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.
Covid-19: Once ‘normal service’ is resumed, full information regarding future events can be found on our events pages. A few highlights planned once normal activities are possible are:
Our flower show in September (the June show will be a virtual one), with a welcome return visit from Grimsdyke Brass band in September if they are available, a three-day coach trip to gardens in North Devon, other visits to Great Easton Open Gardens and Rousham and many other activities.
The members' Handbook has not been issued this year. Once it is known which events can take place, an abbreviated version will be published.
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.
Although we haven't yet been able to activate the lovely live events schedule that we had planned for 2021, we are hoping to be able to pick up where we left off some time in the next few months. We are keeping in touch with other Horticultural Societies and Gardening Clubs, as well as trip organisers, to make sure that we are ready to react as soon as government restrictions are lifted.
In the meantime, we are very excited to be able to offer Hort Soc members a Zoom talk on Gardening Women to be presented by local gardener and writer, Catherine Horwood, for 14th April at 7.30pm and another Zoom talk in May. Details to follow.
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