Welcome to Portishead Horticultural Society



About the society



The Portishead and District Horticultural Society was formed in 1863 by Dr Charles Wigan who organised a Flower Show, initially for those who had large gardens and gardeners. The Society gradually grew and in addition to hosting a Summer Show, expanded to give talks to the members. With the exception of the War Years the Society has held a Summer Show every year, even managing to put on a virtual one in 2020.

Whilst we are a Horticultural Society we are effectively a group of people who are interested in gardening whether it is small pots on a balcony, an allotment, a small garden or something on a grander scale. We hold our monthly meetings in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month and select speakers to offer inspiraton, practical advice and guidance on all manner of gardening problems. Full details of the 2022 speakers can be found under Programme on the site.

In addition to the members evenings we host a Spring Show in March and the Summer Show on the last weekend in July. We have both members and open classes and welcome entrants from other Societies. There are usually over 300 classes in the Summer Show with something for all ages and abilities.

The cost of membership is currently £20.00 which entitles you to attend 9 monthly meetings and the AGM (plus fee of £1.00 per meeting) and free entry to the Summer Show (usual fee £7.50 in advance per day) ! see portishead summer show . Visitors are welcome at the monthly meetings but we do ask that you pay a fee of £3.00.

To join the Society please email or telephone 07895 052242.

The Society also organise coach trips. We did have a booking for a trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park in 2020, which has been postponed to a later date. The coach trips are also avalable for non members of the Society so if you are interested please call Daphne Dennis on 01275 265455.

The Society is affiliated to the Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs and the Royal Horticultural Society and we are also members of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations.