The Gardening Group is open to anyone who is interested in gardens and gardening and would like to learn more about botany, horticulture, garden design and garden history. Our key objective is to develop a community of members who can share and increase their knowledge and experience of gardens and gardening.


The Gardening Group holds a number of events which include garden visits, gardening events and evening lectures.

Please email  for more information.

The Secrets and Science of Scented Plants with Emma Desmier

Online Event
Tuesday 15 June, 7.30 -9.00pm

Emma Desmier is a respected Fragrance & Sensory Research Scientist.

She worked in the beauty and fragrance industry from 1990 where she specialised in fragrance and olfactory research and development.  This has included isolating new fragrance materials from plants, through to understanding how fragrances influence the human senses and emotions.

Emma retired from full-time research in 2018 so that she can spend more time working in the botanical world. Currently she lectures at The Plant School where she established the Plant Scent & Taste Course which aims to teach students about the array of scented and aromatic plants they can grow and use.  As a keen gardener and cook, Emma loves spending time in her garden.   Her talk will take a look into the world of scented plants and uncover why and how they produce an amazing array of scents.

Members and Guests: £10.00 to include refreshments

To reserve your place please click here.

Celebrate Summer – Flower Arranging With Friends

Woodcote Park, Derby Room
Tuesday 6 July, 1.00 -5.00pm

Angela Reid, club member and gardening group committee member, is a talented and enthusiastic flower arranger and member of the West Horsley Flower Club. She and members of the Ashtead Flower Club will be holding this workshop at Woodcote Park. Bring flowers from your own garden and a suitable receptacle and you will be taken through the process of making a beautiful arrangement of summer flowers in the company of other members.

After you have booked you will receive further information about the event from Angela.

This event includes tea or a soft drink and biscuits.

Members and Guests: £8.00 to include refreshments

To reserve your place please click here.

Guided walk around Woodcote Park Gardens and Woodland

Woodcote Park
Friday 16 July, Tuesday 20, Friday 23 and Wednesday 28 July

Enjoy the summer gardens at Woodcote Park by joining one of our walks – lead by one of the members of our Gardening Committee. We will talk about the history of the estate, the recent restoration of the woodland and the development of the gardens and arboretum. We will take you to places you may not have noticed before and show you some botanical gems. The walks are limited to 10 members so please book soon and inform us if you can’t attend so we can offer places to members on the waiting list.

We would meet in the Woodland car park (first on right after the main gates) at 1.50 pm by the electric car charging bays and come in good walking shoes and weather-proof gear. The walk will normally take about two hours.

To reserve your place on Friday 16 July please click here.
To reserve your Place on Tuesday 20 July please click here.
To reserve your place on Friday 23 July please click here.
To reserve your place on Wednesday 28 July please click here.

Gardening Group Summer Social and Quiz

Woodcote Park, Cedar Room
Thursday 22 July, 6.30 -8.30pm

Join members for a summer’s evening of friendship and fun at Woodcote Park. You can enjoy a summer drink and then join a team for our light-hearted, multiple-choice gardening quiz. Guests are welcome and you can set up your own quiz team.  A bottle of club champagne will be presented to the winning team. Committee members will be there to hear your ideas for future events.

This event includes soft or alcoholic drink for all members and their guests.

Members and Guests: £5.00 to include refreshments

To reserve your place please click here.

The Langley Vale Wood – A talk by James Rice

Online Event
Tuesday 24 August, 7.30pm

Join James Rice of the Woodland Trust to learn about the planting and development of the woodland in Langley Vale Wood. Over the last year there has been a huge increase in the species of wildflowers to include pyramidal and bee orchids and in 2019 the first Lapwings successfully nested on the site to add to the initial 59 bird species. James will update us the development of this very important nature reserve.

Members and Guests: Complimentary

To reserve your place please click here.

A walk through the Langley Vale Wood 

Langley Vale
Wednesday 13 October, 2.00pm

We have planned a guided walk in the Langley Vale Wood to look at the progress of the planting since 2014 and how the new chalk grassland is developing into a perfect habitat for plants and wildlife. We will also be able to see the new sculptures to commemorate the soldiers lost in the war. This event is limited to 20 members. Guided walk to start at 2.00pm at Woodcote Park and will last about two hours. The ground is uneven and maybe slippery underfoot so sturdy footwear is essential.

Members will be asked to make a donation of £5.00 to the Woodland Trust on the day.

To reserve your place please click here.