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)

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

Tuesday 8th January
Join Pylle Garden 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

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 Pylle Garden 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

(Wednesday 6thMarch – Dahlia share & swap and propagation demonstration) tbc

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

Saturday 9th March (venue to be announced)
Dahlia focus with speaker Naomi Slade Dahlia & propagation demonstrations

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

Tuesday 9th April
Join Pylle Garden 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 – tbc

Tuesday 11th May
Pylle Garden 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 be arranged

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
Visit to members’ garden in Shepton Mallet (address supplied nearer the time)
A romantic garden, terraced to cope with the 10m slope, unusual plants, lush planting & dahlia quiz
7pm at the venue

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

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

Wednesday 2ndOctober – Visit 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