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, part of 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 end of January brought a sharp reminder that we are in the middle of winter and whereas last year at this time we were recording ‘seemingly incessant rain’ and ‘mild temperatures’, this year has seen snow blanketing Kilmington along with freezing temperatures. Nevertheless, there are snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils in flower which brings our focus back to the garden which is, after all, the raison d’être of the Gardening Club! We are already working on the classes for the Flower Show on Saturday, 27th July, and they should be available in March so that you can start planning your exhibits. The schedule of classes will be available on the website, in the village magazine, Postscript, and at talks.
Our Outings Secretary, Christine Mills, is busy working on our behalf to organise some interesting outings. The first ‘car share’ visit will be on Thursday, 23rd May, to Harcombe House, Morecombelake.
Landscaped into the hillside 500ft above the Char Valley with spectacular views across Charmouth and Lyme Bay. The steeply sloped site comprises a ¾ acre formal garden and ½ acre wild garden. The beautiful ¾ acre garden has been rediscovered, restored and replanted in natural and relaxed style over last 12 years with an abundance of shrubs and perennials, many unusual and visually stunning. We will leave Kilmington Village Hall car park at 1.30 p.m. Entry: £5.00. Tea and cake £3.00. Proceeds to McMillan and Marie Curie.
Christine has arranged a day trip on Thursday, 8th August, to the spectacular Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. https://www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/
Other outings are still in the planning stage but we will let you know as soon as we have details.
On 11th January, our 2019 talks programme got off to a great start with the well-known gardener, writer and broadcaster Toby Buckland, who smiled and charmed us with his interesting talk, punctuated with amusing anecdotes. This was a ticket-only event and we were delighted when it was a sell-out – thanks to extensive publicity the talk attracted visitors and friends from other garden clubs, some of whom joined Kilmington Gardening Club on the night. Toby came up with an idea to feature several Kilmington Gardening Club members on his radio show before and after our Show. Watch this space!
For a full report on Toby’s talk, please click here.
The next talk is on Friday, 8th February when we are delighted to welcome back Kathy Crouch for her talk on ‘The self-seeded garden’. Kathy is one of the club’s favourite speakers. The winner of Gardeners’ World ‘Gardener of the Decade’, her talks show her extensive knowledge along with her great sense of humour.
On the subject of talks, please note that the speakers for the talks on 10th May and 12th July have swapped, and are now as follows:
10th May: No Dig Gardening with Stephanie Hafferty
12th July: Flowers for Cutting with Angela Brook-Smith