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 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.