2017 EAHGS Events

Open Garden and Plant Sale Sunday 18th June 2017 2pm until 5pm in aid of Greenwich and Bexley Hospice

Mike and Rosie Hill will once again be opening their award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 18th June 2017 between 2pm and 5pm as part of the first weekend of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival. Apart from visiting the garden visitors will be able to buy a selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are usually only available from specialist plant nurseries. Mike will also be selling his artisan honey produced in the garden and at Pippenhall allotments.

Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2014 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £3 for single garden entry or £10 to include all the gardens open during the first weekend of the festival or £15 to include all gardens open over both weekends of the festival.. All proceeds go to the hospice. Full details of the Festival can be found here

 

If you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.

Annual General Meeting Friday 21st April 2017

This years AGM will take place at the Church Hall, Holy Trinity, Southend Crescent, Eltham, SE9 2SD from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please make every effort to attend as we need to re-elect committee members and elect a new Chairperson as well as considering any other business that may arise.

Early summer outing to Nymans Garden Sussex Tuesday 13th June 2017

This is one of the National Trust's premier gardens in the south of England and is situated 5 miles south of Crawley.

The total cost including the coach fare and entry is £34 per person.

There is plenty to see and do and there is a cafe and plant sales area available to visitors.

If you would like to go please contact the scertary Richard Mattinson as soon as possible on 020 8859 8656 to reserve your place and get further details of departure and return times and pick up points.

 

 

2016 EAHGS Events

Summer outing to Beth Chatto Gardens Wednesday 8th June 2016

The annual outing this year will be to the renowned Beth Chatto gardens near Colchester on Wednesday 8th June 2016. If you are interested in going please contact Richard Mattinson on 020 8859 8656 to check on availability and full travel details. The coach will depart from Eltham at 9.30am and return about 5pm.

Open Garden and Plant Sale Sunday 12th June 2016 Midday to 5pm in aid of Greenwich and Bexley Hospice

Mike and Rosie Hill will once again be opening their award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 12th June 2016 between 12 and 5pm as part of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival weekend. Apart from visiting the garden visitors will be able to buy a large selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are usually only available from specialist plant nurseries. A list of the plants available to buy is available to download below.

Refreshments will also be available through the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2014 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £3 for single garden entry or £10 to include all the gardens open during the festival throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich. All proceeds go to the hospice. Full details of the Festival can be found on the Facebook events page for the Hospice. Last year Mike and Rosie raised over £1500 for the hospice 

 

If you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.

2015 EAHGS Events

Spring Outing Thursday 11th June 2015 to RHS Garden Wisley

The 2015 outing will be to the famous RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey. Since we last visited there have been many changes at Wisley including the opening of the new Glasshouse pictured above. Whatever your gardening interest there will be something for you at Wisley from model gardens, roses, perennial borders, allotments through to more specialist subjects like alpines and the trial fields. They also have a rather good plant centre if you find yourself inspired by the gardens!

There are several options to eat and drink at Wisley or you can bring a picnic should you prefer.

The cost including coach travel from Eltham is £15 per person. The first pick up point is Eltham High Street (Catholic church) at 9.30am, Westmount Road (Methodist church) 9.40am and Avery Hill Road at 9.45am. We plan to be back in Eltham for 5pm.

 

Picture above copyright Mark Boyce.

2014 Annual General Meeting Thursday March 27th 2014

Our AGM will take place on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 7.30pm in the hall at Holy Trinity Church, Southend Cresent, SE9 2SD.

We would be grateful if as many members as possile can attend and have a say in running your society, and elect the officers for the next 12 month period. Free refreshements afterwards.

Summer Outing 2014 Thursday 5th June 2014 Capel Manor Gardens

This years outing will be to Capel Manor Gardens, which has a wide range of attractions including:

 

  • Japanese Garden (which seeks balance between the ‘in’ and ‘yo’ – the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese ‘yin’ and ‘yang’)
  • The Queen Mother’s Garden
  • Sunflower Street (Minimalist, Family, Rustic, Cottage, Victorian, Modern and Mediterranean Gardens designed by former students)
  • National Gardening Centre (front and back domestic sized gardens to offer inspiration)
  • The Australian Garden, 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner. In Association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
  • Outdoor Classroom Garden
  • Le Jardin De Vincent (inspired by Vincent van Gogh, a Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Medal Winner in 2007) & the Recycled Garden
  • Secured By Design (showing how beauty, nature and security can co-exist) & Family Friendly (aka the Upwardly Mobile Garden, a 2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner)
  • Growing Together In Faith Garden (looking at how the rose pervades Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism providing common ground and shared roots)
  • Victorian Garden
  • 17th Century Style Gardens & Well
  • Koi Pond & Japanese Rock Garden (incorporating 175 tonnes of Macclesfield rock)
  • Italianate Maze With Viewing Platform (designed and created by Adrian Fisher, the world’s most prolific maze designer)
  • Woodland Walk
  • The Walled Garden (producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the Manor House and housing several plant collections)
  • Scented Pelargonium House
  • Display House (including a Cactus collection)
  • Victorian Stables
  • Amphitheatre (home to many of our open air theatre events)
  • No-Dig Vegetable Plot
  • Which? Gardening Trial Gardens (looking for the best varieties for the amateur gardener)
  • Terrace self service restaurant which serves drinks, snacks and hot and cold meals throughout the day

Cost per person is £18 which includes coach transport, entry to the garden and entry to the raffle. Coach departs Eltham High Street 10am, leaves Capel Manor about 3pm to arrive in Eltham around 4pm. To book contact Richard Mattinson on 020 8859 8656 or go to our contact page to send Richard an e-mail

2014 Annual Show Saturday September 13th

2013 EAHGS Events

Garden Open Day and Plant Sale August 18th 2013

Mike Hill will once again be opening his award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 18th August 2013 between 2 and 5pm. Apart from visiting the surprisingly large garden visitors will be able to buy from a large selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are only usually only available from specialist plant nurseries.

 

Refreshments including tea and home made cakes will also be available through the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2012 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £2.

 

Volunteers are required to assist both on the afternoon itself so if you can help please contact Mike Hill on 0208 859 4990 or michaelhill1840@msn.com.

 

The map below shows where the garden is and if you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.

We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Pippenhall allotments BBQ Saturday 29th June 2013

On Saturday 29 June 2013 from 2pm  we will be holding a picnic / BBQ at the allotment site. Over the last year we have had a lot of new plot holders at the site and feel this would be a good opportunity to welcome them and for us all to get to know each other. Plot holders and their family and friends and members of Eltham & Avery Hill Garden Society and their family and friends are all welcome.
You will need to bring your own food and drinks, a BBQ, if you wish to BBQ and chairs etc and we will be using the area next to the shop to sit / set up so parking will not be possible in that area during this time.
The weather forecast is currently for a dry but cloudy afternoon with temperatures around 21 degrees which will be ideal, but in the unlikely event this changes and rain is forecast instead we will have to postpone and arrange another date. 

Look forward to seeing you all there !

Plant Sale Sunday 9th June 2013

Mike Hill, our treasurer and show secretary, will be holding a plant sale on Sunday 9th June betweem 1 and 4pm at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF.

 

Those of you who attended the open garden and plant sale that Mike held in June last year will remember the wide range of choice and healthy plants that were available to buy at prices significantly less than those in garden centres or nurseries.

 

Many of the plants that will be on sale are winners of the RHS Award of Garden Merit or are usually only available from specialist nurseries rather than DIY stores or garden centres. All proceeds will go to the society to help us improve the facilities and equipment we have available for society members and tenants at Pippenhall allotments.

 

The list of plants that are available can now be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

 

If visiting by car there is plenty of free parking along Eltham Hill, and it is also possible to get there using buses, including the 321, B15 and B16, which stop a few yards away from Mike's house. The stop is called Kingsground.

 

We hope to see you there.

List of plants for sale 9th June
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Annual Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show- September 14th 2013 3pm

The 61st Annual Show will be held at St.Mary's School, Glenure Road, Eltham, SE9 on Saturday September 14th at 3pm. Exhibitor set up will be from 9.30am to 11.50am, and judging will then take place. The show opens to all at 3pm. Prize giving will commence at 4.15pm by our guest of honour, local MP Clive Efford. Full details and a downloadable schedule will follow shortly.

Annual Summer Outing- Thursday June 6th 2013

This years outing is to the RHS garden at Hyde Hall in Essex. We last visited 10 years ago and it will be interesting to see how the garden has developed in that time. As we are affiliated to the RHS, entry will be free, so the cost of the trip is £15 to cover transport costs. We will depart by coach at 9.30am in the morning and return by late afternoon and hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this year than last! There is a cafe/restaurant available for lunch but you are welcome to take a picnic should you prefer.

If you would like to go please contact Richard Mattinson by clicking here

Annual General Meeting- Thursday March 21st

Our AGM took place on Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the hall at Holy Trinity Church, Southend Cresent, SE9 2SD.

 

Our Chairman, president, and founder member Charles Strangwige retired at the AGM, after 61 years involvement with the society. For more information about the AGM please click here

2012 EAHGS Events

Diamond Jubilee Annual Show- September 8th 2012 3pm

 

The 60th annual show took place on a glorious late summers afternoon at St. Mary's School in Eltham and it was encouraging to see so many entries this year bearing in mind the very poor growing conditions we have all experienced this summer. A number of regular exhibitors were missing for various reasons beyond their control including a double puncture suffered by the Chairman, Charles Strangwige, on his way to the venue. However we were very pleased to see first time entries from a number of members, who mostly are plotholders at Pippenhall and we do hope that will encourage more to try showing next year.

 

Once the exhibitors had completed the staging of their entries just before midday, the three judges got to work to decide who the prize winners would be this year.

 

At 3pm the hall was opened to exhibitors and the public alike so they could then see who had triumphed. Many members of the society were present and one exhibitor, Clive Bennett came along in his 'uniform' as the Pearly King of Woolwich, and this certainly added an extra sparkle to the afternoon.

 

As the weather was so good many visitors took advantage of the tea and home made cake from the refreshment counter and went outside to enjoy the warm sunny weather. Others were tempted by the plants and local honey produced by our treasurer, Mike Hill, which were on sale through the afternoon.

 

4.15pm quickly came and everyone gathered back in the main hall for the prize giving which was announced by Mike Hill with prizes being presented by Charles Strangwige to mark his 60 years of support for the society.

 

The raffle was then drawn and Finn Dowling, the son of one of the Pippenhall allotment plotholders, assisted Charles by drawing the winning tickets before society secretary Richard Mattinson, presented Charles with a gift to thank him for his dedicated support for the society since he helped found it in 1952. Some exhibitors then collected their entries to take home, whilst others were sold off by Iris Griffin, before the event came to a close for another year.

 

We are all looking forward to next years event already, and the provisional date set for the 61st show is Saturday the 7th September 2013. 

Garden Open Day and Plant Sale- Sunday Afternoon 10th June 2012 2 to 5pm- Eltham Hill SE9

Around 150 people came along to the open garden today at Eltham Hill and apart from a few spots of rain about 3pm the weather was kind to us. The event proved to be popular with visitors and in particular the plants sales and refreshment stalls were kept busy all afternoon.

Thanks are due to Mike and Rosie Hill for hosting the event and sharing their splendid garden with all of us, and to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day and made it all possible.

 

Due to it's popularity another open day and plant sale are already being planned for 2013 so watch this space for more details.

 

Pictures of the 2012 event can be seen here