Whitstable and District Horticultural Society

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




The second Tuesday of each month


January/August - No meeting



Visitors welcome: £5



Future meeting dates for your diary:


8th February 2022

8th March 2022

12th April 2022

10th May 2022

14th June 2022

12th July 2022

13th September 2022

11th October 2022

8th November 2022

13th December 2022

Speakers for 2022


  • 8 February - Steve Harmer (click for more information)

    The Arts and Crafts Movement and its Gardens. Steve Harmer MA, garden historian, author and Head Gardener at Tonbridge School invites us into the fascinating subject of the Arts and Crafts garden.

  • 8 March - Caroline Halfpenny (click for more information)

    The Gardens of St John's of Jerusalem. Horticulturist Caroline will talk to us about these National Trust gardens at Sutton-at-Hone near Dartford.

  • 12 April - Steve Edney (click for more information)

    A Tale of Two Gold Medals. Steve is a Garden consultant, design, and nurseryman and RHS herbaceous committee member.  Steve will be chatting about all things garden as well as his experiences of winning Chelsea gold and Hampton Court, Best in Show.

  • 10 May - Richard Goodenough (click for more information)

    The Story of a Kentish Vineyard. Ever wondered about English wines?  Join Richard, whose family run Chartham Vineyard which sits above the River Stour, just below the North Downs Way, to discover just how this type of horticulture results in the flavoursome wines they produce.

  • 14 June - Hugh Thomas-Raggett (click for more information)

    The Gardens of La Mortola. Join Hugh as he casts a filmic eye over this beautiful garden.  Originally created from a dried-out limestone hillside in Italy overlooking the Mediterranean over a hundred years ago it became one of the great gardens of the world. However, its journey through time has not been straightforward and the realisation of its fragility makes it a rare and special place.

  • 12 July - Sophie Leaphart (click for more information)

    The Constance Spry Story. Join Sophie for a fascinating talk about this innovative and ground breaking florist.

  • 13 September - Dusty Gedge (click for more information)

    Green Roofs for Biodiversity. Dusty has been a birdwatcher all his life and has a broad interest in nature whether it be birds, wild bees, butterflies or wildflowers.  Currently President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and founder of Livingroofs Dusty is a recognised authority, designer and consultant on green roofs and green infrastructure.  He is also co-author of the Small-scale green roof guide that has helped lots of small roofs sprout across the globe on sheds garages and other small buildings.

  • 11 October - Sue Marshall (click for more information)

    English Love Affair with Iris. Sue Marshall is the owner of Iris of Sissinghurst. In this talk  Sue explores the beautiful iris, the range of plants available for all positions and seasons in the garden as well as reference to the fashions and development of iris (A section of the talk includes the breeding of iris in Kent).

  • 8 November - Russell Bowes (click for more information)

    Say It With Poison. Down in the garden, something deadly lurks… Several people who stood between the gardener and a large inheritance have died horribly. Could it be that they have all been poisoned with the plants and flowers that grow there?  Many have been used throughout history as part of the murderer’s stock-in-trade, both in fiction and real life.  Russell, garden historian, invites us into the murky side of gardening...

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

    Plus our annual fun quiz!

Monthly Competition


Win a £5 Horticulture voucher


April - Succulent or cacti display

May - Vase of seasonal flowers

June - Display of summer bulbs

July - Vase of roses

September - Vase of Dahlias

October - Display of edibles

November - Display of seed-heads

December - Christmas arrangement

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Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies