Contact us/Membership

Message from New chairman

Ken Hoare resides Lawley, Telford.

Retired Police Officer, Coroners Officer and Bee Disease Officer.

Originates from a family with a long commercial gardening history who personally became interested in growing vegetables to feed his young family at a time when the salary of a police officer easily entitled his children to free school meals. So around 1963 my first London suburb home had a small garden with greenhouse and within a very short walk, pushing a barrow loaded with garden tools, I worked a council 5-rod allotment which was famed by fellow plot holders for its club root.

From there we moved to another London home with an extremely large garden where I erected my prized Hartley greenhouse where I grew tuberous begonias, some late flowering chrysanthemums and a vine. Elsewhere in that garden I kept Khaki Campbell ducks and Rhode Island Red chickens, generally 12 of each selling the eggs to doctors and nurses from the office in a hospital where the Coroner conducted her duties. But my smallholding (as that is what it had become) missed one thing and that was a colony of honeybees which was easily corrected when I purchased my first nucleus colony of bees which was the beginning of a hobby (and part-time business) that lasted for 37 years.

I have agreed with your committee to offer my services as Chair of the Wolverhampton Horticultural Society at a time when its future, as with clubs of many types, is currently an unknown and with restrictions that are likely to remain for some considerable time. But hopefully with the approval of the government and your support we will be able to continue as an active club, emphasising the ‘active’ rather than one relying totally on technology.

But to meet those ends the ‘club’ is more than ever going to need the support of its membership so should you have ANY suggestions rather than sit on your hands and keep them to yourself please forward them to me (should I be elected) or my elected Secretary and you have my Promise they will be discussed and accepted whenever possible.

Ken Hoare

Why join us/Enquiries?

For membership enquiries, Telephone: Caroline Sanderson 07935846142
or email:

Membership is open to all keen gardeners in Wolverhampton and surrounding area. Beginners are especially welcome.

New members may join the Society in person at our meetings or at the annual show.

Cost of membership

It’s fun and inexpensive to join us.  Membership is usually £20 per year but due to the reduction in activities of the Society caused by Covid restrictions it has been agreed that existing members will not be charged any membership fee for 2021. New members can join for £5.00 for the year which entitles you to free entry to all monthly meetings and free access to all Society and TENDER SHOOTS NETWORK Zoom talks.

Cheques should be made payable to “Wolverhampton Horticultural Society”


* Discounts at local garden centres

* Free entry to Society and Tender Shoots Network horticultural talks

*Invitation to our Spring show

*Invitation to Special Gardening Events or visits in the local area

*Gardening advice and support from fellow members


The Constitution for the Society  has recently been updated and a full copy can be found here:  constitution-2016

Safeguarding policy

The Society now has a formal Safeguarding policy, full details can be found here:  safeguarding-policy.

Data Protection policy

The Society now has a Data Protection policy, full details can be found here: Data Protection Policy

The following discounts are available to our members on production of a current membership card.

*15% discount at:
Hillview Hardy Plants, Worfield


*10% discount at:
David Austin Roses, Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton. (Quote Ref HP3)

* Richards Floral Design  – 15 Broad Lane, Bradmore (cut flowers/plants only)

*Lumleys Florist – 8 Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton (minimum spend on flowers £6)

*Daniel Bate Lawnmowers–  Trysull Road, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton (10% off labour charges)

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