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 £6, 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.


Activities and Facilities


SPECIAL EVENT – The Luncheon Party on Friday 5 February at ‘The Vine Inn’ Tenterden.

The “TENTERDEN CHALLENGE TROPHY”, now in its 24th year, is sponsored by your Society to promote friendly competition between local societies. It has three elements:- a Championship collection of six fruit and vegetables; a Floral Art display and an item of cookery. Staging of the competition will be by invitation so that all participating societies get an opportunity to stage the competition at their Autumn Show. As holder of the trophy, this year’s Challenge will be held at Bethersden Village Hall on Saturday 10th September as part of their Autumn Show. Please go along to support Tenterden and the other societies.

The HORSE TROUGH in Tenterden High Street is planted with a colourful array of flowering plants and tended by the Society for the pleasure of residents and visitors alike.

The ANNUAL DINNER will be held on Wednesday 9 November. Details of venue, menu and cost will be published in the newsletter.

A BRING AND BUY stall operates at the Society’s Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows and contributes financial support to our funds. Gifts of produce, flowers, plants, preserves, surplus tools, etc. are always welcome, along with suitable raffle prizes

NEWSLETTER & website – An occasional newsletter is distributed to keep Members up-to-date with Society news, views and events. Contributions to the newsletter are always welcome and should be sent to tenterdenhortisoc@gmail.com. Information and photographs of our shows and events can be found on our website: www.tdhsgardening.org.uk.

OUTINGS – The Society holds these subject to sufficient support. It is requested that payment for outings be made at the time of booking with specified pick up points. Details of venues, dates and cost will be published in the newsletter. Any enquiries to tenterdenhortisoc@gmail.com

The NOTICE BOARD is situated on the WOOLPACK INN, beside the Church path. Reminders of coming events, changes of programme and other events are posted here.  

WEBBS of Tenterden and GREENWAYS of Bethersden. Members are reminded that they can obtain a 10% discount on garden related products, garden tools and seeds on production of the Membership Card to be found on the back of this Handbook.

GARDENSCAPE at Newenden also offer our Members a discount for home deliveries of their garden composts and landscape products. Please see their advertisement for details.