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.
All meetings in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. Doors open at 7pm and talks commence at 7.30pm.
Talk – Perfect Pelargoniums
By Heather Godard-Key who is a multi-award gold medal winner for her displays of pelargoniums.
Fibrex Nurseries hold the national collection of Pelargoniums.
Talk – Hostas by Peter Savage from Bowdens Nurseries.
Holds 125 RHS gold medals.
SATURDAY MAY 20th
Uffington Plant Sale Trail 10am – 2pm
VISIT - Littleworth village gardens at 6pm
Social evening including wine & nibbles. Free to members. Visitors £3.00
WEDNESDAY JUNE 7th
VISIT Morning: Suggestion - Stonor Park, Henley on Thames RG9 6HF
(By own arrangement – free to NT and HH members)
Afternoon: Kidmore House, Garden and Vineyard, Chalkhouse Green Road, Kidmore End, Reading RG4 9AR.
2.30pm includes tour and refreshments. £12 per person. Min – 8 Max - 25
SUNDAY JUNE 11th
UFFINGTON GARDENS OPEN. £5 per person. Refreshments. Raffle.
UFFINGTON FUN DAY including DOG SHOW & CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES
In aid of St Mary’s Church and the White Horse Gardening Club.
FRIDAY JULY 7th
VISIT – Morning: Old Court Nurseries LLP & The Picton Garden
Michaelmas Daisies Specialists since 1906
Old Court Nurseries, Walwyn Road, Colwall WR13 6QE
10am for 10.30am. £7 per person. Entrance, tour and refreshments.
VISIT - Afternoon: 2pm. Little Malvern Court. Little Malvern WR14 4JN.
£12 per head to include house and garden. Refreshments available at café.
In a magnificent setting in the Malvern Hills, overlooking the Severn Valley, Little Malvern Court is a 15th century former Prior’s hall and a courtyard of adjoining monastic buildings – the garden has terraces that were laid out in the 1980s, devised by Arabella Lennox Boyd and Michael Balston.
AUGUST – FREE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND TALK – KEW GARDENS
By Matthew Biggs. Gardener, writer and broadcaster, BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. Television researcher, presenter and director, written or contributed to over ten books on subjects ranging from houseplants to unusual vegetables and on historic subjects including 'Secrets of Great Botanists'. www.matthewbiggs.com
SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER
VISIT TO WISLEY FLOWER SHOW BY COACH? TBA
TALK – A Spoonful of Herbs (Part 1) From sowing and growing to harvesting and preserving
By Lynda Warren, Education Consultant, Author and Researcher.
TALK – Gardening with Ornamental Grasses
By Katherine Crouch, Garden Designer, Chelsea Gold Medal winner
(“Gardens are in my blood…and under my fingernails”)
CHRISTMAS MEETING AND TALK - GREAT DIXTER By Fergus Garrett www.greatdixter.co.uk
NB: No December Meeting.
Further information: Pamela - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Committee has now completed the 2023 Programme, with talks by Nick Bailey, Matthew Biggs and Fergus Garrett, to name but a few.
There will be the Plant Sale Trail in May, followed by Uffington Open Gardens in June.
A reminder that the WHGC programme will now adopt the academic calendar.
Therefore, the 2023 Spring and Summer Programme of meetings/visits will be available at the September meeting and I will also email this to members.
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 email@example.com
Grove Garden and Local History Club, Grove Village Hall OX12 7JY: Visitors £4.00 . 17th September at 2pm - The Summer Show. 28th September at 7.30pm - 350 years of Glasshouses at Oxford Botanic Garden by Timothy Walker.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
THE GENERAL DATA PROTECT REGULATIONS (GDPR)
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.