Kew Horticultural Society
Founded in 1938, the Kew Horticultural Society is the focus for gardeners and garden-lovers in Kew. The pride and joy of KHS is the summer show, one of the traditional horticultural shows held in London, but we also offer members a series of events throughout the year.
The annual Flower and Produce Show is held on Kew Green usually on August Bank Holiday Saturday.
Preparations for the 2019 Summer Show are already well underway. It is to be held in St Anne’s Church Hall on August Bank Holiday Saturday, that is 24th August. We attach both a poster for this year’s Summer Show and the Entry Form for the Show. Why not look the entry form over and study the classes. There is bound to be some which you can enter. Think what you might exhibit and get planting and growing now. We hope there will be something for everyone including children’s classes and cookery classes and floral art, not just flowers, fruit and vegetables. With the cookery classes the taste of the entry is the winning characteristic. The KHS Show is characterised by friendly participation rather than aggressive competition, so don’t be shy, come along on the day with your entries and join in.
Click on the poster to see it in full and the entry form can be found here.
Gifts from the Kew Horticultural Society
At a recent Special General Meeting the members of the Kew Horticultural Society agreed to give some of their excess reserves to local community groups and schools with the aim of furthering interest in gardening, horticultural and earth science generally. Accordingly, with this aim in mind, the KHS is happy to announce that they have made the following gifts.
The KHS donated £3000 to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for a community project which aims to encourage excluded people, such as those who are homeless or refugees or suffer from disabilities, to engage in gardening and to learn about gardening in the allotments located at Kew Gardens. The KHS gift will support the provision of a new poly tunnel as well as tools and equipment for this project.
£3000 was also given to the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust for their Schools Project. The kitchen garden has for some time invited school children to enjoy day visits to the kitchen garden to plant, grow and harvest produce, visit the bee hives and learn more about the world that is the kitchen garden. The KHS monies will allow the children to visit for free, as used to be the case, rather than as at present paying to visit. Payment had to be instituted given the ending of an earlier grant. Given the shortage of funds in schools the need to pay had led to a steep decline in school visits. The KHS grant reverses that disappointing trend. The monies will allow the school children to visit without charge and to provide the tools and equipment needed to make sure the project is a success.
Finally, three local schools, Kew Riverside Primary School, The Queen’s C of E Primary School and Darell Primary and Nursery School, each received a grant of £1000 to enable them to carry forward proposals, which each of them submitted prior to being given the grant, for an earth sciences project. We were delighted that the proposals were all very different but that each was clearly going to offer the children real opportunities to understand better the natural world and to get engaged in activities involving both gardening and nature study.
The Kew Horticultural Society are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and as a consequence were able to obtain 1000 purple crocus corms as part of a joint venture between the RHS and The Rotary Club of Great Britain’s Purple4Polio campaign. Here are some of the bulbs that were planted in the churchyard of St Anne’s Kew Green by members of the KHS.
The news letter can be found here.
Photographs kindly provided by Brian Secrett.