Our Programme
Meetings are held 7.30 – 9pm ish at the The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF

All welcome, members £2, non members £3 (your first visit is free). (Annual membership January – December £6).

Feel free to bring ‘surplus quality garden produce’ to sell & donate proceeds to our club, we aim to promote enthusiasm for gardening and quality produce!

Weds 7th November
Speaker: Stephanie Heffarty Make your own Garden Potions’ . Steph will tell ushow to make different natural, eco-friendly and thrifty gardening potions to feed the soil, plants and keep bugs away, using plants you can grow or forage for, without harming wildlife.
7.30pm at The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF  (in conference room)
£2 members (£3 non members)

Tuesday 27th November
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Going wild in the garden’ by John & Anne Bebbington
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN

Weds 5th December
Christmas Social – chips &  Christmas games including lantern decorating for Lantern Festival.
7.30pm The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF  (in conference room)
£2 members (£3 non members)

Saturday 8th December
Pruning Course by Les Davies
Les is know as “Apple Man” and will empower you with confidence in pruning fruit trees.
Saturday December 8th and is at the significantly discounted price of £25 per head
This event is organised by East Mendip Garden Club. A few places remain, contact fi.blackmore@talktalk.net

General – Start the New Year propagating plants from your garden for Collett Park day – we are after large clumps (2 or 3 litre pots) of good quality, weed free, herbaceous perennials, labelled with colour label…  Annuals are good too if they are of a decent size and the pot is full of roots.  If you are not sure get in touch

Membership renewal due £6

Tuesday 8th January
Join Fosseway Gardening Club for a talk by Chris Incheley “Kilver Court Rejuvenated”
7.30pm Pylle Village Hall BA4 6SZ

Wednesday 9thJanuary 2019
Speaker: Malcolm from The Gardens Group  ‘Medicinal Plants (including uses in Gin)’
7.30pm at The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF
£2 members (£4 non members)

Tuesday 22nd January
Les Davies  ‘To follow the Plough, The story of a Farm workers family in the mid 20th century’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Tuesday 12th February
Join Fosseway Gardening Club for a talk by Richard Raynsford – “Gardens & parks of Somerset”
7.30pm Pylle Village Hall BA4 6SZ 

Wednesday 16th& 17thFebruary
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival at various venues in Shepton Mallet
www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

Tuesday 26th February
Mary Cross: ‘Willow weaving demo with practical session’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Saturday 9th March
Dive into Dahlias” – A lecture and book signing by Naomi Slade plus Dahlia propagation demos
10.30 coffee, 11am Lecture, 12-12.30 Questions & book signing, 12.30-1 Propagation demonstration
St. Paul’s School hall, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LA   £10 (£7.50 to members)

Tuesday 12th March
Join Fosseway Gardening Club for a talk by David Usher “The Answer Lies in the Soil”
7.30pm Pylle Village Hall BA4 6SZ

Saturday 16th March (tbc)
Propagation practical for Collett Park plant sale.
10.30am Whitstone Allotments.  Bring warm clothes, a garden fork, a clump of herbaceous perennials you would like to divide and a few 2-3 litre pots.  And a flask of hot drink!
£2 members (£4 non members)

Start planning your entries to the Mid Somerset Show

Tuesday 26th March
Rosemary Fitzgerald: ‘People and plants: a long history’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 3rdApril
AGM & seed share
7.30pm at The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF
£2 members (£4 non members)

Tuesday 9th April
Join Fosseway Gardening Club for a talk by Jane Follis “ A Year in the Garden – Ideas for all year round interest”
7.30pm Pylle Village Hall BA4 6SZ

Wednesday 10th April
Join Bruton and District Horticultural Society for a  visit to Castle Gardens, an informative talk & discounted shopping
Meet 6.45pm at Castle Gardens, New Rd, Sherborne DT9 5NR

Tuesday 23rd April
Sally Gregson: ‘Putting the right plant in the right place’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 1stMay
Visit to Miller’s House at Nunney - Mostly a perennial garden, terraced borders, rockeries, large romantic mill pond and wild area designed for butterfly attraction and perfume, areas to sit and enjoy views of garden. Also a terraced veg patch and small modern sculptures. Caution needed around mill pond steps and paths, stout footwear advisable.
The Miller’s House, 17 Horn Street, Nunney BA11 4NP.   3m SW of Frome off the A361
£3 members (£5 non members)  Tea and coffee on arrival

Tuesday 11th May
Fosseway Gardening Club Plant Sale at Ditcheat Jubilee Hall 10-12 noon

Tuesday 28th May
Neil Lovesey: ‘The History and Future of the Cottage Garden’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 5thJune
Visit to Westbrook House. 
4 acres comprising 3 distinct gardens with formal layout around the house, leading to meadow and orchard with spring bulbs, species roses and lilacs.
Westbrook House, West Bradley BA6 8LS. 4m E of Glastonbury
£5 to members (this is a subsidised price) (£8 to non members), includes a glass of wine.

Saturday 8thJune – Collett Park day – Plant stall selling quality plants grown by members
We need volunteers to man the stall through the day please, it is a good social day and a good opportunity to learn more about plants

Wednesday 3rdJuly – Visit tbc

Wednesday 7thAugust – Discovery meeting & refreshments on allotments by Bowling Green. 7pm
£2 members (£4 non members)

Mid Somerset Show – enter the horticultural section

Wednesday 4thSeptember – Autumn Show

People’s choice judging of:
a) 3 fine tomatoes
b) 1 lovely flower in a vase
c) 1 oversized vegetable or fruit (e.g longest bean, biggest potato, giant courgette…)
d) 3 delicious apples or pears (or other top fruit)
e) a small basket of garden produce (less than 3 different types)
f) a basket of garden produce (more than 3 types)
g) vegetable animal or beast (flowers and fruit can also be used)
h) home baking and preserves (these will be judged on visual appearance and taste)
Set up 6.45pm for 7.30 judging at The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF
£2 members (£4 non members)

Tuesday 24th September
Eve Tigwell: ‘Garden Birds’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 2ndOctober –  tbc

Tuesday 22nd October
Katherine Kear: ‘Flower arranging from the garden’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 6thNovember – Speaker tbc

Tuesday 26th November
Micky Little: ‘Bulbs and their selection [with a touch of Chelsea’
This is an East Mendip Gardening Club event, 7.30pm Oakhill Village Hall

Wednesday 4thDecember
Social
7.30pm at The Thatched Cottage, 63-67 Charlton Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF
£2 members (£4 non members)