As ever, the weather continues to throw up surprises, with the wet spring being brought to a dramatic halt and glorious summer conditions giving us a temporary, but very welcome, respite! Cool, showery weather returned towards the end of the month to ensure that April lived up to its billing. But are we downhearted? Not here in Kilmington, where the Gardening Club has lots to look forward to this year, starting in May – there’s a lot going on! On Saturday, 5th May, 10.30-12 noon in Kilmington Village Hall, Kilmington Gardening Club will be holding its annual Plant Market. Club members have been growing plants to donate to the market and Plant Market organiser, Jane Chalk, has ensured that there will be plenty of bedding plants for sale. In addition, you will be able to buy vegetable plants to give you a good start for the season. It’s not too late to contact Jane on 01297-33063 if you have any garden tools/equipment in need of repair which could be sold at the market. If you have plants to sell, please bring your contributions to the village hall on Saturday, 5th May between 9 and 10am. Otherwise, come and stock up on plants and exchange ideas over tea and coffee. Entry is free.
On Friday, 11th May, Martin Young will speak about Hellebore, Heuchera and Tiarella. Martin will give three short talks in one on these stunning plants, their origins, care and slug control!.
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 and it should provide plenty of inspiration.
Three Gardening Club members’ gardens will be opening as part of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th May. They are:
Spinney Two, Breach and Betty’s Ground (new this year). For more information see the NGS website https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/26002/
As we discovered during Julia Tremlett’s talk in March, the National Garden Scheme evolved from an idea to help finance the District Nursing Service to an annual event which has raised £24 million in the last ten years – all going to support a range of caring charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice UK. To complete your day out, tea and cakes will be served at Breach by the team from St. Giles’ Church.
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 will receive a copy of the new-look schedule shortly, 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 below to look at the classes and to check out the ‘Tips for Exhibitors’ which give useful hints to anyone who hasn’t exhibited before.
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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! 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).
The subject of the talk on 13th April was Abbotsbury Gardens, Past, Present and Future by Stephen Griffith, who is head gardener and curator of this famous 20 acres garden. His talk illustrated how his expertise and enthusiasm had spearheaded the restoration of this oasis of rare plants. For a report on his talk, please click here or check the ‘Past Events’ section on the Annual Programme page.