Programme 2024

Meetings with invited speakers

During the winter months (October to April, with the exception of December) we meet and enjoy illustrated talks from local and national gardening speakers at:

The Old Barn Hall,
55 Church Road,
Great Bookham
KT23 3PQ

The meetings are on Saturdays, and directions to the venue can be found here.  The venue is accessible for those in wheelchairs and there is a loop system for the hard of hearing.

We usually* open the doors at 10.00am and free tea and coffee are served.  At 10.15am there is a plant sale where you can buy good-quality home-grown plants at very competitive prices.  In addition, there is a range of garden sundries, HPS booklets and second-hand gardening books to buy, and a raffle. 

At about 10.45am, the Chairman will officially start the meeting and a guest speaker will talk for about 1 hour followed by a questions-and-answer session.  The topic will relate to plants and gardens.

During the summer months we run a number of garden visits and outline details will be added as they become available.  The garden visits are members-only, so why not come along to a talk and consider joining?.

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  Throughout the summer months we run a series of Members Only garden visits across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
Saturday 19 October
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk -  David Marsh will speak on 'The History of the London Square'.  This talk looks at the rise of the square, and at the threats and challenges they have faced over the past 400 years and at ideas for their future.  David Marsh is a garden historian, lecturer and writer.  Plant sale.
Saturday 23 November
(10.00 for 10.45 am)

Talk - Timothy Walker will speak about 'In the not-so-bleak midwinter'.  This talk looks at the opportunities for bringing winter interest to your garden.  A botanist, lecturer and previously Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Timothy was previously with us 3 years ago.

This event is free to members and is followed by the Members’ Festive Lunch. Attendance at the talk and the lunch must be booked in advance.  More details to follow in the Autumn.