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Watlington in Bloom

Weaving Wonder into Watlington


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Posted by tjacks on August 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)


The classes are open to all ages and we hope lots of adults, children and young people will have a go. It is intended to be a celebration of the all the things we grow and all the things we make.

10.00a.m. to 12 noon All entries to be brought to The Club

12.30p.m. to 2.00p.m. Show closed for Judging

2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. Show Open to the public

4.00p.m. Awards Ceremony for best entries in the Show

4.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. All entries to be removed from The Club. Any items left after 5.30 will be disposed of




• Entry to all classes is free.

• Entries must be grown & produced by the exhibitors

• Entries are to be brought in between 10 am and 12 noon on the day

• Entrants must ensure paper plates, jars, containers as required are brought with their entry.

• Rosettes may be given to each class but the judges decisions are final

• No responsibility is accepted for items not collected between 4.30 & 5.30 pm

• Have Fun¦¬;)

• Contact details:- [email protected] 01491 613362


Fun Classes:

Newspaper hats

Fantasy Garden. Max. 12” across

Vegetable sculpture

Magic Potion. labelled with name of potion, the ingredients & its magic powers. Judges will not need to sample these!



Frut & Vegetables:

5 Potatoes – same variety

5 beans

5 Onions

6 carrots

Bunch of mixed salad leaves

5 fresh herbs

Bunch Spinach or Chard

5 Beetroots


2 courgettes

6 Raspberries

6 Mixed Fruits

4 apples


5 Plums

Floral Classes:

Display of garden flowers and foliage

6 stems of Sweet Peas

3 Stems Phlox

1 Sunflower

6 Pansies or Violas

1 Specimen Rose

3 Mixed Roses

3 dahlias

Jam Jar garden Posy


4 Decorated cup cakes

Victoria Sponge

Homemade jam

Homemade Chutney/pickle

4 scones Savoury or sweet

3 biscuits

1 Loaf Homemade Bread

Miscellaneous (if you’ve got something not listed please bring it along)


Street Cleaning and Mansle Gardens

Posted by tjacks on July 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunday 6th July meeting at the Community Office at 2-pm to do street weeding or litter picking. Alternative you could join us, same time, to do some work in Mansle Gardens.

2014 Horticultural Show a success

Posted by tjacks on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2nd Watlington In Bloom Horticultural Show held on Sunday 29th June was a great success.  The 'feel' of the show was quite different from last year but very pleasant and easy going.  Overall show winner was Ian Naismith. See the photo gallery for a host of pictures including all the first prize rosettes.

Watercourses Project join up with WIB

Posted by tjacks on April 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2)

Watlington Environment Group's Watercourses Project Group will be teaming up with Watlington In Bloom to pick litter and survey the streams in Watlington. Our first joint workparty will be 18th May - Check the calendar for further details.


Nature Survey on the Hill

Posted by tjacks on June 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday 23rd June we will be taking part in a nature survey on Watlington Hill in conjunction with the Friends of Watlington Hill.  We will be bringing lots of identification books so do please come even if you feel unsure of your knowledge.... the important thing is to use your eyes and every extra pair helps.

We will be meeting at the National Trust car park on the Hill at 10 am and if we finish the survey before the usual finishing time of 4pm we may also clean the White Mark.  Alternatively you could just bring a hoe and clean the White Mark.

Please wear suitable old clothing and footwear and if you plan to stay the course a packed lunch. We will supply drinks of tea coffee & squash or water. and tools but would appreciate it if you could please let us know if you plant to come so we have an idea of numbers. Contact Terry at [email protected]


Hope to see you there.


Community Herb Garden Planting & Woodland Glade Planting

Posted by tjacks on April 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Community Herb Garden & Wood land Glade planting

In Mansle Gardens on Saturday 13th May we are planting a raised bed/planter with various herbs which are for the whole community of Watlington to pick as and when they wish. It would be great if when pickng herbs they pulled a couple weeds out too so it's definately a community project.  The planting along with a Woodland Glade area where the Stump and most of the Daffodils are, is being carried out by the Mansle Gardens 'It's Your Neighbourhood' Group and assisted by Watlington In Bloom.  If you can't make the planting day please at least pay a visit to Mansle gardens so you can see how it develops over the coming months and years as it starts to really live up to its name and please do help yourself to snippets of any of the herbs for your dinner table.

A Garden Evening

Posted by tjacks on March 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A Garden Evening

Don't miss this if you can help it. An evening for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.  Featuring a general knowledge quiz  with a gardening quirk to it.  Also raffle prizes for all and a demonstration of flower arranging and what to grow in dry shade or on chalk all accompanied by Garden themed music.

Harrogate Seminar for National Finalists

Posted by tjacks on January 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Journey up to Harrogate was traumatic to say the least and we came home in a hire car because we had an accident on the M1 on our way.  The seminar itself was very interesting and enjoyable.  I have lots of advice and ideas to digest and pass on to the team.  Should be an exciting year.  The key message seemed to be not to try to copy others but to keep our own individuality but if possible build on it and enjoy the process.

RESULTS of RHS Thames & Chilterns Britain In Bloom

Posted by tjacks on September 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

At last the Thames & Chilterns RHS Britain in Bloom results are in

  • Watlington won GOLD for the second conscutive year
  • Watlington won Best Large Village for the Third consecutive year (only been entering for three years)
  • Watlington won Best Community Participation Over ALL categories
  • Watlignton  has been put forward by the RHS Judges for  the Nationals in 2013

This is a great honour but will  mean a lot more work and collaboration so please join us.

We will be celbrating very soon.

WIB What next?

Posted by tjacks on July 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Now the judges have paid their visit we need to start thinking of next year...

We will need to sort out exactly what to do in the Car Park. We have £100 kindly donated by the Church which we were going to use for  a cast iron planter in the Car Park.  We are advised that cast Iron would be vulnerable to theives so may have to consider either using a recycled planter from a larger organisation like Oxford Parks or perhaps planting fruit trees either side of the entrance with wildflower underplantings. 

We need also to address what we will do in Mansle Gardens and will be arranging a meeting with 'neighbours' to the Gardens to discuss the best way forward here.  We are advised by Nigel Adams (champion Hedge layer) that the hedges will need to be replaced to be laid properly but of course this is contentious and has issues in itself.

There are discussions to be had about the Community Orchard Idea as well. OCCA (Oxfordshire Chilterns Community Action) are forming the Watlington Scrumpers to pick fruit in the area and then sell juice and other products made from the fruit. There is also the possibility to be discussed of an orchard in Cuxham. If anyone knows of any land that would make a suitable orchard in Watlington then do please let us know.

There is also more work to be done on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Garden at the Icknield Community College so we will not be idle hands in the coming months.


Latest WIB News 5 March 2012

Posted by tjacks on March 5, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Plans are afoot to help with the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June and in the lead up to that and for entering the 2012 RHS Thames & Chilterns Britain in Bloom Campaign. 

We really need more volunteers. If you are prepared to help please let me know 01491 613362 [email protected]