Historic Cotswold Village

Welcome to the Stonesfield Gardening Club 

Stonesfield Gardening Club is a friendly, sociable club with a full programme of events throughout the year.

We 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.

Visitors are very welome to our monthly meetings at the St James' Centre, Stonesfield.


Visit local gardens
Enjoy visits by guest speakers
Swap and buy plants
Visit shows and gardens
Share your knowledge and acquire more   
Enjoy a drink and a raffle with new friends
Receive 10% discount at many local Garden Centres 
We believe we have achieved our philosophy of a relaxed, informal gardening club 
Membership is only £8 a year single, or £14 double membership,although anyone is welcome to our meetings for a £3 fee. Meetings are generally on the second Monday of the month from 7.30pm until about 9pm at the Stonesfield St James' Centre opposite the school.  
Call Jill on 01993 891346 or Sybil on 01993 891590  to join or for a programme of eventsmeetings and further information. 
Sybil Barton (Chair) sybil.a.barton@gmail.com Telephone 01993 891590
Sylvia Huddlestone (Secretary) frank@huddlestone.co.uk  Telephone 01993 891785
Jill Rowlinson (Membership Secretary) Telephone 891346
Notice Board
  • 2017 Membership / Discount Cards are available now from Jill Rowlinson.
  • Stonesfield Garden Club includes members from Combe, Wootton, Leafield, Woodstock - anyone is welcome, no previous experience of gardening required!  



           Past Events


In 2015, we enjoyed visits to the stunning private garden of Edwin Rye and to RHS Wisley, we aso held our own village open gardens event. Our speakers included Bob Brown - advice on what to look for when buying new plants; Sue Bedwell - identifiction of friends and foes in the garden; Philip Aubrey - successful fruit growing; Rosy Hardy - Autumn perennials; Tim Miles, head gardener at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

In 2016, we were provided with guided tours on our trips to Hardy's Plant Nursery, Whitchurch and Hidcote, Gloucestershire. We heard all about bees from Geoff Burroughs; planted some seedlings and cuttings at a workshop in preparation for the plant sale later in the year; heard about Hidcote through the years form Derek Bull; were warned about poisonous plants in the garden by Michael Brown; given tips on how to take some of the toil out of gardening with labour-saving ideas and gadgets; reminded about timing and tecniques for pruning by Sue Bedwell; told of the difficulties of organic vegetable prodution by Dan Betterton and enjoyed a Christmas social evening with quiz and raffle.


  Nature in Gardens 
 Gardens have an enormous potential to act as nature reserves. There are 15 million gardens in the UK and they are estimated to cover about 270,000 hectares – more than the area of all the National Nature Reserves (87,900 ha in the UK). Each garden on its’ own maybe small, but together they form a patchwork of habitats for wildlife. You can make a difference by making sure you have the right conditions for wildlife to thrive in your garden.



DATE 2017




No meeting



No meeting


March 13th

St James’ Centre - 7.30 p.m.

Downsizing your garden / creating a very small garden from scratch - Timothy Walker

April 10th

St James' Centre - 7.30 p.m.

Propagation - TBC

May 5th

Four Acres, Pond Hill, Stonesfield - 8.30 to 11.30 a.m.

PLANT SALE & refreshments - the committee

May 8th

St James' Centre - 7.30 p.m.

A bouquet of weeds - Michael Brown

May 22nd

Hidden gardens of Burford - Afternoon trip; time to be confirmed (£5 per peson)


June 12th

St James' Centre - 7.30 p.m.

Complete care of roses - Di Bray

Sunday July 25th

St James' Centre/ gardens - 1.30 to 5.30 p.m.

Stonesfield Open Gardens - the committee + volunteer members





No meeting


September 11th

St James' Centre 7.30 p.m.

Bulbs for all seasons & winter bedding - Chris Day

October 9th

St James’ Centre 7.30 p.m.

How to make the garden less demanding -Sue Bedwell

November 13th

St James’ Centre 7.30 p.m.

AGM + Soap-making using plant extracts - Tanya Bainbridge

December 11th

St James’ Centre 7.30 p.m.

Christmas Social, quiz





The Charlbury Garden Club www.charlbury.info/community/30?category=256 organise shows, visits and speakers that complement those in Stonesfield, follow the ling to find out more.

The Royal Horticultural Society website 
www.rhs.org.uk has a Register of Speakers.  


The Cottage Garden Society website www.thecgs.org.uk  provide a useful contact 


Those interested in

  • Organic Gardening will find website www.gardenorganic.org.uk of help
  • Growing Hardy Plants website www.hardy-plant.org.uk
  • Growing Roses website of the Royal National Rose Society www.rnrs.org
  • Growing Fruit. The National Fruit Collection, one of the largest fruit collections in the world, located at Brogdale Farm near Faversham Kent, has a website www.brogdale.org


Other interesting websites include



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