Ashwater Horticultural Society

A show society has been in existence since at least 1926. In 2002, it was expanded into a full Gardening Club with talks, visits, walks, plant sales and the show in August each year. This is held in conjunction with the Ashwater Agricultural Show. There are currently around 30 members and the Club is run entirely by volunteers.


  • Holding relaxed, friendly and informal meetings for lectures, discussion and demonstrations
  • Having group outings
  • An annual walk, sometimes with a pub lunch, other times a cider and pasty
  • Holding an annual horticultural show
  • Running plant sales to raise funds for local charities and to fund the outings
2018 Events

Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th April   Possible self arranged visit to the Cornwall Garden Society Flower Show at Boconnoc  East Taphouse near Liskeard

The CGS Spring Flower Show is firmly established as one of the most widely respected flower shows in the UK. It’s also known as one of the most friendly and inclusive shows and as such it attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.

Expect to see over 120 nurseries, brilliant horticultural trade stands and new for this year an Artisan Craft Marquee. Bring the whole family (and dogs on leads), there’s plenty to keep children entertained including face painting, willow weaving, reptiles and raptors and much, much more. There will also be delicious food and drink stalls on offer to keep you going through-out the day. You can find out more information on the Cornwall Garden Society website.

Saturday 14th April - Visit to Made-Well at Hatherleigh

A day service for people with learning disabilities & mental ill health. Open to the public; cafe, play area, animals, meat, veg & plants for sale.

Vernon Anning who lives in the Barton and works at Made-Well has kindly offered to show us around in the morning. 

Afterwards we can have lunch in the cafe - we will need to pre-order our food.

Meet in Ashwater Parish Hall carpark at 9.45 am to share cars and offer lifts.  Arrive at Made-Well at 10.30,coffee and quick chat about our aims with clients and gardens. Site tour, and lunch.


Saturday 26th May  10am - Noon   Annual Spring Plant Sale and Refreshments

Please bring plants - help on the day most welcome


Sunday 24th June  Visit to Docton Mill and Hartland Abbey

 Further details later


Sunday 8th July  Visit to Trebah and Glendurgan

Further details later


Saturday 18th August - 85th Annual Show

General help most welcome on the day and beforehand see Fiona Bull in the Shop in Saturday mornings……Don’t forget to enter!


September, October and November - talks to be arranged.


Tuesday 4th December    Christmas Wreath - making

7pm in the hall booking is essential as spaces are limited


Plus………Helping with Ashwater School Gardening Club Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm - most weeks in term-time. 

Help with digging etc most welcome  Please turn up at 3.30pm with tools etc

Next dates March 15th & 22nd then the second week back after Easter


Tallest Sunflower Competition - will be organised after Easter

Possible talk on showing vegetables - to be arranged 



For further information on all these events please email me or phone 01409 211131


Finally - thank you to all who have paid their subs for the year £5 pp or £7 couple….. those that haven’t please see Ivan 01409 221073


Annual General Meeting 9th October 2017
Hon.President: G Bennett
Officers Elected: I Buxton (Treasurer), L Yetman (Acting Secretary), F Bull (Show Secretary)
The meeting adopted the annual accounts and agreed the membershp fees would remain at £5 for individuals and £7 per couple.
A number of new members expressed interest in forming a sub-committee to consider outings and events (additional to the annual show) for 2017/18. A separate meeting will be held for this purpose.
The show will be held in August as usual and as it is the 85th efforts will be made to celebrate this milestone in style.
                  84th Ashwater Horticultural Show - 19th August 2017
The show took place in conjunction with the Agricultural Show on the Show Field.
Thanks to the Judges: Mark Preece (Fruit and Vegetables), Penny Jones (Flowers),Steve Morey (Cookery) and Diane Williams (Children and Young People).
Congratulations to the following trophy winners:
Harrison Hunt: (Children's Challenge Cup, Under 11yrs), Rowan Tidball: Perpetual Cup (Ages between 12 and 16).
Winners of most points in the following classes were:
Flowers - Rhonda Fry, Fruit - Stephen Davies, Vegetables - Vernon Anning, Preserves - Lorna Binns, Cookery - Ivan Buxton, Single Rose - Christine Head.
Raffle Winners were: 1st Prize £50, Mr Cole. 2nd Prize £20, R Fry, 3rd Prize £10 C Whitehead.

Joining the Society
There is an annual membership fee of only £5.00 for an individual, £7.00 for a couple and children are free and there is also usually a small fee per meeting. However, you don’t have to be a member to attend the events listed above. Please let us know in advance if you wish to attend any outings (other than events) to ensure there is a space on the coach or admission has been arranged to the various destinations.


Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings and have a chat.  If you wish to contact us:


Society Officers:
Letitia Yetman, Secretary 01409 211131
Ivan Buxton, Treasurer Email:
Gordon Bennett, Hon. President