Roehampton Garden Society


Organic Gardening Course

Starts again for 2021 on Saturday 24th April at Carshalton Community Allotment

The course and runs over 6 consecutive Saturdays.
From beginners to the more knowledgeable gardener, you’ll have the chance to learn eco-friendly gardening methods, including crop rotation, no-dig methods and organic planting techniques.
Teaching is a mixture of theory and practice, allowing students to try out the skills they learn, understanding how to plan, so they can make the most of their veg patch at home or their allotment.
Our course is Covid-safe, with theory taught live via Zoom and students learning the practical elements outdoors, with social distancing observed on the Community Allotment.

The course is organised by EcoLocal, a Carshalton based charity.
For further information and to book visit:
www.ecolocal.org.uk/highlight/organic-food-growing-course/ or facebook.com/ecolocal
Enquiries email: food@ecolocal.org.ukor telephone 020 8404 1522
Cost £80 per person


Click and Collect – how it works

While the store is closed – why not click and collect?

  • Order composts, fertilisers and a full range of Kings seeds using our web order form. The link to use is sent out by email each Monday.
  • You will be sent a time to come to the store to pay by contactless card and collect your order. Pickup is always on a Sunday morning.
    Please do bring a bag with you.
  • If you are on site 2 please use and wipe down a trolley, if necessary, for heavy items.
  • If you are on site 3, your composts will be delivered to your plot on Sunday morning.

We look forward to seeing you there…….


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.