White Horse Gardening Club

Founded as the White Horse Garden Club by J Sadler in 1989 and affiliated to the RHS the White Horse Gardening Club meets on the first Thursday of the month (with exceptions - see list below) in the THMH at 7.30pm.  Membership is only £15 per annum, visitors £3.00 per meeting. The club arranges a wide range of talks and visits for anyone interested in gardens and gardening. 

Club News and Update

Next Meeting 

JANUARY – 20th  - Zoom meeting



Fergus Garrett – Head Gardner of Great Dixter and Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.  www.greatdixter.co.uk      

Committee Meeting

The White Horse Gardening Club Committee met recently to discuss the forthcoming AGM, Christmas Meeting and the 2022 programme.


The AGM took place on Thursday 2nd December.  

All committee members have agreed to stand again.


Pre-COVID we had agreed to change to the academic calendar i.e. September to September. We now plan to implement this as of 2023, therefore membership will run from January 2022 - August 2023.  The committee agreed to increase membership fees as of 2022. Memberships fees will not be collected at the December meeting but payable by BACS/cash as of 1st January - details later. Membership cards available for collection at February meeting, delivered or by arrangement.

2022 Programme

The 2022 programme is now complete with a high standard of talks and visits (8 talks and 8 visits). 

We begin in January (via Zoom) with Fergus Garrett, from Great Dixter and at the September meeting Stephen Lacey will talk to us on scent in the garden. 

White Horse Gardening Club 2022 Programme
Talks and visits for 2022
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MAY 5th


Morning – 10.30am.  Blackland HouseCalne, Wiltshire SN11 8UQ. 

£15 per head to include tour and refreshments.  (25 max) www.bayntunflowers.co.uk

A flower lover’s garden at the foot of the Marlborough Downs, where owner Polly Nicholson runs her organic flower business Bayntun Flowers.

Lunch: Picnic/pub/cafe

Afternoon-   Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon BA15 2BA     

www.ifordmanor.co.uk.    £12.50 per head includes tour

15.30 – Arrival and Walled Garden Tour with either the owner or head gardener

16.00 – Enjoy the main garden.  Refreshments available in café (not included)

18.00 – Gates close


JUNE 2nd



6pm Start with refreshments served.    

£3 visitors




VISITS:  Morning: 10.30am £10 Tour.     

ROCKCLIFFE GARDENS, Upper Slaughter, Nr Cheltenham GL54 2JW. 

NB:  No refreshments available, bring your own or stop on the way.

LUNCH: Picnic/pub/cafe.


Afternoon:  2.30pm *£23.00 Tour and Afternoon Tea

UPTON WOLD GARDEN, Northwick Estate, Moreton In the Marsh, GL56 9TR

National collection of Juglans and Pterocarya, 14 acres of unusual and interesting plants, shrubs and trees.   *Expensive but well worth it!


JULY 7th


VISIT:  Morning - Andy McIndoe’s Garden at Sandhill Farm SO51 6JY   

10am for 10.30am start.  £10 Tour & Refreshments.  (Min 25, max 50)

Lunch:  Picnic/pub/cafe

Afternoon – Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield SO51 OQA  (Max 25)

2pm.  £12.50 to include tour.




VISIT:  Harcourt Arboretum Tour with Ben Jones  TBC


Visits Administration

Hilary Deakin (Visits Secretary) will be available to take your name, contact details and payment at the monthly meetings.  Please bring cash/cheque book – thank you.  A receipt/ticket will be issued.


If you cannot attend or would like to go on a visit please contact Hilary on 01367-820542 or hilary@humanaspects.co.uk



Annual Membership remains the same at £15 per annum with a small anomaly this year as we change our programme over to the academic year (see below for more details). Visitors: £3.00.


All new members will receive a free packet of seeds to take away and propagate.  For example if every member donates 6 plants for the Plant Sale priced at 50p = aprox £200 income. Support the WHGC only fund raising event = high quality speakers.


Bank transfer:  sort code is 090153,  account number 28382280, account name - White Horse Gardening Club, reference WHGC + surname.


Please email  Patricia (pjdalrymple@btinternet.com)  to inform her of your payment - thank you.


Payment by cash/cheque (payable to WHGC) - in envelope with your name on. (Patricia Dalrymple, South View Farm, Uffington SN7 7RQ)


Membership cards have been/will be delivered locally otherwise posted as collection at meetings is not possible.

WHGC 2020 Accounts V2
WHGC Accouts 2020.pdf
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On the 25th May 2018 the GDPR law becomes effective.  This new law replaces the current Data Protection Act and inevitably changes the way we must organise our affairs. To comply with this legislation we need your explicit permission if we are to continue to contact you by email and hold basic information.


The WHGC Committee has drawn up a GDPR Policy which will be reviewed at the AGM.


All members will be required to tick a box on their membership form (annually) to say that they agree to the WHGC holding their name, address, telephone number(s) and email address and agree to be contacted by email about WHGC matters.


Membership forms will be available at the Plant Sale and on the Shelllingford visit for updating otherwise at future meetings.


NB: Non- members on the email circulation list must email me to confirm that they agree to remain on the list which is only held by the Chairman.  Unless you do so you will unfortunately miss out on important news and exciting updates from the WHGC.



The Wednesday walks restarted from July 2020 with arrangements in place to comply with the current social distancing rules. Meet at the THMH as usual.

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