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.

October and November meetings cancelled

Unfortunately the October and November meetings have been cancelled.

Summer Show Cancelled

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus we have decided to cancel the Summer Show.

All 2020 Day Trips Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel all our day trips for this year.

National Garden Scheme has started opening gardens

The National Garden Scheme has just started opening gardens. You have to book a timed entry online (and pay for it!). Geoff and Julia Russell Grant are opening their garden in Layer Breton on Friday, 12th, Sunday 14th and Monday 15th June. Click here for details. You can see all the gardens which are open this week in our area here.

If you would prefer a free private tour in the comfort of your sitting room then you can watch their updated video tour by clicking here.

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.