Brenchley & Matfield Horticultural Society

Summer Show

The Society which was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest in England, exists to entertain, encourage and educate its 200 or so members. During the winter months a series of five evening talks are provided, which are free to members as is the Wine & Cheese party held in February.

The year proper starts with the Spring Show, which gives everybody a chance to show off their daffodils. Prize winners compete for a cluster of silver cups awarded for house plants, cooking, shrubs and flower arrangements.

Barratt Cup Winners 2016 - Matfield WI

In high summer, the Annual Flower Show is normally held in a marquee on Matfield Green providing a traditional backdrop to the Matfield Village Fete. In 2018, however, the summer show will take place in Brenchley as part of the Brenchley Commemorateekend. There, the real enthusiasts compete for the best vegetables or roses whilst local WIs vie with one another to come first with their displays. Classes for cooking are slowly being infiltrated by male members keen to demonstrate their skills.

Residents may join at any time by contacting the Chairman, Clive Ward on 01892 722172 or by emailing (click the email contact form at the top of this page) or by downloading and completing the membership form. Individual annual subscriptions cost £10 and family subscriptions £15.

Winter & Spring Talks 2018
All meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month
at 7.30pm for 8.00pm at
Matfield Village Hall
January 10
The Life & Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll Lesley Chamberlain
February 14
Hardy Geraniums Graham Spencer
March 14
Growing & Showing Daffodils Robert Wiseman
April 11
A Plantaholic's Garden Peter & Gillian Regan