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 Royal National Rose 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 20 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:
A children's fancy dress competition and adults' fancy hats competition at the June Flower Show and a brass band (Grimsdyke Brass) at the September Show.
For this year's 'Suburb in Bloom' garden competition, judging to find the best garden in Hampstead Garden Suburb will take place on Wednesday 26 July. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 19 July. To obtain an entry form email Patricia Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pauline Murphy (email@example.com). First prize £25 garden voucher and the Millennium Cup (to be presented at the 102nd AGM on Tuesday 14 November 2017). Second prize: £15 garden voucher; Third prize: £10 garden voucher.
You can visit the gardens of several of our members each year through the National Garden Scheme (NGS). This year nine gardens and one allotment will be open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 25 June as 'Hampstead Garden Suburb Gardens', with teas at Fellowship House, two professional nurseries selling plants, a treasure hunt for children, etc. Full details in 'Gardens to Visit 2017' (www.ngs.org.uk).
HGS Horticultural Society members win top garden prizes. At an awards ceremony held by the London Gardens Society at The Guildhall on 13 October 2016, David and Caroline Broome won a cup and first prize in the best small garden category. Yvonne Oliver won third prize in the same category. Diane Berger won a cup and first prize in the best large garden category. Rosie Daniels and Marjorie Harris were awarded certificates of excellence for their gardens.
In 2017 the National Gardens Scheme celebrates 90 years of opening private gardens across England & Wales for charity, and as part of the celebrations, Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society will open some of its most beautiful gardens for the NGS as a group for the first time on Sunday 25th June from 12noon Ė 5.30pm. As well as opening the garden gates of nine private gardens and one of the numerous allotment sites, there will be home-made teas at Fellowship House and two professional nurseries will sell seasonal plants in the garden. There will be face painting and a treasure trail for children, and a raffle for the grown-ups! Maps will be provided to guide visitors to the Open Gardens via the Suburbís roads, twittens and woods. Full details will appear nearer the time, but put the date in your diary now!You can like us on Facebook: Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society or follow us on Twitter: @HGSHortSoc