The Horticultural Department
The Society’s Horticultural Department is here to help, encourage and support islanders to grow!
The Department is run by a committee of dedicated volunteers with a passion for all things horticultural and several sub-committees who concentrate on particular activities. These activities are organised by the Horticultural Secretary. There’s a busy calendar of activities going on each year, so there is always something for everyone to get involved with (whether you’re a keen gardener, grower or admirer).
The department arranges four shows a year (and you can enter a huge range of produce, from flowers you’ve grown or arranged, rosiest apples to home baked cakes, vegetables to jams and eggs to pot plants). There are lots of classes that are ‘open’, meaning you don’t need to be a member of the RJA&HS in order to enter, plus there are lots of children’s classes too.
So if you want to have a go… go on, give it a whirl! Visit the Shows page for more information.
We organise two garden competitions for the general public each year, one for all gardens in the island (including homes, parish halls, hotels and more) and one competition for all the schools in the island. Once again there’s a vast range of classes, so however big or small, manicured or wild your garden is, there’ll be a class for you! Visit the Garden Competition page for more information.
The F J Ahier Country Gardens in St Lawrence have 61 allotments on site that are leased to individuals and couples. These are all currently occupied and plot holders grow a marvellous amount of produce on their plots. They also enjoy a wonderful sense of community, sharing advice, helping out and swapping produce when they can. For more information or to join the waiting list for an allotment, please visit the Allotments page.
The Society is fortunate enough to look after a Community Orchard in Trinity (just up the road from the Royal Showground, behind Trinity School). Events take place all year round at the Orchard, from apple picking to pruning and there’s even talk of a wassail! Visit the Community Orchard page for more information.
Many of our members have lots of knowledge that they’re keen to pass on, so if you have a question about growing any kind of produce, please do get in touch with the Horticultural Secretary on 866555 who can put you in touch with an expert in the field. Also, the RJA&HS is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and their website contains a vast range of information you may find useful, whether you’re an expert yourself or just beginning your gardening adventures. Find the RHS at www.rhs.org.uk.
We’d love for you to join in the conversation and find out more on the Society’s Facebook page – find us at www.facebook.com/RJAandHS.
The Horticultural Dept is here to help and encourage you to grow. If there is anything that you would like to see on our calendar of events that doesn’t yet feature, please get in touch and let us know.
For more information on any of the above, please click on the green tabs, along the top of the page.