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
Breach and Betty’s Ground opened their gardens for visitors on 24th October to raise funds for Hospiscare. It was a great opportunity for folk to see tremendous autumn colour and the gardens in a different season from the norm. Despite the appalling weather the total number through the gates of the two gardens was 50.
Generous people came from far and wide to support us and Hospiscare, and donations were received from friends unable to come. The afternoon was a great success raising a whopping £870 in total. Judith, BJ and Mary-Anne would like to thank everyone for their generous support as well as all the kind helpers on the day, all of whom helped maintain high spirits in the rain! Watch this space for next year’s opening date.
Once again, our plans to hold some kind of event in November have been scuppered by the latest lockdown. Sadly, we must declare 2020 over in Gardening Club terms, but fear not the committee will still press forward with plans for 2021. Obviously, we would hope to be able to get the year off to a good start with a talk in January, but, like the rest of the country, we must await events and fervently hope for better things next year.
Earlier this year, the RHS commissioned a survey which revealed that 7 out of 10 of us consider that having a garden helped our mental health during lockdown. In response to the survey results, gardening expert Monty Don said: “We garden to nurture our little corner of nature but just as importantly, to nourish our souls and more and more people are tapping into [gardening’s] healing power. “Plant a seed that becomes a beautiful flower and your life is immeasurably enriched.
Simply sit in a garden and listen to the birds and the world is set in a perspective that is empowering. Gardens are fun and beautiful and rewarding – but much more than that, gardens are desperately important and we need them now more than ever for our physical and mental wellbeing.” No doubt our members would agree! As we embark on another lockdown, we hope you will continue to find comfort and joy in your gardens.
Kilmington Gardening Club is a member of the Gardens Group Gold Club and we have often enjoyed talks by Gold Club speakers.
One of them is Mike Burks, who is well-known to our members, and in the latest newsletter from the Gold Club he shares his thoughts on ‘Gardening for Now’:
A huge number of people have discovered (or re-discovered) the joys of gardening this year, so as the seasons change, I wanted to offer a few ideas on how to keep the momentum going throughout winter and beyond.
Those who are new to gardening may think it’s time to hang up the tools for the winter as soon as the leaves begin to fall… but as the seasoned gardeners among you will know, now is the traditional time of planning for Spring, with plenty of opportunities for more instant gratification along the way.
In the first of two seasonal blogs, I’ll offer up some tips on how to keep the colour coming over the next few months, but only on the understanding that you’ll consider some longer-term projects next week!
Flowering pots – any pots planted in spring and summer will probably be starting to fade and will need spicing up. Take out the offending plants and several inches of compost, as by now it will be exhausted, and refill the tub with new potting compost before replacing with plants that will flower over the next few months.
These include the wonderful Violas with their bright faces or the larger flowered pansies, available in a vast range of colours. New varieties – for a boost of colour, plants such as Cyclamen are now available in new varieties that give a spectacular display for long periods outside in the garden.
In the old days, we had varieties that were only suitable for inside the house, but these new ones will grow happily outdoors even as the weather gets cooler. Heathers – many of these in flower right now love our local soils and will keep going for many months, whatever the weather throws at them.
There are pinks, reds and whites and when the weather is warm enough, insects, including bees, will really enjoy feeding from the flowers. Weeds – some gardening needs a bit of perseverance and it’s a good time to pull up any weeds in the borders.
This will be much more enjoyable than watching them take over from the kitchen window, and will give you a good start in the Spring. So there’s plenty that can be done now to give your garden a lift – so it in turn can give you a lift every day – but the real satisfaction comes when you’ve laid the foundations for fantastic displays come Spring. After all, you get out what you put in. More on that next week…