Each year we organise a horticultural holiday for members and their friends to a new and interesting destination.

Holiday on the Isle of Wight


A visit has been planned to the Isle of Wight in September 2018, from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 September, staying at the Bourne Hall Country House, Shanklin, and the details are as follows:

Travel from Cheltenham to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,  visiting the Mary Rose Museum, then continuing our journey to our hotel in Shanklin.

Coach tour of the South Coast with a stop at the Needles. Those who wish can take a short boat trip for a closer view of the Needles.


A visit to Osborne House. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert`s summer home. Then travel to Cowes and a tour round the North Coast.

Today we visit Godshill Model Village; from here we travel a short distance to Ventnor Botanic Gardens with afternoon tea.

In the morning we will have a short trip on the steam train after visiting Ryde; in the afternoon free time in Shanklin, for those who wish can visit Shanklin Chine.

Return Ferry Yarmouth to Lymington, with a stop at Compton Acres Garden.
Good Restaurants, one near the entrance the other overlooking Poole Harbour; from here we continue our journey home.

Price ¬£565.00  ¬£46.00 Single supplement.


 For further details please contact Richard and Wendy Acres (tel: 01242 241728  The holiday brochure and booking form are now available, so please look out for Richard and Wendy at the next meeting, or request one by phone/email.  

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Garden visits

Each year the Society organises day trips to carefully selected public and private gardens and nurseries for the benefit of our members. These trips are usually well supported and early booking is advised. Travel is normally by comfortable air conditioned coach. 

In recent years we have had wonderful trips to Wisley,  Kew, Highgrove in Tetbury, Charlcote Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden and Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire and Hestercombe in Somerset and so many more.

 Day Trips 2018

Two day trips for 2018 are being planned but we are not yet taking bookings. 

We hope to open bookings  in  March so please be patient. 

Thursday 17th May - Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park

Tuesday 18th September - Bowood House , Wiltshire in the morning
                                            The Peto Garden in the afternoon

Click here for RHS Wisley visit review
Click here for Lady Farm and Kilver Court visit review
Click here for Dorothy Clive Garden and Wollerton Old Hall visit review


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The Society raises money each year for local charities and good causes by holding plant sales and raffles. Recently, we have been inspired by the wonderful work done by Chris Evans, the owner of Dundry Nurseries in Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham who has created The Butterfly Garden, an educational, therapeutic and recreational scheme, based initially on gardening, but now offering so much more. It is a project for people of all ages dealing with disablement of any kind. It caters for those looking to escape the world, those looking to re-enter it and some, who are still just looking. It's doors are open to anyone without obligation.
For more information please go to The Butterfly Garden
In June 2013, the Society sold plants donated by members and others at the Prestbury Open Gardens Weekend and raised £524.32 for charity, which was divided equally between St. Maryís Church in Prestbury and The Butterfly Garden.

Gloucestershire Tool Amnesty 2013
During August 2013, the Society collected 569 garden hand tools for The Conservation Foundation, a charity co-founded in 1982 by David Bellamy OBE to promote environmental awareness, participation and education. Seven other gardening clubs and two local garden centres took part and the majority of the tools have now been transferred to HM Prison Cardiff where they will be refurbished in educational workshops to provide new skills training for the inmates. When they are finished, they will be returned to Gloucestershire and donated to schools and community projects encouraging the next generation of gardeners and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.