We meet in the Free School at 7.30 p.m. on the Third Thursday of the month and look forward to welcoming visitors and new Members at any of our meetings. In the summer months we arrange several garden visits. Anyone with an interest in gardening will always be welcome –you do not have to be a specialist, fanatic or professional!!!
Please contact any of the re-elected committee for further information. Jill Machell 686909 - Rosemary Collier 01295 680127 -
Vic Lee 686852 - Julia Stirman 686776 - Severin Godson - 685784
Sue Sanderson –
– Gardens of Ireland.
Ken Cockshull - Charles Maries: Hampton Lucy's own plant hunter
Chris Brown - Quirky and the unusual
Gerald Sinclair –
Discovering (extinct) day lilies.Plants
17th May 2012
To be confirmed
21st June 2012
Duncan Coombs –
Gardens of China,
ancient and modern.
Avondale Nursery - Pictures from a library garden.
Plants for sale
Member of Compton
Verney team - Capability Brown and the
Grounds at Compton Verney.
Armscote Manor Lecture
taken – Dan Pearson, Val Bourne plus some
other good speakers.
Philip Aubry -
Birmingham Botanic Gardens.
At the invitation of The Batsford Foundation early March a group of our members, along with representatives of fifteen other local gardening clubs, attended a superb illustrated talk given by Tony Kirkham head of arboricuture and collections KewGardens and Mark Flanagon The Keeper of the Royal Landscape. Their subject was ‘In the footsteps of the famous plant hunter Ernest Wilson’. Wilson was born in Chipping Campden and was responsible for introducing more plants to western horticulture than any other plant collector. Tony and Mark have made several challenging journeys to China retracing his steps. This particular talk followed his travels to China and was fascinating. We are very grateful to The Foundation for the opportunity to attend these talks and for the financial support they give to local Gardening Clubs. (Membership of our Club also qualifies for a 10% discount on purchases from the BatsfordGarden Centre).
Growing vegetables is obviously becoming a much more popular commitment. On 19th March we were a full house when we welcomed some new members and several visitors to hear Roger Umpelby's very informative talk on the subject. We were given numerous tips on sowing seed, planting, care and harvest and the results from our gardens and allotments will hopefully be much improved this season.
On 21st May the weather was very kind for our visit to Barton House, Barton on the Heath where we were met by Mine Host and his resident gardener who split us into two groups for our garden tour. The garden is unbelievably peaceful and features a host of specimen trees and shrubs alongside a superb collection of rhodedendrons. We were all enthralled and some of us returned with family and friends on the following Sunday when the garden was open under the NationalGarden Scheme. There is a productive vineyard and at the end of the tour we sampled Chateau Barton and many of us returned home with beautifully presented bottles of vino which were on sale.
By the time this is published we will, hopefully blessed by kind weather conditions, have enjoyed our daytime visit to BadmintonGardens. On 16th July we have an evening meeting at the home of Vic and Wendy Lee at Cleeveside, Hill Lane when Alistair Bovill will be giving us a demonstration on composting all helped along with a glass of wine. On 8th August we will be at Brailes Show with our plant stall. If there are surplus plants lurking in borders, greenhouses etc. in the village we will be very grateful for any donations.
2009 Programme of Events
Brailes Gardening Club
21 May Barton House, Barton-on-the-Heath – arrive 6.30 pm Evening garden tour and wine tasting – we need to get 25+ for this – include wine
22 June Badminton Gardens Daytime visit
16 July Alistair Bovill Cheese, Wine and talk on Garden Composting @ Cleeveside, Hill Lane
8 August Brailes Show
17 September Duncan Coombs, Lecturer, Pershore College Autumn colour
15 October Julie Ritchie, Hoo House Nursery, Tewkesbury A Perennial Year – (likely to be plants for sale)
19 November Tony Clear, Professional gardener Planting for winter colour – live material.
10 December Christmas Lunch
What happened in 2008 below
After a very successful Brailes Show, Brailes Gardening Club's members and friends celebrated with a garden party held on Sunday 17 August in Sylvia Lester's very beautiful garden-even the sun shone for us. Many thanks go to those who brought food and drink and a special "thankyou" to Sylvia for her kind hospitality.