Elham Gardening Society


Welcome from the Chairman

It’s a privilege to be the Chairman of the Elham Gardening Society. 

We are a very active society and welcome anyone wishing to join us. Our meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month in Peggy Pike Room at the Village Hall at 7.30pm; you won’t feel out of place and you can join there. Our Membership Secretary is Isabel Martin (T: 01303840276). fizzy.martin.mail@gmail.com

None of us feel we are super efficient gardeners – we just like doing it, mistakes and all!

We have occasional local garden visits. Anyone is welcome to come along even if you are not yet a member. We have established an annual tour in June to visit a series of gardens in various regions. The 2019 tour will be to Staffordshire & Derbyshire and will be for 5 days (4 nights)  – the trip is full but it sometimes happens that someone is unable to go. If you want to be placed on the waiting list contact Hugh Buckhurst directly (01303840347).  As soon as the destination for 2020 is decided we will publish it here. People generally reserve space soon after the Autumn Coffee Morning (October) for the following year.

You will be kept up to date about everything we do by regular emails if you are a Gardening Society member. I manage this system and can also generally ensure that any feedback or enquiry reaches the right person for response.

We have a popular Spring Show in April. This is also the opportunity to buy your potato for the "Potato in a Bucket" competition, and a pelargonium plug plant for the "Chairman's Challenge" both are judged at the main Summer Show. There will be plants, produce and of course, home-made cakes for sale.

The Annual Summer Show takes place on the last Saturday in July and is open to everyone. It is now more than 125 years old, and is regarded as one of the best in Kent! There is a wide range of Classes which not only cover Vegetables and Flowers but include Domestic, Handicrafts, Art and Photography. There are about 100 different classes to choose from, so there should be something for everyone - why not try your luck!

Our Summer and Spring schedules and entry forms are generally available from our Show Secretaries, and our local estate agents Colbrooksturrock near the dates. You will also be able to download the schedule from this website.

Summer Show Secretary  Pam Flight (01303840381)

Spring Show Secretary: Isabel Martin (01303 840276)

Open Gardens Weekend.
This takes place in June every other year. The next one is in 2020. It is in aid of the NGS (National Garden Scheme)

Gerry Newman (01303 840947) is our hard working Programme Secretary. As usual he has produced a wide ranging and interesting one for this year. It can be found on the Events page of this website. He welcomes suggestions for visits and speakers, so let him know if you have some ideas.

Doug Martin