Societies & Associations
The British Pteridological Society was founded in the Lake District in 1891 and soon became the focal point for fern enthusiasts throughout the British Isles. Today it continues to provide a wide range of information about ferns, through its website and forum and by publishing regular journals, leaflets and books, and organising formal talks, informal discussions and outdoor meetings. The international membership includes those interested in gardening, natural history and botany, both amateur and professional. It is a friendly society run on a voluntary basis.
The Objects of the Society are to promote all aspects of pteridology by encouraging the appreciation, conservation, cultivation and scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts through publications, meetings, the provision of grants and other appropriate means.
The Carrickfergus Garden Society was established in 1955 to encourage amateur gardeners to improve and extend the cultivation of all horticultural subjects. This is achieved by holding meetings, exhibitions, lectures and other events throughout the year.
The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture throughout the UK and Ireland.
On 21st July 2014 we became Chartered and are now known as the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH). Not only is the granting of the Royal Charter excellent news for our members, but also for horticulture as a whole. This recognition has enhanced the status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartered status has also strengthened the influence and therefore the voice of the CIH with government and policy makers.
Cornwall Garden Society is all about celebrating the unique beauty of Cornish gardens, exchanging tips, ideas and knowledge, meeting up for lectures and garden visits and, of course, making new friends.
Our origins go back to 1832 when the inaugural meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society of Cornwall was held, supported by the patronage of King William IV, who was graciously pleased to place the sum of £10. 10s. 0d (ten guineas), at the Society’s disposal. That royal support has continued and today we are very honoured to have HRH Prince Charles as our patron.
We have a packed programme of events throughout the year. In early spring we hold the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, held against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel.
The Cottage Garden Society (CGS) is an informal and friendly society of about 3,000 members in many countries, though most are based in the UK. It brings together amateurs and professionals who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening.
The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming ‘unfashionable’. Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants.
Interest in the Society soon grew and from small beginnings with the founders based in North Wales and Cheshire, we now have over 35 regional groups spread throughout the United Kingdom. Most of these groups meet monthly for talks, garden visits, seed swaps and plant sales. You do need to be a member of the National Society to attend regional group meetings and be covered by our insurance.
Extending our knowledge of cyclamen and encouraging their cultivation and conservation. Membership of the Cyclamen Society is open to anyone. By joining the Cyclamen Society, you will contribute to increasing knowledge of the Genus Cyclamen: its distribution in the wild, its conservation and cultivation of the plants.
The Journal of the Cyclamen Society, published in June and December, contains articles about plants in the wild and in cultivation. It contains a mix of serious items and ‘chat’ about members’ experiences, with full colour illustrations, both photographs of Cyclamen in the wild and commissioned botanical paintings.
The European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS) is devoted to encouraging the appreciation, cultivation and knowledge of Boxwood and Topiary and to further extend both historic and scientific research in the subject.
Our aims are to encourage, improve and extend the cultivation of boxwood and to disseminate knowledge of boxwood and topiary, in all its forms, by means of publications, promotions, exhibitions, scientific research, European co-operation and exchange, conferences and visits, various meetings and other appropriate activities.
We are a European body with active membership in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Further relationships in Italy, Portugal and Spain are currently being developed. Each country is responsible for running its own organisation within the overall framework of our Vision and Aims. A longstanding and very strong relationship with The American Boxwood Society (ABS) in Virginia, USA has been in existence for many years and which we value greatly.
Faversham Horticultural Society, founded in 1863 by the gardeners of Faversham in Kent.
Before the Second World War, various societies founded by the gardeners of Faversham and the surrounding areas were in existence. However, in 1948 all the separate societies amalgamated and the present Faversham Horticultural Society was formed.
The society aims to encourage the cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables by holding exhibitions and other activities. Members include gardeners, allotment holders, smallholders and cottage gardeners.
The society, affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, has a full programme of shows, together with monthly meetings on a range of gardening topics plus a number of social events. Annual subscription is £5. For full details of membership, contact the secretary.
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.
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.