Gardening Group

Making the outdoors more beautiful

While we may not be actually gardening in 2021 so far, Members could take the opportunity of visiting a garden or two about the County or beyond or, even, take in a glorious flower show, and now its the month of June, some Members may find themselves able to enjoy the delights of the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, which is to be held on the 25th, 26th and 27th of June. Tickets are availalable online where its even possible to make a group booking for 6 Members to enjoy a lovely day out together. Only one ticket will be issued for the group so please arrange to be there, all together, at the entrance gate, to make sure of admittance on your chosen day. Do have a delicious day there and please take a few photos to share with us on our Website or Facebook Page.


We are hopeful of gardening at KHH with our Grow Wild Seed wild flowers at Katherine House Hospice in late summer 2021, sowing more seeds for a renewed wild flower display for 2022.

Our 2020 gardening year has not happened for Katharine House Hospice and Kew Grow Wild Seed Team due to ongoing Covid-19 Restrictions and Team WI transport difficulties, which is very much to be regretted. We hope for better gardening days for 2021.

Our 2019 Grow Wild Seed gardening at Katharine House Hospice came to an end at Christmas time, after a wonderful summer flowering plus the start of work on another new area for our wild seed flowers from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Our Grow Wild Seed wild flowers at Katharine House Hospice put on a hearty show all summer. In the Autumn seeds were gathered and stored ready for sowing in the Spring and Autumn of 2020.

The first plantings in the new area at KHH flowered profusely in 2019 and more work will done this Spring as soon as the weather improves. We are hoping for a great display in both beds in the Summer..

The history of this project:

WI wild flowers at Katharine House Hospice

Adderbury WI Gardening Group began in October 2014 when we successfully applied for seeds from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Grow Wild Seed Team.  Katharine House Hospice agreed to provide a growing area and helped with ground preparation in May 2015.

Gill sowing seeds for our new Grow Wild Seed wild flower area at Katharine House Hospice May 2015

Every year since then we have been growing our seeds and developing the site.  In 2018 we were given a second area at KHH which was prepared and then seeded in September. We meet there on Thursday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30 and we would be delighted if you would join us.  Coffee is kindly provided for us by KHH.

We are currently exploring ways of further developing this group, proposing to visit a variety of local gardens, including NT properties, followed by a venue lunch or at an adjacent PH. We aim to car share whenever possible or use available bus services.Our first outing was to Rousham House Gardens in July 2018. Since then we have been to Sezincote and to Boughton House gardens.

The following venues are being considered but members’ suggestions would be most welcome:

Oxford Botanic Garden

National Herb Centre

Waterperry Gardens


Broughton Grange

Sulgrave Manor Herb Garden

Upton House Gardens – for their aster collection