The Cottage Garden Society (CGS) is an informal and friendly society of about 3,000 members in many countries, though most are based in the UK. It brings together amateurs and professionals who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening.
The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming 'unfashionable'. Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants.
Interest in the Society soon grew and from small beginnings with the founders based in North Wales and Cheshire, we now have over 35 regional groups spread throughout the United Kingdom. Most of these groups meet monthly for talks, garden visits, seed swaps and plant sales. You do need to be a member of the National Society to attend regional group meetings and be covered by our insurance.
Any member of the National Society can join a regional group for the extra benefits of mixing with like-minded gardeners in your own area.
Read The Cottage Garden Society - 25 years on - the talk delivered by Pat Taylor at our 25th anniversary AGM in 2007.
Read Chair's letter June 2012 - To be or not to be a charity
Click here for the CGS poster you can download and use for advertising at CGS events.
Nick Hamilton owns Barnsdale Gardens, home of the late Geoff Hamilton. He, following in his father's footsteps, is now our President. He took over this role in 2007.