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Oxford & District

Since 1960
This lively and friendly group holds monthly meetings from September - April which include an insightful talk, refreshments and a plant raffle. The group also organises garden visits and social gatherings during the spring and summer months.
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  • Winter Programme

    Winter programme 2023-24

    Wednesday 13th September ’23 – Paul Cumbleton “Alluring Alpines”

    A look at various selected groups of alpines with an emphasis on their cultivation, interspersed with “fascinating facts” about alpine ecology that helps us understand the requirements of alpine plants.

    Wednesday 11th October – Samantha Hopes “The French Alps”

    In 2014 Nigel and Samantha went on a trip to the French Alps, in search of alpines.  This talk shows you some of the beautiful plants and breathtaking  scenery they encountered.

    Wednesday 8th November – Rick Lambert “Czech Rock Gardens”

    Renowned for their superb growing of alpine plants, this talk is based on the post conference tours of the Czech Rock Garden Club.

    Wednesday 13th December – AGM

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be followed by a talk given by Walter Sawyer “Bulbs, Corms and Tubers”

    Wednesday 10th January ’24 – Members’ Evening

    Wednesday 14th February – Christopher Snelson “Western Crete in Spring; Alpines, Orchids, Parasites and Annual Ferns”

    What the seasons bring – my first botanical trip.  Exploring an island that I know so well, but at a different time of year.

    Wednesday 13th March – David Charlton “Two days in Southern Patagonia”

    The flowers and wildlife of the Patagonian mountains and lakes are breathtaking in their beauty and variety. A close look at two days of an AGS tour in dramatically different locations and habitats.

    Wednesday 10th April – Julian Sutton “Oregon Matters”

    An introduction to the flora or Oregon and why it should matter to UK gardeners.  A bit of a botanical crossroads with elements from several floristic regions growing in the state’s diverse climates.  There are lots of growable and garden worthy plants, from trees to alpines.


    Please bring plants to each meeting for the raffle and the plant sales table. Members are also asked to bring along any interesting or unusual plants for other members to see.


  • Contact us

    If you want to contact us please get in touch with our Secretary, Celia Sawyer:

    01608 684755

  • Joining the group

    The annual subscription for the group is £10.00 per person.

    Visitors are most welcome at any of our winter lecture events – £5.00 per meeting.

    Further details and an application form can be downloaded here.

    If you want further information, please contact our Treasurer/Membership Secretary at

  • Summer Programme

    The group is active over the whole year. During the summer months we arrange social events and garden visits for our members and their guests.

    Typically during May we hold an afternoon social event at a member’s garden where we serve tea and cakes and hold a plant sale.

    Approximately monthly during the spring/summer we arrange a garden visit for a group of members and their guests.

    To round off the season we hold an evening social event in August where we combine a visit to a member’s garden with an evening meal at a nearby venue and a plant sale.

    If you are interested in participating in any of these activities please join the group.

  • Group Newsletter

    At the end of each year the Oxford and District Group publishes a Newsletter for members. Here are links to the most recent editions.

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