Cholesbury-&-St Leonards Horticultural
About the society
The Cholesbury-&-St Leonards Horticultural Society is one of
the oldest Societies in the villages, being established back in the
nineteen-thirties. The Society is affiliated to the Royal
Horticultural Society, which entitles us to a variety of benefits
including visits to RHS gardens and the privilege of awarding an
RHS Banksian Medal at the annual show.
A history of the society and its awards is available here.
Currently we have about one hundred members spread through the
villages. Members enjoy a 10% discount at Chessmount Nurseries,
Chessmount Rise, Chesham, which is a superb family run nursery
specialising in shrubs and perennials, and also at South Heath
Garden Centre, South Heath. We also organise evening visits to
private gardens that are restricted to members only. Members
receive a 10p discount for each class entry in the Show! We are in
the process of trying to negotiate further local discounts.
The main event of our year is the Annual Show - open to all
comers. We have classes including flower arranging, vegetables,
photography, craft, cookery and wine making plus a whole section
for children of varying ages - full details are in the Schedule
published each year. The entries have to be in situ by 10:30 on the
morning of the Show. The judging and scoring takes place for the
rest of the morning. Each of the 93 classes is keenly contested and
afternoon visitors will enjoy not only the variety of exhibits, but
also the tensions and competitive undercurrents of the event. The
Show is open to everyone for the afternoon with teas and a raffle.
In recent years a number of the show judges have commented not only
on the high standard of the entries, but also on the fact that our
type of Show is becoming a precious rarity amongst village
communities. Only by you putting in an entry can we keep it
Annual membership is £2.00 per person.
If you wish to join or receive further details contact: Diana
Garner - 758347
You can read the 2017 Chairman's
Annual Show 2017 preview
As previously, we are distributing this copy of the Arts and Crafts,
Photographic and Painting classes
will be featured in the 2017 Show Schedule now, as we know that
many of you like to work on entries during the winter months. Again,
We have incorporated constructive suggestions from those who
participate in the show, together with our judges and others who have
an expertise in these areas and are most grateful for their
contributions. If you have queries as to the interpretation of these
classes, please contact Liz Wright on 01494 758640.
Annual Show 2016
The schedule for the 2016 show is available here so you can print your
Class 10 - Five Fuschia Blooms
The five blooms will be staged in boxes provided by the show
organisers in a style similar to this photograph.