Gardening Society

Swanley Village Gardening Society was set up on the initiative of the late Heili Domjan in 1991. 
All villagers are members by default; there are no subscriptions. 
We hold a Spring Show.  There is at least one organised coach trip annually.  We can be found on Facebook.


Chairman            Daphne Davis               Secretary  & Treasurer          Elaine Freundlich


Mike Banks                Donna Hoy


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All are welcome; please come along to help judge the show and partake of homemade refreshments. We would love to see as many villagers as possible show as many flowers as possible.  It is all free so please join in.


1.      Daffodils. Large cupped, three cut blooms of one variety. 

2.      Daffodils. Small cupped, three cut blooms or stems of one variety.  See drawing.

3.      Daffodils. Double, three cut blooms of one variety. 

4.      Single Tulips. Three cut blooms of one variety.        

5.      Other Spring Bulbs. Small display of one or more varieties of cut blooms/stems OR growing in a pot.

6.      Other herbaceous plants.  Small display of one or more varieties of cut blooms/stems OR growing in a pot.    

7.      Shrubs.  One specimen bloom or stem.

8.      Spring blooms displayed in a tea cup.

 Entries will not be accepted earlier than 2pm and last entries will be at 2.20pm in order that the display of entries is completed by 2.30pm to assist the organisers. Judging will commence at 2.30pm.  Voting will finish at 3pm and no voting slips will be accepted after this time.

Winners will be announced as soon as possible but not later than 4pm.

There will be small cash prizes of 3 for 1st place, 2 for 2nd place and 1 for 3rd place. Any prize money not claimed at the show will be put back into society funds.

At the same time, we will be holding a plant bring and buy.  All plants will cost 1.  Please bring any cuttings/spare/unwanted plants.

Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle.  Any raffle prize not claimed at the show will be withdrawn.


Thursday 4th August 2016

THE BETH CHATTO GARDENS The Gardens and Nursery cover roughly 7 acres.  Choose from the world famous Gravel Garden,
full of drought resistant plants from the Mediterranean, inspired by the low local rainfall and the parched and nutrient poor soil.
The sumptuous Water Gardens are a stark contrast with lush green lawn and marginal water plants.
The four ponds are shaped to reflect clouds in the sky and are fed by a natural spring that starts on the propagation beds and finishes in a large farm reservoir. Planting here is diverse and colourful with several interesting specimen trees. The Scree Gardens feature flowers and succulents that could be featured in a Gravel Garden setting but due to their small size would be lost in the large beds. Small raised beds allow these delicate plants to be appreciated without becoming overwhelmed. The Woodland is a shady and protected area of the Gardens.

Towards the end of the 1960s the original fruit farm was sold. To help carry on and develop the Gardens, Beth Chatto decided to start a small nursery. The Garden, it was hoped, might eventually prove to be a living catalogue, a place where people could see plants matured and grouped harmoniously to suit both their setting and their needs.

There is an extensive choice of over 2000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. The plants are classified according to their growing conditions.

The Nursery shop sells a fantastic range of gardening gifts including Beth Chatto's books, guides of the Gardens, our beautiful range of greetings cards and postcards, tools chosen by the staff and locally made pottery.

In the tearoom there is a varied range of homemade cakes, daily baked scones, fresh ground coffee and speciality teas available to visitors all year round.  A selection of breakfasts, light lunches and hot daily specials, using mainly seasonal locally sourced products, are on the menu daily including options for those with specific dietary requirements.

Coach leaves Swanley Village at 9.30am and will pick up at the usual stops.

 Price: Coach and Entrance 24

Please complete the booking form and return it together with payment to Mrs Elaine Freundlich, 1 Hotham Close, Swanley Village, BR8 7UX
Cheques payable to Swanley Village Gardening Society.


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