The very first Hortishow was in 1886 but nobody knows when the society actually started or how.
The early days were led by the big houses of Hayling and their employed gardeners. The shows were major social events with 90 exhibitors and 200 prizes such as coal, meat, tobacco and tools.
There were sports, first aid displays and marching bands all rounded off with fireworks.
The First World War brought a huge change as so many employees and their masters went to war – many never returning – and interest spread afterwards to allotments.
Our success is due to the dedicated teams that run the events – the entries and results team, the staging teams, the stewards, the afternoon teas ladies and cake makers, the weary clearer-uppers and many others.
Every show is supported by exhibitors from on and off the Island.
Membership of the Horti is just £4 per household per year and that can be saved in one trip to the Trading Centre in the stable block of the old Tudor Vicarage on the Legion Field.
The Trading Centre was opened in 1974 and free advice is given along with the composts, seeds, garden chemicals and tools that are on sale. It is run by teams of volunteers and is open on Sunday mornings from 9.30am to midday and on Wednesday mornings from February to June.
Members can enjoy lectures on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the URC Hall, Hollow Lane.
Our early summer show is on Saturday, from 2pm at Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road.