The year is flying by

Oct 11, 2018 | Headline News

The year is flying by and we are already in October which means that our AGM is approaching rapidly and with it some changes, as our Chair, Dr. B. J. Lewis, will be stepping down. Our President, Sydie Bones, will also be retiring. We are more than grateful to both B.J. and Sydie for their incredible commitment to the Club and we will miss their hard work, wisdom and guidance. Our AGM and social evening on Friday, 9th November gives members an opportunity to get together to review the year and enjoy a delicious meal – we request a small contribution towards the cost of the meal. The evening will feature more photos of the annual Flower Show as well as of our successful outings during the year. The programme of talks, which includes key dates for 2019, will also be available at the AGM and you will be able to renew your membership. Please put the date in your diary – Friday, 9th November – for the AGM and social. We look forward to seeing you.

As reported last month, the Shute Literary Festival took place between 28th and 30th September and featured several speakers of interest to gardeners. The Kilmington Gardening Club sponsored Ambra Edwards, environmental campaigner and award-winning writer, who asked the question ‘What makes a great Head Gardener?’. She explored the lives, vision and achievement of a cohort of very different gardeners, from the ex-junkie saved by gardening to a woman who cultivates ground elder and patiently trains bindweed up poles! As a child, pressed into reluctant service on her father’s allotment, Ambra Edwards thought gardening a miserable business, and didn’t really change her mind until she had one of her own. Today she gardens a ramshackle plot just a few miles from Bridport.

A KGC favourite, Anne Swithinbank, describes her garden in Colyford as ‘a dynamic, wildlife friendly and very fragrant workshop of a place’ and her talk at the Festival highlighted the wonderfully soothing or invigorating qualities of plants with a beautiful scent. From Heptacodium miconioides, deeply fragrant and fully hardy, to Pelargonium Radula whose foliage is strongly fragrant, from Salvia ‘Lemon Pie’ to Eglantine Roses, Anne illustrated the wide variety of plants available to enhance our gardens. She had prepared a posy (or tussy mussy) made up of scented plants and flowers which she kindly shared with members of the audience at the end of her talk.