About Us


Contact us: our e-mail address is cabahshortisoc@gmail.com

Join Us: Our membership for this year is now full, please email (as above) if you would like to go on the waiting list or be a guest at one of our meetings.

The Charlton And Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society (CABAHS) was founded in 1950. We hold our monthly meetings in the Old Library of Charlton House, a beautiful Grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion in Charlton (SE7 8RE).  Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in gardening.

Latest News: Indoor meetings have resumed and are now held in the Long Gallery, which restricts our space, so please email before turning up! But our Volunteer scheme in the gardens at Charlton House is open to everyone, member or not,  see Old Pond Garden Project page for details.

Charlton house

Normally, we have either a Talk,  a Show or a Members evening (see Programme page). Together with the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, we run a Volunteer scheme aimed at revitalising the walled gardens at Charlton House. Volunteering is open to anyone local and not just members of the Society.

Members can join our Garden Visits, organised a few times a year. As we are RHS affiliated, members groups can have free entry to one RHS garden each year. Members get 15% discount on plants at Provender Nurseries (Swanley).

Most months we hold a Plant Sales table, full of plants grown by our own members. (This has been re-located to Charlton House walled gardens since the pandemic restrictions). At meetings, members can bring in plants and flowers that are performing well in their own gardens to be displayed on the informal Show Table.

The monthly meetings are friendly gatherings, with Refreshments served, an opportunity to win a prize in our Raffle, and have a good chat about gardening.