The world of gardening
Gardening enables us to interact with and enjoy the natural living world and to develop a more healthy peaceful lifestyle but as gardeners it is also fun and helpful to develop and share skills and knowledge with others. The society has a long history with links to local community and local schools encouraging everyone to get involved in gardening and develop their knowledge and skills.
We exchange ideas when we meet at shows or the AGM which is a sociable highlight of the year. We enjoy two evening lectures and three informal coffee mornings with speakers throughout the year. Our calendar of events aims to meet a range of members' interests and our annual coach outing fosters an aspiration of excellence in our own usually less than perfect gardens.
This is a great way of learning how to get the best from plants. Advice on care, observation of quality are all ways of learning to grow plants well. And connecting to the living world, whether you exhibit or not. However the support of experienced members often encourages newer members to have a go.
How we get things done
It may seem that our Society is run by magic but everything that happens is done by someone in a voluntary capacity. Whilst joining in is not for everyone, it is a great way to make friends.
Committee members are elected at the AGM to manage the Society's events, flower shows and finances. We have a great team who help throughout the year. Members also help with the setting up of the hall before shows and the clearing away afterwards. Stewards welcome members and visitors, show stewards facilitate judges (a great way to learn what judges are looking for), and most importantly we have a great team of helpers providing our renowned refreshments at shows and events. We also have fund raisers running our lottery and raffles, newsletter distributors, people who contribute homemade cakes and serve teas, whilst others grow and donate plants to our stall. If you are interested to know more contact us.
Our talk on 12 March will be held on Zoom. To register please email Banstead Horticultural Society at Banstead.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01737 903086 by Friday February 26th. Joining instructions will be emailed to interested members a few days before the talk