About Billericay Horticultural Society

The Society is one of the oldest clubs in the town - and we are pleased to say that there is rarely any shortage of members.  Our records tell us that we were mentioned well over a hundred years ago in Kelly's Directory of 1898 (making us 120 years old). Giving information about the Society's origins.  

It is understood that the idea to start a horticultural society was hatched at the Billericay Reading Rooms, and that the Society would use land at the Workhouse as allotment sites.

 (later the hospital site, and now a housing estate)

The towns population at the time was less than 1,500.  The Town however supported nine plant nurseries.  Now three.

In those days, Billericay was considered to be a farming area.

In 1926 the Society became affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and one of our members,  had been exhibiting at the RHS shows for over 20 years.  

We have some really enthusiastic gardeners and its good to see so many newcomers coming along to our monthly meetings, to listen to the various speakers we engage to broaden our gardening experiences. We are always willing to welcome new members.

Other activities occurring throughout the year include coach outings to gardens, annual shows and plant sales.  The Society supports many local initiatives, and with a dynamic committee will continue to do so  hopefully for at least another 120 years.