Sibford Horticultural Society ("The Horti")

We are a friendly society, looking to increase our membership, and we usually meet at 7.30pm in Sibford Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month - see the programme below for details.

All are welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.  Membership is £8.00 per annum and non-members pay £3.00 to attend a talk.

We hold two shows, one in the Spring and one in the Summer.

Come along, bring a friend and enjoy our programme of speakers and garden visits.

Contact Gil on 780 543 or Helen on 780 380 for more information.

Plant sales

Plants can be bought at our shows, or all year round from Sue Bannister by prior arrangement. If there is something you are looking for or if you would like help with choosing the right plant, please contact Sue on 780 365 or

Programme 2017

Wed 26 April 2017, 7.30pm

(NB 4th Wednesday of the month!)

Imagination in the garden, with Roddy Llewellyn

Wed 10 May 2017, 6.30pm

Carters Yard, Sibford Gower

Sue Bannister - Succession Planting

Garden visit; plant preview sale; glass of wine, teas and coffees.

Sue needs no introduction to villagers. She is well known for her passion for plants and all things pertaining to gardens and gardening. Her own garden looks fabulous at all times of the year and during this tour of her garden she will be inspiring us, giving us lots of ideas and sharing a few of her gardening secrets, with a particular focus on succession planting.

Sat 13 May 2017, 10am - 12.30pmPlant sale at Carter’s Yard. A huge array of plants that Sue Bannister has mostly propagated herself from her beautiful and richly planted garden as well as plants donated by our members. There will be some unusual varieties on sale as well as the more common ones.
Sat 20 May 2017Spring Show and Plant Sale
Wed 14 June 2017, 6pm

Garden Visits

We will visit two gardens only 20 minutes drive from Sibford: Black Knap and Chivel Farm, both in Heythrop.

Cost £7.50  Booking essential by 31st May please; to secure your place contact Diana on 780 487.

Black Knap, courtesy of Karl and Rachel Devine: Four years ago there was no garden at Black Knap, it was a dumping ground for hundreds of old tyres, rubble and tons of lead shot which all had to be cleared. Hard to believe when you discover the delights of a prairie garden, a unique potager approached by a stepped rill, a sunken Mediterranean pool garden and long views from the front of the house. The hard landscaping is superb and it is inspiring to see such talented work in stone. An amazing transformation.

Chivel Farm, courtesy of John and Ros Sword: Chivel Farm is a long established country garden with extensive views; the English garden at its best. There are colour themed borders, many unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants all put together with artistry and flair for shape, form and colour to create year round interest. There is a harmony here that extends to the far reaches of the garden and into the wider landscape. A beautifully crafted garden.

Thu 6 July 2017

Day trip to visit the Dower House Garden at Morville Hall. Leave Sibford Village Hall at 10.30am; return at 6.15pm. £15 per person. Full itinerary here.

The trip is fully booked, but there may be cancellations. Call John on 780 462 for more information.

Sat 26 August 2017Summer Show and Plant Sale
Wed 11 October 2017, 7.30pm

Val Bourne – The Natural Gardener

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has been a committed organic gardener all her life. It will be good to hear how she gardens successfully with the army of slugs and aphids that take up residence in most of our gardens.

Wed 8 November 2017, 7.30pm

Timothy Walker – Scent in the Garden

This will be our last meeting before Christmas and we will be enjoying wine and nibbles at a charge of £3.50 to non members (free to members).

Timothy Walker is the former director of the Oxford Botanic Garden. As well as being a most entertaining speaker, he has won medals at Chelsea and brings with him a wealth of hands on, horticultural knowledge and experience. This lecture is based on a Gold Medal winning display at the Chelsea Flower Show and looks at how you can make your garden more fragrant and also why it is that plants produce these scents in the first place.


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