The Society and its History

Established in 1924, the Malden & Coombe Horticultural Society (M&CHS) is one of the oldest horticultural societies in the South of England. The Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture, developing the enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants and the environment, and working with gardeners and allotment holders with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint.


The Malden & Coombe Horticultural society was formed in 1924 as "Malden Allotment Holders Association" with 70 plots and a small trading hut in Mount Road, New Malden. Annual subscriptions were 1/- (5p) and there were between 100 and 150 members, mainly railway employees. In 1930 the Society became "Malden and Coombe Allotment Association" and in 1932, when the Society joined the Royal Horticultural Society, the present title of "Malden & Coombe Horticultural Society" was adopted.
Since the 1920's the M&CHS had played and still plays a large roll in the local community. It is extremely proud of its long history and heritage and has exhibited numerous times at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In the ten years from 1990 and 1999 the Society has won an extraordinary number of medals; five Bronze, two Silver and a Silver Gilt.


The Society's programme of activities includes:

• Informative talks by professional speakers, see the calendar section for dates.

• Monthly Newsletters.

• Trips to houses and Gardens.

• Discount scheme for seeds, plants and other sundries with Dobies.

• Trading hut offering gardening products at low prices.


Membership Benefits - £6 a Year

• Gardening supplies at great prices, with access to the Elm Road sales hut for the member and immediate family (husband, wife, partner, children).

• Regular, informative newsletters emailed directly to your inbox..

• Monthly talks from experts in their field.

• Discount scheme with Dobies for seeds, plants and other sundries.

• All the above for just £6 a year. Contact us for details on how to apply.


A huge effort goes into organising the Talks and Trips for members. If you wish to know more please contact us.

Detailed below is the program of events for 2021.

All talks take place on Zoom from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Full details of other events not listed below, are shown in the Newsletters

Date Event Location / Speaker
January 12th
Talk: New Tricks for Old Gardeners Speaker:- Katherine Crouch; Owner Katherine Crouch Design Company.

Katherine was born into a family of gardeners but missed the garden when studying at the Glasgow School of Arts but, luckily, lived only a a few hundred yards from the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Landscape Architecture, Amenity Horticultural and Horticultural Diplomas did not appeal and garden design was not quite the thing then so instead she studied Product Design graduating in 1981. In the 1990's, having moved to Somerset, Katherine built a garden at her home and opened it for the National Garden Scheme from 1996 to 2000. In 1999 she won the BBC Gardener of the Year competition leading in 2000 to her setting up her own design company and then won the BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008. Katherine has also won a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show for designing a display for Kings Seeds 125th anniversary.
December 8th
Talk: 12 Plants of Christmas – Wreaths, Raisins & Roasties Speaker:- Michael Holland FLS, Expert Ecologist, Educator and Author.

Michael, who is an expert ecologist and author, Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the London Environment Educator Forum, has appeared on a number of television/radio shows/podcasts, is on a mission to educate and inspire people about the powerful world of plants and the vital role they play in our daily lives. Michael studied ecology at Lancaster University and Oregon State University and is a keen photographer, wildlife gardener and all-round composting nerd! (his words!!). He spent 25 years at the Chelsea Physic Garden latterly as Head of Education for over 17 of those years. On 1st April 2020 Michael's first book “I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast” was published.
November 10th
Talk: Gertrude Jekyll - My Adventure In Restoring Her Inspiring Garden Art Speaker:- Rosamund Wallinger; owner of The Manor in Upton Grey.

Rosamund Wallinger, was a complete gardening novice when she took on derelict Manor House and garden at Upton Grey in Hampshire. The Manor has a long history and was rebuilt for Charles Holme in the Arts and Crafts style in 1906. The story of the house and garden transformation under Rosamund's care is quite remarkable, managing to fully restore the gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908. Rosamund has written two books about the history and restoration of the gardens that she and her husband, John, undertook
October 13th
Talk: Mains to Rains pledge - Watering The Way Nature Intended Speaker:- Professor Ian Holman.

Ian is Professor of Integrated Land and Water Management at Cranfield University (UK) where he leads the Catchment Management Community of Practice within the Cranfield Water Science Institute. His research over the past 25 years has focussed on understanding the importance of changes in land use and land management at catchment to national scales on natural capital and ecosystem services, including water regulation, water purification and food production. He brings interdisciplinary hydrogeological and agricultural expertise to sustainable water resource management and climate change impacts and adaptation research in the UK, Europe and internationally for a range of Governmental, nongovernmental and commercial organisations. He was also founding Co-Chairman of the International Association of Hydrogeologists' Commission on Climate Change and Groundwater (2003-11).
September 8th
Talk: Bulbs for Planting in September for Flowering January to May Speaker:- George Lockwood.

George Lockwood from Enfield is a full time totally organic and passionate gardener. He learned his craft at Capel Manor College and has been gardening for the last 15 years.


Elm Road supply hut
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
14:30 - 16:00
10:00 - 11:30
The Society is very aware of its environmental responsibility and the produce range has changed in recent years to reflect this. Almost all composts are peat-free, pesticides are largely environmentally friendly and we also have organic liquid fertiliser.

Below are the prices of supplies in the hut. The prices are correct at the time the page was updated.
The hut is staffed by volunteers and you must show your current membership card when making purchases.

Lawn Feed - Autumn/Winter 1kg £1.50
Lawn Feed - Spring/Summer 1kg £1.00
Lawn Weed and Feed 1kg £1.45
Lawn Feed, Weed and Moss Killer 1kg £1.45
Bonemeal 1kg £0.90
Fish Blood & Bone 1kg £0.90
Garotta Compost Maker 1kg £1.20
Growmore 1kg £0.90
6X Groworganic Pellets Tub £7.70
Maxicrop - General 1Lt £5.00
Maxicrop - Tomato 1Lt £5.00
Rose Food 1kg £1.00
Garden Lime 1kg £0.30
Sulphate of Ammonia 1kg £0.75
Sulphate of Potash 1kg £1.60
Camelot Composted Horse Manure 40Lt £4.10
Country Natural Organic Compost 80Lt £4.00
Melcourt Sylvagrow Peat Free Multipurpose Compost (professional) 50Lt £7.70
Melcourt Sylvagrow Peat Free All Purpose Compost 50Lt £7.00
Melcourt Sylvagrow Peat Free Growing Medium 50Lt £7.80
Melcourt Sylvagrow Peat Free Ericacious Compost 50Lt £8.60
Melcourt Sylvagrow Peat Free Mulipurpose with Added John Innes 50Lt £8.80
John Innes No.1 Seed Compost 25Lt £4.40
John Innes No.3 Potting Compost 25Lt £4.40
Camelot Dig n' Mulch Soil Improver 40Lt £3.50
John Innes Growbags Each £3.15
John Innes Ornamental Bark 80Lt £10.50
Sands and Grits
Sharp Sand 5kg £1.80
Coarse Grit 20kg £5.00
Potting Grit 20kg £5.00
3ft - each £0.10 10 £1.00
4ft - each £0.20 10 £2.00
5ft - each £0.25 10 £2.50
6ft - each £0.30 10 £3.00
7ft - each £0.35 10 £3.50
8ft - each £0.60 10 £5.00
Split Canes 24inch 25 £0.65
Vermiculite 500g £1.80
Fleece - 20gm - 1.5m wide 1m £0.20
Poly Bubble - UV65 - 1.5m wide 1m £1.55
Ground Cover - 2m wide 1m £1.05
Capillary Matting 1m £1.50
Bird Seed 500g £0.65
Peanuts 500g £1.40

In addition to the stock items in the sales hut, members also benefit from a Group Discount Scheme offered by Dobies. This scheme entitles members to a 50% discount on seed purchases and 15% on any other items in Dobies catalogue or website. Members order direct from Dobies either on-line, by post or telephone using the dedicated discount code which is announced each September for the following twelve months.


We do not as a general rule publish telephone numbers or addresses of the Committee; additionally, member ID is protected by GDPR. Send a message to us if you wish to contact the Committee or submit articles for inclusion in the Newsletter

General Secretary - Mrs Jeanne Brodie

Membership Enquiries - Mr Andrew Brodie

You may join in person at the trading hut on Elm Road: The entrance is next to number 174 Elm Road, please check the supplies section for hut opening times.

You may also contact the membership secretary by post.

M&CHS Membership
63 Green Lane
New Malden


Photographs from previous years' events
Basigstoke canal trip

Basingstoke Canal Trip 2019

All Aboard
Plant Sale

2021 Plant Sale

New Malden High Street 2021
Upton Grey

Upton Gray 2021

The House
Upton Grey

Upton Grey 2021

Formal Garden
Plant Sale

2009 Plant Sale

2009 Plant Sale
1995 Courtyard Garden

1995 Chelsea Flower Show

1995 Courtyard Garden at RHS Chelsea
2004 Show

1995 Chelsea Flower Show

1995 Courtyard Garden at RHS Chelsea