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Cookham & Cookham Dean

Horticultural Society

To create a garden is to search for a better world. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future

We meet at Cookham Dean Village Hall normally at 7.30pm .  Members Free - Visitors £5

(Annual Membership £10 - enrol at the door - £5 for non-members)


A Programme of Talks for garden enthusiasts by gardening experts 

Wednesday 30 January 2019 How Plants Solve Crimes - Dr Michael Keith-Lucas
Wednesday 27 February 2019 Ornamental Grasses for the Gardení speaker is Carolyn Forster
Wednesday 27 March 2019 SPRING SHOW
Wednesday 24 April 2019 Making the Cut! Growing Cut Flowers for a Living - Presented by Rachel Siegried
Wedenesday 29 May 2019

The Roses at Mottisfont Abbey Gardens by Thomas Stone

Thomas started his career at Mottisfont, learning horticultural skills developed by generations of

gardeners there. He then worked at Hillierís Arboretum , then became head gardener at a private

estate in Sussex, then one in Hampshire, creating beautiful gardens from wilderness.

Wednesday 12th June 2019,

2pm. Visit to West Green House Gardens, Thackamís Lane, Hook,

Berks, RG27 8JB. 28 miles, allow 50 minutes in good traffic. Share cars if possible.

West Green House Gardens combines neo-classical style with contemporary design and have been

created over 20 years by Marylyn Abbott. Walled garden with exuberant perennial borders and

magnificent potager. Grand water staircase, lake surrounded by meadow with collection of garden

follies. Paradise water garden and contemporary garden of five bridges. Theatre garden surrounded

by high hedges nestles next to the Manor House.


A few Tickets may be available at the MAY meeting. NT Members special rate £9 pp with talk and

refreshments. Non National Trust members are also welcome but the cost will be £17.

You may contact Mary Downes direct if necessary: or 01628 524881.

Directions: Take the M4 and exit at junction 11 using the left lane to take the A33 exit to Reading

(Cen. & S.)/ Basingstoke. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Basingstoke Road/A33. Continue

to follow A33. Go 4 miles. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Basingstoke Road/A33. Turn

left onto B3349, signed Hook, Heckfield, Mattingley. Between the turn to Mattingley and the

Leather Bottle pub is a brown sign to West Green House. Turn left here down West Green Road.

Turn right and follow road. Entrance is on right by a sharp left bend. Follow signs to park..

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 6pm. Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, Stoke Poges,

Bucks, SL2 4NZ. About 25 mins but allow for rush hour traffic. Plenty of spaces left on this

early evening Visit:


Grade II listed garden opened in 1935, created for the repose of cremated ashes and to preserve the

pastoral beauty of the land adjacent to St Giles Church. Some of the garden has a more formal

layout with a magnificent colonnade and sunken water garden and there are over 100 little gated

memorial gardens, a rose garden and 4 parterre gardens. There is also a beautiful rock and water

garden, overlooking the lake and Capability Brown landscaped grounds of Stoke Park. Careful

planting of trees and shrubs, in addition to roses, hardy perennials and grasses ensures colour and

interest in every season.


Tickets will be available at the May meeting, £8 pp with guided walk and refreshments. Please

bring correct cash payment.


Directions: EITHER

From Cookham, go towards Bourne End, turn right up Hedsor Rd, go right at top of hill and follow

road, turning right again to pass Cliveden. Take fork left at Feathers pub onto Taplow Common

Road, continue 1.5 mls, at second roundabout turn left into Gore Road, which becomes Britwell

Road, then turn left to stay on Britwell Road. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Farnham

Lane. *** Continue 1.3 mls. To junction with A355. At next roundabout take second exit, B416,

Park Road. Go 1.4 mls and turn right onto Church Lane. Gardens are on the right.

OR, alternative route, via A4.

From A4, at Sainsburyís Roundabout, turn left into Lent Rise Road, Burnham, go under railway

bridge, at next roundabout turn right into Stomp Road, bear left, continue onto Priory Road, then

Lower Britwell Road. At roundabout take second exit onto Farnham Lane. Then continue from ***


Parking in car park opposite gardens entrance. Share cars where possible

Wednesday 25 September 2019 365 Days of Colour - Presented by Nick Bailey (£5 supplement for this meeting)
Wednesday 30 October 2019

Gardening Women - Presented by Catherine Horwood

Wednesday 27 November 2019 

The Challenges of Growing Vines in Marlow - Presented by Henry Laithwaite

Normally 7.30pm to 9.30 pm with a break for refreshments

The Village Hall, Cookham Dean unless otherwise stated

Everyone welcome.  Entry fee for non-members: £5



Vice Presidents: John Linegar & Barbara Samuels

Chairman: Heather Conlin

Vice Chairman:  

Secretary: Charles Elly 01628 482637

Membership Secretary and Treasurer: Helen Philip 07549519246 

Programme Organisers: Sarah Breeden and Nicky Kane

Publicity: Catherine Downes

Newsletter: Carolyn Foster

Shows: Janet Shanks

Committee Members: Mary Downes, Claire Phillpott, Becky Pinnegar 


Click here for link to South Chilterns Gardening Group 

Click here for a write-up of Gardeners' Question Time April 2005

click here for a write-up on the visit to Highgrove

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