Gardening Group

Making the outdoors more beautiful

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:

Thenford Arboretum

Hill Close Gardens, Warwickshire

 Oxford Botanic Garden

National Herb Centre

Waterperry Gardens

Nicholsons

Broughton Grange

Sulgrave Manor Herb Garden

Upton House Gardens – for their aster collection

Grow Wild gardening at Katharine House Hospice: The history of this project

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

We met there on Thursday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30 and coffee was kindly provided for us by KHH. Each year we grew our flowers, harvested seeds and developed the site and our wild flowers put on a hearty show each summer. In 2018 we were given a second area in the Hospice grounds which was prepared and then seeded in September.

The first plantings in the new area flowered profusely in 2019 and more work was done in the Spring as the weather improved. There were lovely displays in both beds over the Summer..In the Autumn seeds were gathered and stored ready for sowing in the following year.. Our gardening at Katharine House Hospice that year came to an end at Christmas time after the start of work on another new area for our wild flower seeds from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sadly, once Covid restrictions were introduced in March 2020 work on the flower beds at Katharine House Hospice was no longer possible and no visits to gardens could be arranged. Although we had hoped to be gardening again at Katharine House Hospice in 2021, renewing our Grow Wild Seed wild flower beds there, changes in the way the Hospice is managed meant that sadly our involvement was no longer feasible.and our work in the Hospice gardens came to an end.