Information

This informal, very friendly, club warmly welcomes new members.

For 2017 the annual individual membership fee is £5.00.

We 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. Departure from Great Bourton is usually between 6.30pm and 7.00pm and car sharing is the norm. 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.

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. Venue for the talks is The Bourtons Village Hall, the normal start time being 7.30pm, finishing, after tea and biscuits, about 9.30 pm.

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. This usually includes light refreshments.

Committee: Secretary Janet Deas, Treasurer Carolyn Langridge, Margaret, Veronica, Paul and Brian.

If you have any queries or items for the Gardening Club page please contact the Secretary Janice Deas on 01295 758199 or Carolyn Langridge on 750227.

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.  

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.

Our grateful thanks to Ann for this information.

Here is the list of events for the rest of this year and 2018:

EVENING VISITS (EV):  Meet outside The Bell at 6.30 for car sharing.

DAY VISITS: Meet outside The Bell for car sharing or go direct. Times TBA.

EVENING MEETINGS: Meet in the Village Hall, Great Bourton at 7.30pm.

CHARGES: See below

2017

Aug 2nd (EV) BRIDGE NURSERY, Tomlow Rd, Napton CV47 8HX.

Guided tour of gardens.

CHARGE: £5.00, including refreshments.

Directions: A423 to Southam, R onto A425 (Brown Signs), over canal, L into Tomlow Rd, over canal, Bridge Nursery on R.

Sept 6th  (EV) EXTRAORDINARY AUTUMN SOCIAL, Bourtons Village Hall.

Cheese and wine, etc. More information nearer the time.

 

Sept 19th DAY VISIT (Tues)

             Coton Manor, Coton, Northants NN6 8RQ.

Open: 12.00 noon to 5.30pm. Note: No tripods or monopods in garden.

Directions: From Daventry take B4036 to Long Buckby onto B5385 to A428; then follow CM signs.

Entry £7.00 adults, £6.50 concessions. (Contact: Ann.)

 

Oct 4th SPEAKER:  MICHAEL BROWN

“Ghastly Gardening – Horticulture’s Horrible History.”

 

Oct 21st DAY VISIT (Sat) THENFORD GARDENS & ARBORETUM

            Limited number of tickets available; order through Ann Brooks.

 

Nov 1st SPEAKER: IAN GOURLAY

“Pruning Trees and Shrubs”.

 

Dec 6th CHRISTMAS PARTY

Charge:  £3.50 for members; £5.50  for Guests.  Bring your own bottle.

 2018

Jan 3rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

            Followed by a quiz. Bring your own bottle.

 

Feb 7th   SPEAKER: DAVID THOMPSON

“Walled Gardens.”

 

Mar 7th  SPEAKER: STUART LOWEN

“What’s New in Seasonal Colour.”

 

Apr 4th SPEAKER:  BRIAN ELLIS

“Texture and Foliage in the Garden.”