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


On a wet evening, members enjoyed a meal celebrating the Harvest from Land & Sea, organised by the committee with tables decorated with marrows and pumpkins grown  by our Chairman Steve Butler.

We then had a lively and informative talk  The Supermarket versus the Greengrocer by Ian who with his partner Paul run the Market Garden  green grocer shop, in Cirencester.

The shop has grown over the last 8 1/2 years with colourful displays on the pavement stalls with seasonal produce and within the shop.

 The cheerful and helpful staff can advise on current best buys as Ian is keen to give the best customer service and information to everyone, whether a person buys one item or many.

Produce and flowers arrive daily either from the Wholesale Market in Bristol which Ian attends each morning or direct from local suppliers. This enables Ian to react quickly to early harvests rather than a Supermarket which is normally tied in to a contract to supply  produce at a certain time and we all benefit from this diversity and buying locally.

The Market Garden is reducing plastics  by buying in bulk and then transferring portions to recyclable cardboard punnets. Although these currently are 10 times more expensive than  plastic,  and labour intensive, customers can reuse and we can all help the environment in this way. Supporting our local producers is also very important and the Market Garden is keen to keep updating with new idea’s and materials.

The competition was for a dish of fruit or vegetables from your garden. 1st Steve Butler, 2nd Jo Howe.

Our Next meeting is on Thursday 14th November, at Stratton Village Hall  which also includes our A.G.M starting at 7.30pm. We have a local mystery speaker.

All are welcome, please see our website for details.



Our first meeting after the summer break was a surprise.  We were expecting a talk by the `Two Sues`, favourites of the club, but instead Jenny Tidman came into the hall armed with boxes and pots of plants!  Always a good sign.!  After welcoming members and thanking them for all their hard work that went into making our show so successful, the chairman explained that Jenny had stepped in at very short notice as the `Sues` were unable to come.    Her lively talk was about her life in horticulture, which began as an apprentice at Hampton Court.  Her successful interview in London meant several years of early morning starts in all weathers, only half hour for lunch, much of which was taken up with walking from through the grounds to the canteen, and trips into London for the theory work.  When she was allocated her own 4 greenhouses there were hundreds of seedlings to plant out and care for.  Along with thousands of bulbs planted for the spring displays, rose beds were regularly dug out and completely replanted and mulched, 2,000 delphiniums were put in for displays, replaced with dahlias later in the year.  One tip Jenny gave us for preventing squirrels from eating crocus bulbs is to put several in a small wire frame before planting.  She gave a quick demonstration with winter cyclamen, violas and bellis for planting a winter basket showing how to mix feed into the compost and reminding us to keep deheading regularly.  An thoroughly entertaining start to our new season. Jenny definitely in top form.     The competition winners were 1st Pam Barnes  2nd Eirwen Morgan   3rd Delia Newbury H.C. Kim Musgrave.  Next month’s meeting 10th October is our Harvest Supper and our speaker is Ian from Market Garden shop in town `Supermarket vs Greengrocer. 

Cirencester’s Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society


On August 11th the club hosted it’s 43rd Annual Show at the Stratton School and Village Halls.

For the first time, we moved the date away from the August Bank Holiday Monday due to so many other activities that are on at this time, for the first time there was not an event on the adjacent school playing field, for the first time we served homemade tea’s and set up a Tombola for fun prizes.

Despite very unsettled weather leading up to the show, and our show changes, we had a very successful show. A good number of entries were exhibited in the 64 classes including vegetables, fruit, flowers, photography, floral art, home economics, handicrafts and children’s, made for a very colourful display. At the end of the show Trophies were awarded and presented for the best exhibits.

Our new year starts on Thursday 12th September  7.30pm at Stratton Village Hall.  Membership renewals are now due, to the Membership Secretary Mrs V Timbers. We will have a talk by Sue & Sue entitled “ Wildflowers of the Cotswolds”.  The first competition for members is a vase of flowers. The overall winner for last years competitions was Mr S Butler. All are Welcome.

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





We have discounts on gardening items including seeds and plants.