The Society was founded in 1881 by the Rector of Ewhurst and Walter Webb, a local solicitor. Its aims were largely philanthropic with the objective of encouraging villagers to improve their diet by growing good vegetables. The Head Gardeners of the big houses in the locality set an example by exhibiting at the show.

Currently 3 shows are held each year: Spring, Summer and Autumn. In addition to the shows there are 4 talks each year, which aim to be both entertaining and instructive, a Plant Sale in May, and a Quiz Evening in January. We also arrange a garden visit to a local garden each summer.