Every month from April to November, the 4th Wednesday of the month, 8pm – put it in your diary because that’s the regular date for the monthly talk on matters of horticultural interest.  

The talks cover a bewildering range of subjects from Orchids to Urban Wildlife Deterrents; from ‘Dig for Victory’ to demonstrations of Floral Art. The October date is reserved for the Society prize-giving and social. There is always an opportunity to question the speaker and the evening wouldn’t be complete without a cuppa and a biscuit and a chance to win a prize in the raffle.

Talks are held in the Old Library Centre, 14-16 Knight’s Hill, London SE27 0HY. For those not familiar with it that is to your right as you stand looking at the front of the Church, beside the Post Office.

April 25th – The Jerusalem Botanic Gardens ……and much more: Neil Miller is Head Gardener at Hever Castle and has a wide repertoire of gardening talks.

May 23rd – Chris Smith from Pennard Plants: Chris will be with us once again for his now traditional slot during Chelsea Flower Show week!

June 27th – Japanese gardens, shrines, temples and countryside in autumn: Jan Dick, who previously gave us a thrilling talk on Costa Rica, will be regaling us with her recent travels in Japan.

August 22nd – Restoring a medieval meadow: Frank Knowles has been involved in restoring an ancient meadow near Nottingham for some years. He introduced us to it in August 2016 (see Summer 2017 newsletter, p4 for details) since when much has happened!

September 26th – Heritage Gardens – Restoration, Renovation & Reworking. Guy Deakins specialises in working with historic garden. He will give us an illustrated guide on how to approach a garden of historical importance. How can we preserve and restore our national heritage?

October 24th – LHS Prize-giving and Social

November 28th – Entering the Floral Art competition at the Chelsea Flower Show: Maggie Temple, Chelsea gold medal winner, will relate her experiences of entering the show. She will demonstrate her successful Floral Art techniques, and will raffle off her creations.