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A Brief History of the Saffron Walden Horticultural Society
Established 1819

The above Society was originally established for the encouragement of Horticulture, Botany and Agriculture.
The President was the Right Honourable Lord Braybrooke and it is recorded that 2 very prominent citizens of Saffron Walden William Chater (1802 – 85) and Francis Gibson were both committee members when it was formed in 1819.
The Saffron Walden Horticultural Society held its summer fete intermittently in Bridge End Gardens during the 19th Century. In 1883 the Summer Exhibition was held in the Ornamental Grounds, Bridge End, by kind permission of Lewis Fry, Esq, M.P. and included the mounted band of the Royal Artillery by permission of the Assistant Adjutant General. These exhibitions developed into large annual shows and were held at Audley End Park. Extra trains were laid on from Colchester and Cambridge to cope with the influx of visitors for these important events.
However by 1901 the Society had hit financial difficulties with a loss of patronage and falling membership, it was decided to disband.
It was eventually revived in 1922 under the leadership of the Town Mayor, David Mill and in the inter war years, smaller shows were held in conjunction with other organisations, such as the Horse Society.
Very few shows were organised during the Second World War and by 1951 support for the Society had again diminished, so the decision was taken to disband the Society for a second time. A completely fortuitous revival occurred in 1977, when George Scrivener organised a Rose Show as part of the Jubilee celebrations, which later evolved into the Saffron Walden Rose Society and ultimately the Saffron Walden Horticultural Society was reborn.
Ever since the Society has gone from strength to strength and is now established boasting a substantial membership and a busy programme of events with which to celebrate their Bicentenary.


Data Protection Policy

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came in to force on 25 May 2018.  Under the new regulations, the society needs to advise members how we use the personal data that they provide as part of membership applications. You can read our full policy by clicking this link.

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Coming Up


Bi-Centennial Year of the Society

MAY 26

Sunday Outing to Helmingham Hall Gardens Stowmarket Suffolk £30.00

See the Outings page for more details



Society Shows 2020

Spring Show SUNDAY 19th APRIL 2020
Summer Show SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020
Autumn Show SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

Thinking Ahead for 2020-
Subjects for Photography Classes

  Juniors     Adults
Spring Show Spring Flowers  First Signs of Spring
Summer Show Sand & Water Men at Work
Autumn Show Harvest Woodland Lane

National Shows

Chelsea Flower Show
21-25 May 2019
19-23 May 2020

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
1-7 July 2019
6-12 July 2020

June 17 2018

Summer Show - Rose & Floral

For the list of winners click here

April 15 2018

Spring Show – Daffodil & Floral

For the list of winners click here


AUTUMN – HORTICULTURAL Show Golden Acre Community Centre, Ross Close S.W

For the list of winners click here


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