Roehampton Garden Society


Banksian Medal for Helen

In normal times the Banksian medal is awarded to the member with the most points in RGS shows. This year the committee voted to award the medal to our chair, in recognition of her hard work and achievement in keeping the allotments open safely for us all. After the distanced presentation Helen said:

I was very surprised and delighted to receive this award. I had no idea that I was going to a presentation today! Thank you for thinking to give me the Banksian Medal and for your kind words all done in such a wonderfully conspiratorial way. However, I must stress that nothing would have been possible without our fantastically resourceful and positive committee so many many thanks should go to them too”.


Autumn show cancelled due to coronovirus increase

The Autumn show planned for Sunday September 13th is cancelled. In a message yesterday, Helen Finch, chair of the RGS said:

Very regretfully we have decided to cancel the Autumn show. The R number has gone above 1 and there are reports of Covid cases within West Putney, so we feel that the responsible action is to cancel.

The store will still open on Sunday morning


A New President for the RGS

Fleur Anderson, the MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, has kindly accepted our invitation to be President of the RGS. We look forward to offering Fleur a warm welcome at future events.

Fleur said:

What a wonderful invitation. I would be very honoured to be your President and would love to come …. to as many events as I can. I love gardening myself and would love to learn a lot from you all and see the outcome of all the lockdown work you have all been doing.


Events at the Garden Museum, Lambeth

Herbs in the City

10th March 2020 7.00-8.00 p.m. £10 Standard £5 Friends / Young Fronds

What role can herbs play in a city, why are they integral to an urban landscape – and are we in the midst of a herbalism resurgence?

Garsington, Rodmell and Sissinghurst: Three Sanctuaries

17 Mar 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm £10 Standard £5 Friends / Young Fronds

Explore the gardens – real and imagined – created by three pioneering women writers and gardeners in the early twentieth century: Lady Ottoline Morrell, Virginia Woolf, and Vita Sackville West.

Eat Yourself Healthy

10 April 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm £10 Standard £5 Friends / Young Fronds

Beth Marshall is the author of a newly published book, ‘Grow Yourself Healthy’, a practical guide on how to design and manage edible gardens for nutrition and gut health.

The Garden Museum in London is Britain’s only museum of the art, history and design of gardens at 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, XGL SE1 7LB


Events to help you grow

Kitchen Garden Cornucopia

A talk by Sarah Wain, Former Gardens Supervisor at West Dean Gardens. Come and learn some valuable guidelines on how to grow the perfect fruit and vegetables.

Monday 27 January 2020, 7.30 p.m. – at the Community church, Werter Road, SW152LL – Non Members £3.00 donation

Winter Fruit Pruning – a one day workshop

Find out about pruning fruit trees in the winter months in our new one day workshop, led by Sarah Foss, RHS qualified, experienced fruit grower and tutor

Saturday 1st February 2020, 10am-1pm at The Lodge Victorian Walled Garden, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3NX – cost £35

Booking at https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/winter-fruit-pruning-one-day-workshop/


Orchid Festival at Kew

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020

Free with Garden Entry

Explore exploring the wonders of Indonesia through Kew’s iconic 25th annual orchid festival. Rainforests and volcanoes will be brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays. 


Wisley Garden opens a new welcome centre

The RHS has opened it’s new ‘state of the art’ welcome building, which includes a cafe, restaurant, shop – including botanical bookstore and a new plant centre.

Watch the opening here

The plant centre is stocked with an amazing array of plants, showcasing British nurseries. At the opening on 10th June the RHS ambassador Alan Tichmarsh spoke about their important contribution to our horticulture.

Alan Tichmarsh said “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers….. These plant specialists lovingly grow the rarest, most unusual and beautiful varieties in the world, which thrive in UK gardens because they’re so used to our climate….. I promise to help Greening Great Britain by continuing to promote and buy from specialist UK growers. If the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners were to do the same, we would be protecting the UK from pests and diseases coming in from abroad; helping pollinators which need a diverse range of plants in order to survive; and supporting this vital industry that is worth more than £24 billion to the UK economy.”


Summer Show 2019 – Sunday 9th June

Our new style Summer Show will take place on the RGS Allotments Site 2 at 1pm. Come and enjoy meeting other gardeners – lunch in the open air and view the exhibits. The plant stall will be busy as usual and there’s a cake competition for all our bakers.

It’s an opportunity to showcase the lovely things we grow – please do enter for at least one class. There’s lots of advice about how to do this in the ‘Guidance for entrants’ and a full list of classes in the ‘Summer Show Schedule’ – which also has an entry form attached. Bring your exhibits along between 10 am and 12 noon.