Well done Brownies.

All the floral displays were excellent and it was a difficult choice for the judge to decide a winner.  The exhibits were an excellent use of colour with plenty of creative design.

North Down school children were as enthusiastic with their entries as last year.  Lots of creative and imaginative ideas were produced.

The Autumn Show competitors put in a lot of hard work and expertise this year and it showed.  Thank you everyone for all of your effort to make the Autumn Show 2021 such a success.  

This year the AGM meeting will be held on Monday November 15th at the Brockham Village Hall at 8pm.   

Links between Our Society and North Downs Primary

Mary Rode (our Chairwoman) has organised the school allotment for a number of years and has created an enormous interest in gardening with quite a few of the children. Children visit the allotment during school time. They enjoy planting seeds, growing vegetables and harvesting them. Often they cook their vegetables for lunch. They work hard carrying out all gardening tasks.

We also have an allotment club where the children meet after school on a Friday.  They enter their prize vegetables in the Autumn Show and have won many individual and group prizes over the years.

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