About Sandy & District Horticultural Association

Welcome to the Sandy & District Horticultural Association website. We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and are responsible for the organisation and running of the Sandy Show.

Our current venue is Sandye Place Academy, which is the original home of the Annual Show, first held in 1869. We have been elsewhere in between times and have seen many changes in our overall format and staging during the intervening years. You can find out more by going into our Show Archive.

An early Sandy Show around 1904

2016 was the 50th, ‘Golden Jubilee’ Show of the modern era, which began back in 1965. In recent times, we have chosen to run the Show on one day only – the third Saturday in August – and have for several years have included stalls & attractions. Our primary focus however, is and always has been the horticultural section which is the most comprehensive and biggest in the area. There is something for everyone in the family to see and enjoy. Not least of which are attractions such as Punch & Judy, fair rides, classic cars, musical entertainment, animal encounters and much more – truly an action packed afternoon!

Speaker Events

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Kathy Brown’s Garden

We also hold occasional talks (not just about practical subjects related to horticulture and amateur gardening) through the year. One example was our January 2015 meeting, which was a theatrical presentation of the history of the canals in Britain. There are one or two trips arranged as well, usually to visit a place of interest related to gardens. Previous examples have been Kathy Brown’s garden at Stevington  (in Bedfordshire), the Swiss Gardens at Old Warden and Bressingham in Norfolk. In March 2016, we had a talk from one of our Show judges, which helped us to understand better how to achieve a winning entry.

These events are arranged at a cost to the Association but members enjoy a discount. You can find out more by going to our membership page. Members also receive a newsletter, which includes news of Association activities and events. We have published here, the Show Schedule & Entry Form, which contains all the information you need in order to enter your exhibit. For those whose skills lie elsewhere, i.e. in cake baking, jam making, wine & beer brewing etc, there are classes for these too. Handicrafts, art and photography are also included. Finally, we haven’t forgotten the kids – there are classes for them to enter as well. For more details about Association activities, go to our News and Diary pages.

Sandy & District Horticultural Association is proud of its success in mounting these annual shows and you can view the results of some of them in our Gallery.

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