Cirencester's Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society est. 1877


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We have been in existence for over 130 years as a community of gardening enthusiasts coming together to share knowledge, experience and friendship.

Meeting the second Thursday of each month between September and May we have many  interesting events including:

Seasonal parties
Annual shows
Gardening advice

Other than breaks during the 1st and 2nd World Wars and a brief period in the 1950's our horticultural society has been a continuous inspiration for many gardeners in the local area.


Stratton and Baunton Horticultural Society


Fish and chips and a talk on poisonous plants did not seem good companions for our October meeting, but both were enjoyed by members at our annual Harvest Supper.   Fish and chips are self- explanatory, but the poisonous plants talk by Jenny Tidman revealed some unexpected facts.  She warned gardeners, flower arrangers, pet owners and foragers, of the dangers lurking in many common plants found in gardens, parks and the countryside.  She advised gardeners to wear gloves and always wash off milky saps.  Trees such as yew, laurel and laburnum are all poisonous to humans.  Yew berries contain sugar and are loved by birds but it passes through their gut so they aren`t affected by the toxin. Shrubs such as wisteria, euphorbia and hellebore are also toxic, the latter being a problem to horses, dogs and cats.  Aconitum is also known as wolfsbane or mousebane as it was used to kill wolves and mice.  Foxgloves, delphiniums, nicotiana, larkspur, hemlock, cow parsley, hog weed and of course deadly nightshade are all a danger either humans or livestock, and always beware of green potatoes!!   Many of course have a beneficial use as well, and are used, in small doses, in the pharmaceutical  industry.  A fascinating talk.

Our next meeting is our AGM on Thursday November 8th with a short talk on how to use a defibrillator.  All welcome.


Stratton and Baunton Horticultural Society


For our September meeting, Bob Smith came to talk to us about moths.  I shall never think about this amazing insect in the same way again.  There are over 2,500 species in Britain, only 59 species of butterfly in comparison, and many are extremely beautiful.  But in spite of their bright colours and varied wing formations, we hardly ever see them because they are the masters of camouflage.  From the more common `little brown jobs` the small Burnet Companion, they have exotic names giving a clue as to their colouring, Cinnabar, Crimson Speckled, Green Longhorn Fairy and Scarlet Tiger.   We tend to see them when they are attracted to lights we put on in the evenings, but many fly during the day as well, their size and habitat keeping them safe from human eyes.  Many thanks to Bob for a fascinating insight into these beautiful creatures.

Our next meeting is on October 11th at 7.30pm. It is our Harvest Supper and tickets are available from Jenny Dowling  tel 656182. It is only a coincidence that our speaker Jenny Tidman is talking about `Poisonous Plants`.


We have discounts on gardening items including seeds and plants.