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, 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 £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
As we emerge from ‘meteorological winter’ and the wettest February on record, not to mention fears over coronavirus, we are determinedly optimistic and look forward to spring and the gardening year ahead. We had a real treat on Valentine’s Day (14th February), when our guest speaker was Nick Bailey of Gardeners’ World fame, who gave a talk about ‘365 Days of Colour’ – just what we needed to lift the spirits on a wet and blustery evening.
A huge thank you to Nick for battling through the weather and train delays from London to give pleasure to an audience of around 100 people.
For a full report of the talk, click here.
Karl Emeleus is Head Gardener at the National Trust’s Killerton House, but horticulture was not a planned career path as he started his working life as a mathematics teacher! Nevertheless, he has been at Killerton since 2007 and Head Gardener since 2014 and he is our speaker on Friday, 13th March. Karl posts updates on the progress of the gardens on the National Trust website and his practical experience and his passion for his job will make his talk on ‘Killerton’ a very interesting one.
As mentioned here last month, our meeting in April is unusually on the FIRST Friday of the month, i.e. Friday, 3rd April, when we will have a Gold Club speaker on the subject of ‘Caring for your lawn’.
With the exceptionally wet weather in the first two months of the year, our lawns are more akin to bogs so advice on how to bring them back from the brink will be very welcome! The following month the meeting will once again be early (on Friday, 1st May, (owing to the VE Day Bank Holiday on 8th May) when the inspirational Neil Lovesey will make a welcome return visit to talk about ‘Propagation’.
Please ensure that you have all these dates in your diary as they are not to be missed.
For logistical reasons we have brought forward the date of our popular Plant Market to Saturday, 9th May when we hope that members will bring along plants for us to sell so bear us in mind when you think about taking cuttings of good quality perennials. See poster attached.
Last, but not least, we are beginning to gear up for the Kilmington Village Show on Saturday, 25th July. The Schedule for the Show is in the pipeline and should be available on the website in April, if not before.
Christine Mills has been busy arranging the Club visits for 2020 and, as usual, we will have two day trips and two half-day ‘car share’ visits.
Our first full-day trip is on Thursday, 7th May to The Newt, Bruton, Somerset. The cost for the coach is £8.50 per person (payable to KGC) and the cost for entry to The Newt is £19.00, payable on arrival. There will be a complimentary garden tour commencing at 10.30 a.m. but places are limited to the first 25 to book. Refreshments are available (not included). Departure from the Village Hall car park at 9.00 a.m. returning 3.30 p.m. Lisa Grainger described The Newt as ‘epic’ – read Lisa’s article from June 2019 here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardens-to-visit/first-look-gardens-newt-somerset-not-like-anything-ever-seen/ to whet your appetite!
On Thursday, 11th June our first car share visit will be to Prospect House, Axminster. We will leave Kilmington Village Hall Car Park at 1.50 p.m. for the visit which will start at 2 p.m. The cost will be £4.50 plus the cost of tea and cake.
Our second car share visit will be in the afternoon of Thursday, 9th July, to Cleave Hill, Membury. The cost will be £5.00, payable on arrival. Departure from the Village Hall car park at 1.40 p.m.
The second full-day trip is to Sherborne Castle and Gardens on Thursday, 6th August. The cost including the coach and entry is £17.50.
Refreshments to be booked individually. Departure from the Village Hall car park is at 9.00 a.m.
If you wish to sign up for any of the trips, please contact Christine on 01297-599018 or register your interest at the talk on 13th March.