Societies & Associations
The Soil Association was formed in 1946 to create a better world – one where we farm responsibly, eat healthily and live in balance with the environment. Over the intervening 70 years we have championed organic farming and food, campaigned on a wide range of issues, innovated and delivered real change in the world. And now as a result of the EU referendum, our country faces crucial choices about how to shape the future of food, farming and the countryside.
Much has changed since the Soil Association was born in 1946. The world’s resources are being put under increasing pressure by intensive food and farming systems. Working with farmers, growers and researchers, we’re championing practical solutions to farming’s modern day challenges.
Everything we do champions organic principles and practice, to secure the health and vitality of people, farm animals and nature.
Tatton Garden Society is one of Britain’s foremost botanic and horticultural societies, with its own 11 hectare (28 acre) arboretum and botanic site open to the public and which is one of Cheshire’s “Gardens of Distinction”.
Tatton Garden Society was formed in 1962. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research in horticulture for the benefit of the public. The Society is a registered charity. We are affiliated to the Royal Botanical & Horticultural Society of Manchester & the Northern Counties and affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society Member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
The Society operates through a Management Committee and a series of sub-committees covering the main activities which include the management of the Society’s 28 acre arboretum, summer visits to notable gardens, winter lectures, plant sales and social events.
The National Begonia Society was formed in 1948 the Society has members throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. We have representatives based throughout the country who organise Area Shows & Meetings and are available to offer advice to members.
Promote and encourage the more extended culture of begonias. Though there are thousands of begonias (species and hybrids) known and grown throughout the world there is no doubt that in the UK the most popular one grown is the large flowered tuberous double. The Society wishes to encourage many more members to cultivate a much wider range of begonia species and hybrids.
Founded in 1876, the RNRS is the world’s leading specialist plant society.
Tilehurst Horticultural Association based in Reading, Berkshire. We aim to provide the gardening community of Tilehurst with horticultural supplies at reasonable prices, together with a lively programme of talks and activities throughout the year. Please join us!
A group of 21 garden attractions, consisting of private gardens, small specialist nurseries, an arboretum and public garden and two family owned garden centres – all situated in the sunny south east of Ireland.
Wexford Local Development (WLD) has been developing a series of tourism trails and networks across County Wexford, through the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. This has enabled a strategic development of the tourism sector and the Garden Trail was the first to be formed in conjunction with Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland in April 2012.
Our gardens reflect the history and diversity of the county and its landscape. Some of the gardens were originally laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries while others were begun just 10 years ago. Our larger public gardens provide an ideal outing for all the family, and our smaller private gardens will give you not only an enjoyable and relaxing day, they will also introduce you to the large range of plants which we can grow in this temperate region. Our trail includes specialist nurseries for the more unusual plants and, spread throughout the county, award winning garden centres who will provide for all your garden needs.
The owners of all the garden locations on our trail will be happy to welcome you and to assist you with any information you require to enjoy your visit to County Wexford.
Welcome to the Roots and Shoots, Whittingham Gardening Club, Walthamstow. The club meets at 8.00 p.m. to 10 00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at Unity Hall, Bramley Close, Walthamstow, E17 6EG. Benefits of joining the club include: guest speakers talking on a variety of gardening subjects, demonstrations on aspects of horticulture, a monthly newsletter, expert help with your gardening projects, outings to nurseries and other places of gardening interest and an annual flower show in July.
The Heather Society covers every aspect of this world, from the wild heathers of European heaths and moorlands to the rare and unusual splendours of South African or “Cape” heaths, from everyday cultivation, including choosing, growing and propagating hardy heathers, to scientific studies and nomenclature.
It now has members throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as elsewhere in Europe, and in Africa, the Americas, Australasia and the Far East. Members receive an informative yearbook, as well as three newsy Bulletins which contain a diary of events to keep members in touch with Society activities and new developments. It organizes regional groups, visits to heather gardens, an annual week-end gathering and the occasional field-trip, and provides free advice to members on heather-garden design or any problems they may have.
Formed in 1938 with the object of furthering interest in cultivation of the Fuchsia.
The Alpine Garden Society was founded in 1929 with the aim of promoting an interest in all aspects of alpine plants, rock gardening and rock garden plants, in fact any small hardy plants and bulbs, their cultivation in rock gardens and plant conservation in their natural habitats. We are one of the largest specialist garden societies in the world. Our membership includes amateur gardeners, plant enthusiasts, professional growers, botanists, naturalists, photographers and artists, as well as those who are just beginning to discover the fascination of alpines.
Whatever your interest in alpine and rock garden plants we believe our Society has something to offer everyone.