Garden Club Reports

Garden Club October meeting

Club Secretary, Margaret Mason writes: “Our October meeting is a joint meeting with Tackley Garden Club in Tackley Village Hall. It will be on Tuesday, October 17th at 7.45pm.

“The speaker will be Tim Miles on ‘Kitchen Vegetable Gardens’ Sue from Tackley says, ‘Tim is an interesting speaker who oversees all aspects of horticulture at Burford Wildlife Park and Gardens.’

Burford Wildlife Park is renowned for its gardens, as well as the animals, in fact it is worth a visit for the gardens alone, so it should be an interesting meeting.”


Garden Club Report – February 2017

New Year brings some wet, grey weather but I have found snowdrops already flowering in the garden, which is more than welcome.

By February 23rd, Spring should be really here and we will be going out on a club visit to Welford Park near Newbury (RG20 8HU) to see the snowdrops there. The owner tells me that, as the weather is at the moment, the snowdrops should be looking good. There are thousands of them, look on the website www.welfordpark.co.uk.

As an added extra there is a Plant Fair at Welford Park that day, running from 11.00am. They have a café serving light lunches from 11.00am and teas.

We will be meeting there for a walk round the grounds at 2.00pm. If you would like to come, please email me. memsteeple@gmail.com. The total cost is £6.00 (£5.00 for concessions) and there is parking space.

January’s talk was “Four Local Gardens – Some Thoughts on Design” by Jonathan Ford, a landscape architect and garden designer from Coombe. From terrace house back gardens to Glympton Park, where Jonathan worked on the design of the re-landscaping, there was huge variety and many useful tips. Narrowing a pathway into the distance creates a sense of greater distance; to check whether stone or brick is likely to be spoilt by frost, put it in a tub of water in the freezer and you will soon find out!

The talk on February 21st will be by Davina Wynne-Jones, Rosemary Verey’s daughter, who grew up at Barnsley House and now runs Barnsley Herb Garden. “Herbs Gardens Historic and Modern” will be on herb growing and their many and various uses. I think, hope, she will bring some plants with her as well as her slides. It should be fascinating. Non-members are always welcome, you can join the club that evening. Do come along.

Margaret Mason, Secretary memsteeple@gmail.com

TALKS – Winter 2016-7 in the Village Hall @ 7.45 FOR 8.00pm.

15th November        Paul Williams –     ‘Digging Deeper’

17th January             Jonathan Ford – ‘ Four Local Gardens, Some thoughts on Design’

21st February          Davina Wynne-Jones – ‘Herb Gardens, Historic and Modern’

21st March               Geoff Hodge – ‘Bugs and Garden Plagues’

18th April                 AGM – 7.15 p.m. START followed by Tony Clear – ‘Patios and Pots’


 Garden Club Report – December 2016

Winter has arrived at last with a very icy blast and the Garden Club has gone into hibernation for December.

At the last meeting of the year in November Paul Williams gave a talk entitled ‘Digging Deeper’. Not knowing quite what to expect we were entertained with a miscellany of garden surprises and curiosities, plant and animal, with excellent slides to illustrate. Paul also brought a collection of succulents which he grows. Many of us went home with trophies!

The next meeting, on January 17th, will be on a very different theme. January is an excellent time to plan the garden for the year ahead and maybe to make some changes.

Johnathan Ford is a Landscape Designer and Architect who works on designs for large and small gardens and his talk will be called, ‘​Four Local Gardens, ‘Some thoughts on ​​​​​​​​​​​​Design’. Maybe inspiration for some re-thinking of our own gardens or just a chance to look at how it is done!

Do come along and lift your January blues with thoughts of Spring and Summer in the garden, 7.30pm.for 8.00pm in the Village Hall.

With season’s greetings, keep warm!

Margaret Mason


Garden Club Newsletter – Autumn 2016

We finished the Summer season of visits with a very pleasant garden party on a beautiful September evening. Thank you all for coming, with bottles and splendid nibbles, and our thanks to Jane and David Stewart for hosting us all in their beautiful garden.

We have got what I think is a really interesting and varied programme of talks to take us through the Winter (see below) from gardeners, authors, designers. I hope you will enjoy it.

We now have quite a large membership but there is always room for more, do encourage friends to come along, either to the Winter talks or to next year’s Summer garden visits.

Please let me know if there is a change to your emails, I do try to keep the list up to date, I would hate to miss anyone off!

I will be arranging the next season of garden visits, from May onwards, and would love to have any suggestions of gardens or nurseries, or indeed anything else, you think the Club may enjoy.

Margaret
memsteeple@gmail.com
01869 340485

TALKS – Winter 2016-7 in the Village Hall @ 7.45 FOR 8.00pm.

15th November        Paul Williams –     ‘Digging Deeper’

17th January             Jonathan Ford – ‘ Four Local Gardens, Some thoughts on Design’

21st February          Davina Wynne-Jones – ‘Herb Gardens, Historic and Modern’

21st March               Geoff Hodge – ‘Bugs and Garden Plagues’

18th April                 AGM – 7.15 p.m. START followed by Tony Clear – ‘Patios and Pots’


Garden Club report – August 2016 

The Grange,Chalgrove 1Down to Chalgrove in South Oxfordshire for the last visit of the season and The Grange certainly didn’t disappoint. A lovely, large garden with vast lakes which must have been very useful keeping things watered during this dry August. Splendid planting around the lakes, a prairie garden with the grasses shining in the sunshine, long cool walks under the trees and an enviable vegetable garden. There was much to admire.

In September the Garden Club will have its annual garden party, this time in Jane and David Stewart’s garden on Southside. It will be at 6.00pm on Friday 23rd September, an excellent end to the Summer.

In October we start the programme of talks with a real treat. On October 18th, Val Bourne, who writes in the Saturday Telegraph and is a very well- known garden author, will be giving the Club a talk in the Village Hall.  The provisional subject is ‘The Winter Garden’. Since Val is a snowdrop specialist who gardens organically on a windy Cotswold hill it should be an enthralling evening.

If you are not a member but would like to come, turn up at the Hall by 7.45p.m. You will be very welcome. The cost will be £5 for non-members.

Margaret Mason. Secretary. memsteeple@gmail.com

For more photos of Chalgrove and an earlier visit to Chivel Farm, please click here.


Garden Club Report – May 2016 

Spring seems almost over, we are heading towards summer and the Garden Club has begun its programme of garden visits with a trip to Priors Marston Manor, near Southam.

Luckily, we escaped the deluge of the couple of days before and were able to walk around this wonderful garden in dry if not sunny weather. It was an idyllic, pastoral setting, a tranquil lake edged with yellow flag irises and amazing sculptures of deer hiding in the cow parsley. In addition, an enviable vegetable garden and a lovely walled garden with a magnificent bronze basin splashing into the pond, amongst much else. It would be fascinating to see it later in the year as well, when the growth is really rampant.

After the walk around first rate tea and cake were ready for us. It was an excellent afternoon.

Our June visit, on the afternoon of 23rd, will be to Chivel Farm, a country garden between Heythrop and Little Tew, with extensive views, unusual trees and lovely borders. Do let me know if you would like to come.

Margaret Mason. Secretary. memsteeple@gmail.com


Garden Club Newsletter – Spring-Summer 2016

Chairman: Richard Preston 01869 340512   Treasurer: Anne Bonwick 01869 347430;

Secretary: Margaret Mason 01869 340485

Here is the calendar for Spring/Summer 2016. We have some good speakers and exciting visits to look forward to:

March 1st SAVH @ 7.45pm. for 8.00pm. Andrew Mikolajski ‘Plants For Shade’

April 5th SAVH @7.00pm. for 7.15pm. AGM Frank Hardy ‘Focal Points in the Garden’

May 19th VISIT meet there @ 2.30pm. Priors Marston Manor CV47 7RH £4.50 + teas

June 23rd VISIT meet there @ 2.30pm. Chivel Farm, Heythrop OX7 5TR £7.50 incl. teas

July 21st VISIT meet there @ 6.00pm. Kingsbridge, Steeple Claydon MK18 2EJ £9.00 incl.wine & nibbles

August 18th VISIT meet there @ 2.30pm. The Grange, Chalgrove OX44 7RQ £7.50 incl. teas

In September we are planning another Garden Party, probably on the 16th, we will let you know where this will be nearer the time.

And finally, a real treat –

October 18th SAVH @ 7.45pm. for 8.00pm. Val Bourne, who writes a gardening column on Saturdays in ‘The Telegraph’ will be coming to Steeple Aston. I have heard her speak and she is excellent and inspiring. The subject is not settled yet, but it is likely to be ‘The Winter Garden’.

I hope that this programme will interest everyone, and that you will all be able to come along to both the talks and visits.

Best wishes

Margaret


Garden Club Newsletter – Winter-Spring 2016

2nd February 2016 – Geoff Burroughs of Halcyon Honey Gardening and Bees
At SAVH 7.45pm. for 8.00pm

17th February 2016 – Evenley Wood Garden NN13 5SH, Snowdrop visit (with teas I hope)
Meet at Evenley at 2.00pm

1st. March 2016 – Andrew Mikolajski -garden designer, author and lecturer Plants for Shade
At SAVH 7.45pm for 8.00pm

5th April 2016 – AGM
Frank Hardy Creating Focal Points in Your Garden
At SAVH 7.00pm for 7.15pm

This programme takes us to May when the days will be longer, the weather, hopefully, brighter and we can begin our Spring and Summer garden visits.


Garden Club report – December 2015

On a blustery, wet day in November it was a tonic to listen to Steve Lowen’s talk on ‘What’s New in Seasonal Colour’, and, my goodness, what a lot there is to choose!

Steve is the Marketing Manager for Ball Colegrave, an international plant and seed company, based up the road in Adderbury. He came with samples of their new pansies and violas and many pictures of new varieties of bedding plants, their speciality. Unfortunately they only sell to the wholesale trade so you have to track their plants down. Yarnton Nurseries is our nearest centre, convenient as Club members have a discount there! We were all inspired to be more adventurous in planting our pots next year with new colours and varieties, many a real improvement on the varieties we are familiar with, so I hope the Horticultural Show will have enough space.

There is no meeting in December but do come along to the Village Hall on 19th January at 7.45pm to hear Stuart (Wildman) Mabbutt speaking on Wildlife Gardening, (with a bit of psychology and sociology thrown in!). Wildlife gardening is Stuart’s speciality, you may have seen his articles in the local press. A chance to learn how to look after and increase the wildlife in your garden, and maybe how to deter the slugs?

We have an exciting and varied programme of talks for the Spring to spur you back into the garden, everyone is more than welcome.

Meanwhile, stay warm and dry and admire the winter landscape!

Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

Margaret

Margaret Mason, Secretary. 01869 340485 (memsteeple@gmail.com)


Garden Club visits Harcourt Arboretum

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Steeple Aston Garden Club’s final outing of the year was to Harcourt Arboretum in Nuneham Courtney. The visit, on 29th September, was timed to view the stunning Autumn colours.

The Arboretum, which is part of Oxford University, began in 1835 as a pinetum and continues as a centre for study as well as a having magnificent collection of foreign and native trees. Some of the original 19th century trees are still growing there, and the Acer Glade is known for its spectacular Autumn display.

Many thanks to Garden Club member Mick Bonwick who took his camera along. To see more of his lovely photos, please click here.

PLEASE NOTE The Inter-village Garden Quiz due to take place at Ardley and Fewcott Village Hall on 16th October has been cancelled due to a lack of team entrants.

The next Garden Club meeting is a joint one with Tackley. Nicholas Jeff, ‘The Molecatcher’ will be at Tackley Village Hall on 20th October.


Garden Club Newsletter -August 2015

Autumn is drawing nearer and the Steeple Aston Garden Club will end the summer with a Garden Party, on Friday 4th September at 6.00pm at Chris and Ray Clarke’s house, The Pound House, Paines Hill. All members are very welcome, bring a bottle and a plate of nibbles and enjoy, I hope, a delightful summer evening.

The planned visit to Oxford Botanic Garden on Thursday, September 17th has been postponed.

Instead, the final visit of the season will be to The Harcourt Arboretum (www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk) at Nuneham Courtney, OX44 9PX, on 29th September, meeting there at 2.00pm. Tickets are £4.50 / £3.00 cons., with ID. The Arboretum began in 1835 as a pinetum and continues as a centre for study as well as a magnificent collection of foreign and native trees. There are also 97 acres of historic meadows and parkland. There is plenty of car parking space. The Autumn colours, particularly in the Acers, should be appearing by then. Do come, if you can and, if you wish, bring a picnic.

The Notcutts Garden Centre, OX44 9PY, the original site of Mattocks Roses, is just south of the village of Nuneham Courtney off the A4074 and lunches or teas would be possible there until 4.30pm.

Finally, put in your diaries, Nicholas Jeff, ‘The Molecatcher’ at Tackley VH on 20th October and the Inter-village quiz at Ardley and Fewcott Community Hall on 16th October at 7.30pm. It is usually an entertaining evening, and not too serious, let Richard know before 1st October if you are willing to take part.

Enjoy the Autumn!
Margaret Mason, Secretary. 01869 340485 (memsteeple@gmail.com)


Garden Club report – June 2015

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The Garden Club has just been on its second trip of the season, to Rousham. A very popular visit on such a lovely day. Ann Starling, the gardener, (pictured here talking to Garden Club members) met us and walked around with us answering many questions about the house, gardens and plants. Then, equipped with bottles and picnics, we basked in the beauty of the garden on a glorious summer evening. It was hard to imagine a more perfect outing.

The next event in the calendar is an evening visit to The Old Vicarage, Main Road, Bledington OX7 6UX on Thursday, July 16th, meeting there at 6.00pm. The £6.00 cost includes a glass of wine and nibbles. The garden is 1 1/2 acres including 350 David Austin roses, herbaceous borders, shrubs, hardy perennials, an orchard, pond and vegetable plot. Plenty to see.

Aston Pottery, Bampton OX18 2BT is on Thursday, 20th August and we will be meeting there at 2.30pm. (astonpottery.co.uk) The pottery and shop will be open and the café, until 4.30pm. The garden should be stunning in August with perennial borders, a hot bank, a hornbeam walk and, if you enjoy dahlias a real treat, a new dahlia garden. All this, and a chance to view the well renowned pottery, for a £2.50 entry.

Do come and join us, even if you are not a member yet. £10 will bring you a family membership with the added bonus of 10 per cent discounts at Yarnton and Chipping Norton nurseries, very well worth while!

The Garden Club organises garden visits in summer and talks, which are very various and interesting, in the Village Hall in the winter. No need for green fingers, come and enjoy!

Margaret Mason, Secretary. 01869 340485 (memsteeple@gmail.com)

For more photos of the beautiful gardens at Rousham, please click here.
Many thanks to Mick Bonwick for these.