Welcome to the website of the Mersea Island Horticultural Society (MIHS). The society aims to inform, support and entertain people with an interest in gardening in its many forms.


Unfortunately, the society has been hit by the effects of Covid 19 and the relevant restrictions, and so it has been decided to cancel all planned meetings until (and including) April 2021. There will be no more coach outings until further notice, and the spring show, due to be held on 20th March 2021 has also had to be cancelled.

As we cannot have an AGM this year, we would be interested to hear from members if they would consider joining the committee, and especially if they would be prepared to take over the post of secretary from Judith Kirkby or speakers organiser from Heather Cook. All other committee members are happy to continue serving. Judith will continue to provide Press reports and Heather is keen to continue to organise the plant stalls at shows.

It is hoped to have a Christmas newsletter as usual, to keep everyone up to date with news and plans, and a shortened version of the audited accounts will be included with this, but members are welcome to apply for a copy of the full accounts.

Meanwhile, if you have any enquiries about the society, please contact Judith ( e-mail: judithkirkby@hotmail.co.uk )

Meetings cancelled

Unfortunately all meetings up to and including April 2021 have been cancelled.

Why not come along to see us – we are a very friendly bunch. You don’t need to be a horticultural expert with a vast knowledge of Latin names (although experts are welcome too!) – just an interest in gardens and plants – whether it be vegetables or flowers – or both. The Society normally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month – visit the Monthly Meetings page for times, dates and locations of where our meetings are held.

Admission is £2 for members of the society, £4 for non-members, and everyone is very welcome to come along. Coffee and tea are provided.

SHED, an offshoot of MIHS, is a very informal monthly gathering of members who are keen to improve their growing of fruits and vegetables. Excess plants and seeds are shared, along with helpful advice and amusing stories. Tea or coffee and cakes flow freely and add to the occasion. In the summer meetings are in each other’s gardens where beans or blakcurrants can be inspected whilst in winter the group meets in the warmth of the community hall. See the SHED page for more information.