Cold Ash Horticultural Society officially arrived in 1936 when it formally affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Flower shows have, however, been held in Cold Ash since Rev J M Bacon started the Cottage Show in 1877 and, with a few short breaks, they have been held annually ever since. In 1946, the Village Produce Association, formed during WWII, was incorporated into the Society and today the joint Society flourishes with more than 160 members. Its aim is to provide a focus not only for expert gardeners but also for newcomers to gardening: to learn more about plants and gardens and to meet others to exchange ideas on how to enjoy all aspects of horticulture in a friendly environment, where no question is too ridiculous.
The RHS provides a variety of services, including access to their gardens and expert advice, and acts as a governing body for the Shows which are held in the village throughout the year. The Schedule is the formal publication that our Society issues, with details of all the classes that you can enter with vegetables, flowers, homemade items and floral arrangements. If you have never entered a Show before do not be put off by the wording or numbers of classes, but give it a try. Quite often it is the first-timer who carries off a few small prizes and occasionally a cup.