Dates for your diary 2020 :

23rd January  

Tom Cole


Pots for fun – container gardening for seasonal colour

see attached poster

27th February  

Russ Bowes


Dig for Victory


26th March Ben Smith Low Maintenance Gardening


23rd April Tony Rogers


Preparing for the show
28th May Ian Bull RHS Hyde Hall The Herbaceous Border at Hyde Hall


25th June Helen Sheard Flower arranging with garden flowers


11th July Annual Summer show
24th September Lucy Chamberlain The walled kitchen garden


22nd October Tom Hart-Dyke Tales of a Modern Day Plant Hunter


26th November AGM & Andrew Babicz


Bulbs for indoor flowering


10th December Christmas Social evening


Dates for your diary 2019 :

Thursday 24th January  –Global Growth Vegetable Garden

by Matthew Oliver from RHS Hyde Hall  see attached poster 

Saturday 16th February –Apple tree pruning

at Galleywood Infants School see attached poster

Thursday 28th February  –Beeleigh Abbey Gardens

by Chris Cork, Head Gardener 

See attached poster

 Thursday 28th March  –The Truggery

By Sarah Page –  As featured on BBC Countryfile 

See attached poster

Thursday 25th April  –The Pulham Legacy

by Val Christian

Thursday 23th May  –Show Judging by Tony Rogers

   ”   Unfortunately the next meeting of the Galleywood Horticultural Society on Thursday 23 May has had to be cancelled. This is due to the European Parliamentary elections taking place in the Keene Hall on that day. “

 See attached poster

Friday 21st June – Glass house opening at Beeleigh Abbey

‘Peter Seabrook will be officially opening the new glass houses at Beeleigh Abbey at 12pm on Friday 21st June. The gardens will be open and refreshments and plant sales will be available. The roses should be at their best. Entrance is £6.00 each with free parking. If you have any queries call Margaret Clay, GHS Secretary on Tel 01245 350117’

Thursday 27th June  –Floral Festival – Hyde Hall

by Peter Freeman  from Thompson and Morgan

See poster attached

Saturday 13th July  –Annual Summer Show 

See attached poster

Summer show schedule 2019


Thursday 15th August  

GHS Hyde Hall guided tour with Rob Brett – Curator

Thursday 15th August 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Own transport. Let me know if you would like to come but do not have transport and I will try to match you with someone who has extra seats.

The café and shop at the entrance are open until 5.15 pm if you want to arrive early and have tea or shop.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to take this opportunity to see the gardens after hours and if you will have any spare seats for non-drivers.

Margaret Clay

01245 350117

07906 277266

Thursday 26th September  –Desert Island Gardens-

My eight most favourite gardens  By Margot Bishop

See attached poster for details

 Thursday 24th October  – Celebrity evening with Charles Dowding

The No-dig approach to gardening

Ticket price £8.00 and now available . Please note this meeting will start at 7.30 . (not 8.00 as usual)

See attached poster for details

Thursday 28th November  – AGM and Display and Exhibition of members House plants.   See Poster attached


Chairman’s Report 2019

Secretary Report 2019


Friday 13 December: Date changed as Keene Hall used as a Polling station. Christmas Social and Craft evening, free to members, 7.30pm start. See attached poster

All our regular meetings take place on Thursdays at 8.00pm in The Keene Hall, Galleywood .  Members free,  visitors £3.00 unless stated otherwise.

 2018 :

25th January  David Simmons- President National Trust Chelmsford and District Support Group

  • Hatfield Forest

22nd February  Andrew Hellman – RHS Hyde Hall

  • Hyde Hall through the Seasons

24th February  Inter Society quiz at Runwell

22nd March   Charlie Willett – Oliver’s Nursery

  • History of Oliver’s Nursery

26th April   Elaine Thackray – Writtle College

  • Flower Arranging

6th May  Trip to RHS Wisley

24th May  Mrs Maike Windorst – Mount Holly

  • Vegetable self-sufficiency in a changing climate

28th June  Visit to Galleywood Infant School

Society Meeting at Galleywood Infants School on Thursday 28th June 2018

Please meet at the school and not at Keene Hall as usual. The school gates will be open and there is parking available but PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 7.30PM as you will not be able to get in.

While at the school we will hope to show you what work members of the Society do and what the school offers to its students in the form of horticulture and how this links into the school curriculum. 

Things to look at will include the Polytunnel, Orchard, outside beds and the quiet area. 

Seating will be available but there will be some walking on grass and some slight inclines. 

As usual there will be Tea and Coffee at he end of the evening.

Peter, Brian, Sue and Andy hope that you will come and view their efforts and enjoy the evening.


9th August  Summer Tasting & Party Evening

27th September  Mike Abel

25th October  Celebrity Speaker – Margaret Thrower

22nd November  AGM

Chairman’s Report 2018 AGM

Secretary’s Report 2018 AGM

Amateur Gardening’s Lucy Chamberlain Question & Answer session                      preceded by a short AGM

13th December  earlier time of 7.30pm

Christmas wreath and decoration workshop with

Foggy Hau from Marconi Belles WI

Make your own table decoration

Wine and festive nibbles

If you would like to make a Christmas table decoration it would be helpful to bring all or some of the following:

• A large potato (3 – 4 inches and not too knobbly) wrapped in kitchen foil
• Your own gardening (or other strong) gloves
• Scissors or secateurs
• Some greenery with red berries

See poster for full details