Knockholt Horticultural Society

1889-2017
Affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society
and the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies


Gallery

Shows held in Knockholt Village Centre

Saturday 24th June 2017 - Summer Show
Saturday 9th September 2017- Autumn Show

Staging of exhibits 8.30am-11am
Shows open to the public from 2.15pm
Presentation of awards at 4.00pm

Pleased to have been hosting events and shows for over 127 years

At the 1989 centennial show the best vegetable exhibition secured the prize of a Diploma from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners plus a bottle of gin.
The next decade saw two of our members Alma Andrews and Michael Glasspool delving into the fiercely competitive cauldron of the Chelsea Flower Show entering in the hanging basket/window box section and achieving Silver in 1999, Silver Gilt in 2000 and finally in 2001 Gold, a magnificent achievement.
The society continues to flourish with in excess of 100 members and with an eye to the past the current committee is proud to maintain and enhance the long tradition of the society in changing times though we will leave the final word to Osmund Hill, a secretary of the society who in 1970 said....
“ Organisations such as ours and others constitute the life and soul of the village and knit the community together”
46 years on we tend to agree.
 
Clwyd Roberts
January 2016   

At the age of at least 128 years Knockholt Horticultural Society is probably the oldest social organisation in the village.
Whilst there is reference to an 1884 flower show we take our birth date from a set of 1889 accounts when an annual subscription was one guinea, at the annual summer show a band was hired for £3 10s and the Police charged 6s to maintain order! Total prize money exceeded £22 whilst lunch for the judges cost a modest 13s 6p.
The Smithers family had a long association with the society and Shows in the early 1900’s were held at Homefield which featured exhibitions, stalls and pony rides alongside the fierce competition between the head gardeners of the local gentry, all quite the big village day out and probably a combination of the current Horticultural Show and Carnival.
Minutes from meetings in the 1950’s onwards reflect a very active society with a committee dotted with Knights and Brigadiers, 70/80 active members and various events including a 1969 talk and film show on the subject of garden chemicals…how times have changed.

  1. Clwyd Roberts- Chairman
    My role involves the delicate skills required in ensuring that the very able committee undertake the majority of the tasks required whilst taking the maximum credit for the undoubtedly successful outcomes.
  2. Judith Pitman- Secretary
    My role as secretary includes producing the annual schedule, and organising events. As Show Secretary I co-ordinate the shows entries and certificates, and organise the cups . I enjoy being on the committee - we have fun together at the meetings and at all the events - but mostly I love the hall being full of entries on show day - It is great to see everyone from the Society truly enjoying such a traditional village event.
  3. Juliet Peters - Vice Chairman
    I try to do some of the bits that Clwyd and Judith don't have time to do. I love competing in the shows - especially the domestic section and happily open my garden in our open day events. Extra curricular involves organising our float for the biennial Knockholt Carnival which, though hard work is always great fun.
  4. Helen Cowley- Treasurer
    I organise all our finances and subscriptions and pay charities for our fund raising events. In the past few years our open gardens have raised over £4000 for Hospice in the Weald. I also love planning our annual trip which is always a fun day out, whatever the weather!