Gardening Group News

Well I seem to have done it again with the weather yesterday as it was a glorious autumn day for our visit to Rousham gardens.  Sadly there is a lot of illness about and only 9 members made this visit. Those of us that were there had a very enjoyable time as the  gardens were very interesting and there was still plenty of colour in the flower beds.  The house and grounds look very interesting and they do tours so I will look into this for the future.  

Our visit was enhanced by meeting up with the owner who was walking his dog.  He welcomed us to his gardens and told us to help ourselves to apples, so we did.

We also visited the really lovely church next to the garden and were lucky enough to meet a group of bell ringers.  They were from various counties and were on a bell ringing tour.  The lady I chatted with rings the bells at Ripon cathedral. It was very nice to hear the bells being rung while we were there.  They were going to ring the bells at Bladon next.

There are no tea rooms at Rousham  but picnics are allowed in the grounds and this may be an idea if we do the tour.

There are toilet facilities and many wonderful spots to enjoy a picnic.

Some of our group finished the visit with a visit to a local garden center and coffee shop.

I was not at the meeting on Tuesday but understand the slide show gave the garden group as having a snowdrop visit to Waterperry gardens.  This was incorrect as this is a trip run by Pam for everyone.  The garden group have a tour to Hollyhocks garden nr Kidlington on February 28th to see the snowdrops.  It is £5. for tea and cakes.

Our November meeting is on wednesday 29th 2pm at the town hall.  This will be an informal gathering and I would like it if you could bring Photos of either our visits or of your own gardens or anything you think will be of interest to the others.  I am hoping to have next years events calendar done by then so we can all plan well ahead.

Dont forget there is no meeting in December or January.  Ann

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