Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners
The Kilmington Gardening Club brings together both experienced and beginner amateur gardeners in a convivial atmosphere and aims to provide a range of events throughout the year to enhance members’ gardening experience. What do we do? We:
- organise the Kilmington Flower Show, in conjunction with the Annual Village Fayre this year on Saturday, 27th July. Check out the ‘Show’ page
- have monthly meetings with talks on Plants, Gardens and Gardeners – see the Annual Programme page
- visit gardens both in the area and further afield – details on the website and at our monthly meetings
- have a Spring Plant Market
- exchange plants and ideas
- enjoy discounts at local nurseries
- are affiliated to the RHS
All this for only £5 per person per annum – terrific value! More information on how to join can be found here.
We are also members of the Gold Club, a group of Garden Centres – Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil, Poundbury Gardens, near Dorchester and Castle Gardens, Sherborne. For more information about The Gold Club click here: http://www.thegardeneronline.co.uk/the-gold-club
After months of planning the big day is finally here! On Saturday, 27th July the annual Kilmington Village Fayre and Flower Show will take place at the village hall and in the field behind. We hope that as many people as possible will enter the Show and now is the time to really start thinking about what you can do – there are plenty of categories to choose from so do give it a try if you haven’t done so in previous years. Don’t forget to register your entries on either Wednesday, 24th July between 11.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. or on Thursday, 25th July from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in the foyer of the Village Hall.
The schedule has been distributed, but for additional ease of planning you can access the relevant pages of the schedule here. They are in a PDF format so that you can print off the entry form and bring it along to the registration days as usual. Check out the ‘Tips for Exhibitors’ which give useful hints to anyone who hasn’t exhibited before.
Calling All Crafty Children! A week ahead of the show, on Saturday, 20th July, we are again organising a workshop for children where they will be able to give full rein to their creative talents to make their entries in the children’s categories. See Kid’s Corner for more details. We look forward to even more entries this year!
Most of all, come along and enjoy the Fayre! There is so much to see – starting with the floral marquee full of colourful blooms and stunning arrangements, not to mention outstanding fruit and vegetables. You will also find the children’s classes which show just how imaginative and talented Kilmington children are. The village hall will be transformed into a gallery displaying all the wonderful art, photography and craft exhibits alongside the mouth-watering array of cakes, bread, preserves and wine.
Once you have taken in all the Flower Show has to offer, head for the Fayre ground where there are many interesting stalls to tempt you and a host of fun activities for all the family. There will be a dog show, children’s fancy dress, entertainment (including reptiles and raptors!), live music, a delicious BBQ, beer and/or teas and ices. The gates open at 1 p.m., so make sure you keep the afternoon free on the 27th! Entry for adults is only: £3. Children go free.
Saturday, 20th July at Kilmington Village Hall – 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.
Kilmington Village Fayre and Flower Show, Saturday, 27th July – Gates Open
1.00 p.m. Arena Programme begins at 1.30 p.m. Kilmington Village Hall and
field behind. Exhibits may be brought to the Show on Friday, 26th July after 6.00 p.m. and on Saturday, 27th July before 9.45 a.m.
On Friday, 14th June we were treated to a talk on ‘The Scented Garden’ by Jeremy Wilson. Jeremy, an ex-head gardener at private estates, now runs his own nursery, and he explained the relationship between scented flowers and pollinating insects while showing us how we can have scented plants in our gardens nearly all year round. A delight for the senses! For a full report of his talk, click here.
On Friday, 12th July, the subject of our talk is Flowers for Cutting by Angela Brook-Smith. Angela runs her own garden design company and is a florist and flower grower. She will share her knowledge on the best plants to grow for stunning flower displays. Also on the 12th, DON’T FORGET to bring along your 100-day Gladioli for judging – there’s a prize!
Our second half day garden visit is coming up on Wednesday, 24th July to Little Ash Bungalow, Fenny Bridges. The garden is described as ‘a country garden of 1½ acres, packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennials, trees, shrubs and bamboos. Designed for year-round interest, wildlife and owners’ pleasure. Naturalistic planting in colour coordinated mixed borders, highlighted by metal sculptures, provides a backdrop to the view. Natural stream, pond and damp woodland area, mini wildlife meadows and raised gravel/alpine garden.’ For more information on the garden click on the link: https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21320/ We will leave Kilmington Village Hall car park on a car share basis at 1.30 p.m. Cost of entry: £4 per person, £3 for tea and cake.
Our first full day outing this year was to Mapperton House and Gardens, near Beaminster, on Wednesday, 12th June.
Now owned by the Earl and Countess of Sandwich and described as ‘The Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life’ magazine, the combination of a house with 500 years’ history and Italianate gardens created only a century ago, was tempting indeed. On arrival at Mapperton our group was allocated time slots for a visit to the House and while some wandered off to explore the gardens first, others viewed the Montagu family’s unique collection of paintings and furniture, with stories of historical figures such as Samuel Pepys and Captain Cook, not to mention the renowned 4th Earl of Sandwich, after whom the famous fast food was named.
After exploring Mapperton’s rare combination of history and culture, we were free to explore the estate’s ‘natural beauty’.
The gardens are tucked into a steep north-south combe, and descend from the very formal topiary gardens and Orangery to an arboretum beyond which the land falls away towards the sea (five miles away). At the northern end lies the Fountain Court – an Italianate garden of stone, grass, topiary, ponds and pools.
The converted sawmill now houses a Café which serves deliciously interesting dishes and many of our group enjoyed a satisfying lunch there. Time for one last look around before gazing over the valley below, we felt much as Anna Pavord did when she visited: “I want the world to stop, there and then.” Unfortunately, our coach awaited and Kilmington called!
Looking ahead, the next big event in the Kilmington Gardening Club calendar is the Flower Show on Saturday, 27th July, so it’s time to start planning your entries! Gardening Club Members and Kilmington residents will have received a copy of the new-look schedule, but for additional ease of planning you can access the relevant pages of the schedule via the website – they are in a PDF format so that you can print off the entry form and bring it along to the registration days as usual. Click here to have a look at the classes. Check out the ‘Tips for Exhibitors’ which give useful hints to anyone who hasn’t exhibited before. A week ahead of the show, on Saturday, 20th July, we are again organising a workshop for children where they will be able to give rein to their creative talents to make their entries in the children’s categories. See Kid’s Corner for more details. We look forward to even more entries this year!