About Us


The Tenterden & District Horticultural Society (TDHS) came into being at a meeting held in Tenterden Town Hall on 9 April 1942 when two local societies decided to join forces.  They were the Tenterden Gardeners’ Allotment Society and the Tenterden Gardeners’ and Cottagers’ Mutual Improvement Society (founded 1793).   In 1942 it was the need for more food during wartime that brought these two societies together.  At the first AGM of TDHS on 21 January 1943 there was a membership of 175, total assets of £54 5s 7d and an annual subscription of 1 shilling.

Today, our Society is run by a committee of 14 and offers a wide range of garden related talks, activities and outings as well as the Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows.  At present we have around 120 members, both active and non-active gardeners and yearly membership costs just  £7 per adult with a further £6 for each additional adult at the same address, which includes a book of the year’s events.  Members and visitors are welcome at our monthly meetings and other events – have a look on our Meetings & Events page for more detail.  We warmly welcome new members, whether they are ‘ just starting out’ or are more experienced gardeners.  Children  can become junior members (£3) and have fun entering the Shows.


Membership Benefits and Information

Talks, outings, lunches,  coffee mornings, shows and flower arranging workshops – details on this website

On production of this card, members will receive 10% discount on plants and garden products at
Webb’s of Tenterden and Ripley’s Garden Centre. A voucher is available for some garden items at
Tenterden Garden Centre.