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Gardening Club 2024

You may be a hands on garden enthusiast or an armchair dreamer looking for ideas, you may want to meet like-minded villagers and share organised gardening activities: do read on!

We welcome the novice and experienced muddy gardener alike, we are always open to suggestions and offers of help and simply hope you may be inspired to join us in The Village Hall, 7.30pm on 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

We charge a modest annual subscription which covers all talks, with a free hot drink and biscuits. We charge a small fee for visitors.

Talks last about an hour, usually with slides & props and are followed by refreshments over the chance to chat.

We arrange at least 2 group visits to gardens of interest each year. In 2023 we visited Highgrove, just days after the coronation, and had a wonderful tour and cream teas. Earlier in the year we had a guided tour of the snowdrops at Colesbourne and in September a private visit to Cotswold Garden Flowers near Badsey, which included a talk from the owner.

We also have a summer party in a member’s garden and a very sociable Christmas party in the village hall.

Please see the following calendar of speakers and events and contact our secretary for more information:

Cathy Thompson 01242 676708

2023 Meetings 

8 January Pruning shrubs and their aftercare
– Duncan Coombs, ex-lecturer, Pershore College
7 February Group guided tour of Colesbourne snowdrops
15 February AGM + talk on Great British Castle Gardens
– Richard Harvey, Cheltenham based photographer
15 March Adapting to Climate Change for Gardeners 
– Sally Oates, experienced organic gardener
19 April Our Homestead and how we got here
– Kev Alviti, smallholder at the foot of the Malverns aiming at self-sufficiency
10 May Trip to Highgrove
17 May Sensory Sensations
– Paul Green, Greens Leaves Nursery, Newent 
3 June Coffee Morning/Plant Sale in Village Hall
21 June Summer party
19 July Solitary Bees
– Jo Worthy-Jones, Haven 4 Wildlife
16 August Trug Making by a miserable old trugger
– Carl Sadler – trug maker
September Self-drive local Trip
20 September Acers
Acers – Jonathan Billinger, Plantarium Manager, Leaf Creative, Huntley
18 October Members’ evening
15 November The Incredible Dutch Auction at Aalsmeer and the 500 Nurseries of Boskoop
– Ian Sadler, professional plant grower
20 December Christmas Party

2024 Meetings and events planned to date

8 January Winter Colour and Interest in the Garden
– Duncan Coombs, ex-lecturer, Pershore College
21 February AGM + Gardening with Wildlife in Mind
– Jo Worthy-Jones, Haven 4 Wildlife
20 March Seeded Perennial Meadows: a new way to garden?
– Sam Taylor-Hunt, Garden Designer, Modica Gardens
17 April Unusual Fruit & Veg
– Kev Alviti
15 May Garden Ponds and Water Features
– Philip Aubury, ex Director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens
1 June Coffee Morning/Plant Sale in Village Hall
19 June Summer party
3 July Trip to Morton Hall Gardens, Droitwich
17 July Foliage for Effect
– Bob Brown, Cotswold Garden Flowers
21 August Ancient Woodland in Gloucestershire
– John Heathcott, Woodland Trust
18 September Winter into Spring
– Julie Ritchie, Hoo House Nursery
16 October Good Companions – extending interest in the small garden
– Marion Stainton, speaker and writer on horticulture
20 November Garden Visiting – A Very British Tradition
– Margie Hoffnung, Conservation Officer, Gardens Trust
18 December Christmas Party


15 January TBA
19 February

AGM + talk TBA