The Bourtons Gardening Club
The Bourtons Gardening Club was founded in the mid 90’s and has been well supported by residents of the Bourtons and surrounding villages from its inception. It is not a club for gardeners who wish to pitch their expertise and skills in competition with others. Rather it is for those who enjoy exploring gardens and wish to gain inspiration and information, provided by visits and guest speakers, to enable them to increase the enjoyment they, their families and friends get from their own garden.
This informal, very friendly, club warmly welcomes new members. Until further notice, due to Covid-19, BGC activities are on hold although we are staying in touch with current members with a newsletter. When visits and meetings resume, we will announce this on here, in the Bourtons Broadsheet and on the Facebook community page.
Under normal circumstances, the annual individual membership fee is £10.00. This includes tea or coffee and biscuits at the end of each meeting. This fee also entitles members to a 10% discount at Harefurlong Garden Centre at Farnborough.
We normally meet on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. Five visits to gardens and estates of particular interest, within about a 20-mile radius, are made from May to September inclusive. We normally aim to arrive between 6.30pm and 7.00pm and car sharing is encouraged. Once or twice a year group visits are arranged, either mid-week or at weekends, to venues which would otherwise be inaccessible. Past trips have included visits to Highgrove House, Michael Heseltine’s estate and The Malvern Show. We also try to visit RHS Wisley annually.
Visiting speakers are recruited for five of the remaining months leaving December for our Christmas Party and January for the AGM. Subjects covered by speakers are wide ranging and have included topics such as encouraging wildlife, making Christmas Decorations and the use of herbs as well as those covering plants, planting designs and general horticultural techniques. The venue for the talks is The Bourtons Village Hall; the normal start time is 7.30pm, finishing, after tea and biscuits, about 9.45pm.
Speakers’ costs are normally paid wholly from club funds but visits to third party gardens etc. are subject to a variable charge levied by the garden owner, sometimes in aid of charity. This usually includes light refreshments.
We would love to increase our membership once we get out the other side of the pandemic, especially given how many people have found their gardens and gardening to be such a solace in lockdowns. In the meantime, look out for details about the Bourtons’ Big Bloomers sunflower competition (to raise money for Katharine House Hospice) in March or April 2021 plus the Bourtons’ Big Plant Swap in May 2021.
If you have any queries or items for the Bourtons Gardening Club page, please contact the Chair Ann Brooks on 07957436273 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many wonderful gardens to visit which are within easy travelling distance from the Bourtons and Ann Brooks has kindly submitted a list of information which you may find very useful. You can see Ann’s list HERE .
The BGC Newsletters which are going out to the membership while we are unable to meet can be found here: