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Bourton Vale Horticultural Society

Gardeners and growers have supported the Bourton Vale Horticultural Society over the past 127 years. The Society celebrated 125 years since its foundation at the Annual Show in 2014. 'At the beginning of the 1900’s the categories of entry at flower shows around the county reflected class divisions within society and the Bourton show, organised by the local horticultural society, was no exception. The top attraction was a category open to professionals and gentlemen, next there was a section for amateurs, though etiquette required that gentlemen amateurs compete with the professionals. The largest category was reserved for cottagers. Then there were the allotment holders'.

We are grateful to Michael Boyes of Little Rissington for allowing us to use this extract from his book 'A Victorian Rector and Nine Old Maids. A celebration of Cotswold Village Life'.

We are pleased to say that everyone of any age is welcome to exhibit at our Show today. Annual Garden Show which this year is being held on Saturday 9 September at the British Legion Hall, Bourton-on-the-Water, and you can download copies of our Show Schedule for 2023 below.

View/Download a Show Schedule

The club meets at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of most months in the Baptist Church Hall, Station Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AA, (map) with a full programme of speakers, and our annual garden show, outings and Members Garden Party during the summer months.

View/Download a Programme

View the March Meeting Report

View the April Meeting Report

View the May Meeting Report

Membership costs £15 per year and includes free admission to the Annual Autumn Show, with visitors warmly welcomed at £3 per meeting.

Full details of our programme can be obtained from Secretary Sandra Mitchell by emailing or phoning 07840 898472.


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