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Grow Alton

Spring is on the way
Time to think about all things growing and gardening
in Alton

Getting together for a free drop-in event

Grow Alton

Saturday March 30th

11:00am – 3:00pm

Alton Assembly Rooms

  • Come and find out what we each do
  • Get some ideas and advice
  • Collect discount vouchers from local garden centres  
  • Swap some seeds, or pick some up for a donation
  • Take your pick of 2nd hand gardening tools and books
  • Bring your gardening tools for sharpening 
  • Learn about composting, how to save water in the garden and about local garden events
  • Join in children’s activities

Refreshments will be available


Grow Alton brought to you by:-

Alton Local Food Initiative (ALFI)

Looks after eleven plots and planters around the town. As an entirely voluntary organisation ALFI has been sustained by dozens of volunteers over its ten years. As people move on, new volunteers are always needed. It is a great way of meeting people and learning about growing vegetables in friendly surroundings.

The Alton Allotment Association

Has a committee that would love more people to consider taking on an allotment and know that there are several empty plots on sites.

The Alton Horticultural Society

Also looking for new members to join them. We meet in the Community Centre nine times a year and have a varied programme of talks and events.

About Us

Alton Horticultural Society was founded in 1902. We are proud of our long history but we aim to reflect the current interests of Alton gardeners with talks, outings and social activities.


We meet at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month at:-

Alton Community Centre
Amery Street
GU34 1HN

Meetings are usually attended by 50 – 60 members and typically consist of a talk from an invited speaker with an interval for light refreshments providing members with the opportunity to also have a chat.

Talk Schedule

Click on the button below for a full schedule of the society’s 2019 talks

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings (first visit free – thereafter £3.00 per person) and can join during the evening should they wish to.


Visits and Tours

The society arranges a programme of outings through the year, some day trips and others afternoon or evening visits. Often they include special access to gardens and are frequently led by experts. We try to vary the days of the visits so all our members, whether working or retired, have the opportunity to join in.

Every other year we arrange a holiday, visiting several gardens and places of interest.

We use executive coaches from a local travel firm as comfort is important.

We also try to ensure that the hotels we use are accessible.

Trip & Visit Schedule

Click on the button below for a full schedule of the society’s 2019 trips & visits


Spring Show

The societies Spring Show is a very informal event that fills the May monthly meeting and is limited to members only. The emphasis is on taking part rather than fierce competition.

Scarecrow Competition

Our popular scarecrow competition open to children 11 years or under (parents are allowed to make the frame) is held on last Saturday in June at the Alton Assembly Rooms. There are two categories, individual entries or group entries, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both. The scarecrows are displayed outside the Assembly Rooms for the public to admire and to vote for their favourite scarecrow.

Spring Show

Click on the button below for full details of the Spring Show 2019



Join Us

Membership is open all year round. The subscription is £15 usually collected in January, or £8 if joining after 1st June.