Cotswold Group

A new group in Cheltenham serving north and east Gloucestershire.

A 'hands-on' approach based around practical workshops, relevant tutorials, monthly meetings plus interesting garden and nursery visits. An email address is essential for communication.




Meetings are held at 1pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Century Hall, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham. GL51 4TB Visitors are welcome.


Saturday 13th January

John Coates will demonstrate the best ways to clean and sharpen your garden tools

Julie Dolphin: "Behind the Scenes on Gardeners World" runs Miserden Nursery and former BBC researcher


Tuesday 6th February - Guided Snowdrop Tour of Colesbourne Park by Sir Henry Elwes. 2pm £15 per person including refreshments.


Saturday 10th February     

David Simpson "The Finer Points of Fertilizer" followed by Julie Ritchie: "Winter into Spring" owns and runs Hoo House Nursery. Plants for sale.


Saturday 10th March     

Glenis Dyer: "Hellebores and Companion Plants" NGS Open Garden in Welford-on -Avon


Tuesday 10th April

Trip to Morton Hall Gardens, Redditch to see the spring bulbs including the massed fritillaries


Saturday 14th April           

Mary Payne MBE: "Minimum Effort for Maximum Effect" Award winning designer/lecturer 


10th to 13th May - Malvern Spring Festival. The Group will be running an exhibition stand and plant display for the CGS


Saturday 12th May

Timothy Walker: "Plants of the Algarve" lecturer, botanist, gardener, presenter, author, after-dinner speaker


Saturday 9th June             

Possible Early Summer Plant Sale. Details TBA


Friday 15 June - Trip to East Lambrook Manor, South Petherton, Somerset, the gardens created by the late Margery Fish 


Saturday 14th July           



Saturday 11th August       



Saturday 8th September   

Victoria Logue: "Extending the Season in your Garden" our own member Victoria owns Whitehall Farmhouse Plants


Saturday 13th October       

Ingrid Millington: "Plant Hunting on Holiday" Hillview Hardy Plants and National Collection Holder. Plants for sale. 


Saturday 10th November   

Felicity Down: "Plants Grown for Fragrance" owns and runs Cleeve Nursery


Saturday 8th December 

Bill Laws: "The Curious History of Vegetables" prolific author, speaker, columnist, musician!


From 1pm - 2pm each month there will be practical learning sessions on a wide variety of topics from tool maintenance to fertilizer, composting, containers, lawncare, design tips, propagation by seed, cuttings and division and more. 


Private guided tours of Hidcote Manor and Bourton House, Bourton-on-the- Hill to be arranged.


2018 Malvern Show 

Second time at Malvern, and a great Silver. 



2017 Malvern Show 

First time showing and getting Bronze

David Simpson & Liz Ward.

The Stand.






David Simpson
27 Highland Road
United Kingdom

Tel. 01242 224747 or text 07989 476962

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