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Welcome to The Cottage Garden Society

   If you are interested in plants, or enjoy exchanging gardening ideas and experiences with fellow gardeners, why not join The Cottage Garden Society?

   You don't have to live in a cottage, or even in the country.  Cottage gardens can be created in the small plots of modern houses or in the narrow gardens of older terraces.  The traditional, informal style lends itself to any situation, rural or urban, large or small.

2018 Cottage Garden Calendars

Now is the time to buy your C.G.S. Calendar before they run out.

Only £7.25 each INCLUDING UK P&P
Bulk orders reduces postage per unit.

R.H.S. Wisley Societies Day

Coming soon, photos and information about the R.H.S. Societies Day held at Wisley.

There is still plenty of time to send in seed for the seed exchange.   The more that comes in of ANY kind, the more there is to choose from.   FREE seeds for members!   Short Viability Seed List is now on the Seeds Page. 

Gardener's World 2017

Congratulations again to our President Nick Hamilton.
This time for a GOLD.

Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Congratulations on the Silver Gilt

Our President, Nick Hamilton was at Chelsea this year along with our Treasurer, Sue Clarke and Groups co-ordinator Jean Roscoe.   Some people are so lucky.

Cottage Garden Society 2018 Calendars

Calendars are now available from our Admistrator or group representative.
See products in MENU for details.

Group Updates

Is your group's page up to date?

Malvern 2017

Congratulations to the Cotswold Group for getting Bronze in their first Malvern show.

See their groups page for more.

C.G.S. Photographic Competition 2018

The 2017\18 results were announced at
the A.G.M.  Next competition starts DEC 2017
So keep taking those photos.

What is a Cottage Garden?

   Originally, the purpose of the cottage garden was to provide food.  It contained livestock, herbs, fruits and vegetables.  Flowers were an optional extra and tended to be ones that had some practical value, such as seasoning food or repelling bugs.  The cottager's small plot did not allow for any wasted space, so the garden was abundantly packed, but well tended.

   The cottage garden later moved away from being an utilitarian space and became an area to be enjoyed.  These days, food-crops and chicken-keeping are returning and environmental concerns are being incorporated by the conscientious cottage gardener.

   Although there are no hard and fast rules as to what should be grown, the hallmarks of this style are informality, abundance and diversity.  That means lots of colour, scent, bees, birds and butterflies, not to mention fruit, herbs, vegetables, frogs and hedgehogs!

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EVENTS - AGMs plus

The 2018 Garden Weekend and AGM

  June 3rd 2018 


 More information can be found  >HERE<

Including photographs of previous A.G.M. & Garden Weekends.


For Membership leaflets, download both parts.  Print one page, then turn paper over and print the second.  Can be printed in batches or singly.

  • Membership Leaflet Page 1 : Click HERE
  • Membership Leaflet Page 2 : Click HERE
  • Click HERE to download a CGS poster to advertise the Society at your events.
  • Click HERE to download membership forms to hand out at your event.
Seasonal Recipes

Our Cottage Garden Recipes booklet will give you lots of ideas for cooking up all the wonderful seasonal fruit and vegetables from your garden.Why not order a copy? Meanwhile you can click here for the recipe for Tabbouleh with Ransoms, and here for a delicious recipe for Rhubarb & Orange MeringueThese recipes, like all those in our booklet, have been sent in by CGS members.

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