Access to The Hut (the Distribution Store) which offers most gardening requirements at reasonable cost. Advice is also on handA program of talks on gardening and related subjectsCoach outings to gardens of horticultural and historic interestAdditionally, there are opportunities to meet with fellow enthusiasts and admire local gardens at our Garden Natter Mornings and occasional Open GardensPlant Sales are held at talks and annually at The Distribution Store (The Hut) Quarterly Newsletter to keep members informed
In 1919 The Land Settlement Facilities Act required land to be made available to all to produce food, but mainly it was a way of assisting returning service men. In Emsworth the site chosen was a field off Victoria Road. The Emsworth Allotments and Gardens Society was set up to run it, collecting rents and making sure that plots were cultivated and in good order. Many plots were miniature small holdings on which members (all men) kept livestock such as hens and pigs as well as growing vegetables and fruit. One hundred years on, the Society has evolved into Emsworth Horticultural Society which no longer runs the allotments and whose activities reflect a range of the horticultural interests of its 350 or so members.Our centenary programme of events includes:Radio Solent Gardeners’ QuestionsJoin us on Friday March 15th2019 at 1.45pm for a 2pm recording in Emsworth Baptist Church Hall hosted by Rebecca Parker. Bring along your questions to put to local gardening experts Andy McIndoe and Pippa Bensley. Tickets will be on sale at our talks, the Hut (see below) and at Bookends. Price: £2 for members and £3 for non-members to cover the hire of the hall and refreshments.‘Planning and Planting for the Year Ahead’, a talk by Steve Austin. Thursday 17th January 2018‘Herbaceous Perennials’ a talk and sale of plants by Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants award winning nursery. Thursday 18th April 2019.'Doing Chelsea in 2001BC—Before Computers'. President of the EHS, Sarah Sanderson will give a talk on her experience with the society's entry. 16th May 2019.Centenary Garden Party in the grounds of Hollybank House, 30th June, courtesy of Viv and Anna Williams.Talks will be held at Emsworth Community Centre starting at 7.30pm and are free to members, £2 to non-members. It only costs £7 to join the EHS – look at our website www.emsworthhorticulturalsociety.org.ukfor details, and join at one of the monthly talks or at the EHS Distribution Hut, on the Washington Road Allotments site, on Sunday mornings, 10 – 12 .Lyn Davies (Chair)
Emsworth Horticultural Society celebrates its centenary.