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.


Cirencester’s Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society


In July, members and guests enjoyed our last outing for this season with a Boat trip from Upton on Severn  to Tewkesbury and then a short trip to the Cotswold Lavender Farm near Broadway, for a cream tea. Having lovely Summer sunshine was a bonus as well as seeing birds on the  river Seven , the wealth of historic properties in Tewkesbury and the Abbey plus the  heady smells of lavender at the farm and in our scones.

We had a successful  coffee morning and plant sale in June and members will have a garden party on the 28th July.

Lastly, the club has its 43rd Annual Show. Open to the public with 64 different classes to enter from vegetables, flowers, craft, photography and cookery. There is a change of date for us this year,  it is now to be held on Sunday 11th August but still at the Stratton School and Village Halls. Schedules to enter the show are available at the Stratton Store, The Plough Inn and Austins.  Doors are open to the public at 1.30pm after judging has taken place and homemade teas will be available.

We are looking forward to another busy show and then the start of our new season on 12th September 2019 at 7.30pm. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month with talks and activities at Stratton Village Hall, all are welcome




Cirencester’s Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society

May was our last meeting for the season before restarting on Thursday 12th September 2019.

Before that we have plenty of activities, our Coffee  Morning and Plant Sale on Saturday 8th June at 4 Stratton Brook from 10.30 am to 12 noon, a club Garden Party in July, our 43rd Annual Show on Sunday 11th August at Stratton School from  1.30 pm and club outings to look forward to and keep us occupied.

Our speaker for the last evening was Mr. Robert Bryant with his illustrated talk on a year long walk in Woodchester Park.

From a varied career and love of photography Mr. Bryant has turned his expertise to good use after completing an Associate Photography course he gave us a very informative background to Woodchester Park with excellent images of the Mansion and parkland throughout the year.

Woodchester Mansion is owned by a trust and the parkland by National Trust.

Work stopped on the building of the mansion in 1870 and after becoming derelict was finally leased to the Woodchester Preservation Trust in 1989. The house left in its half built state, is now a great attraction for anyone studying architecture or stone masonry and of general interest on the building of a house with many rooms to explore.

The Mansion is set in a wooded valley with a chain of 5 lakes and several way- marked walks. The National Trust is gradually restoring the landscape using Jacob Sheep and Belted Galloway cattle to clear the scrub and make way for many species of flowers, insects and birds.

A lovely place to visit throughout the year.

All are welcome to our Coffee Morning and Plant Sale, details as above or on our website.



On a chilly but lovely sunny evening we were entertained by our speaker

Mr Carl Woodman while he demonstrated the making of a trug.

Trays, Trogs or Trugs have been around for many years but the Royal Sussex Trug was officially invented by Thomas Smith and given a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. The word probably derived from an Anglo Saxon word meaning boat shaped vessel.

A frame is made from Sweet Chestnut or Ash which is steamed to make it pliable, then inner and outer slats made from Cricket Bat Willow are dipped in boiling water then fixed with copper nails to the frame. Copper nails are used as the woods contain tannic acid which would otherwise corrode.

The assembled trug is finished off with a wickedly sharp knife to ensure no rough edges and  simple wedge feet are nailed to the bottom for stability. A very useful vessel in the home or garden.

Mr Woodman does exhibition stalls at various County shows, and works on film sets. Highlighting War Horse, Star Wars, Emma, where he has made wooden frames to cover 20th century concrete bollards to wooden chairs for Luke Skywalker.

Karen Appleby from the Churn Project came to remind us of an event they are running - Gardeners Question Time with a panel of experts at Cirencester Baptist Church on Tuesday 14th May 7.30pm Tickets £10 to include a drink from Cirencester Town Council.

Our competition was a vase of Spring Flowers:

1st Eirwen Morgan, 2nd Pam Barnes, 3rd Maureen Jenner

Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th May  7.30pm at Stratton Village Hall. A talk on Woodchester Park by Robert Bryant, all are welcome. This is our last meeting for the season until the new season begins on Thursday 12th September 2019.


Our March meeting, was the club’s Annual Spring Bulb Show. The 17 classes, made for a very colourful and scented display and a cheerful sight on a damp evening. While judging took place, the members were given topical information of what to do in the vegetable and flower garden and exercise’s  to prevent injury. The show results are :

Class 1 Hyacinths 1st M Castle 2nd D Newbury 3rd E Morgan, Class 2 Large Daffodil pot 1st M Castle 2nd J Howe,  Class 3 miniature daffodil pot 1st M Castle 2nd P Booth 3rd S Butler, Class 4 crocus bowl 1st S Butler, Class 5 tulip pot 1st J Howe, Class 6 an Amaryllis 1st M Castle, Class 7 none, Class 8 An Orchid 1st M Castle 2nd L Bond 3rd A Willis, Class 9 Flowering Houseplant 1st S Butler, 2nd J Howe 3rd E Morgan, Class 10 Foliage Houseplant 1st D Newbury 2nd K Musgrave 3rd C Price, Class 11 none, Class 12 Vase of  5 large Daffodil 1st J Howe 2nd P Barnes 3rd A Barnes, Class 13 Vase of 7 miniature Daffodil 1st M Castle 2nd P Barnes 3rd A Barnes, Class 14 Vase of 3 different  stems of flowering shrub or tree !st E Morgan 2nd M Jenner 3rd J Howe, Class 15  a Victoria Sponge 1st E Morgan, 2nd J Howe 3rd M Castle, Class 16 Garden on a Plate 1st C Price 2nd E Morgan, Class 17 Spring Flower Arrangement 1st E Morgan, 2nd M Castle 3rd J Howe. The Haag Cup awarded to M Castle for Hyacinths, The Taylor cup awarded to J Howe for Daffodils, The Wells cup awarded to E Morgan for a Flower arrangement.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th April, a talk by Carl Woodman “ Trug making by a miserable old trugger, I think that’s what the wife called me “  7.30pm at Stratton Village Hall All Welcome.


Our February meeting introduced Huw Jones and Scott Probert from Cirencester Wildlife Group, who gave our members permission to be a little untidy in our gardens, to attract wildlife.

Dead wood, leaves, flower heads and fallen fruit attract beetles, earthworms, insects and their larvae. Even slugs and snails play their part by attracting birds, frogs and hedgehogs.

Water, be it in a pond or shallow dish is also important. Bushes and shrubs such as Buddleia, lavender and elderberry provide shelter and a food source.

Gardens are important as there is a general loss of natural habitat due to increased agricultural use offering little diversity to wildlife. Farmers are helping to offset this by replacing hedgerows and planting conservation strips. Wildlife and hay meadows on the other hand are less productive but encourage increased diversity.

We can help wildlife by increasing diversity of plants so providing short and tall plants and providing a food supply. Insects are attracted by colour and smell, just as we are.

Pesticides should not be used as natural predators should create a healthy balance over time.

Bee species have different tongue lengths, so need different shaped flowers to be able to collect pollen and nectar. For example, long-tongued bumblebees are attracted to red clover, lungwort (pulmonaria), salvia, stachys and foxgloves, while shot tongued bees like scabious, loganberry, white clover, mahonia and some peonies.

So, after some thought and planting, sit back, relax and enjoy your garden knowing you have done your bit for wildlife.

Date for your diaries,

Our Annual August Show this year, is changed from the Bank Holiday to

Sunday 11th August, as usual in the Stratton School and Village Halls from 1.30pm

Our next meeting is the club’s Annual Spring Bulb Show on 14th March, Stratton Village Hall 7.30pm. For club details please see our website or contact Mrs J Howe 01285 652036




We have discounts on gardening items including seeds and plants.