Come and join our Society.
We have activities to suit all ages and all levels of gardening experience, with an exciting and varied programme for 2017
Activities include Talks related to gardening and horticulture, Plant Sales, our annual Outings programme, member’s lunch, and our two-day Flower Show.
The show is one of the oldest and largest two-day tented village shows in Scotland, and is not confined to flowers and vegetables; there are also sections for handicrafts, baking, honey and a special section for children.
The Society was formed in 1848, to “encourage gardening through competition.” This was expanded, first in 1937 to “encourage horticulture in all its branches” then in 1990 to “advance gardening and horticulture for the public benefit…[and] improve the environmental fabric of the Village and its neighbourhood.”
Now in the 21st century we welcome new members who share our love of plants and gardens,
whether edible or just beautiful!
Membership subscriptions 2017/18: It was agreed at the 2016 AGM to keep Annual subscriptions the same as the previous rates
Full annual membership – £5.00.
This provides all the benefits, including the programme of talks, access to the Bulk Buy Scheme, subsidised summer outings, free Show schedule and entry on both days, entry of Show exhibits, and three Newsletters.
Annual Show membership – £2.50.
This covers entrance to the Show on both days and entry of exhibits.
Plant Sale 20 May 2017
While select varieties of annuals are bought in the Society benefits greatly from donated shrubs and herbaceous plants as well as some vegetable plants. Donations of plants of various kinds seemed to be at an all time high last year. The diversity of plants on offer is a key factor in drawing more customers year on year and indeed helping to increase corresponding sales. Therefore as you awaken your garden this Spring please consider again potting up some plants for donation at plants sale. I’m pleased to note that Joe Clark has agreed to continue to host these events and he deserves a considerable amount of credit for his efforts in this regard.
While recognising the past huge effort of some of our members last year just think how many more funds we might generate if ALL members make an attempt to bring along at least a few plants for sale on the day. Plants for sale can be dropped off in the hall on 20 May 2017 from 9.00am
Gifford Flower Show – Saturday/ Sunday 19th / 20th August 2017
- Class 442 Knitted or crocheted child’s hat and scarf for Blythswood Christmas Shoeboxes
- Class 443 Any handmade useful or decorative item other than above
In an effort to improve the diversity of interest on offer and following a small trial last year we successfully included a number of craft stalls.
These included willow weavers, face painters, wood recyclers, furniture makers and a floral artist.
If you have any specific ideas on how we might continue to develop the Flower Show, to continue to widen its appeal, then please let us have you views or consider becoming directly involved yourself.