The Charlbury and District Garden Society is a lively and friendly group which promotes gardening for pleasure through a series of talks, shows, events and outings. There are three beautiful shows each year, Spring, Summer and Annual, and entries are welcomed from anyone in Charlbury or the surrounding areas - you do not have to be a member and Groovy Growing continues this year as an activity for children. The history of the Cups awarded at the Shows makes interesting reading. In the spring, we have a large plant sale at the Memorial Hall, which offers good value bedding plants, pots and baskets as well as more exotic perennials grown by members. In the summer, we arrange garden visits, locally we visit Dean Manor and slightly further afield we have an annual outing by coach to gardens and National Collections around England. In the autumn, we have a small plant sale at the Corner House and also the AGM, which is an enjoyable occasion with a Harvest Supper provided by the Committee and a general knowledge quiz. In the winter, we have evening talks and a Gardeners' Question Time with local experts.
Membership of the Society costs £3-00 for the entire year, and all members receive a Schedule listing all the events and Show classes, together with a Member's card which enables discounts at Applegarth Nurseries, Chipping Norton; Burford Garden Centre (plants only); Freeland Nursery (plants only); North Leigh Garden Centre (plants only); Hilltop Garden Centre (plants only), Ramsden; and Yarnton Garden Centre.
The Suttons' Seeds Discount Scheme has been discontinued from 2014 but members are reminded that they may purchase seeds at a 10% discount from Applegarth Nurseries and Yarnton Garden Centre. Also note that Gill's in Chipping Norton sell several varieties of peas and beans, (dwarf, broad and runner) loose from the sack considerably cheaper than in packets.
Best Cultivated Allotment
Visit to Dean Manor
Thursday 20 March at 8pm in the Garden Room, Memorial Hall
Gardeners' Question Time with local experts
Saturday 10 May at 9.30am in the Memorial Hall
Wednesday 2 July - Annual outing
This year the visit is to Hatfield House Garden and The Royal National Rose Society Garden at St Albans.
Cost £25. Coach leaves Spendlove promptly at 8.30am. Phone Sarah Potter 810388 to book a place.
Friday 17 October at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall
Harvest Supper & AGM
Thursday 13 November at 8pm in the Garden Room, Memorial Hall
Evening Talk "Butterflies in the Garden" by Martin Gascoigne-Pees
Saturday 15 November at 9.30am in the Corner House
Coffee Morning & Plant Sale
Details about any children's activities are available from Wendy Clifford: 01608 811006
This five-year-old grew her potatoes in a giant pot in the garden. You could learn to do the same.
Last updated: Mon 7 Apr