What’s On


Lecture Evening – Informal Show 11th March – Jim Buttress   The Society  has secured an outstanding speaker for the  Spring Members’ Social Evening – Jim Buttress, renowned horticulturalist who will talk about how his career has taken him from a local nursery to being responsible for the royal parks and an RHS judge.   An  interesting and amusing talk with anecdotes about the late Queen Mother.  You may have seen Jim on TV in the documentary “The World Garden at Lullingstone” and more recently as the popular judge in “The Big Allotment Challenge”. He continues presenting radio programmes and acting as a judge for the RHS.  Hopefully he will bring copies of his book, which is rapidly becoming a best seller.

From 7pm to 8pm there will be the usual receipt of entries for the informal evening show which has been running now for many years. We look forward to receiving exhibitor support as usual for this light-hearted bit of fun. If you are a new member or want information about the informal show please contact Jon Homan on 01753 662166. Remember that we are not applying national rules for the various horticultural divisions applied to narcissi (daffodils). From 9pm onwards there will be the buffet reception and members will be invited, as usual, to pass their judgements on the exhibits on display. The schedule is as follows :-

Class 1 Vase of trumpet daffodils, not more than three stems.

Class 2 Vase of narcissi other than trumpet daffodils, not more than three stems.

Class 3 Vase of tulips, not more than three stems.

Class 4 Vase of cut flowers, other than narcissi or tulips.

Class 5 Camellias, one vase.

Class 6 A hippeastrum. (Commonly erroneously called ‘Amaryllis’).

Class 7 A flowering pot plant/house plant, other than hippeastrum.

Class 8 A foliage pot plant/house plant.

Class 9 A display of vegetables.

Class 10 A display of fruit.

Non-members are most welcome. They will be asked for a donation of £3.50 each towards the cost of the buffet.

Plant Sale @ Stoke Poges Village Hall

Saturday 25th April 2020
10.00am -12noon

Our Spring Plant Sale is very popular and affords a wonderful opportunity to purchase a variety of plants, some grown by our members and others grown commercially but sold at a discount. There are bargains to be had! The cake stall at this event is hugely appreciated too.

This is our major fund raising event and one we rely on to enable us to continue the tradition of the large marquee at the Annual Show .

Saturday 13th June – Rose Competition at Stoke Poges Village Fete – 

There will be four classes:

Class 1: 1 large-flowered bloom, fully open

Class 2: 1 large-flowered bloom, perfect stage: ½-3/4 open

Class 3: 1 stem cluster-flowered rose carrying 3 or more flowers

Class 4: 1 stem miniature rose (any small-flowered rose eg. “Flower Carpet” or “Seagull”).

The competition is open to all, with cash prizes, so encourage your friends and neighbours to enter.  Entry is free to members, with a nominal charge of 50p per class for non-members (yet another reason to sign up to SPW&F Hort. Soc Membership!)

 Annual Show @ Stoke Poges School

Saturday 25th July 2020 From 12.30pm Marquee opens 1.30pm

See Annual Show tab for details

Other Lecture Evenings @ Stoke Poges School all 8.00pm

Wednesday 9th September 2020
Wednesday 14th October 2020* 

 * denotes members evening with ‘table show* and buffet, with staging from 7.00pm. See newsletter and updates for competition classes