Gardening Group visit to Islip

Our February visit to Hollyhocks gardens in Islip went very well and 15 members enjoyed a very nice afternoon in this small but delightful garden.  Our host was very friendly and informative.  It was a very small garden but laid out beautifully as a woodland garden.  Structure was bought into the garden by use of shrubs and some wonderful silver birch trees.  The snowdrops were just finishing because of the warm weather we had  but there were still some special species for us to look at as well as hellebore and other plantings.  I have attached a photo of Ken looking splendid in this very pretty garden. Our visit was made even more special by the hospitality of our hosts and the delicious tea and cake they served us afterwards.
Our next visit is March 27th when we are going to the Fosse garden center just before  Moreton in the Marsh .This visit will start at 3pm and will be a talk be a David Austin roses rep who will also be giving money off offers on some of the roses and hopefully a small goody bag. I know a lot of people use this garden center and have lunches there. Some of you may wish to do this first so could you please let me know if you will be going direct or if anyone will be needing transport.  The cost is £5 to include the talk and light refreshment.It is a ticketed event so imperative I know how many persons are going.

Gardening Group dates

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27th .Last year we had to cancel this visit because of the snow so lets hope we get better weather this year to look at these gardens.   The gardens are Hollyhock Gardens near Islip, post code OX5 2SQ.  we hope to see snowdrops here but the garden owner tells me the snow drops are early this year but even if they are coming to an end there is a very good display of hellebores amongst other spring plants. The visit includes tea and cake and will cost £5.We are due to meet there at 2pm so you can either go alone or meet up at the usual car park for lift sharing at 1.15pm.  Parking is in the farmyard by the gardens.I will be sending our host numbers a couple of weeks prior to our visit so if you could let me know if you are attending as soon as you can that would be appreciated.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27th.I am waiting for confirmation on this visit but if it happens it will be brilliant.I have contacted the Fosseway garden centre near Moreton in the Marsh  GL56 0DS and they are arranging for a rep. from David Austin Roses to come and give us a talk. This will be a talk with slide show followed by tea and cake for £5.  There will also be money off selected roses and possible goody bags.  If this happens fossway are giving us priority tickets and once we have confirmed numbers they will open to public.The talk will start at 3pm leaving plenty of time if anyone wishes to have lunch there first.  I will make travel arrangements when this date has been confirmed.I have attended a talk like this at Bampton and it was extremely good.  It would be helpful if I knew who was interested in going so I can give the centre provisional numbers when they confirm.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24th. This month it is a return visit to the Generous gardener at the coach house Ampney Crusis GL7 5RY. We went here on a very hot day in June 2017.  It is a wonderful garden separated into rooms by hedging and cotswold stone walls.  Our host offers refreshment after our visit.  I have yet to confirm the price for this but if I remember properly last time it was £7.50 and well worth it.  The house is next to the village church and this was open so we visited this as well and it was a very interesting church.  Hopefully it will be open for us this time as well.

WEDNESDAY MAY 29th. Another repeat visit to Chivel Gardens nr Heythrop OX7 5TR.  We went here in August 2018 and all of us agreed it was the best garden we had been to with the garden club, high praise.  The colours were wonderful and I am sure the spring garden will be as wonderful.  Our hosts look forward to seeing us again and providing the tea and biscuits we had last time.  For those who didn’t make it last time, make sure you do this time!

MONDAY JUNE 17th. Please note the different day this month as we are joining up with the History group.  Christine is organising a visit to Ablington house and gardens.  there is a minimum number of 30 persons needed which is why we have combined the groups.  I do not have full details but as soon as Christine confirms with the hosts I will let you know.

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER are works in progress!! as soon as I have arranged things I will let you know.

November will be are usual social and quiz in the town hall.  This is a popular event  enjoyed by those who attend.

Gardening Group November

his  months meeting will be on Wednesday 28th November in the Town Hall at 2pm.  It will be a pre Christmas  get together with a small easy quiz.  Tea and Coffee will be provided but any nibbles you care to bring will be gratefully received
I hope to have some 2019 dates by then. Ann

Gardening Group Visit Chevil Gardens

Today 15 of us visited Chevil Gardens near Chipping Norton and we all agreed they were the best gardens we had visited with this garden group!  Amazing.  Our hosts, Mr and Mrs Sword were a delight and showed us around explaining how the garden grew during the years they have been there. The colors were wonderful and the trees magnificent, it really was a wow! moment when we saw it laid before us. After a walk round we were given a very nice tea and yummy biscuits.  

Dont worry those of you that missed it as I am booking it for May next year as Mrs Sword says the spring colour and magnolias are wonderful.  I know those of us that went today will definitely want to return.

Next months visit is to be at Waterperry gardens on September 19th ( early as I am on holiday the week after)  We are to see the fine display of asters and Michaelmas daisies.   No numbers required for this visit as no set tea.  There is a very nice cafe though for refreshment of your choice.  We shall  meet there at 2pm.  Anyone wanting to car share or convoy let me know and we will meet at the usual car park for 1pm.

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Gardening Group update

Last months visit went very well and 17 of us went to White Hill Farm in Widford on yet another hot sunny day.  Some of us had a job getting there because of an overturned hay lorry but we did eventually all make it.  We were welcomed by the owners who like the rest of us were bemoaning the fact of no rain.  This led to a very dry and dusty garden but still a joy to walk round and some lovely sheltered spots to rest in.  The views were tremendous and were framed by lovely trees and shrubs.  Our Hostess provided us with delicious tea/coffee and home made cakes which we had in nice shady spots in the garden.

This month we are going to Chivel Farm Gardens which is near Chipping Norton.  We are going on Wednesday August 29th at 2pm.  As usual you can travel alone or meet in the usual car park for lift sharing at 13.30 hrs.  The cost of visit and refreshment is £7.50.  £5.00 is for the NGS charity and £2.50 is for the local church fund.

As usual I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if you are interested in coming ASAP so I can give numbers nearer the time of going.  The postcode for the farm is OX7 5TR

A quick reminder that the September meeting is one week earlier on the 19th September when we are going to Waterperry gardens to see displays of Asters and Michaelmas daisies.  No numbers needed for this as we can visit the cafe there without booking.  Again either meet there at 2pm or the usual car park in Carterton at 13.15hs.


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Gardening Group – Visit to Denton

July saw 16 members enjoying a wonderful summers afternoon in a beautiful garden in Denton, just out side Garsington.  The garden was Denton house and is only open on NGS days or to private parties such as ourselves.  

The garden is a fine mixture of plantings,. topiary and mature trees.  We were lucky enough to see the flowers of the Tulip tree and the Ginkgo tree, both are not common in this country.

We were shown round the garden by Kevin the gardener.  He was a really nice man and his delight in his garden was obvious and of course he was very knowledgeable.  The lady of the house was the delightful Waveney, I know, unusual name.  She made us all welcome and provided us with a proper afternoon tea including cucumber sandwiches, it was all really good and everyone agreed it was a very good visit. 

I would advise anyone to watch out for the opening days with NGS as  it is well worth a visit.

This months visit on July 25th 2pm where we are booked in to see Widford farm gardens.  This is a very local one so either meet there at 2pm or the Carterton car park for shared lifts at 1.30pm. These gardens have wonderful views over the Windrush Valley   The visit with tea and cake is £6.

Please can anyone interested let me know ASAP so that I can send them numbers attending.  Ann

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Gardening Group visit to Burford and information for June’s meeting

As you see from the photos, 12 members enjoyed a really lovely afternoon visiting 5 Burford gardens.  They were all different and even the ones we saw last year had been changed this year and gave us much inspiration.  Our hosts this year Mr and Mrs Cohen provided a scrumptious cream tea in their beautiful garden.  We all enjoyed it very much.

This month we are due to go to Denton House gardens on Wednesday 27th June.  This is a large walled garden with plenty of shaded areas if we have another heat wave.  There are topiary. rose beds and herbaceous borders for us to enjoy.

The price is £10.00 a person for the visit, tea/coffee and home made cakes.

I will have to inform our hosts with numbers so if you could let me know of any interest ASAP that would be good and definite numbers by 21st June.

We will meet at Carterton car park 1pm for lift share or 2pm at the venue.  The postcode is OX44 9JF.  

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Gardening Group visit Cerney House Gardens

17 members enjoyed a really good visit to Cerney House Gardens for the April visit.  We were met by the owner Janet who explained that she and her husband had inherited the house and garden 18 months ago.  The lady who owned it before had been ill for some time and the gardens were neglected somewhat.  Since moving in Janet and her husband have worked hard to get the gardens looking good again and they have done a wonderful job.  The walled garden is a joy, there are also ornamental lawns, rose gardens and nature walks in the woods.  Dogs are allowed on leads.

After a good walk round, in the sunshine! we all met up in the cafe where we sat on the terrace  drinking tea and coffee and eating homemade cake, made by Janet herself, very yummy.

Definitely one to go back to during the seasons.  Ann

Gardening Group Update

Our March visit to Lime Close house and garden did happen even though I had a lot of people cancelling through ill health, appointments etc. The rain did not help as it was raining heavily right up to the last minute but I cast my magic again, eleven of us enjoyed a lovely sunny walk through a wonderful mature garden.  The trees were magnificent and our host certainly knew much about them.  A lot had been cultivated by herself  from her extensive travels around the world, a very interesting lady who knew all the correct latin names for everything.  Needless to say most of that went straight over my head.  The sun continued to shine while we had our coffee and cakes outside in a sheltered area.  On the way home it sleeted! the magic only lasts so long.  

Because of the time of year and the bad winter we have had there was not much floral colour but the garden is open with NGS in June and I think it would be a good one to visit.


Our April visit is to CERNEY HOUSE GARDENS  on Wednesday April 25th at 2pm.  The address is North Cerney GL7 7BX.

Once again this promises to be a lovely garden and we have a visit with tea and home made cakes for £10.00

I have spoken to our host this morning and he informs me there is plenty of parking at the top of the gardens.  We do have a slight incline to the gardens but if anyone struggles with it we can take them down to the house and collect afterwards.  The actual gardens are wheelchair friendly so easy enough to walk   around. 

The same arrangement as always, either meet at the venue or the car park for lift share at 1pm

Please let me know as soon as you can whether you hope be attending this visit.  The deadline for cancelling will be Friday 20th April.  After this I may have to ask for payment if the host charges for it.

Hopefully see lots of you on the visit.


Gardening Groups News

Well what a wash out the February visit was, or wasn’t actually.  I was so sorry to cancel but everyone agrees it was the best decision including our host who looks forward to possibly seeing us later in the year.

I am sure like me you are all heartily fed up with this winter and our fingers itch to get out into the gardens again.

All being well the March visit promises to be something special.  We are going to MCL garden design Lime Close, 35 Henleys Lane Drayton OX14 4HU

Our host is a garden designer who trained at Waterperry and has designed many exciting gardens.  Please see her web site for information on her and her garden and show rooms.  I am sure she will have lots of good ideas for us and hopefully we will soon be out there in the spring sunshine! ( ever the optimist)

We are due to go for 2pm on Wednesday 28th March.  The cost is £10.00 which is the tour and talk with tea/coffee/home made cake and biscuits.

Please let Ann know if you would like to go on this visit.