Positive Prospects in the Garden
The weather over the last few weeks has been more conducive to hiding in the greenhouse than getting out in the garden, but 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 28th July! Gardening Club Members and Kilmington residents will receive a copy of the new-look 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. 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, 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! The new look show schedule met with universal approval last year so we are following a similar format this year with photos of last year’s Flower Show and Fayre. We also have a leaflet listing the classes which will be available at upcoming talks or by contacting Jean Falconer or Bev Perkins (see ‘About Us’ page).
If you haven’t already done so, it is time to renew your membership, which remains at a remarkable £5 per annum and is truly great value! In addition to our programme of monthly talks, Plant Market, Annual Flower Show and Fayre, and the AGM and Social Evening in November, KGC has negotiated discounts for members at Mole Avon in Axminster (10% on presentation of a voucher obtainable from Bev Perkins) and Groves Nursery in Bridport (10% on presentation of the KGC membership card). KGC membership of the Gold Club (Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and Poundbury Gardens in Dorchester) also offers some seasonal discounts (information at the talks or on the website). Please contact Bev Perkins, our Membership Secretary, on 01297-631801 if you require more information.
On 9th March, Julia Tremlett gave us a fascinating insight into the history of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and the 150 gardens in Devon, including her own family garden at Bickham House. For a report on the talk, please click here.
The subject of the talk on 13th April will be Abbotsbury Gardens, Past, Present and Future by Stephen Griffith, who is head gardener and curator of this famous 20 acres garden.
Dates for your diary:
On Saturday, 5th May, 10.30-12 noon in Kilmington Village Hall, Kilmington Gardening Club will be holding its annual Plant Market. We hope that you have responded to Jane Chalk’s request to grow a few additional plants to donate to the market. In addition, last year’s sale of bedding plants was a great success, so there will be more this year. Don’t forget to contact Jane on 01297-33063 if you have any garden tools/equipment in need of repair which could be sold at the market. Otherwise, bring your contributions to the village hall on Saturday, 5th May between 9 and 10am. Come and stock up on plants and exchange ideas over tea and coffee. Entry is free.
Our Outings Secretary, Christine Mills, has organised two half-day trips and two full day trips for 2018. The first one is an afternoon car-share trip on Monday, 14th May to Chideock Manor, Chideock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6LF which will cost £12 per person, including tea. Chideock Manor is an NGS Garden comprising 6/7 acres of formal and informal gardens.
Owing to popular demand, we are returning to Cranborne Manor in Dorset on Thursday, 14th June. Departure from the Kilmington Village Hall car park will be at 9am. The cost will be £15.00 unless you are a senior citizen, in which case it will be £14.
The second afternoon car-share trip is on Monday, 18th June to Bickham House, Kenn, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XL. The cost of the visit is £5 with tea available at extra cost.
The second full-day 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. More information is available on the Annual Programme page.
Kilmington Gardening Club’s own Open Gardens is back in 2018 on 30th June and 1st July in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance. Further information will be available in due course. Three village gardens will be opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th May. For more information see the NGS website https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/26002/. There will
be another opportunity to visit the garden at Breach, Kilmington, EX13 7ST on Sunday, 3rd June in aid of Hospiscare. Teas will be available at all these events.