Our Programme
Meetings are held 7.30 – 9pm at the The Dusthole (in the coffee shop spaceat the back). The Dusthole / The Kings Arms, Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN

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!

Saturday 6th January 2018

Rose pruning in Lizzie’s garden
10.30am £2 members, £3 non members .
Wear warm clothes, sturdy footwear & bring gardening gloves.

Weds 7th February
Speaker from Castle gardens “Patio gardens”
7.30pm at The Dusthole,Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN
£2 members, £3 non members

Friday 16th / Saturday 17th / Sunday 18th February
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival
visit http://www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk/  for full details of whats on

Tuesday 27th February
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Tips, Tricks & Technology’ by Paul Cumbleton
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN

Weds 7th March
Speaker: Penny Richards “The importance of wildlife gardens and how best to go about creating a wildlife refuge”
7.30pm at The Dusthole, Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN
£2 members, £3 non members

Tuesday 27th March
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘The Organic Forest Garden’ by Bryony Huntley
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN

Weds 4th April
AGM & talk by Ben from Shepton Chiropractors “Preventative back care”
7.30pm at The Dusthole,Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN
£2 members, £3 non members

Tuesday 24th April
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Plants for Shade’ by Adrian Hutchison
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN 

Saturday 5th May
East Mendip Gardening Club Plant Sale
Spindle Cottage, Binegar BA3 4UE 2-4pm

Weds 2nd May 7pm
Tour of the Kilver Court gardens by Head Gardener – Matt Rees-Warren.
Meet 6.50pm for 7pm at the Garden entrance, Kilver Court, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF
£5.50

Tuesday 22nd May
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Mixed Borders’ by Christine Brain
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN

Weds 6th June 7pm
Visit: Carymoor Environmental centre, Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary, BA7 7NR
This is a wildlife haven, we will visit the tip face, see wildflowers, wildlife … Hort Soc will provide a cake, the centre will will provide tea for a donation
Visit £5 members £7 non members, min 15 people
Directions to Carymoor: The post code for the Carymoor Environmental Centre is BA7 7NR and here is a Google map of the location. The Centre is based next to the landfill site at Dimmer near Castle Cary. Coming off the B3153 you’ll see a sign for the Dimmer landfill site and Recycling Centre. Follow this road until you come to a farm on a left hand bend and turn immediately right. You’ll see the signs here for the Dimmer site and for Carymoor. At the end of this road you’ll pass the recycling centre on your right and come to some traffic lights at the main gate of the landfill site. If the traffic lights are operating please obey them but we will arrange for a member of staff to meet you at the gate. If the gate is open go through and turn left before the weighbridge (ignore the wooden building and car park by the weighbridge – this is the landfill site operator’s offices). Follow the green arrows with Carymoor marked on them to direct you. Keep going up over the hill, past a large compost operation on your left, and at the bottom of the hill you’ll see the centre and the car park on the left hand side.

Saturday 9th June
Collett Park day
We will have our usual stand selling quality perennial plants.  Please bring along your labelled plant donations 8-8.30am.  Please also volunteer for a slot to man the stall!

Tuesday 26th June
East Mendip Gardening Club
Visit to Organic Forest Garden, Westfield Farm, Chew Magna
email fi.blackmore@talktalk.net for full details

Weds 4th July
Bake Off 2018” returns! To be held at the allotments adjacent to Shepton Mallet Bowls and Tennis Club, 3 Frithfield Walk Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 5LY
Bring along baked goodies (sweet and / or savoury) from your garden harvest.
Categories a) Best looking sweet b) Best tasting sweet c) Best looking savoury d) Best tasting savoury (people’s choice voting system).
6.30 set up for 7pm judging  £2 members £3 non members.

Tuesday 24th July
East Mendip Gardening Club
Visit to Bristol Botanic Garden
email fi.blackmore@talktalk.net for full details

Weds 1st August
Visit to College Barn, Benter, Oakhill BA3 5BJ
A delightful compact garden with prairie grasses.  We will also visit the beautiful neighbouring garden.  Refreshments provided
Meet outside the garden 6.50pm for 7pm tour.  Very limited parking so car sharing is essential
£5 members  £7 non members

Tuesday 28th August
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘How does your garden grow?’ Social group discussion
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN 

Wednesday 5th September
Tour of Wraxall Vineyard followed by tasting.
Meet at 6.50 for 7pm at Yew Tree Farmhouse, Wraxall BA4 6RQ
£10  per person, this includes tasting a glass of sparkling wine and 4 still wines. The tour of vineyard takes 45 minutes and tasting 45 minutes.

Tuesday 25th September
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Companion Planting’ by Stephanie Hafferty
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN 

Weds 3rd October
Harvest Show
a ) 3 fine tomatoes
b) 1 lovely flower in a vase
c) 3 hen or duck eggs
d) bunch of labeled 4 herbs
e) 3 delicious apples or pears
f) a basket of garden produce
g) vegetable animal or beast (flowers & fruit can be used also)
7.30pm at The Dusthole,Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN
£2 members, £3 non members

Tuesday 23rd October
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘Wicked Plants’ by Marion Dale
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN 

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 Dusthole,Garston Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LN
£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. Prize for the best Christmas crown (make your own using garden greenery, paper chains, vegetables…)
Venue to be announced

Tuesday 11th December
East Mendip Gardening Club
‘AGM & Christmas party’
7.30pm, Oakhill Village Hall, Zion Hill, Oakhill BA3 5AN