The Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society

Diary of Events 2019

To book or make enquiries, email events@hortsoc.co.uk, ring 020 8455 0455 / 07836 785415 or write to Events, 86 Willifield Way, NW11 6YJ, except where different information appears next to an event below. Cheques in payment for tickets, etc., should be made payable to HGS Horticultural Society. Credit and debit cards cannot be used. A stamped addressed envelope for tickets would be appreciated.

TALK The Root to Mental Health: Why Gardening is Good for You. FOLLOWED BY SEED SWAP.

  • Thursday 7 March at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Talk by Jennifer Wakelyn, followed by a Seed Swap. Bring seeds collected from your garden or allotment and swap them free of charge, or make a small donation if you have no seeds to swap. Entry free to Hort Soc members, £3 non-members.

Quiz Night

  • Saturday 13 April at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Lighthearted horticultural-themed quiz. Make up a table with your friends or we can seat you. Contact 020 8455 0455 for information.

Plant Sale

  • Saturday 18 May from 10:30am to 12pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
The Horticultural Society's very popular plant sale. Entry free. Large selection of colourful annuals for your pots and borders, plus perennials, veg and herb seedlings, etc. Cash and cheques only. Bring your own bags if possible.

Coach trip to Aldham Open Gardens, Colchester, Essex

  • Sunday 9 June
Approximately 18 gardens, large and small, will be open. Visitors ferried round village by minibus, lunches available. Teas in several gardens. Call 020 8455 0455 for details of price, timing, etc. Priority booking for members of the Horticultural Society.

Entry night for submission of entry forms for 287th Flower Show

  • Tuesday 11 June from 7pm to 8pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Bring your entry forms to Fellowship House, where members will be happy to advise first-timers planning to put in exhibits or photographs at the show on Saturday. Or put your forms through the door at 4 Asmuns Hill, NW11 6ET before Friday 14 June. 2019 marks the society's 110th birthday year - CHILDREN AND ADULTS OF ALL AGES - PLEASE MAKE, ICE AND DECORATE A CAKE TO MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL SHOW (see Members' Handbook for details).

287th Flower Show - CELEBRATING THE SOCIETY'S 110TH BIRTHDAY!

  • Saturday 15 June from 3pm to 5pm
at Free Church Hall Northway, London NW11 6PB.
2019 marks the society's 110th birthday year - CHILDREN AND ADULTS OF ALL AGES - PLEASE MAKE, ICE AND DECORATE A CAKE TO MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL SHOW (see Members' Handbook, class 59a, for details). North-west London's country flower show, with the perfume of many roses and other lovely flowers, fruit and vegetables galore, baked goods and preserves. With children's and photography competitions to enter and meet friends and family for home-made teas in the small hall. Members and under 18s free; non-members £2.

Three Day Trip to Gardens of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

  • Sunday 30 June to Tuesday 2 July
Visit gardens including Sandhill Farm, Upton Grey and Ventnor Botanic Garden. Hotel accommodation for 2 nights. Contact Diane Berger for full information: 020 8455 0455. Priority booking for members of the Horticultural Society and partners/friends.

HGS Open Gardens for the National Garden Scheme

  • Sunday 7 July from 11:30am to 5:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
In 2019 the Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society celebrates its 110th anniversary, and as part of the celebrations will open some of its most beautiful gardens for the National Gardens Scheme. As well as opening the garden gates of 11 private gardens, three for the first time, and one of the numerous allotment sites, there will be other attractions for local residents and visitors alike: home-made teas will be served at Fellowship House, there will be seasonal plants for sale from professional nurseries,The Plant Specialist and Rose Cottage Plants, as well as home propagated plants from a number of open gardens. Raffle, with £100s worth of prizes. Partial wheelchair access to several gardens. Maps will guide visitors to the Open Gardens via the Suburb’s roads, twittens and woods. Last admissions 5.00pm. Tickets from Fellowship House and selected gardens. Combined entry tickets £12 (children free).

Coach trip to Parham House, West Sussex

  • Saturday 13 July
A visit to the Plant Fair at one of the country's finest Elizabethan houses, with four acres of walled and pleasure gardens. Full information: 020 8455 0455. Priority booking for Horticultural Society members.

Entry night for submission of entry forms for 288th Flower Show

  • Tuesday 3 September from 7pm to 8pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Bring your entry forms to Fellowship House, where members will be happy to advise first-timers planning to put in exhibits or photographs at the show on Saturday. Or put your forms through the door at 4 Asmuns Hill, NW11 6ET before Friday 6th September. Get the children baking, making, painting or taking photographs to display at the show, as the end of the long summer holidays is in sight. All young winners get prize-money on the day.

Members-only coach trip to RHS Wisley

  • Tuesday 3 September
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
A visit to one of the RHS's finest gardens on the first day of its Flower Show. Information: 020 8455 0455.

288th Flower Show with Grimsdyke Brass Band

  • Saturday 7 September from 3pm to 5pm
at Free Church Hall Northway, London NW11 6PB.
For a traditional start to Autumn in the society's 110th birthday year, come and hear the band in the garden of the Free Church Hall, as Grimsdyke Brass pay us a return visit. See the results of the season of mellow fruitfulness on display, with flowers, baking, preserves and photography and competitions for children as well. And meet friends and family to sample the homemade cake for tea in the small hall.

Busy Bees - A talk by Pat Morgan of Barnet Beekeepers

  • Thursday 10 October at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Members free; non-members £3 at the door.

105th Annual General Meeting and Prize Giving

  • Tuesday 12 November at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
AGM and presentation of medals, prizes and cups to junior and senior prize-winners at the two shows, and the winners of Suburb in Bloom 2019. If you would like to join the committee, contact the Hon. Sec. on 0208 455 2656.

The Hort Soc Sing-Along Christmas Event

  • Saturday 7 December at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
What theme will we have this year to sing along to? Last year it was the music of the 1960s and the year before, Music from the Movies...With delicious food and drink to help you let your hair down and release your inner singer! Free of charge but each guest should bring along a savoury or sweet dish to serve 6-8 people as their entry ticket for the evening. Pre-booked only: 020 8455 0455.