Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners

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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 Show
  • 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 £7 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

If ever there was a quotation that expresses life during lockdown, this is it! The current crisis has certainly ensured that many of us have been spending more time in the garden as well as reading a great deal.

On 20th March and then again on 16th April, we announced the cancellation of all events until September – a decision that was not taken lightly but which was inevitable in the light of events and government advice.

Nevertheless, Gill and the Kilmington Gardening Club Committee thank you very much for your ongoing support and our sincere hope is that you and your loved ones keep safe and well in the weeks ahead.

This compulsory cessation of normal life encouraged us all to work in the garden and when we went into lockdown the rain miraculously stopped! The weather has been perfect for gardening ever since, except that we would really like some rain now! Please! However, as gardeners we are able to take comfort in the beautiful plants and flowers all around us (thanks to all our hard work last year of course!).

Our last planned event before the current Covid-19 crisis took hold, was the talk in March, given by Karl Emeleus, Head Gardener at the National Trust’s Killerton House. Having worked at Killerton since 2007 and having been Head Gardener since 2014 Karl’s practical experience and passion for his job ensured that his talk on 13th March was very interesting. For a report on his talk, please click here.

We were looking forward to our May talk when Neil Lovesey of Picket Lane Nursery was due to speak about one of his favourite subjects, Propagation.

However, you will be very sorry to learn the sad news that Neil has passed away. He had been battling with ill health for some time but for our members and those who knew him, he will be remembered as a very good, entertaining speaker. We will miss him. A message of condolence from the committee and on behalf of all members of the Club has been sent to his family.

We were relishing the prospect of our various visits to gardens locally and further afield but of course, we are going to be staying at home instead. Why not have a look online at some of the places we had planned to visit – we will go one day!

The Newt in Somerset: https://thenewtinsomerset.com/visit-our-garden

Sherborne Castle Gardens: https://www.sherbornecastle.com/capability-brown-garden-and-landscape/

One casualty of the lockdown was our Plant Market, which is normally a very popular event, when members and visitors stock up on plants for the summer. Well-known TV gardeners such as Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don, not to mention the Queen, have highlighted the beneficial effect of gardening on mental health – something we were already aware of, but probably more so in 2020. The difficulty of purchasing plants (unless you have grown some yourself or bought on-line) made it frustrating not to be able to get going with planting. So, it was with great relief that garden centres were allowed to open from 13th May. Both Groves Nurseries, Bridport and Otter Nurseries have re-opened and the Garden Shop in Colyton is also open.

On a national level, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show could not take place and has been replaced by the ‘virtual’ version running on the BBC and the RHS website where ‘The world’s greatest flower show is going digital to bring you an exciting line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice – all from the comfort of your home’. For more information click on this link:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea?gclid=CjwKCAjwqpP2BRBTEiwAfpiD-4iVhcp9aN4vKyQ3i5_EJOSxlNlRssemlSg94gcyDgFKNLI-I6dDARoCDGcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

This lockdown also affected the annual NGS Open Gardens in Kilmington during the weekend 16th/17th May. The three gardens in Shute Road, Spinney Two, Breach and Betty’s Ground, that should have been open for you to visit were unable to do so owing to the current restrictions, which was a big disappointment for them and for many of our members as well as visitors. Taking a leaf out of the Chelsea book, our intrepid gardeners have produced some video footage for you to enjoy instead.

Spinney Two

Breach

Betty’s Ground

Otherwise there are photos of the gardens dotted around the website.

The NGS is trying to support its many mainly nursing charities as much as possible in these difficult times and there are a lot of beautiful and varied videos that gardens owners have made for you to see via their website:

https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits/

If you have enjoyed looking at our photos and feel you would like to help us to support the NGS’ charities please visit
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/devonnationalgardenscheme

Your contribution is much appreciated, thank you so much.

Paul and Celia – Spinney Two
Judith and BJ – Breach
Michael and Mary-Anne – Betty’s Ground.

There are promising signs that life may return to some kind of normality before the end of the summer and we will keep you updated as soon as we know when we can resume our programme.

Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership in 2020 remains at only £7 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

Contacts

B. J. Lewis (President)

01297-35159

Gill Gibbs (Chair)

01297-33121

Jean Falconer (Secretary)

01297-33708

David Bromley (Treasurer)

01297-631801

Beverley Perkins (Membership Secretary)

01297-631801

Lesley Rew (Talks Organiser)

07900-827689