Gardening Group

Making the outdoors more beautiful


Although we hoped to be gardening again at Katharine House Hospice in 2021, renewing our Grow Wild Seed wild flower bed at Katherine House Hospice, changes in the way the Hospice is managed mean that sadly our involvement there is no longer feasible. 

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