Brockham Green Horticultural Society
With origins before 1900, the Brockham Green Horticultural Society (BGHS) 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; 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!
BGHS 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 BGHS 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.
BGHS Talks – Dates For Your Diary
Our talks will be held in Brockham Village Hall, a new venue for us, chosen to ensure there will be seating for everyone. All our talks will start at 7:30pm, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome, so please bring friends
Monday 20th February 2023 – Keeping bees
Karen Ford & Becki Gibbs from Dorking Bee Keepers will talk to us about how they got into beekeeping, Reigate Beekeeping Club, the beekeeping year, pollination and harvesting the honey. They will also show a few short video clips of inside the hive and collecting a swarm and also bring along an empty hive to take apart and show everyone. The evening will finish with a honey tasting session quiz (with prize!).
Monday 20th March 2023 -Jim Buttress, 65 Years in Horticulture (My recollections and memories of a long lifetime in horticulture)
Jim Buttress is a renowned horticulturalist who has spent a lifetime in horticulture. Seen on TV in the documentary The World Garden at Lullingstone and more recently as the popular judge in The Big Allotment Challenge. He is a well-known radio presenter and regularly appears on BBC Radio Surrey/Sussex Dig it on a Sunday morning. He has won eight gold medals at RHS Chelsea and was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) in 2006 in recognition of his unrivalled contribution to horticulture.
Monday 17th April 2023 – Propagation: A Practical Demonstration
Propagation is an easy and inexpensive way to get new plants from plants you already have. We are pleased to welcome back Mark Dobell, who will be giving us the benefit of his experience as a trained Horticulturalist and discuss and demonstrate a variety of methods which can be used. He will also share with us his recent trials, experiments and successes with different peat free mediums. Bring along any questions you might have regarding propagation and be prepared for a practical and entertaining evening.
May Plant Sale – Saturday 20th May 2023 : 10am – noon on Brockham Green
We are planning ahead, as all gardener’s must do, and thinking about our next plant sale which will be held, as usual, in May. Last year there were certainly some interesting plants on offer and so we hope that you will be able to support us again by sowing a few extra seeds, dividing some plants, taking extra cuttings ready for the day. We will also welcome donations of books, puzzles, crafts and Garden equipment/ornaments that you no longer need.
We are always on the lookout for more members and also committee members. If you are interested in joining, please email us and we will get back to you asap.