Programme 2022

Meetings with invited speakers and garden visits


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.

Programme for 2022 – further details will be added as they become available.  Some items are members-only, so why not come along to a talk and consider joining?.

Saturday 15th January
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Cherrill Sands will speak about “Arts and Craft Gardens”.  Cherrill is a local garden historian.
Plant sale
Saturday 12th February
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Annie Godfrey will speak on “A Year At Daisy Roots”.  Annie owns Daisy Roots Nursery in Hertford, Gold Medal winners at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 and 2018.
Plant sale
Saturday 12th March
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
AGM followed by Talk - Colin Moat will speak about “In Praise Of Higher Things” - about the wonders and benefits of taller plants in the border and how to use them.  Colin owns and runs Pineview Plants near Sevenoaks with his wife, Cindy.
Plant sale
Saturday 23rd April
(10.00 for 10.45 am)

TalkMatthew Childs will speak about “Gardens are for people and wildlife” - My developing approach to being more sustainable as a garden designer and gardener.
Plant and seedling sale

Wednesday 27 April  Surrey garden visit - MEMBERS ONLY  
Thursday 26 May Surrey garden visit - MEMBERS ONLY  
Saturday 18 June Southern Counties Group will be having a stall at Bookham Village Day  
Tuesday 21 June Surrey garden visit - MEMBERS ONLY  
Sunday 26 June Bookham Open Gardens - Expect about 15 gardens around Bookham – details nearer the time.  Do join us for this annual event raising money for the Old Barn Hall.  More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Monday 11 July Coach trip to East Sussex  
Friday 22 July Surrey garden visit - MEMBERS ONLY  
Tuesday 16 August Sussex garden visit - MEMBERS ONLY  
Saturday 22 October 
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Andrew Halstead, retired RHS Principal Entomologist, will speak on “Pest recognition and control”.   A general talk on the more important pests of garden and glasshouse plants.   
Sunday 19 November 
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Bob Brown will speak on 'Unusual winter flowers'.  Bob is a plantsman and founder of Cotswold Gardens Flowers.  This is followed by the members-only Christmas Lunch   

You may also download the SCG 2021 Public Programme using the button below 

The full 2022 programme of talks and garden visits is available in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.