• Plant Sale 22nd/23rd June 2019 - We are holding a plant sale i...
     We are holding a plant sale in the grounds of Prestbury Library between 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday 22nd/23rd June. Lots of plants are for sale provided by CHS members and by four local professional nurseries. It is a good opportunity to buy some really lovely plants at a good price and of a high quality. Forget the supermarkets and big garden centres here is the place to come. All profits from the sales will be donated to The Butterfly Garden run by Chris Evans.
    It is connection with Prestbury Open Gardens so it is a good chance to visit some interesting gardens,have a cream tea in the church and buy some plants. Entry to the gardens is £5 for adults with free entry for children. Tickets are available from any of the gardens involved, from the plant sale or from the church.
  • March Meeting 2019 - Clematis - Queen of Climbers...

    Clematis - Queen of Climbers  by Howard Drury

    There is a lot more to this genus than you would think, Howard will begin by looking at where the species are found and the history of the Clematis, then show you which clematis to grow where and how. Finally, a look at the problems such as pruning and so-called clematis wilt.

    Howard is always an interesting and informative speaker. He also brings along some really good photos.

  • January Meeting 2019 - The Spring Garden by Marion S...
    The Spring Garden by Marion Stainton

    This is the first talk of the new year and is a really good way to start the gardening year.

    Marion will look at what many to be the most iconic and beautiful spring plants.  She will then  look at some of the main spring jobs some of which have an impact on the success of the garden throughout the growing season.  These include such major concerns as; soil management, pest & disease control, propagation, pruning & lawn care.

    Do come along and join us.


  • September Meeting 2018 - Ursula Key – ‘Pelargoni...

    Ursula Key – ‘Pelargoniums and Geraniums’


    Who better to talk to us than the Curator of the largest National Pelargonium Collection in Great Britain and probably in the world, covering as it does both species and cultivars?  Ursula’s family have established the collection at Fibrex Nurseries in Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • July Meeting 2018 - Leila Jackson – ‘The ve...

    Leila Jackson – ‘The versatile world of Campanulas


    Most of us know that English Bluebells and Harebells can be both tall and small with closed or open flowers of white, pink or blue – that’s versatility!  That’s Campanulas?

    Well, there are around 500 species – annuals, biennials and perennials, stretching from the temperate north to the Mediterranean. Dwarf and alpine varieties no more than an inch high and tall grassland species can reach seven feet.  The flowers can be solitary, in panicles or whorls and tend to be blue to purple, pink or white in colour.  A plethora of names too!  Adenophoras, Symphyandas, Phyteumas and Codonopsis. 

    Leila has tips and photographs to demonstrate the versatility of this family for most of us and the experts too
  • March Meeting 2018 - Michael Brown - “The Glory...
    Michael Brown - “The Glory of the Garden”

     A talk about the Victorian and Edwardian Garden and the gardeners who did the real work.

    Based around Kipling’s poem, Mr. Brown, Head Gardener to the Right Honourable de Basing, will describe the gardener’s life from apprentice to Head Gardener and the work that it entailed, including glasshouses, planting, different garden areas and the work involved.

  • February Meeting 2018 - Chris Small – “How ...

     Chris Small – “How to show Flowers”


    Sometimes members wonder how to enter flower exhibits into our two annual shows and therefore may be reluctant to do so. Well – Chris Small, who is Chairman of the Guild of Judges here in Gloucestershire, will talk to us about showing flowers, give us practical tips on how to do it and answer our questions. As a result we will surely see more exhibitors this year.


  • January Meeting 2018 - Julie Ritchie - A Perennial Ye...
    Julie Ritchie - A Perennial Year

    Julie, from Hoo House Nurseries, will start our 2018 programme by showing us how perennials can truly give us colour and joy in our garden each month throughout the year.

  • December Meeting 2017 - This is our Christmas bring an...
    This is our Christmas bring and share supper.  We will be having a short talk by Chris Evans to update us all on the Butterfly Garden. 

    Members are asked to bring along a small plate of food to share with the other members.  The society will provide mulled wine and fruit juice.

  • October Meeting 2017 - Howard Drury – ‘Berried...

    Howard Drury – ‘Berried Treasure’


    There are so many good plants with highly decorative fruits and berries.  Howard will take a look at them and show how valuable they can be in helping conserve wildlife and bring colour to our gardens.

  • September Meeting 2017 - Leila Jackson – ‘The ver...

    Leila Jackson – ‘The versatile world of Campanulas’


    If ‘versatility’ applies to any plant then species Campanulacea deserve a gold medal.  With annuals, biennials and perennials varying in habit from arctic and alpine miniatures to large grassland and woodland plants, they are happy in most climates, whether temperate or sub-tropical.  Leila Jackson, an RHS Chelsea exhibitor will show us how to use Campanulas to their best advantage.

  • July Meeting 2017 - Artists` Gardens by Bill Laws...
    Artists` Gardens by Bill Laws

    Artists have been responsible for some impressive horticultural creations. From Barbara  Hepworth`s St Ives garden to Monet`s Garden at Giverny, Bill will take us on a fascinating journey!

    This is a change to the advertised  programme as the previous speaker is no longer available due to another engagement.  We thank Bill for stepping in at short notice.

  • 22nd June 75th Anniversary Social - We are having a special social...
    We are having a special social in place of our normal June meeting..This is to celebrate our 75th Anniversary and will have a Forties and Dig For Victory theme. 
    This will be a bring and share supper with drinks provided by the Society.
    There will a collection of photos and newspaper cuttings showing the history of the Society. 
    Please note the date has changed from June 8th to June 22nd due to the hall being used as a polling station on Election Day.
    The social will start at 7.30 pm but members are welcome to come along from 7.00 pm.

  • April Meeting 2017 - Mila Lightfoot - Edible ...

    Mila Lightfoot - Edible Flowers garden in the Cotswolds

    From Borage to Viola and Calendula to Sweet William, Mila Lightfoot grows them all in her Gloucestershire garden.  As well as sharing her tips on organically growing a large variety of edible flowers Mila will expand on the various other uses for her colourful garden ‘larder’.


  • February Meeting 2017 - Mandy Bradshaw – ‘A ...

    Mandy Bradshaw – ‘A journalist’s view of Chelsea!’


    Many of us have visited Chelsea Flower Show and come away with diverse experiences, memories and learning.

    Our own Hortsoc member, Mandy (the who is a lifelong gardener and professional journalist has visited Chelsea on many occasions in order to capture the ambience in words and pictures to communicate to others.  In the run-up to this year’s Show, Mandy will share with us her perspective on this ‘national institution’.


  • December Meeting 2016 - This meeting will take the for...
    This meeting will take the form of a short talk followed by a bring and share supper. 

    The illustrated talk will be given by Mandy Bradshaw and will be about some of the Cotswold gardens that she has visited.  

    This will be followed by a “bring and share” supper with mulled wine, wine and fruit juice provided by the Society.  Members are asked to bring a plate of food to share with other members.  

    Visitors are more than welcome, please don`t feel you have to bring food along with you. 

  • November Meeting 2016 - This meeting starts with our ...
    This meeting starts with our AGM.  After this has finished we will have a quiz which involves questions placed around the hall. A good chance to meet and chat to other members.

  • October Meeting 2016 - Howard Drury - The Winter Col...
    Howard Drury - The Winter Colour Garden

    Howard will talk about the many plants than can provide colour at the height of winter.

    Brighten up your garden not just visually but with scent and other attributes that can make our winter garden a haven for wildlife at the same time.

  • September Meeting 2016 - This is a change to the adver...
    This is a change to the advertised meeting

    Chrissy Green - Capability Brown - Master Gardener`

    Chrissy is a practical gardener as well as a trainer and assessor for horticulture and landscaping apprenticeships . She is a lecturer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Study Centre.

    In the year of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown`s birth this should prove a very interesting talk.

  • August Meeting 2016 - Rob Cole...

    Rob Cole - ‘Look at that!’


    Rob Cole, from Meadow Farm , familiar to many,  will delight and surprise us with some of the interesting, fascinating and unusual places from his garden travels!

    Rob`s talks are always very amusing but very interesting and informative. You come away having learnt so many hints and tips.

  • July Meeting 2016 - Paul Wi...


     Paul Williams - “Ornamental container gardening

    Paul Williams a Garden Designer, Author and Radio Broadcaster will share with us his experience of Ornamental Container Gardening and show the wide range of plantings possible and different types of containers.

  • June Meeting 2016 - Paul Green - It`s...

    Paul Green - It`s Not All About Flowers

    Paul is from Geen Leaves Nursery and will be showing us the beauty and fascination of plants grown for their foliage as well as flowers . He will include details of some rare and unusual plants for all to try out.

  • May Meeting 2016 - Mitchell Raymond - "Murder a...

    Mitchell Raymond -  "Murder and Deception" - an insight into the world of Carnivorous Plants.

    Mitchell  will tell us the basics of how they work, why they work and details on how to grow them.

  • April Meeting 2016 - Andy Pedrick - "Clematis...

    Andy Pedrick - "Clematis bring a smile to your garden"

    Whether it’s Spring, Summer or Autumn; whether they’re large flowered, climbing or ground cover or just curly and twisted, the diverse Clematis can brighten up any garden.  Andy will show us how.

  • March Meting 2016 - Norman Jeffrey – ...

    Norman Jeffrey – “The National Garden Scheme in Gloucestershire”


    In the last ten years The National Gardens Scheme has donated nearly £23 million to its nominated charities.

    Norman Jeffrey our County Organiser will illustrate how the scheme operates in Gloucestershire.


  • February Meeting 2016 - Makis Aperghis – ...

    Makis Aperghis – “The Flowers of Greek Myths”


    In February we will attempt to bring some Mediterranean sunshine  to Shurdington  through a  talk by  Makis Aperghis  entitled  “The Flowers of Greek Myths”.

    The ancient Greeks viewed the landscape quite differently from us. In it lived their gods, heroes and monsters with many myths associating these with plants and animals. Fascinating!

    Dr Aperghis is an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London in Ancient History. He lives much of the time in Greece and has spent many years searching for and photographing the wild flowers of his country. He has served as a past Secretary-General of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

  • January Meeting 2016 - Hebaceous Borders - Duncan Co...

    Hebaceous Borders - Duncan Coombs

    Duncan  is a retired lecturer from Pershore College, keen gardener and a BBC Radio `Gardeners` Question Time`  panellist.

    He will be talking about the history, developments and modern thoughts on specialist, traditional and mixed borders.

    Duncan is a really interesting and amusing speaker with a wealth of knowledge.  It promises to be a really good evening so do come along.

  • December Meeting 2015 - This meeting takes the form o...

    This meeting takes the form of a bring and share supper (mulled wine provided)  and an entertainment by Kate Williams entitled "Humorous Garden Poetry"

    Kate Williams, a Performance Poet from Wales, will lighten up our December meeting with a selection of garden poems and songs taken from "The Grim Side of Gardening - Rhyme, Rant and Song"  

  • November Meeting 2015 - AGM and Cheltenham in B...

    AGM and Cheltenham in Bloom

    As well as our usual short AGM, Chris Ryder from Cheltenham in Bloom will give us an update on the progress of the project.

  • October Meeting 2015 - Bees and Their Importan...

    Bees and Their Importance in Our Gardens - Keren Green

    Keren is a passionate and enthusiastic bee farmer who uses locations over three counties.  She is also a Bee Inspector for DEFRA.  Keren will help us to improve our understanding of  bees and  how to  incease the pollination visits of them to our gardens.

  • September Meeting 2015 - Plants For Free - Chris Smith...

    Plants For Free - Chris Smith

    Chris Smith from Pennard Plants in Somerset, who had a Gold winning garden at Chelsea 2013, will show us the art of increasing the plants we love.

  • August Meeting 2015 - For Those Shady Places in ou...

    For Those Shady Places in our Garden - Rob Cole

    Rob Cole is the owner of Meadow Farme Garden and Nursery. He will give us practical advice on the best plants to transform those shady places.  As Rob is a really interesting and amusing speaker it should be a good evening.


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. Marys 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.