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.




Cirencesters Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society


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 clubs 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.