The Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society is a non-profit
organisation run by
volunteers to create and promote an interest in gardening and an appreciation of our natural
environment. The Society provides instruction in all aspects of gardening through talks,
discussions, demonstrations and excursions. The Society also helps members in an advisory
The Selangor Gardening Society as it was then known was founded by expatriates long before
Merdeka. It became defunct in 1950 due to the lack of local support.
In the late ‘60s, a group of garden enthusiasts revived the society, starting off
with a very small membership. Activities were then held at members' residences and at the
Lake Garden nursery located directly below Carcosa at Swettenham Drive (now known as
The committee tries to arrange an activity for every month of the year – sometimes even two in a month.
These activities are in the form of talks and outings. For the former, subjects are most varied, ranging from talks on various plants or groups of plants to basic gardening and landscaping to even floral workshops now and then.
As for outing, these have by far proven to be most popular. They can be one-day trips to visit various places of interest like MARDI, FRIM, nurseries or even gardens set up in complexes. For places further afield, or even overseas, a weekend or a few days are normally set aside.
Most activities are held on Saturdays.
At the moment venue for talks alternate between YWCA and D Nook in Bangsar. A nominal fee is usually charged to defray the costs of rental of the hall and refreshments. Other activities include dinners and lunches – e.g. after Annual General Meeting and the Annual dinner. These are organized to further promote the spirit of fellowship among members.
Three times a year the Society publishes its official publication Green Fingers. Articles in this magazine are written by members, and include reports of the Society’s activities in the past four months, information about certain plants and more tips on gardening. It is usually well illustrated with photographs of flowers and plants.
Every now and then, the Society assumes an advisory role, dispensing advice to independent organization. NGOs and schools, e.g. on how to set up certain types of gardens. These services are usually rendered free of charge.
The Executive Committee of the Society comprises the President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Hon.
Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Programme Secretary and six committee members.
Election for office bearers is held every two years at the AGM.
The Society welcomes all manner of help and advice from members as well as from non-members
who are able to contribute towards the knowledge, art and science of gardening, and to promote
greater interest in growing plants.