The Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society

Diary of Events 2017

To book or make enquiries, email events@hortsoc.co.uk, ring 020 8455 0455 / 020 8455 7334 or write to Events, 86 Willifield Way, NW11 6YJ, except where different information appears next to an event below. Cheques in payment for tickets, etc., should be made payable to HGS Horticultural Society. Credit and debit cards cannot be used. A stamped addressed envelope for tickets would be appreciated.

QUIZ NIGHT

  • Saturday 21 January at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
A light-hearted quiz in a horticultural theme. Supper. Details 020 8455 0455. Essential to book - make up tables of 4-6 or we can seat you. £12.50 for supper and a drink. NON-MEMBERS WELCOME.

OUTING TO ANGLESEY ABBEY

  • Thursday 23 February
A coach outing to see the stunning display of snowdrops and winter colour at this National Trust property. Full details later. Info: 020 8455 0455.

SEED SWAP in association with HGS Allotments

  • Thursday 9 March at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Collect and dry ripe veg, herb or flower seeds from your garden and bring them to the meeting to exchange for seeds from other people's gardens on the Suburb. or just come and listen to the Talk from Chris Collins, former 'Blue Peter' gardener. For information contact Ruth Beedle: 020 8455 3109 or ruthbeedle@tiscali.co.uk. Entry free.

TIPS FOR ENTERING THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY CLASSES AT THE SHOWS

  • Thursday 6 April at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Denise Newland will give us handy hints on presentation and display etc to help unlock the mystery of entering the cookery and preserving classes at the Horticultural Society flower shows. For old hands and newcomers alike.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

  • Saturday 13 May from 10:30am to 12pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Good value annuals, perennials, herb and vegetable seedlings for sale. Bring your own bags and come early as plants sell out very quickly. Cash and cheques only, sorry no credit cards. Entry free. Details: 020 8455 0455.

OUTING TO THE SAVILL GARDEN

  • Thursday 18 May
Coach outing to the Savill Garden, one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens with amazing collections of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Price and time details info: 020 8455 0455.

ENTRY NIGHT FOR THE 283RD FLOWER SHOW

  • Tuesday 13 June from 7pm to 8pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Bring your entry forms for entering the produce, cookery, baking, preserving, children's and photography classes into Saturday's flower show. Info: 020 8455 8741. Children's fancy dress (0-16 years) - dress up as flowers, trees, birds and bees. Adults fancy hats (17 and over): make and wear a hat on the theme of flowers, trees, birds and bees. If you do plan to enter the fancy dress, it would help with planning if you could contact the show secretary on 020 8455 8741, or email yvonne.oliver17@gmail.com. Or come along to entry night.

SUMMER FLOWER SHOW WITH CHILDREN'S FANCY DRESS PARADE

  • Saturday 17 June from 3pm to 5:30pm
at Free Church Hall Northway, London NW11 6PB.
The popular flower show bringing the sights and scents of the country to our London suburb. Full details in the members' handbook. The show will be opened and children's activities judged by our Hon President, Jonathan Ross, schedule permitting. Home-made teas, raffle. Entry for non-members £2. Members and children free. Children's fancy dress (0-16 years) - dress up as flowers, trees, birds and bees. Adults fancy hats (17 and over): make and wear a hat on the theme of flowers, trees, birds and bees. If you do plan to enter, it would help with planning if you could contact the show secretary on 020 8455 8741, or email yvonne.oliver17@gmail.com.

HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB GARDENS open in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme

  • Sunday 25 June from 12pm to 5:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
This year, under the heading HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB GARDENS, nine of the Suburb's finest gardens and one allotment are opening on one day as a group featured in the National Gardens Scheme yellow 'Gardens to Visit' book, in which garden owners raise funds for nursing, cancer and other worthwhile national charities. Tickets with maps £8.50pp (children free) available from 86 Willifield Way and 1 Asmuns Hill on the day only. Refreshments at Fellowship House, where two well-known nurseries will be selling a fantastic selection of plants. Plants will also be available in some of the gardens. Children's Treasure Hunt, Raffle with amazing prizes. Full details are published on the Horticultural Society website (www.hortsoc.co.uk) and the NGS website and can also be found in the 2017 yellow 'Gardens to Visit' book published by the National Gardens Scheme. Some of the gardens are also open by appointment until September. Copies of the free 'London Gardens' booklet are also at Fellowship House and the HGS Community Library in the Market Place, etc., Info: Caroline Broome, 020 8444 2329 or carosgarden@virginmedia.com.

COACH TRIP TO WATERPERRY GARDENS AND PETTIFERS, OXFORDSHIRE

  • Wednesday 19 July
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Waterperry has fine herbaceous borders at their best between May and October. Pettifers is a horticultural feast for plant lovers. Restaurant available for lunch. For price and to book contact Horticultural Society (020 8455 0455).

SUBURB IN BLOOM BEST GARDEN COMPETITION CLOSING DATE

  • Wednesday 19 July
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
There are so many wonderful gardens in the Suburb - enter yours this year in this prestigious competition founded by Dame Henrietta Barnett. Details and entry forms from Patricia Larsen (patsy_larsen@yahoo.co.uk) or Pauline Murphy (paulinemurphy16@aol.co.uk). Prizes: Millennium Cup + £25 garden voucher, £15/£10. Judging Day: 26 July. Horticultural Society membership essential.

COACH TRIP TO SUSSEX PRAIRIES PLANT FAIR

  • Sunday 3 September
Sussex Prairies has natural planting with year-round interest in the style of Piet Oudolf and an amazing PLANT FAIR. Details 020 8455 0455.

ENTRY NIGHT FOR THE 284TH FLOWER SHOW

  • Tuesday 5 September from 7pm to 8pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
Bring your entry forms to Fellowship House to enter for the Flower Show on 9 September. Plenty of committee members around to help first-timers. Or deliver your entry forms to 4 Asmuns Hill, NW11 6ET on or before this date.

284TH FLOWER SHOW

  • Saturday 9 September from 3pm to 5:30pm
at Free Church Hall Northway, London NW11 6PB.
All the sights and scents of early Autumn on display in the Free Church Hall. Photography,Teas, Raffle. Children's classes, including photography for some age groups. The Grimsdyke Brass Band will play in the garden (indoors if wet). Unfortunately, bulbs will not be sold at the show this year.

TALK: GARDENING IN THE THIRD AGE - GADGETS AND GIZMOS

  • Tuesday 24 October at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
A talk by Anne Luder. Free to members. £3 non-members.

103RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND PRIZE-GIVING

  • Tuesday 14 November at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
The 103rd AGM of the HGS Horticultural Society, when trophies and medals will be presented and prize money distributed. Committee reports and election and re-election of committee members. If you would like to be considered for membership of the committee, please contact the Hon. Sec. Gladys McLeod (020 8455 2656).

CELEBRATE OUR SOCIETY

  • Saturday 9 December at 7:30pm
at Fellowship House 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD.
A festive gathering to eat, meet, chat and celebrate the Horticultural Society. Bring a dish of food as your entry ticket. New members and potential members welcome.