CHELTENHAM HORTICULATURAL SOCIETY

 

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  • 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 chattygardener.com) 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.



  • Prestbury Plant Sale June 2015 - Despite inclement weather on ...
    Despite inclement weather on the Saturday and Father`s day on the Sunday our plant sale at Prestbury open Gardens was a success. Over £380 was raised from member`s plants and contributions from the 3 nurseries, Harrells of Evesham,  Ireley Plants of Winchcombe and Dundry.  The money has been donated to "The Butterfly Garden" and St Mary`s Church restoration fund. Special thanks to members Yvonne Gregory and Sally Goymer who provided many of the plants. Also to all those that volunteered with help on both days.



Giving

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.