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 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.

Outline programme for 2018 – details of bulb sales will be added as they become available.  Items with darker green background are members-only.

Saturday 13th January
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
‘Gilbert White the Gardener’ – David Standing.
Plant sale.
Saturday 17th February
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
'Fifty Greys of Shade' - Colin Moat – looking at shade-loving plants. 
Plant sale.
Saturday 17th March
(10.00 for 10.30 am)
AGM followed by ‘Gardens of Sussex and Kent’ - Nigel Philips. 
Plant sale.   
Saturday 21st April
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
‘Space, Illusion and other Mysteries’ - Paul Hervey-Brookes. 
Plant and seedling sale.
Wednesday 9th May Half-day garden visit to Surrey – Munstead Wood, Godalming members only
Monday 4th June / Wednesday 6th June Visit to member’s garden members only
Saturday 16th June (12-3 pm) Come and buy plants and find out more about the group at the HPS stall at Bookham Village Day on the field behind the Old Barn Hall – see above for address.  
Thursday 21st June All-day coach trip to view Hampshire gardens members only
Wednesday 11th July All-day gardens visit to Kent members only
Wednesday 8th August All-day gardens visit to Hampshire members only
Wednesday 15th & 22nd August Mosaic workshop members only
Friday 14th September Afternoon tea in a member’s garden  members only
Saturday 20th October
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
‘For the Love of Snowdrops’ – Lyn Miles.  Plant and bulb sale.  There will be 30 varieties of tulips (£3 for 10), 4 of muscari (£1.50 for 10) and 8 of allium (priced individually).  Please bring suitable bags.  
Saturday 24th November
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
‘Confessions of a Gardener’ – Alan Sargent.
(followed by a members-only Christmas Party)

You may also download the SCG 2018 Public Programme using the button below.

Download the SCG 2018 Public Programme

The full 2018 programme of talks and garden visits is available in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.