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University of Bath Gardening Club - General Information

📥  Gardening Club

This is a separate membership  body to Omnibus with a historical link to the University and still meets on campus. We advertise it's programme every year. Search for Gardening Club in Categories.

Meetings and membership are open to all. For details contact:
Membership Secretary: Anne Pacey
Tel: 01225 315327 ;

The Gardening Club was founded in 1967 by Leonard Broadbent, Peter Thoday and Ray George, all closely associated with the then School of Botanical Science. About 70 university staff and spouses attended the first meeting. Leonard spoke about local horticulture, Peter discussed gardening on the local stony alkaline soil amid the windy hill sites of Bath. Ray concentrated on vegetables. The subscription was fixed at 7/6d.

In 1975, under the direction of Dr Robert Ballinger, the membership expanded and day trips were started in shared cars. Refreshments were provided after meetings in the Claverton Room but as charges increased, this was abandoned,  sad loss of social interactions. In 1987, when a 20th birthday party was held, membership stood at about 140. Pam Southwell was Secretary, a post she was to hold for over 30 years - both she is still a member. n 2007 at a 40th birthday party Pam gave a fascinating talks about the Club's history.

Today the Club is as active as ever. Between October and May There are eight monthly lectures. As our speaker's secretary is Derry Watkins of Special Plants, a wide variety of topics are covered by notable speakers from the horticultural world. Day trips, too, still continue and a short away trip in the Summer.


Bath University Gardening Club - Lectures 2016 -17


📥  Gardening Club

General Information about the Club can be found here

All meetings start at 7.30pm in EB 1.1

Annual membership for University staff and students £10.00.

Meetings and membership are open to all.  Visitors are welcome £6.00.

Membership Secretary: Anne Pacey: T.: 01225 315327; E.:


Thursday 20 October 2016 

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

Georgie Newbery, Owner Common Farm Flowers

Georgie Newbery started Common Farm Flowers near Wincanton in 2010 – a business that grew from selling sweet peas from her gate. Then the fashion for home-grown bouquets took off, and Georgie saw an opportunity to increase her market. From those early gate sales her home-grown bouquets are now sent next-day delivery to the whole of the UK.


Wednesday 16 November 2016

Developing the Native Flora of China for use  in Chinese Designed Landscapes

James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield


Tuesday 6 December 2016

Better Behaved Eucalyptus

Hilary Collins, Owner, Grafton Nursery


Wednesday 18 January 2017

Winter Wonderland

Rod Leeds, Past President Alpine Garden Society


Wednesday 8 February 2017

Propagation in Summer and Autumn

Bob Brown, Nurseryman, Cotswold Garden Flowers


Thursday 9 March 2017

My Life in Plants

Roy Lancaster, Plantsman Extraordinaire
Tuesday April 18 2017

Steppes – Mother of Mankind and Gardens

Panayoti Kelaidis, Curator, Denver Botanic Gardens


Monday 8 May 2017 – AGM

Creative Ideas for Small Gardens

Annie Guilfoyle, Garden Designer



How to Join and Committee Members


📥  Membership Information

To become a member please fill out an application form  and return as indicated. Renewal of Membership is due 1 November each year. Remember to send a cheque to cover the initial membership subscription - direct debit from salary is available for membership RENEWAL only and is applicable in NOVEMBER only and at no other time of year.

In 2016-17 we are waiving the membership fee of £2 in recognition of the University's 50th birthday celebration.

Get involved
As well as social events and trips organised by the Omnius Social Committee you are encouraged to set up your own sports, cultural and other groups under the Omnibus umbrella. For example you could organise :-

Sports ladders or leagues
co-ordinate a lunchtime running group
establish cultural groups like a Film or Book club
lead a day trip
We are willing to consider any proposals for groups so if you have an idea then please discuss with a member of the Omnibus Committee or come up with a formal proposal to submit to a Committee Meeting. Funding is available to help start a group or to pay advance fees which will be recouped from participants.

Committee for 2015-16

Chair: Dr Steve Wharton, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Vice Chair: Prof James Davenport, Hebron and Medlock Professor of Information Technology, Dept of Computer Science

Ex officio Past Chair and Communications Officer: Ms Sue Briault,

Secretary: Tracey Stenson Jukes, International Mobility Coordinator (Partnerships), International Relations Office

Treasurer: Mr Simon Fenne, Head of Financial Accounting

Assistant Treasurer: Mrs Sue Revell, Assistant Internal Auditor

Chair of Social Activities: Ann Linfield, Department Coordinator, Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Membership Secretary: Paul Reddish, Technician, Dept of Physics

Members elected from Ordinary Membership:

Jack Whitehead, Retired Life Time Member

Katharine Evans, Research Information Project Co