Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners

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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 Show
  • 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

Halloween is behind us and the clocks have gone back and that can mean only one thing – the Gardening Club year is coming to an end. And what a strange year it has been! Our normal programme proved to be impossible during lockdown but we managed to hold a few socially-distanced talks in the last few months and we were also able to hold our Plant Market, albeit via on-line ordering and centrally-delivered plants.

A decision at our latest committee meeting on the 1st November was made to go ahead with our AGM on Friday, 12th November at 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time). We need to hold an AGM this year because we were unable to do so in 2020.

Following discussion with representatives from the Village Hall, there is still somewhat limited scope for talks and events. Our Chair, Gill Gibbs, feels that it is a great opportunity to offer all members the chance to attend a convivial, informal event, at which you can hear a brief resume of the last 20 months, together with our plans for 2022. We particularly look forward to welcoming new members who have joined in 2020 and 2021.

The meeting will be different to AGMs we have held in the past. This year we will be providing only drinks and nibbles, for which no payment is required. As it will be a seated event, we are asking members to pre-book, please.

The Club MUST abide by the Covid-19 Winter conditions of hire and adhere to ALL the latest Government Guidance. In order for us to invite those of you who would like to attend, we must ensure you understand the following:

* You MUST NOT ATTEND if you or anyone in your household has had Covid-19 symptoms in the last 7 days.
* If you develop symptoms within 7 days of visiting the premises, you MUST use the Test, Track and Trace system to alert others with whom you have been in contact.
* Face coverings should be worn on entry, but once seated may be removed.
* Tables will be able to seat 4.
* Hand sanitisers are available at the entrance and exit.
* There will be a pre-booking system in place.
* No raffle will be held.

If you would like to attend, please book via email or phone to: gillian_gibbs@outlook.com or Phone: 01297 33121
leaving your details, number attending, together with your mobile or landline number.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the AGM.


Anne Swithinbank Talk

On Friday, 8th October we were fortunate to welcome Anne Swithinbank to give members an informal Question Time-style talk. Anne is well-known as a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ and while the programme continued during Lockdown, sessions were recorded from her potting shed, so her first live event was greatly appreciated by both Anne and our Kilmington audience.

She began by explaining how she had become one of the experts for the show and then, as a mainstay of the team, how she has been able to travel to varying locations, ranging from the British Embassy in Paris to a Naturists group in Kent! Many questions are often on the same theme, the most frequently asked being about ‘dry shade’ – and our audience did not disappoint, as the first question was ‘what to plant in dry shade?’ Other questions concerned what to grow on a Devon bank, recommendations on disease treatment for young apple trees and how to get a self-fertile kiwi to fruit, together with assessing photographs of a plant in a village garden.

As ever, Anne was a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and it was clear from the chat over refreshments afterwards that an enjoyable evening was had by all.

In mid-October a few members opened their gardens (Betty’s Ground and Breach) for the final time this year to raise money for Hospiscare. Autumn colours were not quite at their peak but there were stunning shrubs, flower beds with fascinating seed heads and trees beginning to turn, particularly the liquidambars and acers in both gardens.

There were over 100 visitors over the two afternoons and donations at the garden entrances, together with money from sale of tea, cakes and plants, raised around £1,000 for Hospiscare. A fantastic total and many thanks to all those who went to see the gardens and have tea, and to all the enthusiastic helpers who gave their time so willingly to make the event such a success.

Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership in 2021 remains at only £7 per person, which entitles you to free admission to our interesting monthly talks held in Kilmington Village Hall on the second Friday of the month.
Application Form

Upcoming Visits And Events

Upcoming Talks


B. J. Lewis (President)


Gill Gibbs (Chair)


Jean Falconer (Secretary)


David Bromley (Treasurer)


Beverley Perkins (Membership Secretary)


Lesley Rew (Talks Organiser)