Fondly known as “Slugs” (from its initials), the South Lincolnshire Garden Society was started in 1985 by a group of keen gardeners from Stamford, Rutland and surrounding areas. They had met on an evening class of garden visits, run by Casterton Community College’s Adult Education department and led by Simon Garbutt.
For practical reasons (principally the light evenings and use of college facilities) the course could only take place during the late spring and early summer terms. The friends wanted more opportunities to meet at other times of the year and learn more about plants, gardens, gardeners and gardening.
So they founded SLGS, which met from the outset at Folkingham Village Hall, located fairly centrally within its catchment area, except for one meeting a year that was held at Caythorpe Agricultural College. The college hall could accommodate a larger audience and the guest speakers at these meetings were well-known gardening personalities such as Beth Chatto, Roy Lancaster, Christopher Lloyd and Chris Brickell. The Caythorpe meetings offered an opportunity to raise the society’s profile and attract new members.
Caythorpe is no longer an agricultural college and SLGS no longer meets there. Indoor meetings (in September, November, January, March and May) are currently held only at Folkingham Village Hall (see map). Coach trips normally depart from Folkingham Market Place, but occasionally have pick-up stops elsewhere.
The original constitution of the society can be read here.
The constitution was revised in 2013. The current constitution can be read here.