Cotswold Group

Group held at Shurdington Social Centre 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.



Would you like to help out at this years show?

Then please get in touch, we'd love to have you.


2019 Programme of events:

Saturday 13th April 1.00pm at Century Hall, Shurdington: Getting the best out of Auriculas Local expert Hilary Harvey will share her experience of growing and maintaining Auriculas. At 2.15pm Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Roger Umpleby: “Friends and Foes in the Garden”.

May 9th to 12th May the group is running an exhibition stand and plant display for the Cottage Garden Society at Malvern Spring Festival. Volunteers are needed to man our stand.

Saturday 11th May Century Hall, Shurdington: Because of our commitments at the Malvern Spring Festival, the CGS will not be having a meeting, but we will have plants for sale before the Plant Heritage meeting. At 2.15 Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Lois Phillips: “The Art and Science of Compost Making”.

Thursday 30th May 2.30pm Braunton, Cirencester Visit to the garden of Ann Milner to see her National Collection of Bearded Irises. Ann is a relative of the late Arthur J Bliss, British Iris breeder. There is no entrance fee but a contribution towards Plant Heritage funds would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided. Ann can only accommodate 4 cars for this visit so numbers are limited.


Thursday 13th June 11.00am to 3.00pm 27,Highland Road, Cheltenham, GL53 9LU: Practical composting and making steel supports A workshop led by David Simpson in his garden. Please bring a plate of food and we will enjoy a lunch party too.

Thursday 27th June 2.00pm Eckington near Pershore Visit to “ The Lenches” The Lenches is a 3 acre private garden owned by Bill and Biddy Bolsover. It is a diverse and interesting garden divided into “rooms” and combining the formal and informal. The fee for this visit will be donated to charity. Afterwards we will stay in the village for: Refreshments in the garden of members Judith Kirby and Julian Allington.

Wednesday 17th July 2.00pm Lord’s Mead, Longney Kate’s Cutting Patch A tour and demonstration by Kate Whittaker, a British flower grower and florist and member of Flowers from the Farm, a national network of artisan seasonal flower growers. There will be a fee of £6, tea and cake included!

Thursday 25th July 2.00pm Church Lane, near Kidderminster Visit to Stone House Cottage Garden and Nursery "A romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden” and a nursery specialising in climbing and twining plants. There will be an introductory talk and cost of £5. We can meet either at the garden at 2.00pm or at Webbs Garden Centre at 12.30pm for lunch first.

Thursday 8th August 2.30pm Century Hall, Shurdington: What’s in a name? A Gentle Introduction to Botanical Latin. Talk about botanical names by David Simpson, with slides. Followed by tea and cake. Please note change of regular date and time.

Thursday 15th August 11.00am, Bristol Visit to Bristol Botanic Gardens at Stoke Bishop, Bristol. The gardens have a unique display of plants including the Sacred Lotus collection and collections of rare and threatened native plants. The tour will cost £8 which includes entrance fee. There is an organic café on site.

Saturday 14th September 1.00pm at Century Hall, Shurdington: Looking Ahead in the Garden. A chance to share tips and ideas about jobs to do in the Autumn and preparing the garden for the following year, chaired by David Simpson. At 2.15 Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Roy Cheek about Insectivorous Plants.

Thursday 19th September 2.00pm Callow End, Worcester Visit to Brockamin, Margaret Stone’s garden. A large and informal garden of mixed borders including National Collections of Symphyotrichum (Asters) and Hardy Geraniums. £4, tea and cake included.

Saturday 12th October 1.00pm at Century Hall, Shurdington: Nicotinoids and their impact on pollinators. Talk by John Coates, a broad resume on current pesticide legislation. At 2.15 Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Duncan Coombs: “Barks, Stems and Evergreens for the Winter Garden”.

Saturday 9th November 1.00pm at Century Hall, Shurdington: Review of the Year. Feedback about the group’s activities this year (members’ photographs from our visits are very welcome) and suggestions of what the group would like to achieve in the year ahead. Chaired by David Simpson. At 2.15 Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Rachel Salisbury on “the Really Useful Garden”. Rachel is a teacher and horticulturist.

Saturday 14th December 1.00pm at Century Hall, Shurdington: The Holly and the Ivy A quiz led by Liz and Julie At 2.15 Plant Heritage are hosting a talk by Helen Picton of Old Court Nurseries titled “A Plantaholics Wonderland”.


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.






Nan Leech
The Barbery
45 Station Road
Bishops Cleeve
GL52 8HH
United Kingdom

Tel. 07929 258626

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