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
Just when we thought we could start to plan for 2021, a third lockdown threw a spanner in the works. On the one hand, with the vaccine being rolled out, we could be forgiven for thinking that there is a light at the end of the Coronavirus tunnel but on the other hand new variants mean that uncertainty remains, making planning almost impossible.
The uncertainty has already affected festivals and shows – Glastonbury has been cancelled again and now the Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed until September and locally the Axe Vale Show is another casualty.
These are unprecedented and difficult times and the Gardening Club Committee, like many clubs, has been trying to navigate a way through. In spite of our previous optimism about being able to hold the Show in July, the current and possible future restrictions and the financial implications, have led us reluctantly to take the decision to cancel the Show.
We have not arrived at this decision lightly, but the health and safety of everyone involved is paramount. On a more positive note, we will make every effort to stage some sort of event in September, but cannot be more specific at this point. Watch this space!
The talks programme has also suffered and we will contact members as soon as we can when and if talks can go ahead.
After the success of some limited opening last year, we can look forward to the Village Open Gardens in the spring so make a date in your diary for 24th and 25th April. Social distancing and hand sanitising will be required of course. More detailed information will follow. Then on 22nd and 23rd May the NGS Open Gardens will give us another opportunity to visit some favourite gardens in the village. In addition, Breach and Betty’s Ground will be opening on 21st and 22nd August and 16th and 17th October, both in aid of Hospiscare.
Hope springs eternal and we are hopeful that we will somehow be able to hold the Plant Market on 1st May, dependent upon the restrictions in place at the time.
In the meantime, the virus does not prevent plants from growing! Spring bulbs are beginning to burst through and camellias are in flower, which means that there are going to be jobs to do in the garden. Many people have discovered gardening thanks to being locked down at home. We hope that many will find that their gardens can be rewarding in so many ways – from the positive effects on mental health of being outside and ‘in touch’ with nature and the gratifying sight of home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Growing colourful flowers lifts the spirits enormously and many flowers provide vital food for bees. So, we encourage everyone to get out there and enjoy their own space (if they have any).
As gardeners we live in hope that we have a good winter and early spring, so that we can continue gardening in our gardens, allotments, balconies, patios, pots or window boxes. But most of all, we fervently hope that 2021 will enable us to resume the Club’s activities.