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

'September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias.'


This summer has indulged us with glorious sunshine but our gardens have suffered -  no doubt plenty of rain is just around the corner!


Welcome back to the White Horse Gardening Club Autumn Programme:

All meetings in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington.  Doors open at 7pm and talks commence at 7.30pm.

Next Meeting 



TALK: ‘Scent in the Garden’ 

Stephen Lacey is a garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman, with a particular interest in planting design. He is a long-standing columnist and feature writer for The Daily Telegraph, and contributes to many other publications including House and Garden, the RHS Journal and Horticulture Magazine.  www.stephenlacey.com

£5 visitors.

Future Meetings




TALK:  Botanical Tales from the East – Japanese Gardens

Nicholas WrayCurator of Bristol Botanic Gardens   

Over a thousand years of gardening traditions have created a unique garden style that is far removed from to our western tastes in garden design and the choice of plants. This lecture looks at the history and evolution of Japanese gardening styles and highlights some of the key features and links between gardens and Japanese culture. The focus is on gardens in Tokyo, Nara and the cultural capital city of Kyoto.




VISIT:  Harcourt Arboretum Tour with Ben Jones, Curator.

10.30am  includes tour.  £10.00 payable on day.




TALK:  ROSES         

Stewart Pocock of Pococks Roses,  Romsey, SO51 0QA

Established in 1984, every year produce in excess of 60,000 rose plants in a range of over 450 varieties.   Plants for Sale.



Talk by Woodchester Valley Vineyard from Stroud. www.woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk

Seasonal refreshments and wines to sample/purchase.

Committee Meeting

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. 

2022 Programme

The 2022 programme includes both talks and visits (8 talks and 8 visits). 

White Horse Gardening Club 2022 Programme
Talks and visits for 2022
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VISIT:  Harcourt Arboretum Tour with Ben Jones

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


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 (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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