Societies & Associations
Fernhurst Horticultural Society is your local gardening club. Anyone who is interested in plants and gardening is welcome to join no matter what type of garden they have – large or small – established or new – a conservatory – or pot plants on the patio.
The origins of the Society date back to 1912 when a Flower Show Committee was formed to organise an annual show. The Flower Show was held every year without a break until in 1935 the Horticultural Society was founded to take over from the Flower Show Committee and expand the range of activities. Shows have been held every year since except for the war years and in 1948 the Society was affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.
The aim of the Society is to encourage interest in gardening and provide opportunities for members to exchange experience, and increase their knowledge of plants and gardens. Three types of activity are organised each year the shows in spring, and autumn, days out by coach to visit notable gardens or events, and monthly evening talks by visiting lecturers during the winter. In addition the Society participates in the Fernhurst Revels.
We welcome new members and the annual subscription is just £5. Check out our membership page for details of the many benefits of becoming a member. Find out more about the Society by reading a copy of the Schedule, which is available at both the Post Office and the Fernhurst Centre. For further information contact the secretary Bob Pennington by email or telephone 01428 664406
Garden Club Listings has been created to connect Horticultural Speakers, Horticultural Judges and Gardening Clubs or Societies throughout the UK.
Gardening Clubs often struggle to find new speakers so with Garden Club Listings you will be able to search for speakers where ever you are located in the UK. But we have a dual purpose as we also offer all Gardening Clubs or Societies a FREE listing to help promote their club too.
If you are a Horticultural Speaker and or Judge then we can offer you the opportunity to promote your talks here too.
Hardy Plant Society – We love hardy perennials for their variety, colours, shapes, sizes and longevity. We help each other to grow them better, to try different species and we exchange and spread information about them.
Most of us are in the UK but some garden outside it. Some of us are experts, like our President, Roy Lancaster, the renowned plant explorer, some of us are beginners and most of us are somewhere in-between, but we all want to learn more to make our planting more satisfying and to enjoy our gardens more.
Being members of the Hardy Plant Society gives us more opportunities to meet others, in local groups and special interest groups focusing on a particular plant family or growing conditions; to attend National Society events; to obtain a wide range of perennial plants and take part in our Seed Distribution Scheme and, by being involved in our Conservation Scheme, help keep garden-worthy plants in cultivation by as many people as possible.
Joining the National Hardy Plant Society means you can join other members in a wide range of gardening activities.
Once you’ve joined us we’ll invite you also to join the local group or minigroup nearest to you. There are over 40, so one will probably be reasonably close by. Each group sets its own programme but will usually include talks by local or national speakers, garden visits and plant sales. Some also organise plant sales open to the public and short garden tours. Most produce a newsletter.
In 1927 Hilda Leyel founded the Society of Herbalists, which would later become the Herb Society, with the aim of supporting the practice of herbal medicine in Britain.
The Herb Society is an educational charity which aims to encourage the use and delight in herbs for all ages. To this end we work with a number of school and community groups throughout the year to support their herb related activities, whether it be creating a garden or herb use in cookery.
The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society promotes knowledge, leadership, and standards of excellence in water gardening and related aquatic plant areas.
The Society is a non-profit organization of multinational membership dedicated to the furtherance of all aspects of water gardens and their associated plants. As an organization we support and promote education, research, and conservation in these areas.
The mission of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society has remained constant. However, services now include education, research, and conservation. The tools used to disseminate the latest and best information have also grown over the years. The nucleus is still the Journal, annual Symposia, and a strong network of knowledgeable people. However, there are now ongoing research grants, an extensive reference library, international registries of Nymphaea and Nelumbo, and certified collections of Nymphaea.
Many of the original volunteers continue to help plan the Society’s future. They share their passion along with others from around the world. In spite of (or because of) their diverse backgrounds and knowledge, they strive to grow a Society committed to enhancing and expanding the information available about waterlilies and water gardening. Members now have a place to turn, no matter what their situation may be, whether they’re retailers looking for suppliers, growers improving their techniques, hybridizers testing new lilies, or hobbyists hoping to learn. The original seed has blossomed and the Society continues to educate thousands of water gardeners around the world.
Membership is free! As an individual member, you’ll enjoy full acess to our website, our online quarterly Water Garden Journal, and access to our “Let’s Talk Water Gardening” message board.
The inaugural meeting of the Irish Garden Plant Society took place on 7th July 1981, a draft constitution was discussed, amended and adopted and a committee elected.
We take the lead in researching, finding and propagating Irish plants to ensure their survival.
We research great Irish gardens and garden history.
We have a hands-on role in a number of garden restoration projects.
We actively promote Irish horticulture, with recognition for our exhibits at major international shows, including the Chelsea Flower Show.
Last but not least, we enjoy Irish gardens through regular talks, lectures, workshops and garden visits.
Membership of the Irish Garden Plant Society is open to anyone interested in its work, living in Ireland or abroad. Members are enthusiastic gardeners, many of whom have a special interest in Ireland’s great horticultural heritage.
The Lambeth Horticultural Society was first established in 1951. The Society is run entirely by volunteers whose aim is to promote horticulture by:
Organising flower shows in Spring and Summer and running the Flower Show section of Lambeth Country Show on behalf of Lambeth Council.
Running day trips by coach to important gardens in the South-East of England.
Organising talks on horticultural subjects.
Running a shop (The Hut) staffed by volunteers and open only to members where garden supplies are available at discount prices.
Publishing a Newsletter three times a year.
There are now about 500 members who pay a fee of £7 per year. Membership is open to anyone – you don’t have to live in Lambeth.
Only members are able to use The Hut (the Society’s shop) and only members receive the Newsletter (electronically or physically) and the monthly e-mail giving details of Society activities. Some activities are open to non-members (the Talks programme and the Flower Shows in particular) but Members get priority for bookings on visits to gardens.
The Little Common Horticultural Society is a warm and friendly society devoted to providing an interesting and enjoyable experience for all our members. We are active in the Little Common and Bexhill communities of East Sussex.
We very much welcome visitors and new members, whether experienced or novice. Do come along and try us out one evening, it costs only £2 as a visitor. Our annual membership is fantastic value at only £7 – this gives you free entry to all our monthly shows and meetings.
Our members range from those with decades of professional horticultural experience, talented amateur gardeners to complete novices who simply enjoy gardening, being in gardens, trips out and cream teas!
It isn’t only gardening. There are also craft, photography and domestic categories in both the monthly and annual shows.
Marlborough Gardening Association, Wiltshire, UK – one of the town’s most active voluntary organisations with over 150 members.
We’re a friendly group of gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts which meets monthly for talks on garden topics at Christchurch Wesley Hall, Oxford Street, Marlborough. We also publish a monthly newsletter and organise events and visits for members.
Our annual programme is packed with interest for active and armchair gardeners alike. Each year the Association arranges a series of talks, a lunch, visits to gardens and nurseries, and a plant sale in Marlborough Town Hall.
New members are always welcome. To join us please complete the Membership Form or come along to a monthly meeting. The annual subscription is £ 7.50.
Members receive the monthly newsletter, free entry to the Monthly Gardening Talks, a 10% discount on gardening sundries at T.H. White and special rates on Events and Visits.
Visit the Scottish branchNational Auricula & Primula Society – Auriculas are members of the Genus Primula which is a large family of plants comprising over 425 species and many thousands of hybrids.
The auricula first appeared in European gardens around the middle of the sixteenth century. The cultivated forms which we grow today have been developed for over 350 years as Florist Flowers. The word florist, used in this sense, refers to a gardener who grows and raises plants to agreed standards. The use of the word to mean a flower seller is a relatively recent development.
The different types comprise Show, Alpine, Double and Border auriculas. Show types include green and grey edged, selfs, stripes and fancies. Alpines are either gold-centred or light-centred.
In addition we also grow the gold-laced polyanthus, the only member of the primrose family grown to florists’ standards.
Although originally formed purely to grow auriculas and gold-laced polyanthus the three independent sections of the Society, all based in England, cover the whole range of primula species and hybrids including such popular plants as primroses and polyanthus.