Soil Association

Garden Organic



We are the local group of both Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association) and the Soil Association. We aim to promote organic gardening and environmentally friendly lifestyles. We are a small and friendly group with members who range from complete beginners to experienced organic gardeners and ex-professional growers. There is therefore a wealth of experience and interaction of ideas which all our members are enthusiastic to share.

We produce an e-mail newsletter to keep you up to date. We have regular indoor meetings with speakers and discussion groups as well as farm and garden visits in the summer months. Our talks have ranged from herb growing to climate change with lots of speakers on vegetable and fruit growing. We have visited leading box scheme suppliers, gardens such as Loseley and Wisley, all with expert guides, and toured local organic farms.

Our indoor meetings are normally held at the Unitarian Church Hall, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00pm. The programme for Autumn 2018 is set out below.

We welcome new members and are also delighted when members wish to become actively involved in the organisation of events and/or serving on the committee. Membership costs £12 per person for the calendar year. We charge half that amount for those joining after 31st August. If you are interested in joining or just coming along to a meeting (£2 donation suggested) then please contact our Membership Secretary, Michael Knights by e-mail mandjknights99[at]btinternet.com (Please replace " [at] " with "@". The address is shown here without the "@"sign to reduce spam) or phone 01403 822334.

Forthcoming Meetings 2018

Forthcoming Meetings 2018: A reminder of the programme for the remainder of this year to be held at the Unitarian Church Hall, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00 pm:-

Wednesday 3rd October: Talk by Pamela Holt: Hardy Annuals

Learn the origins of our humble but colourful hardy annuals and how to cultivate and use this wonderful range of cheap and cheerful plants.

Pamela has been a lecturer in Horticulture and Arboriculture for 30 years at such places as Cannington College and Merrist Wood. She has collected plants in South Americe for Kew Gardens where she trained with Alan Titchmarsh. Her interests include rock climbing, mountaineering and photography.

Wednesday 7th November: AGM and Potato Tasting

Do come along to our 33rd AGM, you will get a say in the future of our Society. We would welcome suggestions for speakers (affordable please!) and topics for meetings.

After the AGM we will have a potato tasting. If you have grown potatoes this year please bring along as many varieties as you can. A cooked tuber for tasting if you can spare one would be good and perhaps an uncooked one for display, all labeled if possible. We can also discuss all things potato.

Wednesday 5th December: Wholefood Supper and Quiz Night

Bring some food to share and your own plates and cutlery. There will be a light hearted quiz and also a raffle, prizes welcome.

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - No meeting

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