What's On Elsewhere

Here’s some info about various horticultural events and open gardens, going on locally and not quite so locally, that you might be interested in.  If you know of any other events that you think other members may be interested in then please send through details to info.

Web links are included as highlighted words, just click through to get further information.

August 2017

Monks Risborough Horticultural Society Summer Show, Sat 5 August, 1pm

Monks Risborough Horticultural Society are holding their Summer show on Saturday 5 August, 1pm, at the Risborough Rangers Football Field, Peters Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9LZ. As well as the Horticultural Show there will be a Dog Show, ferret racing, a Beer Tent, a Silver band, Children’s rides and various stalls. Entry is £2

Entry night for the Annual Summer Show - Wed 16 August

Please go along to the Anthony Hall to register your entries for the Summer Show; from to 6.00-7.45 pm.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society 60th Annual Summer Show and Fete, Sat 19 August

The Society Annual Summer Show and Fete starts at 2pm on Saturday 19 August and is at Café in the Park, Aston Clinton Park. There will also be plants & produce for sale, a Tombola, Raffle, teas and various other stalls.

BBOWT – Summer Nights @ College Lake, Wed 9, 16 & 23 August, 5pm – 9pm

There’s the opportunity to explore College Lake in the evening during August. You can find further details on the BBOWT website.

BBOWT – Gentians & late flowering plants, Sat 26 August, 10am – 12.30pm

Join Mick Jones, the volunteer warden at Dancersend for a guided walk, suitable for everyone, to discover gentians and the wide variety of late flowering plants in the mixed woodland and chalk grassland.  The walk is at Dancersend starting at 10am – further details can be found on the BBOWT website.

Flower Festival, All Saints Church, Marsworth, 26 - 28 August

There’s a Flower Festival at All Saints Church in Marsworth on the Bank holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August. Open 10am – 6pm on Saturday & Monday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sunday. Further details can be found on the festival website.

Winslow Show, Winslow, Monday 28 August, 9am – 5pm

The Winslow Show, a traditional country show, is on Monday 28 August, 9am – 5pm. The Show takes place in the grounds of Winslow Hall. Further details can be found on the show website.

 

July 2017

Home Farm Plants Open Garden – Sunday 2 July, 2pm – 5pm

Home Farm Plants, in Bovingdon, is open under the NGS Scheme on Sunday 2 July, 2pm – 5pm. The nursery specialises in Elatum Delphiniums and is run by Graham Austin from Aston Clinton. More info on the NGS website.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Tue 4 July – Sun 9 July

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opens on Tuesday 4 July and runs through to Sunday 9 July. The first two days are members only days, so may be a bit quieter, but the tickets are more expensive. Lots of information on the RHS website.

July ACB&DB Society Garden Visit – Thursday 6 July

The Society has organised a garden visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens on Thursday 6 July. The coach leaves from the Bell car park at 9am.

Chenies Manor Plant Fair – Sunday 16 July 10am-5pm

Chenies Manor has an annual plant fair, which is on Sunday 16 July this year, 10am – 5pm. Entrance is £8 for adults which give you entry to the plant fair & gardens. More details on the Chenies Manor website. One of the best plant fairs I’ve been to!

June 2017

St Leonards Village Fete, Saturday 3 June

The St Leonards Village Fete is a traditional village fete including both a Horse and Dog Show! The Horse Show starts at 9.30am, the Dog Show 1pm and the Fete itself opens at 2pm. The Fete is in the field behind the Parish Hall.

June ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 14 June, 8pm

The Society talk for June is on Wednesday 14 June - “Maria Merrian (an artist working 300 years ago, illustrating both flora and fauna” – a talk by Peggy Verrell.

Gardens of the Roses, Chiswell Green

Unfortunately, it looks like the Gardens of the Roses is no more – looks like the Royal National Rose Society has gone into administration. Very sad.

Buckland, Open Gardens, Sunday 18 June, 2pm-5pm

And for something very local…..a number of gardens, all delightful and different, are opening in Buckland on Sunday 18 June 2pm-5pm. Teas will be available in All Saints’ church from 3pm and there will be plants for sale in the church yard. Open Gardens will include Church Leys by the church (with an animal treasure hunt for the under 8’s), The Old Rectory, 8 Model Row, 14 Blackmore Gate. There’s a new garden, Rannoch House by the crossroads on the lower Icknield way (the yellow one). There is room for parking 3 cars. Entry is £5 per person and covers all the gardens. Proceeds to All Saints’ church.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show, 23 -25 June

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a three-day flower and garden show, will feature a Grand Floral Marquee with RHS judges, a number of show gardens, and lots more including food and refreshments and family activities. More details of the show can be found on the Blenheim Palace Flower Show website.

Weston Turville Village Summer Fete, Saturday 24 June, 1pm

The Weston Turville Village Summer fete is on at the Weston Turville Village Hall and Playing Fields on Saturday 24 June starting at 1pm. And there’s a Dog Show too!

Woburn Abbey Garden Show, Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 June

The Woburn Abbey Garden Show is on the weekend of 24/25 of June. More details on the show and exhibiting nurseries on the Woburn Abbey website.

Rare Plant Fair, Waterperry Gardens, Sunday 25 June, 10am – 4pm

And if you need even more plants & something a bit different….. might be worth a trip to the Rare Plant Fair at Waterperry Gardens on Sunday 25 June. Entrance is £6.00 but also includes entrance to the Waterperry gardens – more details on the Rare Plant Fair website.

Open Gardens

There are a couple of gardens in Buckinghamshire open in June, through the Scannappeal scheme, see the Scannappeal website for more information.

And if that’s not enough for you, there are even more gardens open through the NGS Open Garden scheme in Buckinghamshire. Take a look at the NGS website for all the open gardens in Buckinghamshire.

May 2017

National Gardens Scheme Open Gardens, throughout May

We’re now getting into the Open Gardens season, so lots of gardens to choose from! The Manor House in Bledlow is open on Sunday 21 May & there are lots more! Take a look at the NGS website to find other gardens, not too far away, open in May.

Lindengate Spring Fair, Saturday 6 May, 12 Midday @ Lindengate, World’s End

Lindengate will be holding its Spring Fair at Lindengate, Wyevale World’s End Garden Centre on Saturday 6 May starting at 12.00. There will be children’s activities, local wildlife conservations groups, craft stalls, burgers & hot-dogs and refreshments – and a chance to look round the Lindengate site – Check the Lindengate Website for further details.

Aston Clinton Village Market – Sunday 7 May, 11am – 4pm

The annual Aston Clinton Village Market is on Sunday 7 May, starting at 11am. The Horticultural Society will be having a stall selling plants and produce. Donations welcome!

Buckingham Garden Centre – Talk, Wednesday 10 May, 4.00pm

Buckingham Garden Centre have monthly talks – free to members & £3 for non-members. The May talk is on “Composting with Worms”, by Rod Weston. More info can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre website.

May ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 10 May, 8pm

The Society talk for May is on Wednesday 10 May - “An Insight into early Marriage & the Social History of Allotments ” by Dr Twiggs.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival – Thu 11 - Sun 14 May

The Malvern Spring Festival opens on Thursday 11 May and runs through to Sunday 14 May. Details are on the RHS website.

MK Plant Fair – Sunday 14 May, 11am – 4pm

The MK Plant Fair is on Sunday 14 May at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, 11am – 4pm. Further details on the Willen Lake website.

Chesham Plant Sale – Saturday 20 May, 9am – 12 midday

The Chesham Horticultural Society is holding a Plant Sale on Saturday 20 May, 9am – 12 midday at the United Reformed Church in the Broadway.

Hardy Plant Society, Bucks & Oxon Branch – Saturday 20 May, 2.15pm

The May talk for the HPS Bucks & Oxon group is on Saturday 20 May at 2.15pm.   Brian Fisher will be talking about “Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomes”. Talks are held at Oving Village Hall, Oving Recreation Ground, Bowling Alley, Oving, HP22 4HD.

BBOWT Plant & Produce Sale, Great Missenden, Sat 20 May 10am

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust are having their Spring Plant and Produce sale on Saturday 20 May, 10am – 1pm, at Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE. More details can be found on the Wildlife Trusts Website.

Ashridge Plant Fair – Sunday 21 May, 11am – 4pm

The annual Ashridge Plant Fair is a great place to get some bargains. Starts at 11am, but you need to be there early to be at the front of the queue!

Scannappeal Open Gardens

The first garden opening this year for Scannappeal is Little Paddocks, Bourne End, on Sat 13 May. See the Scannappeal website for more information.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Tue 23 – Sat 27 May

You can find lots more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including ticket details on the RHS website.

Rare Plants Fair – Kingston Bagpuize, nr Abingdon Sunday 28 May, 11am – 4pm

There’s a Rare Plants Fair on at Kingston Bagpuize, near Abingdon on Sunday 28 May starting at 11am. These fairs are usually a good place to pick up something a little bit different. Further details are on the Rare Plant Fair website.

April 2017

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Daisy Days”, Sat 1 April 2pm

Helen Picton is the latest member of her family to be involved in running Old Court Nurseries and The Picton Garden in Malvern, Worcestershire, where over 400 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies are grown. She will be giving us the benefit of her experience with these plants; how to grow them and which varieties are the most robust and healthy. Plants for sale. Meetings are in Wheathampstead, Herts. More details on the Herts HPS website.

Rare Plant Fair, Evenley Wood Gardens, Northamptonshire, Sun 2 April

There’s a Rare Plant Fair on at Evenley Wood Gardens on Sunday 2 April. Admission is £5, which includes entrance to the gardens. More info & details on the nurseries attending the fair on the Rare Plants website.

ACB&DB Society, 21st Spring Show – Sat 8 April, 2pm, Aston Clinton School Hall

The Society Annual Spring Show is on Saturday 8 April, 2pm in the Aston Clinton School Hall. Entry is £1. The entry night for the show is on Thursday 6 April, 6pm – 7.45pm, Anthony Hall. You’ll find the schedule for the Spring Show on the website.

April ACB&DB Society Talk – Wednesday 12 April, 8pm

The Society talk for April is on Wednesday 12 April and is a talk with slides – “The History and Life of the Red Kite” by Ken Panchon. Talk starts 8pm at the Anthony Hall, Aston Clinton.

Hardy Plant Society, Bucks & Oxon Branch – Saturday 15 April, 2.15pm

The April talk for the HPS Bucks & Oxon group is on Saturday 15 April at 2.15pm.   Kathy Brown will be talking about “Clematis and Other Climbers”. Talks are held at Oving Village Hall, Oving Recreation Ground, Bowling Alley, Oving, HP22 4HD.

Waterperry Gardens – Fritillary Weekend, Sat 15 & Sun 16 April

Waterperry Gardens are having a “Fritillary Weekend” on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April. On the Sunday, 16, the garden is open for the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Check the Waterperry Gardens website for more details.

National Vegetable Society Talk – Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm

Roger Umpelby shares his thoughts on those often unloved but beautiful plants most of us call Weeds. The talk is at the Holiday Inn Aylesbury, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT. Members Free, Guests £3.

Bucks Garden Trust, Lecture – Thursday 20 April, 2.30pm

The Bucks Garden Trust April talk is  “Stowe Gardens in the early 18th Century: The use and abuse of Reverend Conway Rand” by Richard Wheeler. The talk is at the Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, £10 members & £12 for non-members (includes tea & cakes) 2.30pm, Thursday 20 April, 2.30pm. Please see take a look at their website re ticket info.

Mentmore Plant Sale, Saturday 22 April, 12 – 4pm

The Mentmore Plant Sale is planned for Saturday 22 April 12-4pm to be held on Mentmore Village Green. The event includes several specialist nurseries and a local growers plant stall. Barbeque, cake stall and refreshments will be available on the Green. Find contact details here.

BBOWT – April events

There are a few events run by the local Wildlife Trust, BBOWT in April, one of which is very local:

-       Sunday 23 April, 10.00 – 12.30, In Search of Spring Flowers, Dancersend

Further information of all events can be found on the BBOWT website.

NGS Open Gardens, throughout April

There are a few more gardens open through the NGS open garden scheme in April, check the NGS website for details.

 

March 2017

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Clematis Through the Seasons”, Sat 4 March 2pm

Everett Leeds will be talking at the Herts Hardy Plant Society March talk. Everett will be talking about which varieties of Clematis to choose and how best to grow them, to get flowers every month of the year. Meetings are in Wheathampstead, Herts. More details on the Herts HPS website.

Buckingham Garden Centre, March events

There are a few events at Buckingham Garden Centre in March:

-       On Wed 8 March 2017 at 4pm, Chris Day will be giving a talk on “Best Tress for Small Gardens”;

-       On Wed 15 March 2017, 9.30am – 12.30pm, there will be a Spring Propagation Course hosted by Clare Price. Places on the course are limited;

-       On Wed 22 March, 11am – 3.30pm, there will be an “Orchid Day”. Orchid Expert Manos Kanellos will be available to answer your questions on Orchids;

Further details of the events can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre website.

March ACB&DB Society Annual Social Supper – Sat 11 March, 7pm for 7.30pm

Society Annual Social Supper, followed by Jackie Watson taling on “Movies from Pinewodd interpreted by Floral Art”. Tickets are £12. Please contact one of the Committee members or email infoif you’d like to book.

Bucks Garden Trust, Lecture - Sat 18 March, 2.30pm

The Bucks Garden Trust March talk is by Dominic Cole, President of the Gardens Trust. Dominic will be talking about efforts to ameliorate the impact of HS2 on the landscape in Bucks and beyond. The talk is at the Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, £10 members & £12 for non-members (includes tea & cakes) 2.30pm, Saturday 18 March, 2.30pm. Please see take a look at their website re ticket info.

Seedy Saturday, Tring Farmers Market - Sat 18 March, 9.00 – 12.15pm

There will be a “Seed Swap” stall at the Tring Farmers Market on Saturday 18 March, 9.00 – 12.15. There will also be additional stalls and Morris dancing.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) – Walks & Talks in March

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has a few local walks & talks that you might be interested in:

-       Sun 19 March, Medicinal Walk and Detox Workshop – College Lake, 11am – 1.30pm. tickets £16

-       Tue 21 March, Talk on “Peregrine, Pyramids & Purple Emperors – Conservation in Milton Keynes” Great Missenden 7.45pm – 9.45pm

-       Sat 25 March, Guided Walk around College Lake, 10.30am

You can find details on all the BBOWT events on their website, some of which you may need to book in advance.

National Gardens Scheme – Open Gardens, March

Not too many Open Gardens in March but there are a couple not too far away.

-       Higher Denham Gardens, Sunday 12 March

-       Chesham Bois House, Chesham Bois, Sunday 26 March

February 2017

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “More Gardening Myths”, Dr Ken Thompson, Sat 4 February, 2pm

Dr Ken Thompson has been a senior lecturer in Plant Ecology at Sheffield University for over 20 years and will be talking about “More Gardening Myths” at the Herts HPS on Saturday 4 February. This talk will challenge conventional gardening lore via some of Ken’s remarkable observations and offer some genuinely useful practical advice. Meetings are in Wheathampstead. More details on the Herts HPS website.

Open Garden – Benington Lordship, Herts – Wed 8 Feb – Sun 5 March

The Benington Lordship garden is famous for its snowdrops – there are 170 cultivars carpeting the grounds of a ruined Norman castle and planted in labelled borders. There are guided walks and also snowdrops for sale. This is a must for all snowdrop enthusiasts - Further details can be found on the Benington Lordship website.

Snowdrop Days – Evenley Wood Gardens, Northants – Sat 4 Feb – Tue 28 Feb

Evenley Wood Gardens in Northamptonshire is also has “Snowdrop Days” through February. More information can be found on their website.

Buckingham Garden Centre – Sat 4 & Sun 5 February

Buckingham Nurseries have a couple of events on in the first weekend of February. On Saturday 4 Feb, its Potato Day with experts from Thompson and Morgan and the National Vegetable Society. And on Sunday 5 Feb it’s “Scion Wood Swap Day” with the Mid Shires Orchard Group. More info can be found on the Buckingham Garden Centre web site.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “Our Box Woodland Heritage” by John Morris, Wed 8 Feb, 8pm

The February Society meeting is on Wednesday 8 February. John Morris will be giving a talk with slides, “Our Box Woodland Heritage”. As usual, there will be refreshments and raffle.

RHS London Events – February

The RHS Show season starts in February and there are a couple of events on in London:

-       Early Spring Plant Fair, Tue 14 & Wed 15 Feb

-       Botanical Art Show, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Feb

Further details of these and other RHS events in London can be found on the RHS website.

RHS Garden Wisley – Butterfiles in the Glass House

Throughout February you can see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. More details on the RHS website.

BBOWT – Talks & Walks in February

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has a few local walks & talks that you might be interested in:

-       Sun 19 Feb, Guided Walk around College Lake, 12.30

-       Tue 21 Feb, Talk on “Conserving Butterfiles”, Great Missenden 19.45 – 21.45

You can find details on all the BBOWT events on their website, some of which you may need to book in advance.

January 2017

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) – Walks & Talks in January

BBOWT are running a few local walks and talks through January – best to check out their website for further details. Here’s a few of the more local ones:

-       Mon 2 Jan, 10.30-12.30, Guided walk around College Lake

-       Sun 8 Jan, 10.00 – 12.00, Winter Wildfowl at Foxcote Reservoir

-       Tue 17 Jan, 19.45 – 21.30, Talk: Birds & Climate Change, Great Missenden

-       Sat 28 Jan, 10.30 – 13.00, A Winter Walk around Tring reservoirs

The Natural History Museum, Tring – Events in January

There are a couple of things on at the Natural History Museum in Tring, that you may be interested in:

-       Wildlife Photographer of the Year, until 22 January 2017

-       Behind the scenes guided tour at the Museum, 26 January 11.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 16.00. Need to book on to this, £10.

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Propagation”, Sat 7 Jan 2pm

Joe Sharman, owner of Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire, will be talking about and demonstrating propagation techniques. More details on the Herts HPS website.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “The Chilterns MS Centre” by Robert Breakwell, Wed 11 Jan, 8pm

The first Society meeting of the year is on Wednesday 11 January. Robert Breakwell will be giving a talk about the work of “The Chilterns MS Centre”. As usual, there will be refreshments and raffle.

Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Wisley Garden, 14 January – 5 March

You can escape the cold to see over 50 species of tropical butterflies in the Glasshouse from 14 January at RHS Wisley. Further details can be found on the RHS website.

Aylesbury Gardening Society, AGM, Fri 16 Jan, 7.30pm

The Aylesbury Gardening Society is holding its Annual General Meeting in the 6th Form Common Room at Aylesbury Grammar School at 7.30pm on Friday 16 January 2016. After the meeting Colin Oaks will be providing the entertainment! All welcome!

Rural Skills Courses, January 2017

If you fancy trying your hand at some rural skills, there are a couple of reasonably local courses on in January:

-       Restorative Pruning of Traditional Orchards, 21 January, at Bradenham Manor. Further details on the Chilterns AONB website.

-       Develop your hedge laying Skills, 28 January, organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board, further details on the Chilterns AONB website.

Gardens to visit in January:

-       Waterperry Gardens is a good garden to visit in January, especially if we get any cold and bright days – if you’re an RHS member its worth checking to see if entrance is free. Check the Waterperry Gardens website for more details.

-       Angelsey Abbey is another garden to visit - It is said to haveone of the best modern winter gardens in the UK, planted in 1998, with a stunning array of white-stemmed birches, dogwoods, ghostly brambles (Rubus cockburnianus), Mahonias, Christmas box and Viburnums. Entrance is free to RHS members in January (best to check first). More details on their website.

-       Sir Harold Hiller Gardens, Hampshire – Has a 4 acre winter garden, one of the largest in Europe. Free entry to RHS members in January & February. For more details see their website.

The Big Garden Birdwatch – 28 - 30 January

The largest “citizen science” project in the country – last year more than 519,000 people took part! This year’s Big Garden Birdwatch survey takes place over the weekend 28-30 January. You can find out further information on how you can participate on the RSPB website

 

December 2016

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Wild Flowers of Britain”, Chris Chadwell, Sat 3 December, 2pm

Chris Chadwell will be talking about “Wild Flowers of Britain”. Chris is a plant hunter, lecturer, photographer and proprietor of Chadwell Seeds – hopefully he’ll be bringing some seeds along! Meetings are in Wheathampstead. More details on the Herts HPS website.

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

There’s lots going on at Waddesdon Manor this Christmas as usual & worth a visit – Christmas Decorations in the house, light displays outside at dusk, a Christmas Fair through to 11 Dec and other Christmas shops. You can details of all things Christmas at Waddesdon on their website.

Rural Skills Courses – Hedge-laying & Pruning of Traditional Orchards

There are a number of rural skills courses, on Hedge laying & pruning of traditional orchards, running in November, December and January next year. These are organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board & details can be found on the Chilterns AONB website.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, Christmas Talk with Slides by Chris Ward – 101 things you never knew about Garden Birds, Wed 14 Dec, 8pm

The Society Annual Christmas Talk is on Wednesday 14 December. Chris Ward will be giving a talk with slides and there will also be a buffet and Christmas competition – bring a Christmas Card you’ve made!

Hedge laying & Coppicing, Sunday 18 December, Station Road, Tring

If you've always wanted to know about hedge laying and coppicing now's your chance!
David Metcalfe will be running two free sessions at his field in Station Road, Tring, on Sunday 18 December and Sunday 15 January from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Tools and training will be supplied, but please bring your own refreshments. Please email transition@tringintransition.org.uk if you would like to take part.

BBOWT Events in December 2016

The local Wildlife Trust, BBOWT have various events on locally in December including:

-       College Lake Artists Fair

-       Wild Winter Wreaths Workshops @ College Lake, 1 Dec & 8 Dec

-       Hedgelaying @ College Lake, Sat 3 Dec

-       Guided Walk around College Lake, 18 Dec

-       Conservation News from College Lake – Talk at Great Missenden Memorial Hall, Tues 20 Dec, 7.45pm – 9.45pm

You can find all the details of the events on the BBOWT website.

 

November 2016

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “Succulents & Cacti” by Rodney Sim, Wed 9 Nov, 8pm

Rodney Sim will be giving a talk on Succulents & Cacti on Wednesday 9 November, 8pm at the Anthony Hall. Refreshments available after the talk & raffle as usual.

BBOWT – Walks in November

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon branch of the Wildlife Trust have a number of walks on in November:

-       Thursday 10 Nov, 10.00 – 11.30, Guided walk along the Wendover Arm Canal & Weston Turville Reservoir

-       Saturday 19 Nov, 13.00 – 15.00, Guided walk around College Lake

Take a look at the BBOWT website for more details of events on in November.

BBOWT – Talk: Madagascar – Africa’s Lost World, Tue 15 Nov, 7.30pm

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon branch of the Wildlife Trust have a talk on “Madagascar – Africa’s Lost World”, by Naturtreks Paul Stanbury, at the Great Missenden Memorial Hall on Tuesday 15 November, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Take a look at the BBOWT website for more details.

Woburn Abbey Gardens – Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley, Sat 19 Nov

Woburn Abbey Gardens have a Christmas Flowers Workshop with Jonathan Moseley, the Floral Designer. The Workshop is on Saturday 19 November, 10.30am – 4pm. In the morning Jonathan will be giving a demonstration of large designs, there will then be a Christmas Buffet Lunch and in the afternoon you will be able to have a go yourself! The Workshop costs £135, including lunch & further details can be found on the Woburn Abbey Gardens website.

Waddesdon Manor – Christmas Events, Wed 16 Nov – Sun 11 Dec

There are various events on at Waddesdon Manor during November including Christmas light displays and a Christmas Market which runs from Wednesday 16 November to Sunday 11 December (not open every day, so check website for dates). More details on the Waddesdon website.

NVS November Meeting, Wed 16 November, 7.30pm

The National Vegetable Society, Bucks District Association, is holding its November meeting on Wednesday 16 November, 7.30pm. Peter Glazebrook will be talking about “Growing Giant Vegetables”. There will be a raffle and free refreshments. The talk is at the new venue the Holiday Inn Aylesbury, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT. Members Free, Guests £3.

Bucks Garden Trust, Lecture - Saturday 19 Nov, 2.30pm

The Bucks Garden Trust November talk is “The Gentlemen Improvers” by Dr David Brown. The talk will cover the school of Capability Brown and his competitors within the context of an expanding landscape industry in Georgian England. The talk is at the Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, £10 members & £12 for non-members (includes tea & cakes) 2.30pm, Saturday 19 November 2016, 2.30pm. Please see take a look at their website re ticket info.

Waterperry Gardens, Christmas Market, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov

Waterperry Gardens are having a Christmas market on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November. And you can have a look round the garden & nursery while you’re there! Further details on the Waterperry website.

October 2016

Lindengate, Autumn Open Day & Apple Fair, Sat 1 October, 2pm – 5pm

Lindengate welcomes the Mid Shires Orchard Group to help them at their Autumn Open Day & Apple Day on Saturday 1 October, 2pm – 5pm at Lindengate, The Old Allotment Site, Wyevale Garden Centre, Wendover. Try apple pressing, enjoy fresh apple juice and explore heritage apples and enjoy the refreshments!

BBOWT Plant & Produce Sale, Great Missenden, Sat 1 October, 10am

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust are having their autumn Plant and Produce sale on Saturday 1 October, 10am – 1pm, at Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE. More details can be found on the Wildlife Trusts Website.

Herts Hardy Plant Society Talk – “Pruning – Making it simple”, Geoff Hodge, Sat 1 October, 2pm

Geoff Hodge, a freelance garden writer, will be talking about “Pruning – making it simple”, at the Herts Hardy Plants Society meeting on Saturday 1 October at Wheathampstead. More details on the Herts HPS website.

Waterperry Gardens, Apple Weekend, Fri 7 – Sun 9 October

Waterperry Gardens are having a celebration of everything apple on Fri 7 – Sun 9 October. There will be tours of the orchard and fruit sheds, advice and information available on growing apple trees and apples & juice available for tasting. Further details on the Waterperry website. Entry to Waterperry is free for RHS Members during October.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “I’m not old – It’s just those Pills!”” by Hugh Granger, Wed 12 Oct, 8pm

In a late change to the program, Hugh Granger will be giving a talk with slides, “I’m not old, it’s just those Pills!” on Wednesday 12 October, 8pm at the Anthony Hall. Daffodil and Tulip bulbs will be on sale. Refreshments available after the talk & raffle as usual.

Bucks Gardens Trust, Visit to Chalfont Park, Thursday 13 October, 2pm

The Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust have organised a visit to Chalfont Park, led by Claire de Carle and starts at 2pm. Chalfont Park is probably the least known of Capability Browns gardens. More details can be found on the Bucks Gardens Trust website.

Bucks & Oxon Hardy Plant Society, “Plants for the Summer Border”, Sat 15 Oct, 2.15pm

Margaret Easter will be talking about Plants for the Summer Border at the Bucks & Oxon, Hardy Plant Society meeting on Saturday 15 October at 2.15pm. Talks are held at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow. Details on all scheduled talks can be found on the Hardy Plants website.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) – October events

BBOWT have a couple of things on in October you may be interested in:

-       Fungus Foray @ Dancersend, Saturday 15 October, 10.00 – 13.00

-       BBOWT Annual Conference & AGM – “Living with Wildlife”, Saturday 15 October, 10.30 – 16.00, Oxford Brookes University

Further details of these and other BBOWT events on the BBOWT website.

NVS Talk – Richard White from Tozer Seeds, Wed 19 October, 7.30pm

The National Vegetable Society, Bucks District Association, autumn talks start on Wednesday 19 October. Richard White from Tozer Seeds will be talking – Richard starting growing vegetables as a young lad with his father on their allotment and is now Trials Manager for Tozer Seeds. The talk is at the new venue the Holiday Inn Aylesbury, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT. Members Free, Guests £3.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, AGM and social, Wed 26 Oct, 8pm

The Society Annual General Meeting is on Wed 26 October at 8pm at the Anthony Hall. The AGM will be followed by a social time.

RHS, Shades of Autumn Show, Lindley Hall, London, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct

The RHS Shades of Autumn Show is on Fri 28 & Sat 29 of October. There will be speciality nurseries both displaying & selling plants. More details on the RHS Website.

September 2016

Bucks County Show, Thursday 1 Sept, Weedon Park, near Aylesbury

This year the Bucks County show is on Thursday 1 Sept. You can find details of all the show classes on the Show website, if you’ve got anything left to show.

Cholesbury & St Leonards Horticultural Society Annual Show, Sat 3 Sept, 2.30pm.

Cholesbury cum St Leonards Horticultural Society Annual Show is on Saturday 3 Sept, 2.30pm at Hawridge & Cholesbury C of E School. More details on their website.

Waddesdon Manor – Chilli Festival, Sat 3 & Sun 4 Sept, 10.00am – 5.00pm

The annual Chilli Festival is on at Waddesdon Manor on the weekend Sat 3 & Sun 4 September, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Normal Entry fees apply. Check the Waddesdon website for more details.

Rare Plant Fair, Adwell House, nr Thame, Sun 4 Sept, 11am-4pm

There’s a Rare Plant Fair on at Adwell House, near Thame on Sunday 4 Sept. Admission is £5, which includes entrance to the gardens. More info & details on the nurseries attending the fair on the Rare Plants website.

RHS, Wisley Flower Show, Tue 6 - Sun 11 Sept

The Wisley Flower Show is on the second week in September. The show opens on the 6 Sept and there will be lots of specialist nurseries there & RHS advice and talks. . More details on the RHS Website.

Bucks Gardens Trust, Visit to Stoke Poges, Wed Sept 21, 2.30pm

The Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust have organised a visit to Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, on Wednesday September 21. More details can be found on the Bucks Gardens Trust website.

ACB&DB Horticultural Society, “Health & Wellbeing through Nature & Horticulture” by Lindengate, Wed 14 Sept, 8pm

Lindengate will be giving a talk with slides “Health & Wellbeing through Nature & Horticulture” on Wednesday 14 September, 8pm at the Anthony Hall. Refreshments available after the talk & raffle, as usual.

Waterperry Gardens, Michaelmas Daisy Weekends, 17/18 & 24/25 Sept

Waterperry Gardens is the place to go to see some Michaelmas daisies in September. Over the two weekends, there will be guided tours of the gardens, asters for sale and experts on hand. Further details can be found on the Waterperry website.

Hardy Plant Society, “Practical Guide to Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomes”, Sat 17 Sept, 2.15pm

The Hardy Plant Society talks start up again in the autumn, with the first talk of the Bucks & Oxon group on Saturday 17 September at 2.15pm. Brian Fisher will be talking about Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomes. Talks are held at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow. Details on all scheduled talks can be found on the Hardy Plants website.

Aylesbury Gardening Society, Annual Produce Show, Sat 17 September

The Aylesbury Gardening Society Annual Produce Show is on Saturday 17 September. See the Aylesbury Gardening Society website, or visit the Thurston Trading store to get more info.

Buckingham Garden Centre, Apple & Honey Weekend, 24 & 5 Sept,

The Buckingham Garden Centre’s annual apple event is on the 24 & 25 September and this year will be including Honey too!   There will be displays of apples and experts on hand. See their website for more details.

RHS, Malvern Autumn Show, Sat 24 & & Sun 25 Sept.

The Malvern Autumn Show is on the last weekend of September – a celebration of food, gardening & nostalgia. More details on the RHS Website.

 

 

Maple Seeds

 

 

 

  

Catkins

 

 

 

Peas

 

Loosestrife

 

Florence Fennel

 

 

  

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