Bream Gardening Society

We are a group of people from Bream and district interested in gardening and our gardens. New members are welcome to join us to benefit from local knowledge, to swap ideas and plants with our friendly members and to enjoy our meetings, shows and visits.

September Update– Please find below information about our next visit which is on September 16th, following the success of a recent workshop we are now offering a course in flower arranging and then we have THE AUTUMN SHOW!

Exciting News! Here’s the schedule for the Autumn Show, so time to start planning your entries ready for October 28th.

The easiest and quickest way to enter is via the new online form, this will be available by the end of September. You can also enter by post, email or phone – see schedule for details.

Read or download the schedule for guidance, rules and full information on all the classes.

NEXT VISIT Date: Saturday, 16th September 2023
Destinations: Floyd’s Climbers, Showell Nursery, Chippenham. SN15 2NU
Whitehall Garden Centre, Corsham Road, Lacock, Chippenham. SN15 2 LZ
Avebury Henge and Stone Circles, Avebury, Marlborough. SN8 1RF Use the booking form here:

Floyd’s Climbers &ClematisNote: Floyd’s Climbers and Clematis are no longer holding an Open Day on 16th September; however, Marcel Floyd has very kindly agreed to open up especially for our group visit.
Floyd’s Climbers & Clematis has been going since 1992, growing clematis as well as some other climbers. They attend most of the large horticultural shows and have won many medals for their displays.
After we have visited Floyd’s Climbers, we will travel 25 minutes down the road to Whitehall Garden Centre. We can have lunch here – either bring your own or buy from their café. This is a huge garden centre with everything in it garden related.
Then just 30 minutes along the road is Avebury Henge and Stone Circles. We will pass a white horse en route. If you haven’t been before, this is FREE and a magical place where you can walk along the bank and ditch. You can even hug the stones if you like!There is also a large barn with displays and an historic house and church to visit, but you need to pay on entry. 
It will be about 1.5 hours return to Bream from Avebury Henge, depending on the route and traffic. Transport: Car share. This event is free but some drivers may appreciate a fuel contribution.
Please book and indicate if you can offer a lift or require one. In the event of enough members booking, we will look into coach hire but this would incur a cost. Time: Meet at Floyd’s Climbers in good time for a 10am start.
Directions to Floyd’s Climbers: Severn Bridge; M4 then take junction 17 onto the A350; going around, take the A420; then A4 to near our destination.

Following the success of the BGS flower arranging workshop earlier in the Summer, Alwyn Page has very kindly agreed to run a 5 week beginners course for us this Autumn. These will be practical, hands-on classes and each week you should be able to take home a completed design. No experience is necessary for these beginners classes; however, we would welcome those wanting to refresh their skills too. This course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm at St. James’ Church Centre, Bream. Don’t worry, the dates of these classes won’t clash with our regular BGS meetings: September 19th & 26th, October 3rd, 17th & 24th.  Subject to demand, Alwyn will then run a further 5 week course concentrating on Festive Arrangements. The cost per student for the full 5 week course is £45. This fee includes tuition, light refreshment and a weekly handout. In order to keep the fee as low as possible, students will need to supply their own materials. Booking is essential. Full course details and booking form available here:

Here are the links to the programme document for April 2023 to January 2024. Please note – meetings are usually at Bream Sports Club (GL15 6JF) or West Dean Centre (GL15 6JW)

If you are not yet a member but would like to join us, click the ‘contact us’ tab above. New members welcome.

What we do

Each year we have a varied programme that includes:

  • Indoor Meetings, including talks and tips
  • Garden Visits, both local and further afield
  • The annual Bream Flower Fruit and Vegetable Show in August
  • The Bream Autumn Show in late October
  • Outings
  • Social gatherings

Our Shows are open for all to enter.

Indoor meetings

These are held on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm. at Bream Sports Club , GL15 6JF; or at the West Dean Centre in the  High Street, Bream, GL15 6JW. The car park and entrance are next to Bream Community Library.
Details are on the events calendar and specific to each meeting.

Non-members are very welcome to attend our indoor meetings.
There is a charge of £3 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Joining the Bream Gardening Society

We welcome new members. You do not have to have a garden or allotment to join us. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us or just come along to one of our meetings or events.
Our membership fee is only £10 a year.
Non-members are welcome at all meetings.

We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and a member of the Gloucestershire Federation of Gardening Societies.