Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners

Feb 6, 2019 | Headline News

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

Thanks to a variation in the position of the Jetstream, March was a mixture of mild and cold weather without the ferocity of last year’s ‘Beast from the east’!

Now that we have put the clocks forward, it is time to start being positive about the prospects in the garden. It is also time to start planning your entries for the Flower Show on 27th July!

Gardening Club Members and Kilmington residents will receive a copy of the schedule by next month, 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 – there are also some helpful tips for exhibitors, along with the rules and entry form. As ever, we have ‘tweaked’ some of the classes and once again we have several categories to encourage first time exhibitors to take the plunge and exhibit this year.

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!

Our speaker in March, and making a welcome return visit, was Martin Young, who has become one of our ‘regulars’. Martin is an active member of Plant Heritage and has a keen interest in plant conservation and the National Collections in Dorset.

His topic on this occasion was ‘Gardening in dry and drought conditions’. For a full report on Martin’s talk, please click here and if you want to check out the soil map mentioned in the report, here is the link: http://www.landis.org.uk/soilscapes/

At the end of the meeting, past President, Sydie Bones, offered members a gladiolus bulb to plant on or about 1st April to bring to the July meeting. The aim is to check out Toby Buckland’s theory that gladioli take 100 days to flower. We look forward to seeing the results in July.

After a successful year in 2018, our Outings Secretary, Christine Mills, has finalised our 2019 visits, as follows:

Thursday, 23rd May:
Half day car share visit to Harcombe House, Morecombelake. The cost will be £5.00 for entry and £3.00 for tea and cake. Proceeds to Macmillan and Marie Curie.

Wednesday, 12th June: Full day visit to Mapperton House, near Beaminster. The cost for the coach plus house and garden will be £16.50 for members and £21.50 for non-members. For the coach and garden only, the cost will be £12.50 for members and £17.50 for non-members.

Wednesday, 24th July: Half day car share visit to Little Ash Bungalow, Fenny Bridges. The cost will be £4 per person plus £3.00 for tea and cake.

Thursday, 8th August: Full day visit to the spectacular Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. The cost of the visit, including coach will be £18.00 for members and £23.00 for non-members.

For more information on all these trips, go to the Annual Programme page and click on the appropriate visit.

Please note that payment for the full day trips must be by cheque payable to Kilmington Gardening Club. The half day trips are paid on the day to the garden owners.

Thinking outside the box is required for the next talk on Friday, 12th April by Steve Fry, a Gold Club speaker on the subject of Alternative plants for alternative places. Steve will take a fresh look at ornamental and edible plants with the intention of challenging the way we grow and appreciate them.

On the subject of talks, please remember 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

Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership in 2019 remains at only £5 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


B. J. Lewis (President)


Gill Gibbs (Chair)


Jean Falconer (Secretary)


David Bromley (Treasurer)


Beverley Perkins (Membership Secretary)


Lesley Rew (Talks Organiser)