The Lambeth Horticultural Society was established in 1951 to promote gardening and growing. We’re run entirely by volunteers – why not join us?

What we do

  • Run flower shows in Spring and Summer each year, plus the Flower Show section of the Lambeth Country Show on behalf of Lambeth Council
  • Visit some of the most important gardens in the South-East of England on coach day trips
  • Organise talks about gardens and horticulture by some of the country’s most eminent Head Gardeners and garden designers 
  • Have a members’ shop – The Hut – with a huge range of quality garden supplies at discount prices
  • Publish a Newsletter three times a year

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Roots

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. 

The Hut

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. 

Chelsea

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. 

And GQT!

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