St Albans gardeners forum - the local gardening group



About us

Welcome to our website!


We are a friendly local gardening group in St Albans. Come and meet other people who enjoy everything that is garden-related. Some members have a lot of experience and some have none, some know plant names and some don’t. What matters is that we all enjoy gardening, listening to interesting talks, and being with like-minded people. Why not come along to a meeting?



Next Event
Sadly, due to the current Covid-19 situation, our face-to-face Events schedule is suspended. We are presently talking to various planned and potential speakers about the possibility of putting on an event that people could participate in from their homes by telephone, mobile phone, tablet, or computer. The first one will likely take place in June - see the schedule below.


Next Plant Sale
Annual Plant Sale 2020
We have our annual plant sale on the second Saturday in May (next one 9th May 2020). Again, Covid-19 means that this sadly cannot go ahead in the normal way. As with our other events, we are currently exploring the art of the possible to see what we might do to make plants that members have grown available to the public. If some form of sale is possible, members will be notified by email, this website will be updated, and we will inform the local community through social media.


Schedule of Events 2020

Date Title Details
12th May To be Announced No details at this time.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
9th June Animal Architecture This will be an online virtual event. More details will be posted soon. With the brilliant and highly entertaining John Tyler. A tour of the ingenious and often strange structures that animals build for themselves, from humble hermit cells to teeming cities with thousands of inhabitants and all mod cons.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
14th July Garden Visit This is something of a placeholder that does rather depend on someone saying "Oh, go on then - you can all come round mine!". If you are loving your garden, and getting pleasure from all the hard work you are putting in to it, why not share it with others? If you are considering opening under the NGS, or just wanting some supportive feedback from kind like-minded people, then this might be a really good first step. If you're interested in taking part, please use the Contact page, or speak to one of the Committee. The date can be changed to suit you.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
11th August Barbecue It's bound to rain, but at least there will be cake involved.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
5th September Coach Trip to Hyde Hall Saturday day out at RHS Hyde Hall for the Summer Flower Show and Plant Fair. Full details and booking form are here.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
8th September E A Bowles A fascinating talk by Bryan Hewitt. Everything you always wanted to know about Edward Augustus Bowles. If you want a teaser with possible spoilers, click here.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
13th October Grow your own Vegetables With Geoff Hodge - there will still be things you can plant!
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
10th November AGM + Jane Austen’s Gardens All the thrills and excitement of our Annual General Meeting, plus a fascinating talk by Jackie Bennett
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link
8th December The Gardeners' Forum Christmas Party For many, the high-point of the annual social calendar, with Christmas food and cheer. Hearty carols, and lashings of cake and mince pies.
Google Calendar link iCal Calendar Link

When we meet:

We hold an inspiring and informative programme of talks every year.

All talks are themed around gardening, and cover a variety of topics for different levels of gardening skill - from general gardening and plant advice, to garden history and design.

Our meetings are always on the second Tuesday of the month, and start at 7:30pm. They typically finish around 9:00pm. All talks are free of charge to members.

Visitors are always welcome, entrance fee is £3 per talk. Enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee after the talk.

Where we meet:

Age Concern Hall
1a Hall Place Close
St Albans
AL1 3SD

Become a member:

Our membership fee is only £14 a year, payable in January. If you join after August, the membership fee is reduced.

To join:
- go to the contact page
- complete your details
- enter "I want to join" as your question or comment
- hit SUBMIT

We will then email you your Welcome Pack.

Thank you for joining!

Visit our Contact page here to get in touch or raise any queries. Come to our meetings and your garden could look like this...


st albans garden of a group member

Local Events

Covid-19 Update: At this point, we're assuming that nothing will happen this side of September - we will do our best to keep this list updated.

Date Type Details
5th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
6th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
6th September NGS Opening St Stephens Avenue
6th September Rare Plant Fair Adwell House
7th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
8th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
9th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
10th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
11th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
12th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
13th September NGS Opening Cambridge Road
13th September NGS Opening Celebration Gardens
4th October Local Fair Highfield Park Trust Apple Day