RHS Affiliated Societies 2018 New Year e-newsletter
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Happy New Year!

Hello Affiliated Societies and a very happy new gardening year!

If your club is planning visits for 2018 don't forget to look at the list of Specialist Plant Society events to be held at RHS Garden Wisley and other events featured in this e-newsletter. 

Would your club be interested in transforming a grey space in your community into a green space for residents and the environment?  Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap?  We’re offering a number of groups expert hands-on support from our Community Outreach team, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials – to help communities bring their green visions to life. 

Applications close 14 Feb, so hurry! 

Please visit the RHS website for links to supporting information and how to apply. 

A wonderful way to support your local area and start the New Year off!

If your club ordered a medal for 2018 receipts will be sent by email at the end of January.

Specialist Plant Shows

Specialist Plant Shows

at RHS Garden Wisley


Did you know that many of the Specialist Plant Societies hold shows and exhibitions at one or more RHS gardens which include competitions, displays and sales of unusual plants & seeds, as well as presentations and practical demonstrations suitable for beginners to experienced growers?  Free to all visitors once in the garden.  See below 2018 dates for Shows at Wisley. 

Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show

Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show

Set within Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April.

There will be more than 120 high quality nursery and horticultural stands; floral art and photography competitions; lectures and Gardeners’ Questions, and a veritable cornucopia of Cornish food and drink.

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2018 Information Pack


I am updating the Affiliated Society Information Pack for 2018.  It is having a radical make-over and once completed will be emailed to everyone. It will include guidance on governance issues and insurance.  We will email a copy to each society in March 2018.

Name change

Possible name change - what is your view?

 What does Affiliated Societies mean to clubs looking at our website for the first time? To encourage more clubs to join we are considering a name change. Do you think 'Supported Clubs' or 'Linked Clubs' has more meaning?  Can you think of a better title? Or do we leave well alone!
Winter walks

    East Lambrook          Manor Gardens     

Widely regarded by both visitors and nurseries as the best ‘boutique’ plant fair in Somerset, it is a great opportunity to get expert advice from knowledgeable plantspeople and buy a wide range of interesting and unusual plants, often at very competitive prices.Come and join us on Saturday 24 March. See link below.
Backhouse Daffodils

Backhouse Rossie Estate, Fife

Enjoy Historic and Modern Daffodils at Scotland's Daffodil Festival.   Spring Bulbs, Bear Walk with Scented Daffodils, Daffodil Walk to Covenanter’s Tomb, Café, Plant Sales, Stalls, Talks, Gardening Experts and Backhouse Heritage & Education Centre will all be available.  Come and join us 14 – 15 April.

See link below.