Whitstable and District Horticultural Society

The United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, Whitstable CT5 1BW


7.30pm (doors open at 7pm for refreshments)

The second Tuesday of each month

Except: January/August - No meeting


For the September meeting there is an additional charge of £5 per member, £10 per guest. Tickets available.


Visitors welcome: £5 for each meeting (September £10)



Future meeting dates for your diary:


13th February 2024

19th March 2024 (3rd Tuesday!)

9th April 2024

14th May 2024

11th June 2024

9th July 2024

10th September 2024

8th October 2024

12th November 2024

10th December 2024

Speakers for 2024


  • 13 February - Peter Hasted - Growing trees on the Peninsula of Kent


    (click for more information)

    Peter is a passionate tree lover, Chair and Head Gardener of the Sunken Garden Society. He is also managing director of Thanet Urban Forest.

  • 19 March (note 3rd Tuesday) - Johnny Walkers - Every Show has a Story


    (click for more information)

    Johnny is the son of a Dutch Bulb Grower.  25 Gold Medals at Chelsea and a member of the RHS bulb committee.

  • 9 April - Caroline Halfpenny - A Gardener's Response to Climate Change

                  Also Swallowfields Plants will be selling plants.


    (click for more information)

    Caroline is the owner of All Growth Matters and is an Horticultural Lecturer and Gardener.

  • 14 May -Tom Goodall - Gardening at Canterbury Cathedral (click for more information)

    Tom is the Head Gardener of Canterbury Cathedral.


  • 11 June - Joe Archer - Kew to Kent - A Gardener's Journey from the

    Royal Botanic Gardens to the Kent Weald (click for more information)

    Joe is the Head Gardener of Hole Park Gardens. http://www.holepark.com

  • 9 July -Steve Edney - The Land and the No Name Nursery

    - Our Gardening Life (click for more information)

    No Name Nursery can be visited at http://www.thenonamenursery.co.uk

  • 10 September - Chris Beardshaw - A Most Unique English Garden

    (click for more information)

    Chris is a Horticulturist and media personality. He has won multiple Gold medals and has a wealth of knowledge on all things garden.

  • 8 October - Sally Channon - The Story of Thanet Earth (click for more information)

    Sally is a Senior Technologist in the innovation section and a former Hadlow student.


  • 12 November - Dan Myhill - Eye Do Love Growing Roses - the story of the

    Persica Roses (click for more information)

    A native Whitstable and long time Norfold resident, Dan is the National Collection holder of Persica roses, Chair of The Rose Breeding Group and an Associate Member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee.

  • 10 December - AGM and Social (click for more information)

    A very concise AGM and then onto our social and annual quiz - put on your thinking caps!

Monthly Competition


First prize each month wins a £5 Horticulture voucher.


Free raffle ticket for each entry (maximum of three entries per person) but eligible for one raffle prize only.


February - Winter

March - Spring

April - Succulent or Cacti

May - Seasonal Flowers

June - Summer flowers

July - Roses

September - no competition this month

October - Autumn Abundance

November - Seed Heads

December - Christmas


A point system will run throughout the year for additional prizes.  The monthly speaker will judge the entries.

1st - 3 points

2nd - 2 points

3rd - 1 point


Tea and delicious cakes at every meeting

Members can join us on Facebook

Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies