zProgramme 2023

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?.

For printable version please download here:   SCG 2023 Public Programme

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

The full 2023 programme of talks and garden vi

Saturday 14 January
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk -  Tom Hart Dyke will speak on 'Plant Hunter and Gardener with Passion'. Tom is a plant hunter and creator of the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle.  
Saturday 11 February
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Philip Oostenbrink will speak on 'The Gardens at Walmer Castle'.  Philip is Head Gardener at Walmer Castle and Collections Coordinator for Plant Heritage in Kent.  
Saturday 11 March
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
AGM followed by Talk - Cherrill Sands will speak on 'Women Gardeners of the 20th Century'.  Cherrill is a local consultant garden historian with an MA in the Conservation of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens.  
Saturday 15 April
(10.00 for 10.45 am)
Talk - Andy Pinder will speak on 'Unusual Trees for Small Gardens'.  Andy is Lecturer in Arboriculture at Merrist Wood College and former Head of Landscape Design for the London Borough of Richmond.  Andy has asked that we donate his fee to the Alzheimer's Society.  
Thursday 11 May MEMBERS ONLY - Full day visit to Surrey gardens                                                             
Monday 5 June MEMBERS ONLY - Half day visit to a Hampshire garden  
Sunday 25 June  Bookham Open Gardens 15 gardens 10am - 5pm  
Saturday 8 - Monday 10 July MEMBERS ONLY - Three day coach trip to view Sufflolk gardens  
Tuesday 18 July MEMBERS ONLY - Full day visit to Surrey gardens             
Wednesday 9 August MEMBERS ONLY - Full day visit to Sussex gardens   
Sunday 17 September MEMBERS ONLY - Tea hosted in a member's garden  

sits is available in the ‘Members Only’ section of the website.