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
Gardeners have had a lot to cope with this spring! According to the Met Office, April 2021 had seen its highest level of air frost in 60 years in the UK. ‘For gardeners and growers there were also a record high number of ground frosts in April with 22 days compared to an average of 12 days.’ In addition, April 2021 will be remembered as being one of the driest Aprils on record! As if that wasn’t enough, in May Britain was hit by the highest rainfall for five years. The Met Office commented that ‘these are quite unseasonable conditions, strong winds, heavy rain, cool temperatures.’ But at last, at the end of May some respite came with glorious sunshine and warmth.
No wonder plants are confused! Many gardeners report late flowering of plants and shrubs and some frost damage but thankfully everything is really getting going now (and so are the weeds!!).
As our members will be aware, the Club has been unable to function normally for many months owing to the pandemic and the consequent restrictions. However, the committee has recently held discussions on the way forward and, the Government’s Covid roadmap permitting, we are delighted to report that we may be able to restart our talks programme. The first talk will be by Claire Hart on the fascinating subject of Vertical Gardening on Friday, 9th July. Members will be informed within the next few weeks of the process to apply for a seat, as restrictions may still be in place.
We have also decided to hold an Autumn gardening show on Saturday, 11th September in the Village Hall where Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Decorative classes will be displayed and judged. At the same time there will be a variety of events on the field, which a separate committee, led by Lesley Rew, has started organising.
The Club Committee decided that it would be great to hold an Open Gardens in the spring, and a sub-committee, together with a small band of enthusiasts, organised a memorable weekend for the village to enjoy on 24th and 25th April.
Our wonderful villagers managed to rise to the challenge and open their gardens for a gloriously sunny (if chilly) weekend in April. And what a marvellous celebration of spring the weekend was when 11 village gardens opened their gates to the village to come, share and enjoy the benefits of last year’s hard work gardening. There were some familiar, some less familiar, gardens. It was especially good to have so many people kindly offering the chance for others to see, talk about and enjoy their gardens. And the sun shone, enabling people to cast off their Covid and winter blues. Many caught up with friends along the way. Everyone was mindful of the need to socially distance but they were pleased to have the chance for some wider social contact after the limitations of the last year.
There was a map showing gardens open, a fun family quiz and 20 very different scarecrows to see along the route which had been decorated with bunting. The sunshine and the gardens, which are all very different, gave enormous pleasure to villagers young and old.
Our thanks to all who made a tremendous effort in opening their gardens, creating quizzes, making scarecrows, hanging bunting but, most of all, thanks go to the numerous visitors who made it all worthwhile and contributed so generously. It all added to the uplifting, lovely, friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout both afternoons.
The total collected from all the gardens was a massive £1,061.15. This has been given to the Village Hall fund and we look forward to seeing everyone in the hall again soon on Friday, 9th July.
On 22nd and 23rd May the National Garden Scheme Open Gardens gave us another opportunity to visit some favourite gardens, Spinney Two, Breach and Betty’s Ground. The weather was kind on the Saturday when there were a good number through the gates and although it poured on Sunday, there were a few determinedly intrepid visitors! A total (including a generous donation from the Table Tennis Club) of £1,308 was raised for the National Garden Scheme and the tea money raised £235 for Pancreatic Cancer Research. A great total going to support many charities. The owners were very grateful to everyone who visited and who helped to raise money for such deserving causes. If you were unable to make the NGS weekend, Breach and Betty’s Ground will be opening on 21st and 22nd August and 16th and 17th October, both in aid of Hospiscare.
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 and possibly enter some of the classes in the Autumn Show! You will be more than welcome.