Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society is a voluntary organisation open to all residents and those who live nearby, with an elected Committee meeting monthly. An Annual General Meeting is held in November. The Society is affiliated to:
- The Royal Horticultural Society
- The National Dahlia Society
- Plant Heritage - London Group (formerly known as The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens)
- The Museum of Garden History
- The Federation of Middlesex Horticultural & Allotments Society
- Perennial - The Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society
- The London Gardens Society
Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society was founded on 20th May 1909, as the first society to be started by Dame Henrietta Barnett and early residents. We hold two Flower Shows a year (June and September) and organise a variety of events throughout the year to cater for all levels of gardening interest and horticultural expertise. Full details can be found in the events pages, in the members' handbook and a newsletter is published four times a year.
New members are always welcome. Click here to discover more about the benefits of membership or to join.
Full information regarding future events can be found on our events pages. A few highlights are:
Our annual flower shows in June and September, with a potato-growing competition for all ages in June and a welcome return visit from Grimsdyke Brass band in September. There will be a three-day coach trip to gardens in North Devon, other visits to Great Easton Open Gardens and Rousham and many other activities.
Nikolaus Pevsner described Hampstead Garden Suburb as "the most nearly perfect example of that English invention and speciality, the garden." Several members' gardens will be open on specific dates in June and July for the National Garden Scheme, while some are also open 'by arrangement' for the NGS from May to September. Full details: www.ngs.org.uk.
HGS Horticultural Society members won top garden prizes at an awards ceremony held by the London Gardens Society at The Guildhall in October 2019, Diane Berger, David and Caroline Broome and Rosie Daniels won prizes and cups for their gardens, and Marjorie Harris and Yvonne Oliver were awarded silver-gilt certificates.
At the AGM on 12 November 2019, the Society elected Stephen Crisp as its new Hon President and bade farewell with grateful thanks to Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman, who had given a lot of time and fun to the Society as joint Hon Presidents since 2001. Stephen is Head of Horticulture for the United States Embassy in London where he has worked since 1987. He is a committee member of the London Gardens Network, champions apprentices and is an RHS Britain in Bloom judge. He is also an RHS Show garden judge and selection panel member and was elected an RHS Associate of Honour for services to horticulture in 2017. Stephen’s association with the Horticultural Society goes back many years. In 2008 he designed and installed the HGS centenary garden on Willifield Green, which remained there till 2013. At the time of our own centenary in 2009, he redesigned and refurbished the attractive plot outside Fellowship House, which we took over from the London Borough of Barnet and maintain to this day.
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