Horticultural Society

About the society


The Cholesbury-cum-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 going!

Photo competition
Photography show


Chairman’s Newsletter

You can read the 2019 Chairman’s Newsletter here.

Eggs and scones

Annual show 2019

The show this year will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019. As previously, we are distributing a copy of the Arts and Crafts, Photographic, and Painting classes that will be featured in the 2019 Show Schedule now, as we know that many of you like to work on entries during the winter months. Following the success of the ‘animal theme’ in the craft section of the 2018 show, we have introduced a ‘flower theme’ across the Art, Craft and Photography classes for 2019, as seems appropriate for a Hort. Soc. Show.
​ Any queries, please contact Liz Wright 01494 758640.

The categories for upcoming 2019 art, craft, painting and photography classes are published here so you can get your creativity underway now.

The full schedule for the 2019 show is available here so you can print your own. If you have queries as to the interpretation of these classes, please contact Liz Wright on 01494 758640.

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. Fuschia blooms



Your committee

Liz Firth – President
Brian Mills – Chairman
Charles Firth- Treasurer
Betty Gomm – Vice President
Diana Garner – Secretary
Roseann Vince – Show Secretary
Hayley Burgess-Biggerstaff
Angie Bettison
Ellie Redding
Liz Wright


Annual membership is £2 per person. If you wish to join or receive further details please contact Diana Garner – 01494 758347.

Useful links

Onions on show

Royal Horticultural Society

BBC Gardening

National Gardens Scheme

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum

English Heritage

National Trust