Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners
- 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
It was wonderful to be able to enjoy visiting our local gardens again over the weekend of 22nd / 23rd August, when Betty’s Ground and Breach opened for the National Garden Scheme . Vibrant summer colours were much in evidence as well as impressive vegetable and fruit beds which look capable of feeding the whole of Kilmington! To view some photos of the two gardens, click here.
If you didn’t manage to visit the two gardens in August, you can take advantage of their opening in October in aid of Hospiscare. The gardens will be open on Saturday, 24th October from 1.30 – 5pm admission is by donation to Hospiscare. Booking is not necessary but owing to social distancing, there may be a short wait before entering the gardens.
Our hopes that we would be able to resume our talks programme in October have foundered on the latest Coronavirus social distancing regulations. Regrettably, we must abandon the remainder of this year’s programme including the AGM and we will now focus on 2021, when life may return to some sort of normality. We will of course keep you updated.
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.
We are hopeful that the gradual relaxation of the lockdown rules may result in our being able to resume our programme. We will keep you updated as soon as we know when we can.
In the meantime, some information about The Garden Museum may inspire you for your next visit to London (whenever that may be) – see ‘Did You Know? Matt Collins, the Head Gardener at the Museum, recently overhauled a garden border at the Museum and was in for a surprise. He wrote in The Daily Telegraph:
‘An unintended consequence of overhauling a garden border for replanting is the unearthing of its horticultural history: seeds, roots and corms of plants past, buried dormant or obscured, are thrown suddenly into bloom.
‘Two years ago, a horticultural trainee and I turned over light, free draining soil in a sun-exposed site at the Garden Museum in preparation for new planting; the following summer there were surprises. First was an eruption of pink sorrel (Oxalis articulata); next feral larkspur in gorgeous, lucid blue.
‘The mystery guest, however, was a delicate crimson flower, 30cm tall, with clear family ties – in stem and strap-like leaf – to the iris family. I was stunned by its prettiness: an elegance advanced by three subtle blotches paintbrush-marked on the lower of its six bright petals.
‘Stumped, I fired off phone photos to clever gardening friends for identification, but to no avail. Soon it was lost beneath newly establishing perennials and subsequently forgotten.
‘Joyfully, the little star flower has returned this summer and, committing it to thorough examination this time, I have a name: false freesia, Freesia laxa (occasionally still found under Anomatheca laxa, as it was formerly labelled). It hasn’t only returned, in fact, but vigorously and in the company of many others, as the species is apparently wont to do: a feral beauty, albeit one with invasive tendencies.
There would have been more still, had I not taken the emerging shoots for those of crocosmia and weeded them out. (Crocosmia would overpower this border). I could be forgiven here, as the two plants align not just in form but in origin, as natives of eastern South Africa.’