Barley Gardening Club 2022-2023
The gardening club meets on the first Wednesday of most months except for January, February and November. The meetings take place in the downstairs of the Town House, Barley at 8pm with refreshments from 7.30pm. There is free parking at the rear of the Town House and entrance to the hall is also at the rear, where there is 1 parking space for use of those with a disability or for uploading. Each evening we provide refreshments and hold a raffle, and on occasions we sell members spare produce or plants and share garden literature.
At each meeting we usually have a speaker covering various aspects of gardening and related topics. We try to vary this and for some years now have introduced a couple of evening garden visits during the spring/summer , which have proved very popular.

Membership is £10 per person for the year (2022-2023) and Visitors are always welcome at £2 per meeting.

Our Annual General meeting is held on the first Wednesday of April when memberships are due for renewal.
We also provide an e-newsletter where members or interested parties can keep in touch with what is going on in the club

This year we have organised 2 day trips, one on 18/5/2022 to gardens at Beth Chatto and Langthorns Plantery and the second on 12/10/2022 to RHS Wisley. Our club is affiliated to the RHS.

In 2021 we held our first Walkabout Plant fair in Barley when many locals ran stalls from their homes selling plants and other related produce or paraphernalia. Most donated the proceeds to a charity of their choice.
This year the Plant fair will be held on Sunday 8th May 2022 between 11am and 2pm. Refreshments will be available at the Town House where you can collect the map of where to find the various stalls around the village, so do save the date.

Should you be interested in joining the club or receiving our newsletter please contact Robina Zygmunt(01763848123) or

Access the programme here

History of Barley Gardening Club 

The Barley Horticultural Society is a very well established village club which began its long and interesting history in the late 19th century. This saw the beginning of the Barley Flower Show when the whole village used to participate. In days gone by it was the norm for the winner's name for every event to be listed in the local newspaper.

Barley Gardening Club was formed by a group of enthusiastic parish residents while attending a Parish Meeting. Following the meeting they advertised and were rewarded by an overwhelming response. The first successful meeting was held in the Town House, starting with hired slides and printed details of Clematis.

In 1992 due to the club’s affiliation with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) we were invited to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.   Our application was successful and the club entered for four consecutive years between 1992 and 1995 and returned with a medal on each occasion.  

SILVER - 1992

BRONZE - 1993 


BRONZE - 1995  

Photos of the entries can be seen displayed in the undercroft of the Town House. Due to the club’s  affiliation to the RHS, the Flower Show receive a medal from them each year to award at the Show. 

Over the years the club has been fortunate to have had many interesting speakers covering a wide variety of subjects on gardening, nature and the outdoors. We have also enjoyed many day trips to popular gardens a little further afield.  The Club has also organised Open Gardens in the village for charity and these have been great fun, especially the cream teas!


Robina Zygmunt - Coordinator  -  01763 848123  

Mel Chammings - Membership Secretary - 01763 848991  
Alison White - Secretary - 07910 473264
Rosamund Williams - Treasurer - 01763 848504