What's on in 2017?


Talks take place at Charing Barn, (Church Barn. Market Place, Charing, Kent, TN27 0LP) at 7.30pm and for members cost £2 for the talk and a cup of tea or coffee afterwards or you can simply take part in our monthly raffle. Non members pay £3 to attend. At the talks you will also have the opportunity to browse the seed swap table or have a look at our 'Homes for Unwanted Plants scheme' and perhaps give a donation to the society for one of the plants grown by our members. See below for more details.


Date Speaker Topic
23 January 2017 at 2pm
Malcolm Withnall
Gardening for seniors
15 Feb
Chris Williams
Fruit growing: selecting cultivars, rootstocks and pruning
15 March
Dr Sue Turner
The social histroy of the potato
19 April
Joanne Denness, Alphabet Orchids
Hardy orchids for the garden
17 May
Jude Lawton
Growing ferns for the garden
20 September
Roy Wall
What a show judge looks for: preparing for the showbench
18 October
Melanie Gibson-Barton
The parks and gardens of Flanders
15 November
Free glass of wine to help the evening along
6 December
Xmas social with Alan Harvey
Have a chat and a glass of mulled wine with fellow gardeners and a fun workshop identifying twigs!



If you need transport to any garden visit please contact a committee member.

Date Visiting Further information Cost

Fri 5 May

Godinton Estate Walk
3pm walk starts. Meet in at Godinton at 2pm


Sat 5 August

Kew Gardens with a guided tour
8.30am. Meet coach in School Road




Seed Swap

At every meeting there will be a table set up with packets of interesting seeds to try. If you would like a packet of seeds simply bring along a few of your own unwanted seeds to swap as we are keen to build a small stock. There will be plenty of small envelopes for your seeds if you do not but please try to have as much details about the seeds eg names and variety and when they were collected so that people know what they will be growing.

Homes for Unwanted Plants

As gardeners we all have plants, seedlings or bulbs that we don't need so we are setting up a mechanism to provide your excess plants with new homes - where you will be confident that they will be loved and nurtured.

Just bring along your spare plants, seedlings or bulbs to one of our meetings and make them available to fellow gardeners. Anyone who wants to give a plant a new home will be asked to make a small donation to society funds. However, if your plant is still there at the end of the meeting please do ensure you take it back as we have no means of storing them!

Member Gardens - Wine and Wander

There is a £3 entry fee and you will be able to look at different styles of private gardens at different stages of development with a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice to smooth your walk! This is only available for members of the society and their partners so for details please consult your membership annual or look out for our emailed newsletter. Don't forget to bring your current membership card on the day.

Wine and Wander dates:

Saturday 24 June 2.30pm - Pear Tree Cottage

Friday 7 July 6.30pm - Kelmscott

Supporters in 2017:

Member discounts at:
Kevin Giles

Other supporting advertisers

Airports & Allports Taxi

Charing Court

Charing Motors

Charing Pharmacy

Glass & Glaze

Godinton House

Green Thumb

Hadlow College


Mr Hills Tree Company

Lotus Print

NFU Mutual

PMN Window Cleaning

Mulberrys Tea Room

Thorneloe Solicitors

Ville de Fleurs

The Wow Factory