Chedworth & District Horticultural Society – Founded 1880

There has been a Horticultural Society in Chedworth since 1880. History records that it may not have been in existence in every year since that time, but Chedworth village has demonstrated a strong interest in flower and produce shows and talks over the years ever since the first in 1881. The centenary of the Society was celebrated in 1980 with a dance after the show. In 2005, to mark the 125th year of the Society, a collection of themed floral displays representing `Chedworth Through the Ages` were brought together in St. Andrew`s Church, and we hosted Gardeners Question Time. In 2020, we will be celebrating our 140th anniversary, and hope to bring Gardeners Question Time back to the village. The Society offers much to interest its members; garden visits in the spring and summer, plant exchanges, compost sales in March and October and, in alternate years, the annual show and open gardens.


President Wiggy Talbot Rice  
Chairman Simon Colbeck 720146
Treasurer Josie Hutson 720223
Garden Visits Organiser Sue Bradbury 720628


We welcome members from the parishes of Chedworth, Yanworth & Stowell, Coln St. Dennis, Coln Rogers and neighbouring villages. Please contact the Chairman for further details.

Memberships are renewable on the 1st January each year, payable to the Treasurer or any member of the Committee. The subscriptions are :

Individual – £10.00
Joint – £15.00
Family (any number of children under 18) – £20.00
Life – £45.00
Joint Life – £70.00

Main Events

Annual Show & Open Gardens

In past years, the Annual Show has taken place on the August Bank Holiday Saturday, and until the last three years, run by the Horticultural Society (HortSoc) committee. The HortSoc is now part of a larger event and concentrates its effort on the exhibition of vegetable, floral and domestic classes. We have recently decided to run an NGS sponsored Open Gardens weekend every other year, and in those years we will not be committing to a full presence at the annual show. The Open Gardens weekend will be in June each year, and details will be advertised in the NGS Garden Visitors Handbook, locally, and in various other publications.

Garden Visits
Participants always meet at the Village Hall to encourage lift sharing.

The HortSoc will subsidise the fees for members attending the more expensive gardens, and for coach travel to more distant gardens. Non- members will be welcome, but will not be subsidised.
More details will come to you via email or in the Hill & Valley Magazine as times get closer.

Plant sales/exchanges

These are held from time to time, in addition to Open Gardens days and at the Show.

Joining the Society

New members are always welcome to join the Society and should contact the General Secretary.