Gardening Group visit to “Green and Gorgeous” and details of August visit

24 of us enjoyed a really good visit in July to Green and Gorgeous which was exactly that! Our host deals with growing flowers for cutting and the making of arrangements and bouquets. A large part of her work is dealing with wedding flowers. and the 4 acre plot was full of amazing plants and flowers in wonderful colours as shown by the photographs.  There were some plants that our members had not seen before so this was very interesting. Our host recommended Chilton Seeds and I thinks some of us will  be perusing this catalogue for future plantings.We were given refreshments after the tour and were able to sit outside in the sunshine for this.  There were plants for sale and quite a few were bought. I cant wait to see how the dahlia I bought turns out.

Our  August visit is to Barton Abbey gardens on Wednesday August 28th. at 2pm
Barton Abbey is near Steeple Barton.  The visit costs £10 which includes tour with tea and cake .  The money from this goes to the local Steeple Barton church.  The garden has sweeping lawns with views towards the lake, walled gardens, herbaceous borders, specimen trees, glasshouses and a good display of fruit and veg.  Something for everyone I think.The post code is OX25 4QS  The journey is 35 mins. but as always I can arrange lifts for those who would prefer not to drive.
Please let me know if you are interested in this trip so that I can let our host know how many will be going.

Gardening Group June’s Visit

Junes visit to Bledington was a great success and 14 members had a wonderful afternoon visiting an amazing garden.  We all took many ideas home with us.  We were made most welcome by our hosts and were given the best tea ever!  Our men members can vouch for the excellence of the cakes.
We enjoyed this garden so much that we have requested a return visit in April.  It will be April 22nd , but more details on that later.

Julys visit is to  Green and Gorgeous and as you see we do need at least 20 persons so if you would like to come please let me know ASAP. 
Julys visit is on Wednesday 31st to green and gorgeous which is near Wallingford OX10 6AX.  This is a six acre flower farm specialising in cut flowers in large beds and polytunnels, also some herbs fruit and vegetables.  The flowers are chosen for their scent, novelty, nostalgic and naturalistic style, sounds wonderful. Our Host asks that we arrive at 2.30 for this visit.  The price is £10 to include visit , talk and refreshment.  There is also the opportunity to buy seeds, plants and cut flowers afterwards.  We do need at least 20 persons for this so hopefully it will be well attended as it looks most interesting. Ann

Gardening Group visit to Chivell Gardens

Our May visit was a return visit to the wonderful Chivell gardens where we were welcomed yet again by our hosts, Mr and Mrs Sword.
We all enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking around the gardens with Mrs Sword on hand to answer our questions and tell us about the garden in general. After our tour round we enjoyed refreshments in the conservatory or terrace and it was a very nice social finish to the afternoon. Although you will see from the photos we were in coats it did not rain on us, pheww what a relief.
This months visit is to The Old Vicarage in Bledington post code is OX7 6UX.
This garden will be good for all rose lovers as there are 300 of them ! The cost is £8 to include visit with tea/coffee and cake after. Ann

Gardening Group April Outing

April’s visit  to the generous gardener gardens was very successful with 18 of us enjoying a wonderful relaxed afternoon exploring the garden and the church next door.  This was followed by lovely tea/coffee and cakes provided by our very welcoming host.
Mays visit is to the wonderful Chivel gardens that some of us saw last year in late summer.  It was a firm favourite and am sure it will be equally as stunning this time of year.We have a change of day and time for this visit.  It is to be on Thursday May 30th at 2.30 so hopefully this will give our WI ladies time to do their coffee morning and still come if they want.  We will have refreshment in the gardens after our visit.The post code is OX7 5TR  and is the other side of chipping norton towards Heyford.We will meet in the usual carpark for lifts and convoy at 1.45pm.
Please let me know if you would like to come and if you will be travelling on your own or meeting with group in the carpark.

Gardening Group March Visit

The march visit to Fosseway garden center was a great success and 32 members enjoyed a very informative talk by David Austin Rose rep. who also gave us a slide show.  He covered every aspect of rose growing and caring.  We were given a very generous 25% off of roses bought that day and I saw many members buying their roses.  We also enjoyed  coffee and cake .  Fosseway have offered to host other talks or demos for our club and I will be contacting them for a possible one from a bulb grower to give information on spring bulbs.
The April visit will be to `the generous gardener ` at Ampney Crusis GL7 5RY.  We visited here on a very hot June day 2017 and the garden was delightful being separated into rooms by hedging and Cotswold stone walls.  We were made very welcome by our host and she served very nice refreshments.  I have to confirm this but last year the cost was £7.50 some of which went to the delightful church which is next to the garden.I am hoping to get the church opened for our visit too as it is a very interesting one.Our host is not opening her gardens this summer as she has two family weddings being held there but has agreed to the April date for our group so a nice number of us would be appreciated.   Please let me know as soon as you can if you would like to come. Also let me know if you would be traveling alone or joining in with car share meeting at the usual car park for 1.15pm we are due to start our visit at 2pm. There is limited parking so shared cars would be appreciated.

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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