Chipping Norton Horticultural Association are meeting as announced on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Chipping Norton Methodist Church hall at 7.30pm. Our March meeting will be on Wednesday 21st. when the speaker will be Rachel Siegfried from Wallingford - her topic is "Flowers for Cutting."
I am arranging the days out we are planning for the summer months when we hope the weather will be kind to us - we will be visiting gardens and their houses in the surrounding area.
The new secretary Paul Embden who has been appointed to arrange speakers, is busy booking for our 2018/19 season. The new programme will be available at the March meeting' when our subscriptions are due. All prices are held for another year at £10 annual subscription and £3 per meeting for visitors, who are always welcome.
Full details on this website or from the secretary Eileen Forse, 643275
Chipping Norton Horticultural Association cancelled their meeting in December due to poor weather conditions but over 40 members and visitors gathered for the January meeting despite the very cold evening.
Our member, Paul Embden gave a very lively and informative presentation on "Butterflies, Moths and Weird and Wonderful", also sharing some of his experiences when working as an entomologist.
Feburary 21st at 7.30 will see the return of one of our regular speakers, Philip Aubrey from Alvechurch.
His topic will be "Successful fruit growing - grow your own 5 a day."
This meeting will be held in the Chipping Norton Methodist Church hall - visitors always welcome.
Full details on this website or from the secretary Eileen Forse, 643275.
The November meeting commenced with the AGM with a good number of members present. All members of the committee were re-appointed and Paul Embden has been appointed as "speaker's secretary" and will join the committee. The treasurer stated that the association was in a good financial position.
The speaker for the evening - Howard Drury from Birmingham is one of our well loved speakers. His topic - "House plants - winter survival" proved very popular and was thoroughly enjoyed by all especially as he opened the presentation with something designed especially for us. Among the light hearted moments he gave many useful tips.
December 13th will be our Christmas evening with a colourful picture quiz - entertaining, light hearted and will stretch our horticultural knowledge.
January 17th - Paul Embden will present "Butterflies, Moths and the Weird and Wonderful."
All meetings are held at the C/N Methodist Church at 7.30 - more details from this website or the secretary on 643275.
A lively and enjoyable evening was held at the first meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association in October by James Campbell, chief executive of Ryton Organics. James gave a very factual, also with light hearted stories, to his power point, on the work the organisation is involved in, both at home and overseas. Ryton is encouraging individuals and organisations in the use of organic principles.
November 15th commences at 7.15 with the AGM, followed at 7.30 by a visit from an "old friend" Howard Drury - his topic is "House plants-winter survival". This meeting will be at our usual venue, C/N Methodist Church hall. Members please support the AGM and visitors welcome. Full details available on this website or the secretary Eileen Forse 643275
The second of our summer trips held in June saw a large coach (holding 60) with members and friends leave the town for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The day was dry but overcast but that didn't dampen our spirits. There is so much to see at Kew that many of us could only scratch the surface - the palm house with exotic plants from around the world, the Princess of Wales conservatory, the tree top walk, the hive and the herbaceous borders were stunning; also the acres of woodland with many very old trees, where everyone is free to wander and much more. The highlight for some of us was the peacock who was strutting about showing off his wonderful tail. A good day was had by all, so folks, what about another visit next year to see all the things we missed this year!
Thank you to all who supported our stall at the Town Festival both giving plants to sell and also purchasing. It was a successful day.
Some members and friends continue to hold a "working party" in the gardens of Abbeyfield and Beech Haven about once a month - it's amazing how much tidying up and cutting down can be achieved when a group get together for a couple of hours. More volunteers always welcome.
The final day out for this year towards the end of July, took us to Charlecote House and GardenWarwickshire. This was the afternoon only, but with lovely weather and clear skies the time spent there was much enjoyed. Many toured the house and adjoining buildings and found it well set out and very interesting. Although the gardens at the back of the house were not large they were full of colour and overlooked the river. The more energetic of the group explored the park land that surrounds the house
Details of all our events and winter programme can be found on this website or from the secretary Eileen Forse, 643275.
Members and friends of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association had their second summer trip of the season in early June, to Cerney Gardens, Gloucestershire. After days of heavy rain the day proved to be hot and sunny, although a little windy. Cerney house (not open to the public) is set in a valley with the large garden sloping upwards behind the house.
Lady Angus and her daughter lovingly restored the garden over 30 years to it's Victorian beauty. Sadly during 2016 Lady Angus passed away but her work is continuing in the capable hands of her son Nicholas and daughter-in-law, Janet. Refreshments can be purchased from the Bothy and Janet makes all the cakes that visitors can enjoy, and is on hand to talk with visitors.
Details of the remaining summer's programme here.
On a very wet morning in the middle of May, (after weeks of lovely weather) the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association set out for the first of their summer trips to Bristol.
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden has developed over the past few years having been moved from its original site in Bristol. This was a mammoth task with everything that could be moved packed and labelled, then transported in lorries etc. to their new home. Each area has a theme and plants have been replanted into the right area and according to their plant D&A. Now becoming well established, it is still work in progress.
We continued the day (in the rain!) to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, walking over the bridge to the visitor's centre where a knowledgeable guide gave us the history and were able to see old photographs.
More days out are planned -
see OUTINGS here or phone the secretary Eileen Forse, 643275.
A plant stall is planned for the Chippy Festival in June.
Please support with donations of plants and the purchase of reasonably priced plants for the home and garden
The last meeting of the winter season for the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association concluded in April with an interesting and enlightening presentation and demonstration on "Bonsai - a living art" by Tony Andrews from Kidlington.
Tony arrived with a car boot full of lovely Bonsai trees - just a small number from his collection of over a 100, which he keeps in his back garden. He held our attention while he explained all the time and attention these little trees need - from seed or cuttings until it reaches a mature tree of 50+ years. The evening was enjoyed by all.
Four day trips have been arranged for this summer - details here or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
We are again holding a plant stall at the Town Festival on Sunday 25th June. Please support with any spare plants or purchasing on the day at reasonable prices. The next indoor meeting will be held in October.
The morning started very misty on the day of Chipping Norton Horticultural Association's March meeting, but soon turned into a glorious spring day. This made us feel good and we looked forward to the evening to the return visit of Philip Aubrey from Alvechurch with a presentation "Lovely Lawns and Flower Meadows." Over 50 members and friends listened to an interesting talk and demonstration of useful garden tools to help keep our lawns and flower meadows health throughout the year.
On the 19th April in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30, Tony Andrews from Kidlington will share with us his knowledge on "Bonsai". This will be the final indoor meeting of the winter season. During the summer months four days out have been arranged. Friends interested in hearing more details, see OUTINGS here or phone the secretary on 643275.
Around 50 members and visitors gathered in February for the monthly meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association.
Dennis and Robert West took us on a visual journey in the life cycle of the "Dahlia". Father and son kept our attention as we followed from the dormant tuber over winter; first green shoots in spring to the wonderful displays in autumn and how to present the flowers for garden shows. Dennis has been a successful prize winner over the years and Robert is following in father's footsteps.
The March 15th meeting in the Methodist Church hall at 7.30 pm will be a return visit of Philip Aubrey with a presentation "Lovely lawns and flower meadows."
Members please note that the £10 membership is now due for 2017/18 season at March/April meetings.
New members and visitors (£3) are always welcome. More details from the secretary Eileen Forse on 643275 and here.
The first meeting of the New Year proved to be a very successful evening. About 50 members and friends listened in awe, while Paul Embden (one of our members from Chipping Norton) gave an illustrated talk on "Bees and Honey". Paul is a very keen bee-keeper and told us of his first hand experiences working with his bees - bringing along a beehive to show the inside and pictures of the life cycle of a bee - all the hard work it takes for a bee to pollenate our food and a make honey.
The meeting on February 15th in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm will be looking forward to the flowering season.
Dennis and Richard West from Witney will speak about "Dahlias".
Visitors are always welcome - details from the secretary, Eileen Forse on 643275 and here