Welcome to Charlbury Garden Society
Charlbury Garden Society aims to encourage the enjoyment of gardening and horticulture.
We are a friendly, sociable club with a programme of events throughout the year. The society meets regularly to discuss all aspects of gardening with fellow members, listen to interesting and knowledgeable speakers on a variety of gardening topics, and enjoy organised visits to various gardens.
Membership is open to anyone interested in gardening on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. Subscriptions are due in December for the following calendar year.
New discount for Charlbury Garden Society members!
A new discount for Charlbury Garden Society members, announced at the Society's AGM on Thursday 15h.
"Members are entitled to 10% off purchases at Charlbury Garden Centre*, every day, with the following exclusions:
- Gift vouchers/cards
- Calor Gas
- Multi-buy offers
- Sale items
- On-site Concessions
Society members will need to show their Club Membership card at the time of purchase to qualify for the discount."
If you are not a member of the Garden Society yet, now is a good time as you will automatically get membership for the whole of 2021 as well!
For more info, see the Membership page.
Applegarth, Burford, Freeland and Yarnton garden centres also offer discounts to Charlbury Garden Society members.
* Formely known as "Hilltop", on the Witney Road, opposite the turn to Ramsden.
Peter Bridgman (1933–2020)
John Moore (left) and Peter Bridgman (right). Photo taken at Charlbury Street Fair.
Peter was born on the 13th June 1933. He grew up in London and was evacuated to Wales when he was seven or eight years old where he lived on a farm, and loved it! Here, his love of nature was ignited.
After leaving school, he went to work as an apprentice at Regent's Park. He then worked at Kew Gardens. He went on to become an adviser for the old Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, advising market gardeners in particular.
Gardening for him was not merely a job but a lifelong passion. In retirement, he continued to tend the garden he had created from scratch on Lees Heights and to run a productive allotment at Elmstead (Poole's Lane). He loved growing fruit, vegetables and flowers for exhibition. Dahlias and sweet peas were particular favourites. He relished the challenge of growing difficult plants from seed or cuttings. How many gardeners can claim 70 years of gardening experience?
He is remembered as a gentle, cultured, good-humoured man. He took great care of his wife, Audrey. They were intrepid travellers taking off to folk dance meet-ups in their camper van, or off into mainland Europe for holidays. He was an active member of the Stonesfield folkdance group. Classical music was also a keen interest.
Many of us have plants donated by Peter in our gardens and homes. Gardens which we have come to appreciate more than ever in these difficult times. He helped to make Charlbury a more lovely place.
The knowledge Peter shared and the plants he grew for us all to buy are a lasting memory of a kind and generous man.
He passed away on the 26th March 2020 after contracting Corona Virus.
Virtual Open Gardens
This year, due to current circumstances, Charlbury has opted to host a Virtual Open Gardens event via our new website.
The society sends out a monthly newsletter relevant to gardening and horticulture. Read the latest news here.
Here you will find planned events for the current year. Meetings usually take place in Charlbury Memorial Hall.