The gardening association was formed but we do not know for sure WHEN? There has been talk that it was in existence in the 1920's but we have no documentary evidence of this. We have a land certificate document dated 28th November 1934 showing the registration of land at the back of the Kingsway Parade, New London Road and the right of way to access it.  Title of this land was held by the David Stibbards and transferred in 1956 to new Trustees Messrs Tutt, Pitt,Ely & Benson.  In 1974 ownership was again transferred to the currant Trustees Messrs Bunker,Carrington,Heathcote and Quantrill (now deceased). Upon this land a shop was constructed by the then current members with all forms of fertilizers,composts,canes,pots,seeds and many other requirements for the garden, at discounted prices.  Sadly with the advent of the growth of Garden Centres, and Supermarkets stocking such a huge range of garden products, the sales in the trading store declined until it was obvious that there was no further demand from members.  The store closed in 1998 and is used only for storage of tables used at the horticultural shows. When the Hadleigh Gardening Association was first formed its objectives were stated as,


To hold Horticultural Shows annually, to arrange lectures, to assist and advise members in purchasing plants, seeds, fertilisers and sundries and to purchase the same for resale to members.  Also to afford facilities for the exchange of plants and cuttings etc. to arrange and organize parties to visit orchards, nurseries and places of horticultural interest and to provide free or reduced rate tickets to visit national shows and horticultural trials etc, of societies to which the Association is or may be affiliated.     


In spite of the passage of time and the changes that have taken place with regard attitude to much smaller gardens now, the current objects of the Association remain broadly in line with the original concept.  We still have three well supported horticultural shows, annually, six or so evening lectures incorporating horticultural and more general subjects of current interest.  Popular day coach visits are organised to areas of interest throughout the year with an annual "coach holiday" to a different part of the country to enjoy.















News & Events

  • A.G.M

    Our A.G.M  & AWARD Pressentation 14th December 2017  19.30 For 20.00 hrs Finger buffet & wine

  • Program for 2018

                                                                                                                           MEETING HALL

    Thursday 18th January    Talk by Maz Morgan,  " Ten Pound Pom"                                   HOFS

    Thursday 15th February   Talk by John Taylor,   " Bees in your garden"                            HOFS

    Thursday 15th March       Talk by Julia  Tetley,    "This plant! Why is it called that"           HOFS

    Saturday 24th  March       SPRING SHOW                                             Hadleigh   Methodist Church Hall  

    Thursday 19th April         Talk by Robin Carsberg,"Winning ways at the show bench"        HOFS

    Thursday 17th  May         Table Quiz & Buffet (7pm for 7.30pm)  B.Y.O. Drink                  HOFS

    Saturday 16th June          SUMMER SHOW                                             Hadleigh   Methodist Church Hall

    Thursday 21st June          Talk by Ann Chase,     " Petticote Pilot"                                    HOFS

    Thursday 19th July           Talk by Nick Dobson,   " Dazzling Dahlias"                               HOFS

    Thursday 16th August       Falk by Ian Curry        "Raining Cats & Dogs-unusual weather"  HOFS

    Saturday 15th September  HARVEST SHOW                                            Hadleigh   Methodist Church Hall

    Thursday 18th October      Talk by Georgina Phillips "Legends of Leigh"   Also return cups   HOFS

    Thursday 15th November   FISH & CHIP Supper & Quiz (7pm for 7.30pm) B.Y.O. Drink       HOFS

    Thursday 13th Decenber     AGM & Annual Award Presentation                                          HOFS


                                       PRE-BOOKED OUTINGS

    Tuesday 20th February        Chippenham park Snow Drops.

    Friday   16th March            Brick Lane Theater      Irish Music Hall Show.

    Wednesday 25th April         Pashley Manor Tulip Festival.

    Monday 7th May               MAY HOLIDAY. 

    Thursday 24th May            Hole Park Gardens ( Wisteria & rhododendrons).

    Wednesday 27th June        Feeingbury Manor & Washlands (NGA Gardens).

    Thursday 9th August         Deben River Cruise.

    Sunday 9th September      RHS Wisley Annual Garden Show.

    OCT / NOV                          London West End Show.

    NOV / DEC                        Thursford Spectacular.