A Grand Day Out – Tuesday 17th July 2018

This year our annual Grand Day Out takes place on Tuesday 17th July.  It promises to be a great day with visits to two classic Cotswold Gardens with lunch sandwiched in between.  In the morning we visit Cerney House Gardens near Cheltenham before moving on to Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury after lunch.

Cost: £25.00 (or with lunch, £32.95) includes coach travel and all garden entries.

Tickets are available from Tim Beaumont at any of our monthly meetings.

Itinerary for the day

9.00 am: leave Colwall Village Hall

10.15am: arrive Cerney House Gardens (coffee included)

“Set around a Victorian walled garden, the gardens are described by Country Living as “what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve””

12 noon: depart Cerney House

12.20pm: arrive Dobbie’s Garden Centre, Cirencester.

Lunch has been especially arranged in The Conservatory, for those who wish, at a cost of £7.95, paid with booking; this consists of a selection of sandwiches, cakes, mini scones & butter, fruit and tea or filter coffee. 

14.00pm: depart Dobbie’s

14.30pm: arrive Abbey House Gardens, Malmsbury

“… the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world …”.

(The Carp Cafe is open for those who need further sustenance.)

16.00pm: depart Abbey House Gardens

17.45pm: arrive Colwall Village Hall.


August Meeting: The Plight of the Bee – Flowers to the Rescue

Our talk on the 3rd August will be by Marina Christopher, owner Phoenix Perennials Nursery in Hampshire.  Marina will be talking to us about the role of our gardens in supporting the declining bee pollution.

The talk starts at 7:30pm  with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitor – annual membership is £12 payable in December.

The talk will be held at Colwall Village Hall so why not come along.

And a reminder that on the 7th August the Society will be holding its Annual Show at Colwall Village Hall.  A schedule is available here and you do not have to be a member to exhibit, just fill in the entry form.


April’s meeting – Epimediums


Our speaker at the April meeting on the 6th April is Sally Gregson of Mill Cottage Plants.  Sally will be talking to us about epimediums, the subject of a book that will be published in the next month or so.  The talk will cover the more widely grown species and forms, and introduces 21st century gardeners to the beautiful new species from China, and the hybrids that have been developed over the past 10 years, and are still being bred.

Also at the April meeting will be the Michael Jefferson-Brown spring flowering bulb competition. There are two classes:
1. Pot or container of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in the pot/container
2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers

So why not see what bulbs you have flowering in the garden and bring something along

The talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are very welcome and we charge a visitor rate of £4 per meeting (annual membership is £12).

The talk will be held at Colwall Village Hall with has ample parking.

December meeting – Wild Gardeners from William Robinson to Piet Oudolf



Our December talk, on the 1st December, will be given by Brian Skeys and is entitled Wild Gardeners from William Robinson to Piet Oudolf.

Brian is a freelance gardener based in Hanley Swan with an interest in naturalistic garden style, as well as Japanese gardens.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm.  However, please note that the Society’s AGM will precede the talk commencing at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be available before the AGM so please arrive early so we can start promptly.


April Meeting – Bulb Competition and Vegetable Growing


Most importantly please note that due to Easter the date of the meeting is the 8th April

This month our meeting is two-fold.

Firstly, we will be holding the Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Bulb Competition.

There are two classes you can enter:

  1. Pot or container or flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in a pot or container
  2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.

Entries are restricted to one per person and members of the Society only.  Exhibits will be judged on quality and presentation and the Michael Jefferson-Brown Memorial trophy will be awarded for the best overall exhibit.

For those of you who don’t know Michael he was a part chairman of the Society.  He was a prolific breeder of daffodils and lilies which he grew on a bulb farm and won many gold medals for.  Michael also served on RHS committees, wrote, judged and lectured on bulbs.  Sadly he died unexpectedly in 2003 and the competition was set up to remember him.

So why not spend some time over Easter having a look and seeing what you can enter.

The second part of the evening will be a talk from Charles Dowding on Growing Vegetables Without Digging.  Charles is often consulted for advice on creating, maintaining and improving vegetable gardens and allotments.  Charles will open your mind to new possibilities and show the beauty you can create with vegetable growing.  Given the awful season we had last year maybe this is an approach we should all be considering?!

Remember Remember

Now if you’ve been to the last few meetings you should all have heard that the meeting in June has been cancelled and instead we are having a social evening on the 28th May (tomorrow).

By kind invitation of our chairman Margaret White we are having the evening at The Hollies, Old Church Road, Colwall from 6.30pm-9pm. Drinks will be supplied but nibbles will be gratefully received. There will also be the plant stall again, and a stall from Margaret Stone of Brockamin.

And most importantly it looks like it should be a beautiful evening!