Gardening season is well under way!
The Chelsea Flower Show has been and gone which tells us that the gardening season is well and truly under way. And what a busy season it has been so far, as you will see! The first of Kilmington Gardening Club’s events of the year was the Annual Plant Market on 5th May when people queued to get in the village hall to snap up the bedding plants and vegetables on sale.
On Friday, 11th May, Martin Young returned to speak about Hellebore, Heuchera and Tiarella. Martin gave three short talks in one on these stunning plants, their origins, care and slug control, and he threw in an extra on Hostas for good measure! A report of his talk can be found in the Past Events column of the Annual Programme page.
Only a few days later, on 14th May, members visited the gardens at Chideock Manor, for the first of our car-share outings. Chideock Manor is an NGS Garden comprising 6/7 acres of formal and informal gardens and it provided plenty of interest and inspiration. Not only were the gardens delightful, but we learned a lot about the history of the Chideock area. A report of the visit can be found here.
Kilmington boasts some beautiful private gardens and it is a joy to be able to visit them from time to time. Three gardens were open for the National Garden Scheme during the weekend Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th May, when the weather was very accommodating and allowed us fully to enjoy the delightful surroundings. At Spinney Two we normally rave about the roses, but the garden opening earlier this year meant that the Clematis Montana pre-empted them and complemented the magnificent azaleas and rhododendrons perfectly.
There is always something new to see at Breach where visitors were able to enjoy the spectacular display of alliums and iris near the house and stroll round among the flowering shrubs and trees from the pond to the bog garden. The sharp-eyed visitor would have spotted a new home for the little folk! For a well-earned rest, teas and delicious cakes were served to raise money for St. Giles’ Church in the village. A new, and very welcome addition, to the Kilmington group of gardens opening for NGS, was Betty’s Ground which seems to be part of the surrounding Shute Woods but is also on a hillside overlooking the Axe Valley. The information sheet provided an overview of the garden’s history from its creation and subsequent neglect to the current owners restoring original features and creating new ones, the rockery being the most recent.
June is set to be as busy as May, if not busier! Check out ‘What’s on This Month’. Looking ahead, the next big event in the Kilmington Gardening Club calendar is the Flower Show on 28th July, so it’s time to start planning your entries! Gardening Club Members and Kilmington residents should by now have received a copy of the new-look schedule, 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.
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A week ahead of the show, on Saturday, 21st 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!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The second full-day coach outing is on Thursday, 16th August to Knoll Gardens which are renowned for their naturalistic style. The four-acre garden has one of the country’s most extensive collections of grasses planted against an equally impressive backdrop of beautiful and unusual woody plants. Lunch at the nearby Old Thatch pub must be pre-booked. Departure from Kilmington Village Hall Car Park is at 10:30am. Arrival back at Kilmington at approximately 5pm.