Upcoming Meetings

18th January 2021 -“Exotic Plants” a talk by Graham Blunt from Plantbase, a unique nursery in Kent specialising in unusual plants.

15th February 2021 – Our Annual General Meeting, including update about our Old Pond garden project.

15th March 2021 – to be advised

19th April 2021 – Members Spring Flower Show

17th May 2021 – to be advised

21st June 2021 – to be advised

Previous Meetings: 2020

20th January – “Gales, Greenhouses and Global Warming” a talk by Ian Currie from Frosted Earth.

17th February – Our 70th  (Platinum) Annual General Meeting. Annual membership can be renewed at this meeting.

16th March – “Dig for Victory” a talk by Russell Bowes, a freelance garden historian, garden tour guide and researcher.

20th April – Members Spring Flower Show  (including Pipit competition). Meeting was cancelled, but see See Shows page for the Online Show.

18th May – “Great Little Gardens” a talk by Anthony Noel, garden designer and author. Meeting was cancelled.

15th June – “A History of Women in the Garden a talk by Dr Twigs Way, researcher in historic gardens, writer and regular BBC Countryfile contributor. Meeting was cancelled.

20th July“A-Z of Roses” a talk by Simon White from Peter Beales Roses. Meeting cancelled. But see the “Shows” page for our online Summer Show instead.

9th AugustPlant sale in the walled gardens at Charlton House, 11 am. A great success, £1,070 raised for the Old Pond Garden and Greenwich Hospice.

17th August Zoom test meeting

21st SeptemberMembers Autumn Flower Fruit and Vegetable display – Meeting was cancelled.

19th October – Zoom Meeting:   Julia Larsson from U3A will talk about garden birds.

16th November – Zoom Meeting “Traditional Wildflower Names” presented by Dr. Twigs Way.  Do you know your Cow Mumble from your Sheep’s Parsley? your Crowsfoot from your Storksbill? Or why you should avoid Priests Pintles and how Love in Idleness inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream . . This talk will reveal all!

Previous Meetings:  2019

21st JanuaryDr David Marsh will speak about ” The Gardens & Green Spaces of Early Modern London”. Dr Marsh is an expert on Garden history, as well as a trustee of the Gardens Trust, a charity dedicated to the conservation of our historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

18th February Our 69th Annual General MeetingAlso a Bring & Buy sale. Annual membership can be renewed at this meeting.

18th March Jim Buttress on “Greenwich Park”. Jim is a renowned horticulturalist, RHS Shows judge and presenter of the BBC’s “Big Allotment Challenge”. He held the post of Superintendent of the Royal Parks for 25 years and his clients have included Her Majesty the Queen and the Queen Mother.

15th AprilSpring Flower Display.   See Shows page for categories

20th May Iain Pentney – “Container Gardening”. Iain started working in horticulture at Windsor Castle, and is now a speaker for the Horticultural charity Perennial and general manager of plant company Classiflora Imports

17 June – Stephen Harmer – “The Plant Hunters”.  Stephen is a lecturer in Garden History and leads tours to historic gardens all over Europe. He is author of “La Chaire, the story of Jersey’s Lost Garden” and is also Head Gardener of Tonbridge School in Kent.

15 July – Members Evening and “Amateur Gardeners Question Time”

19 August – Simon Sutcliffe – “Growing plants for Chelsea” Simon is from family business How Green Nursery in Hever, Kent, an established wholesale nursery which supplies plants to garden designers, stately homes, local authorities and Chelsea.

16 September – Autumn Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Display.  See Shows page for categories.

21 October – Rose Cottage Plants – “Planting Spring Bulbs”.  Rose Cottage is an independent nursery in Essex, specialising in bulbs and dahlias.

18 November – Nick Bailey – “365 days of Colour in your garden”.  Nick is a garden designer, best selling author, columnist and presenter on BBC’s Gardeners World.  Please note: November will be a ticketed event, limited to 100, members £5, Non-members £10. Tickets include free drink and raffle. SEE PHOTOS ON THE GALLERY PAGE!

December – No Meeting this month

Previous Talks – 2018

19th February – AGM and Bring & Buy.  (Membership can be renewed at this meeting.)

19th March –  Chris Stewart will speak about the Flower Villages of Alsace and Lorraine.

16th April – Spring Flower Display (See “Shows” page for classes)

21 May – Dr Benz Kotzen will speak about the Roof Gardens at Greenwich University. Dr. Kotzen leads the Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre and the Landscape Environmental Design Research Group. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 25 years of experience and has been teaching landscape design for over 15 years at the University of Greenwich.

18 June –  John Large will speak about the Oxleas Woods Honeybee Apiary.  The apiary runs more than 30 hives in Oxleas Woods just to the north of Eltham. The 77 hectare woods & wildflower meadows, hedgerows and orchards make a rich diversity of pollen and nectar for the foraging honeybees.

16 July – Members Evening with informal Gardeners’ Question Time. Please note this meeting will be held in the Grand Salon at Charlton House (lift available).

20 August – Dr John Hughes will speak on Cacti and Succulents for Beginners. Dr Hughes has been a judge of RHS shows including Chelsea for over 10 years. He has grown cacti and succulent plants for more than 50 years, travelled to their habitats, lectured on them and judged them at national level.

17 September – Autumn Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Display (see “Shows” page for a list of classes to enter.)

15 October – Dr John Hughes will speak on a Visit to Monet’s Garden.  Monet developed his famous garden in Giverny over a period of 43 years, with a painter’s eye for perspective & colour. He had a passion for Botany and dug a series of ponds for his special water lilies and installed  a Japanese bridge to view them.

19 November  –  Jude Lawton will speak on Ferns for your Garden. Jude is Chair of Plant Heritage for Kent and you may remember she gave us a talk about its work a couple of years ago. She is also a fern enthusiast and is back to inspire us to grow these garden favourites.

December– No Meeting this month


16th January – No meeting this month

20th February -AGM and Bring & Buy

20th March – Mr Colin Moat of Pineview Nurseries ” Plants for Shady Gardens”

10th April – Spring Flower Display. Also flowering bulb competition.

15th May- Mr Neil Miller will speak on ” Gardens of Hever Castle” in aid of cancer charities

19th June- Dr John Hughes will speak on ” Judging for the RHS”

17th July- “Gardeners Question Time”Our panel will try to answer your horticultural queries

21st August- Mr Roy Vickery  on ” The Work of the South London Botanical Institute”

18th September- Annual Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Display. Also handicrafts & provisions

16th October- Dr John Hughes will tell us about the Gardens of Roberto Burle Marx, who was a famous modernist landscape gardener in Brazil.

20th November- Mr Tim Anderson will speak on ” Maryon Park- the Hidden Garden”

18th December- No meeting this month