Autumn has arrived

Oct 10, 2017 | Headline News

Autumn has arrived and October means the harvest, (the apple crop has been particularly good this year), pumpkins and putting the clocks back! It is also the time when we can look forward to the glowing colours of autumn foliage followed by the fall of the leaf, which means plenty of work in the garden before the frost arrives!

Date for your diary

Our AGM and social evening on Friday, 10th November gives members an opportunity to get together to review the year and enjoy a delicious meal – we request a small contribution of £3 towards the cost of the meal. The evening will feature more photos of the annual Flower Show as well as of our successful outings during the year. The programme of talks, which includes key dates for 2018, will also be available at the AGM.

Our grateful thanks to Christine Mills who has done a great job this year, organising some very successful outings. The weather was kind in May when we went to Hestercombe in Somerset and was equally pleasant in August when we sampled the delights of RHS Rosemoor, North Devon. In June and July we had two excellent (and sunny) private visits to local NGS gardens, one at Colyford and the other at Monkton Wyld. The reports of the visits are still available under Past Events on the Annual Programme page. Christine is already planning ahead with our first outing of the year booked for 18th June to NGS garden at Bickham House near Kenn. House&distance_radius=25
We look forward to another interesting summer in 2018!

When Club members visited Rosemoor in August, the huge Golden Chinese bamboo intrigued and astonished many of us. It was timely therefore that the monthly talk in September was on the subject of bamboo. Read the full report by Sydie Bones here.

Just down the road from Kilmington, the Shute Festival took place from 22nd-24th September 2017 and promised to be ‘a celebration of literature and the landscape’. One of the speakers, Anna Pavord, is well known in the gardening world, having served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as chairman. She also served for three 3-year terms on English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens Panel. Anna’s talk was sponsored by the Kilmington Gardening Club and she is pictured here with KGC Chair, B. J. Lewis. Anna’s books include her bestseller, The Tulip and The Naming of Names and at the Festival she discussed her new book Landskipping which celebrates the magnificent diversity of the English landscape, its beauty and its potential to both comfort and awe us. Anna is gardening correspondent for The Independent and she is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine, she has written for The Observer for some twenty years, and has contributed to Country Life and Country Living.

Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership in 2017 remains at only £5 per person, which entitles you to free admission to our interesting monthly talks held in Kilmington Village Hall on the second Friday of the month.

Application Form

Upcoming Visits And Events

Upcoming Talks


Sydie Bones (President)


B. J. Lewis (Chairman)


Jean Falconer (Secretary)


David Bromley (Treasurer)


Beverley Perkins (Membership Secretary)