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.


Cirencesterís Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society



On a wet and windy January evening we held our first meeting for 2020.

Our speaker was Mr. Duncan Coombs his illustrated talk on `Winter Colour` and interest in the garden.

We were shown sunny pictures full of colour showing constructed Winter gardens in well known gardens such as the Cambridge Botanical Gardens, Anglesey Abbey, Sir Harold Hillier and RHS Wisley.

Starting with an array of coloured stems from the cinnamon coloured Paper Bark  and Snake  Bark Acers , the white stemmed Silver Birches and green, yellow, orange, purple and red Cornus shrubs.

Then the flowers of white or pink of the Winter Flowering Cherry tree, Viburnums, Daphnes, the yellow of Mahonias and scented Witch Hazels.

Finally, to under plantings of  Christmas Box, Hellebores, Hepatica, Cyclamen Coum, Heathers and Aconites.

The talk showed how much potential with a bit of thought there was, to have a spread of colourful plants in the garden at any time of the year. Mr. Coombs was full of knowledge and enthusiasm in answering all of our questions.

The competition was a New Year Resolution Poem and won by Jenny Dowling.

The next meeting is on 13th February a talk by Carl Sadler on Besoms and Gypsy flowers,

 at 7.30pm, at Stratton Village Hall, all are welcome.

A diary date for our Annual Horticultural Show is Sunday 9th August.


Cirencesterís Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society


Our last meeting for 2019 was moved because of the General Election, but we had a festive evening  on Monday 16th with Mulled Wine and mince pies, a quiz and hamper draw.

Our speaker was our Chairman, Steve Butler his talk on Christmas Down Under.

Having family in New Zealand, Steve and his wife Sandra have travelled several times to visit this wonderful and diverse country which is made up of 3 islands, North, South and Stewart. These volcanic islands are home to a population of 4  and a half million  and roughly the same size as the United Kingdom which has 67 million, and in the news recently with the eruption  and casualties of White Island.

After a quick introduction to New Zealand, Steve, then gave a slide presented tour around the islands with information and a series of stunning photographs, of places, fauna and flora.

In North Island, Hot Water Beach, where you can dig a hole and up comes hot water, due to the thermal activity, your very own hot tub.

Rotorua, boiling mud pools where  a geyser vents at 10.00 am every day, with a little assistance from the staff.

South Island, Pancake rocks which are eroded limestone formations with blow holes that explode with incoming waves.

Franz Joseph Glacier, for a guided walk on the slowly moving glacier.

Mount Cook, where Sir Edmund Hillary trained around before his climb of Mount  Everest.

Steve gave us an inspiring insight to this fascinating country with so much more to explore and we hope to hear more of his travels.

The competition was a Christmas Party Hat, 1st Jo Howe, 2nd Steve Butler, 3rd Val Timbers.

Our next meeting is on 9th January 2020.  Our speaker Mr Duncan Coombs on Winter colour and interest in the garden.

We wish a very Happy Christmas  and New Year to all our members.

New members and guests are welcome, please see our website for details.



We have discounts on gardening items including seeds and plants.