Meeting Reports

October 2019

His lectures are like sparkling champagne, reported the Oxford Times.  They were referring to Timothy Walker who was the speaker at Box Gardening Club’s October meeting.

Timothy who is described as a botanist /gardener/ presenter/author and speaker talked about how to be a twenty first century gardner.  Climate change does occur and gardeners do well to work with these changes.  For example Dalia’s were always lifted and stored in a frost proof place. Now many gardeners mulch well and leave them in the ground and most years suffer few losses.  Gardens can provide a wildlife corner, particularly if planted with insect friendly plants.  Timothy stressed even small gardens and a few trees will make a difference.

As Timothy is such a popular speaker, members from neighboring Gardening Clubs were invited and we welcomed many guests for the evening.

October 2018

Katherine Crouch gave an amusing talk on new tricks for old gardeners.

Handy gadgets

November 2017

Annual General Meeting

The new committee is:

Chair: Jill Chittenden

Secretary: Barbara Curtis

Treasurer: Ann Naraway

Programme Secretary: Veronica Wheeler

Show Secretaries: Carol Millard & Lyn Stacy

John Tucker

Barbara Carr



June 2017

For their June meeting the members of Box Gardening Club visited the Botanic Nursery at Atworth.

Members were shown around the gardens by owner Terry Baker who has planted the site with a wide variety of trees, with foxgloves and other shade loving plants.  The botanic nursery specialises in foxgloves and many styles, varieties and colours were on display. The nursery exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show and were featured in the recent television coverage. Members enjoyed the refreshments afterwards with the opportunity of purchasing plants. The visit raised valuable funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

May 2017

The speaker for the May meeting was Becca Flintham who talked about Water Water Everywhere.  Water is calming to both people and wildlife in the garden and should be included in the garden plans.  Becca asked “How many water butts do the garden club members have in their gardens?”   This years dry Spring may not be unique.  It may become normal, so saving water in butts will become more important.

April 2017

Club member Eric Burgess gave us the benefit of his considerable knowledge of growing and using ferns in those shady areas of our gardens. Anyone who has been lucky enough to see his garden will know how versatile these plants can be and how they can make a wonderful foil to our other plants.

 The visit to Exbury Gardens was a great success  enjoyed by 30 members

January 2017

Paul Alexander, Head Gardener at The Courts, Holt came to tell us about the history of the garden, and the ways in which the different owners created the gardens.

The National Trust now owns the property which is divided into a series of garden rooms , kitchen garden , arboretum, water garden, and herbaceous borders  some of which were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll.    Paul told members that several  large trees had to be removed because of honey fungus in   recent years but sad as this was it did open up space for new planting ideas .  The Courts is open from February until October and is well worth a visit.