Category Archives: Garvald Horticultural Society

Garvald Village Show – Saturday 24th August – schedule

Calling Garvald growers, makers and bakers!

Here is the 2019 Show Schedule (link below), with a bit of a beach and blue theme. Hard copies will be posted through doors in May.

For primary school children – seed potatoes are available from Jo Robertson, for planting in April.
For questions, hints and tips – join the Show facebook group:

Garvald Growers, Makers and Bakers

2019 Garvald Village Show Schedule



Wildlife talk in Gifford

Gifford Horticultural Society

Wednesday 6 March at 7.30 p.m. Gifford Village Hall – all are welcome.

‘Wildlife in your Garden.’ Stan Da Prato will tell us all about what lives in our gardens, how to attract even more of them and some of the issues this can bring to our private gardens, our public parks and open spaces.

Besides gardening, Stan chairs the Aberlady Bay Reserve Committee, has a PhD on small songbirds in the Lothians, is editor of the journal Scottish Birds and a past President of the Scottish Ornithologist’s Club.

This talk is followed by refreshments and a raffle.

Talk: Restoring Amisfield Walled Garden

Gifford Horticultural Society are holding a talk in Gifford village hall on Wednesday.

Kate Rycroft, Chair of the Amisfield Preservation Trust will be describing the restoration at Amisfield. At 8 acres in size, Amisfield Walled garden is one of the largest historic walled gardens in Scotland.

Over the past eleven years, it has been restored from a completely neglected state into a thriving community garden. It now provides a venue for education and training for people of all abilities, as well as being an established local visitor attraction.

Kate will talk about the historic background to the garden’s development and will outline its current restoration as a community garden.

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7.30pm in Gifford Village Hall.  Non-members welcome.


Garvald Show – set up and donations

It’s countdown to Garvald Village Show this Saturday – 2-4pm. We are setting up the hall at 7pm on Thursday and would be grateful for any help with shifting the tables and chairs. Also all donations of baking (including Show ‘cast offs’!) and raffle prizes welcome! Please bring on the day.

Don’t forget to involve the four-footed, furry, hairy, woolly, feathered, scaly (?) members of our village in the Pet Show at 3pm.

Finally there is a new display table for any items that you’d like to show off, but don’t fit the show classes.

Hoping for a dry afternoon..

Garvald Show – calling all photographers

We now have lovely new display boards crying out to show photographs at the Village Show next Saturday – see below. A massive thanks to Graham Barnes for design and production. Remember photographs should be printed no larger than A5, unmounted, with or without a border. Here are the classes:

  • Local Wildlife
  • A dramatic sky
  • Your favourite place in East Lothian
  • A close-up of a pollinating insect
  • On holiday
  • A black and white photograph with or without caption
  • ‘Beast from the East’

Time to get printing!

Gifford Flower Show 2018

Gifford Flower Show is this weekend, 18th/19th August. Come along on Saturday from 2.00 – 8.00 p.m. and Sunday 9.00 – 4.00 p.m. As well as the Flower Show competition classes, there will be a Scarecrow competition, various craft stalls, face painting, teas in the Village Hall, plant sale etc. This year the Rotary Club are running a children’s dog show on the Green behind the Marquee on Saturday afternoon.

Full details are on

It’s (Village) Showtime!

Gifford Flower Show – Sat/Sun 18th-19th August, Gifford Green

Garvald Village Show – Sat 25th August, Village Hall 

It’s that time of year again! Garvald (67th) and Gifford (170th!) Shows are nearly upon us. See further details in the posters below. We are delighted to welcome George Anderson back to Garvald to judge the horticultural categories for a second year. Also new for this year: “Anything goes” – bring something along that you have made, baked or grown for the display table (non-competitive). We look forward to seeing you there!


GHS Committee.


Protecting your data

GDPR reaches Garvald…

Yes, the tendrils of GDPR and the new data protection laws are far-reaching, affecting even tiny groups such as the village website and the horticultural society. But we are on the case!

If you are happy to continue receiving email updates from the village website, then just have a read of the information below – no action required! Please note that you can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time, by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of the email or by contacting us.

Here’s the gist of our data privacy policy:

Website Privacy Notice

To run the village website we operate a latest news mailing list (using MailChimp) and deal with email enquiries sent via the contact form – so we are mostly dealing with your email addresses.

We have delved into the details of our data collection and have found:

  • We know what personal information we hold and why we hold it.
  • We only hold and use what we data need to do the job (such as provide village news and announcements).
  • We keep your personal information up to date (or you can easily update your mailing list subscription yourself).
  • We keep your personal information secure and confidential.
  • We will deal with a data breach within 72 hours, informing you and the Information Commissioners Office where necessary, i.e. in cases which might expose you to serious risk.
  • We make it easy for you to withdraw your personal information (you can unsubscribe at any time from our mailing list).

Our Website Privacy Notice is on the About/Privacy page if you want to read more.

Garvald Horticultural Society – Membership Data Protection

Garvald Horticultural Society collects membership data in order to run the annual village show. They have a separate Privacy Notice governing protection of this data. In summary, only personal data necessary to run the show is collected. This data is stored securely, not shared with third parties and only accessed by members of the Committee dealing with membership tasks. If you want to read more, the Garvald Horticultural Society’s Privacy Notice is available on the Garvald Horticultural Society page. 

If you have any questions, please use the contact form to get in touch.