Gardening club history


The history of OBLHS

The Society was founded in 1911 under the name of the Oulton Broad Gardening Association. It is known that all activities were suspended during the 1914-1918 war years and that the Association was revived in 1919, in new headquarters at the Rock Institute in Oulton Broad. In 1936, the Association became the Oulton Broad and District Horticultural Society and this was amended to its current name in 1977. From 1948, the Society held three shows a year, an early summer show in July, a summer show in August and a late chrysanthemum show in November. The Society’s Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1961 with a very successful show in Nicholas Everitt Park on August Bank Holiday. The then President, Mr Malcolm Humphrey gave a magnificent silver punch bowl to be known as the Jubilee Trophy. This is held for one year by the exhibitor with the highest number of first prizes in the Summer Show.


The Society is affiliated to the following:

  • The Royal Horticultural Society
  • The British Gladiolus Society
  • The National Vegetable Society
  • The National Dahlia Society
  • The Norfolk and Suffolk Dahlia Society

More info

Our gardening club, the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society, is a friendly association of gardeners and horticulturalists local to the surrounding areas of Suffolk and South Norfolk. Members’ interests range from simple gardening through to the science of horticulture, from general garden interests through to specialism in particular plant groups or even single species. Members raise their plants in every kind of setting -gardens, allotments, greenhouses and polytunnels. Our combined expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm means there is something for everyone to learn, something for all to share and enjoy. This is a gardening club for everyone.

The Society holds its meetings at St Luke’s Church Centre, Homefield Avenue, Lowestoft NR33 9BX. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from January to July and September to November. Meetings start at 7.30pm and there is a small entry charge to help defray the cost of hiring the hall; a raffle is organised and refreshments are served mid-way through the evening. The monthly meetings usually feature an outside speaker talking about gardening related subjects.

Past Events have included bee keeping, companion planting and local wildlife. For information about this year’s meetings see the What’s On page.

During the summer months we arrange a number of outings and visits. These have included Kew Gardens, the RHS Bicentenary Evening at Somerleyton Hall with a guided tour by the then head gardener Mr Bob Coutts, RHS Wisley, Hyde Hall in Essex and Wottons of Wenhaston.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society is a non profit-making organisation, but the committee arrange various fund-raising activities throughout the year in order to cover expenditure. Through the generosity of many businesses and individuals within the East Anglia region, we have sponsorship of events and storage of equipment.

Gardening Club in Lowestoft

News & Updates

Please check here regularly for any important club news and special updates.

more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.