Lambeth Horticultural Society is for local people who are keen to give gardening and horticulture a go, or who’d like to learn more and meet other gardeners. You don’t need a garden or an allotment, and you don’t have to live in Lambeth! We are all volunteers and want to help as many people as possible share our love of growing fruit, veg, flowers, shrubs and trees – from the allotment to the balcony.
We run flower shows in Spring and Summer each year, plus the Flower Show section of the Lambeth Country Show on behalf of Lambeth Council. Check out our 2021 Late Summer Show which made the BBC website!
Membership costs just £10 a year – why not join us?
What we do
- Our members’ shop – The Hut – has a huge range of quality garden supplies, including seasonal items, at discount prices
- Two flower shows (Spring and Late Summer) each year, plus the Flower Show at the Lambeth Country Show for Lambeth Council – open to everyone
- Discounts for members at selected local garden centres
- talks about gardens and horticulture by Head Gardeners and garden designers – free and open to everyone
- Newsletter three times a year
- Monthly emails on our activities (opt out at any time) plus Twitter & Facebook
- Garden visits in south-east England
Lambeth Horticultural Society started life through a group of council allotment holders of West Norwood. In 1951 they formed a gardening association, calling themselves the Lambeth council tenants’ horticultural association. The aim was to provide members with facilities to trade, loan equipment, attend lectures, organise competitions and shows and ‘encourage good gardening in the borough’. They held fortnightly meetings and the first annual show took place in September 1952.
In 1964 the Society became simply Lambeth Horticultural Society and focused on expanding operations. The first trading hut was a wooden shed on a council allotment. A hundredweight of Growmore at a trade price was sold off piecemeal to members. This provided the capital for further purchases, and trading at the hut took off. The Society moved into new premises in 1968 – the site still used today.
Lambeth Country Show
The first annual Brockwell Park Flower Show was organised by LHS, and the Lambeth Arts & Recreation Association (LARA) in July 1967. The Brockwell Park show continued to expand, welcoming other horticultural societies. The council took over the management and it developed into what became the Lambeth Country Show.
In 1997 LHS entered the RHS’s Chelsea Flower Show Courtyard Competition, and was awarded a bronze medal for ‘City Oasis’ and a silver gilt for ‘a Garden for an Urban Gardener’ the following year.
We have twice hosted Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time.
From Heather Miranda’s report in the Summer 2019 Newsletter, adapted from A history of Lambeth’s horticultural societies by Judy Harris