History

The Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies (HFHS) was founded in 1959 by the late Bill Boyd, at that time the Head of the Horticultural Department of Sparsholt College. He and a colleague created this organisation to act on behalf of and to give advice to the many Horticultural and Allotment Societies within Hampshire. We now welcome clubs from bordering counties.

The Federation is still based at Sparsholt College near Winchester, and our close relationship remains – our Hon Secretary is a Horticultural Lecturer there, and acts in a liaison capacity between the Federation and the College. Our AGM, annual conference, and committee meetings are held at the College.

The Federation’s Management Committee comprises volunteers from our affiliated societies and meets 4 times a year.

Benefits of Affiliation for societies:

We offer information, guidance & social opportunities for as little as £10 per annum.

Publications:

  • Speakers list – useful for preparing lecture programmes
  • Show Judges list – including National Society-accredited judges, useful for organising shows
  • Monthly e-Bulletins – with details of member society & Federation activities and other items of general interest

Annual events:

  • Judges and Show Organisers Conference or lecture of general interest
  • Allotment Competition
  • Garden Competition
  • Inter-Societies Quiz
  • AGM

Affiliations

We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society whose website is at www.rhs.org.uk.

Benefits for Prospective Speakers and Judges:

The Federation is interested to hear from anyone who can give talks or demonstrations on horticultural or allied subjects to our member societies. Similarly people with experience of judging any classes in local horticultural shows are also welcomed.  Anyone interested in becoming a Federation speaker or judge should contact the Hon. Secretary.

Join Us

Any horticultural society, allotment society or garden club in Hampshire or the surrounding counties is welcome to join us.

Initial contact with the Federation should be made via the Hon. Secretary HFHS: Mr K.V. Mason, Sparsholt College Hampshire, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF. Tel: 01962 797446 (office hours). Email: kelvin.mason@sparsholt.ac.uk