Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to the website of the Houghall Horticultural Society.

Our society is based in the historic cathedral city of Durham in the North East of England.

We have over 160 friendly and enthusiastic members and welcome anyone else interested in joining us.

Our Aim is to pursue knowledge and enjoyment of horticulture in its widest sense.

The society was formed in 1990 by a group of people who had studied horticulture at Houghall College and wished to develop their knowledge further in an informal setting.

We meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from October through to April. Each month a guest speaker gives a talk, usually with slides. The speakers are all knowledgeable horticulturalists or gardeners or other professionals in the plant field.

Subjects have been as diverse as

  • Howick Gardens and Arboretum
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Harewood - Past, Present and Future
  • The most ancient plants on the planet: Mosses, Liverworts, Ferns, Horsetails and Club-mosses
  • The Winter Garden
  • Agapanthus and Tulbaghia
  • Alpines from the Eastern Alps and their cultivation

In the summer months we visit gardens and shows of particular note and organize a weekend garden tour.

Gardens visited recently include:

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Members' Photographic Competition

Posted on March 22nd, 2013

Following the successful first photograph competition held by those attending last year's Christmas party, we're going to repeat the competition but open it up to all members of the Houghall Horticultural Society.

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Exciting Amateur Gardening Programme Taking Place at Houghall

Posted on March 8th, 2013

10-week course to commence Wednesday 10th April

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Plant Heritage Open Day: Corydalis

Posted on March 2nd, 2013

Professor Brian A Whitton is opening his superb National Collection of Corydalis to the public on Sunday 14 April, 2-4 pm. Please note that this is a change to the original planned opening over the Bank Holiday weekend, due to the ongoing bad weather. Dogs allowed. Admission free. Event Location: 74 Archery Rise, Durham, Co Durham, DH1 4LA

Draft Constitution for AGM

Posted on February 7th, 2013

The draft constitution for consideration at the AGM […]

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Christmas Social 2012

Posted on December 24th, 2012

A few pictures from our 2012 Christmas social at Brancepeth Golf Club […]

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