September 2017 - Autumn Evening Show Viv, our floral art judge, gave us an insight into what she looks for when judging the exhibits, what is good and how a few changes would have enhanced them. John picked out some of the flower and vegetable exhibits and explained why they received 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Thanks to Ightham Gardeners' for entering the Inter Society Cup. We won joint first with them so will share the cup this year. Congratulations to our prize winners and thanks to those who entered/helped/visited.

It is a small co-operative market run by local people for the benefit of the community.
All its products for sale are home-made, home produced or locally sourced.
For the keen gardener, we have seasonally available plants and cut flowers.
The market is open every Friday from 10.30am until 11.30am
at Long Valley Hall from January 13th 2017 until December 22nd 2017 except on Good Friday.
Refreshments and a free car park are also available.


We are trying to bring added benefits to our members and increase cooperation between ourselves and other local gardening societies and clubs. For example, we are going to exchange programmes and details of special events with other local garden clubs. See our Newsletters, and our Notice Board at meetings, for details of other clubs’ programmes of talks, shows and special events.

Arrangements in operation with other clubs for 2017:

Ightham & District Gardeners’ Club FREE entry to Ightham’s meetings on production of our Programme (where no additional fee is charged for their own members). Our members can enter Ightham’s shows (entry fees apply).

Istead Rise Gardeners’ Club Reduced fee of £2.50 for their meetings with FREE tea and coffee on production of our Programme (where no additional fee is charged for their own members). Our members can enter Istead Rise’s shows (entry fees apply).

Meopham Garden Association ONE FREE entry to one Meopham meeting on production of our Programme (where no additional fee is charged for their own members). Shows are for Meopham's members only, but free entry for visitors.

Southfleet Gardeners’ Society Normal entry fee (£1) applies unless otherwise stated. Our members can enter Southfleet’s shows (entry fees apply).

BBC Radio Kent - Sunday Gardening Programme 8am - 11am
96.7, 104.2 and 97.6 FM - 774 and 1602 AM
send question by email to or phone 03459 81 11 11 (new telephone number spring 2013)
Listen again for up to 7 days at

Useful websites suggested by members: - supplier and engraver of trophies Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies Details of Walks in Kent including the Saxon Shoreway
The Royal Horticultural Society
The Cottage Garden Society
The National Council for the Preservation of Plants and Gardens
The Hardy Plant Society
HDRA - the national charity for organic growing
Alpine Garden Society
Royal National Rose Society
Manor Farm Herbs, Oxfordshire
Hartley Website
Friends of Hartley Countryside Website
Hartley Parish Council Website - The World Garden - The Kent Gardens Trust