Chairman: Kirsty Buxcey 01242 675175
Secretary: Cathy Thompson 01242 676708
Due to the current national emergency, our April, May, June and July meetings and events have sadly all been cancelled or postponed, including the annual plant sale, garden party and a planned trip to Winterbourne House and Gardens. However, we have rearranged all the speakers for meetings later this year or next. Winterbourne is willing to use our deposit towards a visit next June, so we aim to arrange a trip there towards the end of June 2021. We will refund the deposits members have paid when we can next see you.
At our last meeting in February we held our AGM and Kirsty Buxcey took over as Chair. As Topics is not being published this summer, she has written the following message for our web page:
Isn’t this just THE most incredible time to be in our gardens? Having been given a Once in a Lifetime inspirational talk by Cathy Smith on Garden Design in February, we’ve been paradoxically set free to do our own thing during lockdown and appreciate Mother Nature in 10 weeks of glorious sunshine!
There have been valiant efforts by some to continue growing and selling plants from front gardens in aid of The Old Chapel, while others have attempted adventurous garden make-overs, one has transformed her allotment, many have sat and appreciated birdsong no longer drowned out by busy traffic and watched enchanted as wildlife returned; a mallard led her 11 new day old ducklings for a walk round my cul de sac one day.
We’d like to hear from Gardening Club members and budding ones too: how would you like your club to best be a gardening club during lockdown?! Any ideas seriously considered.
And whether you are a kitchen window sill bean sprouter or a prize winning marrow grower, please do come along to our very friendly Gardening Club on the 3rd Wednesday each month (when it’s safe to reconvene) …. watch our webpage for updates on how we’re adjusting to Government guidance over the next few weeks.
See you soon-ish
Prompted by the virtual tours that are available on gardening websites, such as RHS and NGS, members’ photos of their Spring gardens can be viewed here: Members’ Gardens. We have also produced a newsletter containing some interesting articles contributed by some of our members. Members should have received a copy of this but it can be viewed or downloaded here: GC Newsletter June 2020
Gotherington Gardening Club was formed in October 1962. Initially known as the ‘Gotherington and District Horticultural Society’ it held monthly meetings, Spring and Summer shows with cups awarded as well as social events and garden visits. The name was later changed to ‘Gotherington Gardening Club’ as it was felt this was more in keeping with local garden lovers.
The Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month except August in the Village Hall at 8pm. We enjoy a wide range of speakers and demonstrations, not always on specialist gardening subjects. We are interested in all aspects of the natural world and our impact on it, so we have invited speakers from the RSPB, environment agencies, bug hunters etc as well as gardeners, growers and travellers. We still arrange trips to gardens and other related destinations.
New members and visitors are always welcome.
Our 2020 Programme is available here. This will be resumed as soon as we can meet safely.
In addition to our regular meetings we normally have one or two outings. This June, we were to have visited Winterbourne House and Gardens, an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa and botanic gardens owned by the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, south Birmingham. . We plan to rearrange this trip for June 2021.
In June 2019 we visited Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire. Some pictures from the day can be seen here.
The Club had a stall at the Village Fete on 27th July 2019, with a colourful display of planted pots loaned by members, which can be seen here. We held a small plant sale which raised £50 for the Gotherington War Memorial restoration fund.