Brenchley & Matfield Horticultural Society

The Society which was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest in England, exists to entertain, encourage and educate its 200 or so members. During the winter months a series of six evening talks are provided, which are free to members as is the Wine & Cheese party held in February. The talks are held on the second Wednesday from October to April in Matfield Village Hall at 7.30 for 8pm – everyone welcome.

The year proper starts with the Spring Show, which gives everybody a chance to show off their daffodils. Prize winners compete for a cluster of silver cups awarded for house plants, cooking, shrubs and flower arrangements.

In high summer, the Annual Flower Show is normally held in a marquee on Matfield Green providing a traditional backdrop to the Matfield Village Fete. There, the real enthusiasts compete for the best vegetables or roses whilst local WIs vie with one another to come first with their displays. Classes for cooking are slowly being infiltrated by male members keen to demonstrate their skills.

Residents may join at any time by contacting the Chairman, Clive Ward on 01892 722172 or by emailing or by downloading and completing the membership form. Individual annual subscriptions cost £10 and family subscriptions £15.

Winter & Spring Talks 2018/19

All meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Matfield Village Hall

October 10 Bees, wasps and gardeners Terry Clare
November 14 The Flower Villages of Alsace and Lorraine followed by the AGM Chris Stewart
January 9 Right place, right plant Alison Marsden
February 13 Beginners Orchids Christine Bartlett
March 13 Water Management in the garden Malcolm Withnall
April 10 The Life and Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll Lesley Chamberlain