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
The subject of our next talk on Friday, 14th June is ‘The Scented Garden’ by Jeremy Wilson. Jeremy, an ex-head gardener at private estates, who now runs his own nursery, will show us how we can have scented plants in our gardens nearly all year round and explain the relationship between scented flowers and pollinating insects.
On the 18th and 19th May, two Gardening Club members opened their gardens.
Spinney Two and Breach, as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) and welcomed 185 visitors from as far afield as Canada and America, as well as many from the village, local area and nearby counties. A total of £1,267 was raised and has been sent to the NGS which supports cancer and nursing charities. St. Giles’ Church provided the delicious teas at Breach and raised £516.88 for Church funds. A great result and the garden owners, who are Club members, have asked us to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone who supported them by either visiting their gardens, providing and serving teas, making cakes or welcoming people at the gate.
Breach will host an Open Garden on Sunday, 16th June from 1.30 – 5.00 p.m. in aid of Hospiscare.
Our club outings also got under way in May, with a half day car share visit to Harcombe House, Morecombelake on Thursday, 23rd May. Jan and Martin Dixon gave us a warm welcome and, before setting off to explore their garden, everyone marvelled at its position perched above the Char valley with spectacular views across Charmouth and Lyme Bay.
The steeply-sloped site has presented considerable challenges, but over the last 13 years, the Dixons have landscaped the garden into the hillside, resulting in a formal garden and a ½ acre wild garden. We were first directed past a lily pond full of coy carp to the summer house, which takes advantage of the splendid views and where a photographic record of the progress of the garden over time gives an idea of the work that has gone into it. And what an achievement! According to the National Garden Scheme description, the beautiful ¾ acre garden has been ‘rediscovered, restored and replanted in natural and relaxed style’.
Leaving the summer house behind, a path leads through the wild garden where meadow flowers abound, backed by a bank of rhododendrons and woodland. The choice is then between a steep climb into the wooded area or a gentler stroll through a gate to the more formal, terraced areas of the garden.
Many of the shrubs are at their best at the moment, with rhododendrons in vibrant colours providing a visual feast for visitors, offset by more unusual plants such as Sambucus nigra, Libertia. and Cornus controversa (wedding cake tree).
After exploring to the full, the group descended back to the lower level and the terrace, where Jan and Martin rewarded us with a very welcome tea and cake before we returned home. If ever a garden was a labour of love, Harcombe House is it.
Photos: Anna Crabbe and Jean Falconer
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!