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Who We Are

Surrey Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society was founded in 1964, we are affiliated to

The Royal Horticultural Society

The National Dahlia Society

The National Chysanthemum Society

The N.C.S. Southern Group

We are a friendly enthusiastic group of Chrysanthemum and Dahlia growers based in Surrey  with members through out the Home Counties and South East England. Our committee has many years experience and is ably led by our chairman Mr Fred Austin.

We hold 5 shows each year, all shows have free admission for the general public; so why not come along and see our wonderful blooms, or better still enter some yourself; either way you will be made most welcome. 

We also hold plant sales at various locations through out Surrey. A wonderful way to obtain top stock plants at very reasonable prices. To find out when and where our next plant sale is please use the "Get in Touch" link below.

Why not join us, membership is just £5 a year.

1964 - 2024

Diamond Anniversary

Celebrate with us.

To mark our Diamond Anniversary we have added special classes  to our Main and Late Shows. Prize money is also being increased for many classes across this years shows.

Anniversary Classes

Main Show 8th September

Class D1 - Dahlias One vase - 5 Blooms, One Distinct Variety, Any Classification

Class D2 - Dahlias One vase - 5 Blooms, One distinct Variety, Any Classification. Class D2 is restricted to exhibitors growing less than 200 plants. An exhibitor may enter only one of the above classes D1 or D2 (but not both)

Class C1 - Chrysanthemums- One vase - 5 blooms or 5 Stems Sprays. One Distinct Variety, Any Classification

Late Chrysanthemum Show 3rd November

Class LC - One vase - 5 Blooms or Stems, One distinct Variety, any Classification

Prizes for Anniversary Classes

Classes D1 and D2: !st £25 and NDS Bronze Medal. 2nd £15  3rd£10

Classes C1 and LC: 1st £25 and NCS Bronze Medal. 2nd £15 3rd £10

1964 - 2024

Surrey was formed in 1964 by a group of enthusiastic Chrysanthemum and Dahlia growers in the Worcester Park, Sutton and Cheam area. The group was led by Sid Cornelius and his nephew Paul Cornelius. People interested in joining the Society were asked for  ten shillings and sixpence (half a guinea) just over 50p in present money. 86 people signed up to become Founder Members of the Society. In 2024 we still have one Founder Member namely Dave Spencer.

The first show was held in September 1965 at the T.A. Drill Hall Sutton. The Society had many years at the Hall and also held meetings and the AGM in an upstairs room. In 1980 we moved to the Diamond Riding School for the Disabled at Carshalton. We used the indoor riding arena. The only problem was the surface was sawdust based and we had to level every table with pieces of wood to make sure they wouldn't tip. From 1986 we held our Main show at Epsom High School before moving to W.S.Atkins in 1989. we used the Restaurant and had many successful shows there. In 2002 we mover to Toyota H.Q. at Epsom Downs. This was a unique site as the show was basically held in their showroom. In 2021 we moved to our present venue, The Arbor Centre at Pyrford, Woking.The 1st Late Show was held in 1968 with the 1st August Members Show held in 1969. These shows were followed by the 1st September Members Show in 1970. Our 1st Spring Show was in 1997 until 2021.

Our Chrysanthemum Growers have been successful showing at the NCS National with the highlight being winning the Championship of Great Britain 3 years in a row 1976, 1977 & 1978. Our Dahlia Growers have also been successful winning the Herbert Brown in 1978 at the NDS National. Our Daffodil Growers have also been successful in many Inter Society Championships.

2024 Schedule of Shows & Events-

Saturday    23rd March         General meeting and tuber/early plant sale.

Friday         10th May            Plant Sale. at West Byfleet.

Saturday      3rd August        Single Dahlia Bloom Show.

Sunday       18th August        Members  Show. 

Sunday       8th September  Main Show.  

Sunday       22nd September Members Show.

Sunday        3rd November   Late Chrysanthemum  Show.

Date T.B.A.    A.G.M. & Social.

2024 Plant Sales

We will be holding a tuber and early plant sale for members on the morning of 23rd March at the Arbor, Pyrford. There will also be a limited amount of general sundries for sale. 

We will only be holding one external Plant Sale this year.


The Plant Sale will be held on Friday 10th May 2024  and will take place outside Le Nails & Beauty, Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6LG. 10.00 to 12.30. as usual there will be a good range of quality plants at reasonable prices, not only dahlias and chrysanthemums but also seasonal bedding, herbaceous and vegetable plants.


Single Dahlia Bloom Show

Saturday 3rd August 2024

Entries on the day - staging 9.00-9.45 a.m.

Judging commences 10.00 a.m. - show closes 11.45 a.m.

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Saturday 3rd August 2024

Arbor Centre

Coldharbour Lane

Pyrford, Woking GU22 8ST


Entries on the day

Staging 9.00 - 9.45 a.m. Judging  starts 10.00 a.m.            Show closes 11.45 a.m.


An exhibitor may have up to a maximum of 3 entries per class.

Member August Show 

Sunday 18 th August

Abinger Hammer Village Hall


Open to the public approx.1.30 pm

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Main Show

Sunday 8th September 

Arbor Centre, Tegg's Lane entrance,
Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey GU22 8ST

Open to the public approx. 2.15 pm

Members September Show 


22nd September

Abinger Hammer Village Hall


Doors open to the Public approx.1.30 pm

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Late Chrysanthemum Show 

Sunday 3rd November

Abinger Hammer Village Hall


Doors open to the Public approx. 1.30 pm

A.G.M. - date and venue T.B.A.

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