2016 has been a wonderful year for the Bath WI garden as you can see from the pictures below!

After a slow start, the plants did us proud and looked beautiful for our July garden party.

We were lucky enough to be finalists in the BBC Points West Garden Competition in the ‘Community Garden’ Section. We had a wonderful time at Bowood House as guests of Lord Lansdown.

We achieved ‘Outstanding’ in the RHS ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

The Bath WI garden and some of the garden gurus featured in October’s BBC Gardeners’ Question Time recorded up at the University. Our question was about next year’s planting, so come and see the suggested sunflower field.

We also had a visit from Caroline and Olly who are recording visits to local projects to be broadcast on Bath Hospital Radio at the beginning of next year.


The most important part of our garden year, however, is the continued pleasure that our WI garden gives to our hundreds of visitors. We have our ‘regulars’ and our visitors from the UK and abroad who come and sit on our bench to look at the garden and admire the bath. And it’s always good to see our lovely Bath WI-ers.

The garden team love growing, planting and tending the garden. They are a dedicated, modest group and have created a garden that they should be truly proud of. Heartfelt thanks go to all of them (Elaine, Sally, Gaye, Jean, Jo, Helen and June, with honorary gurus Sue, photographer, and Su,
willow weaver), never forgetting our founders Melanie Roberts and Jess McKillop, as well as all the friends and staunch supporters of the garden.

The 2017 design has been drawn and we hope it’ll be a lot of fun and full of interest to all our visitors.


Our Bath WI edible garden was created for everyone who comes to enjoy it, and its success is really measured by the pleasure and peace that people of all ages find here. Please visit – relax on the bench surrounded by all those aromatic herbs, watch the progress of the plants throughout the year, and smile at our roll top bath brimming with camomile. We are all looking forward to another happy year with a lovely little field of sunflowers, another bright necklace of nasturtiums and lots more favourites, old and new, for us all to enjoy.