East Mendip Gardening Club

East Mendip Gardening Club

Do you enjoy gardening, have a new garden, would like to know more about plants?  Then why not join the East Mendip Gardening Club?  We are a friendly, local gardening club and have members and visitors from all over the East Mendips.  Our meetings are held in Ashwick Village Hall, at the top of Zion Hill in Oakhill, and are usually on the 4th Tuesday of each month, with talks starting at 7.30pm.  There are ten talks a year (usually illustrated and/or practical), plus two visits to places of interest and two events: a Plant Sale and a Produce Show.   

Come and join us!  New members are always welcome, from beginners to experienced. The annual subscription is £10 individual or £15 joint (partners or 1 adult & 1 child).  For visitors or a taster a session is £3 to include a cuppa and a biscuit.

Contact:  Adel Avery 01749 840240              [email protected]

East Mendip Gardening Club Programme for 2017

 Date                                     Subject                                          Speaker


January 24th                 Idyllic ItalianGardens                           Rosemary Legrand


February 28th           The Bishop’s PalaceGardens                      James Cross


March 28th             Gardens of the Rich and Famous                 David Moon


April 25th               Arts & Crafts/ Edwardian Gardens                Marion Dale


May 13th Sat.             PLANT SALE      2 - 4p.m.                       Spindle Cottage   Binegar   BA3 4UE


May 23rd           British Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden    Robert Harvey


June 10th           Sow & Grow with the Gardening Club - at the OakhillVillage Festival        

June 27th                     Visit      Somerset Lavender


July 25th                      Visit      Pennard Plants


August 22nd      Club members meeting and discussion


September 9th   SOW, GROW & KNOW Workshops                    2 - 5p.m Village Hall  Oakhill      


September 26th         The Evolution of Flowers                          Nick Wray


October 24th              Westonbirt                                              Helen Schofield


November 28th          Growing in Pots and Small Spaces           Stephanie Hafferty


December 12th     A. G. M. & Christmas Party


Meetings 7.30p.m.   Venue:  Oakhill Village Hall                   


Examples of past talks and visits

photo link:  The Annual Produce Show    The Annual Produce Show 2013

July 2013 Visit to Camerton Court 7pm:   A fascinating visit started with a warm welcome from the garden’s owners.  Our tour was conducted by the knowledgeable gardener.  The garden demonstrates a variety of styles and ‘garden rooms’ from the Italianate to a traditional evergreen border.  The various sculptures alone were worth a visit!  We enjoyed tea in the owners’ conservatory.

June 2013 Visit to Ston Easton 7pm:   This famous local luxury hotel has extensive parkland grounds and a recently restored kitchen garden.  The Head and Assistant Gardeners took us round the outside of the beautiful house to show us the views over the park and lake.  We then walked a circuit to see the current restoration work which aims to open up the lake.  We passed in to the ornamental and then kitchen garden.  The productive beds were a joy to see on this sunny evening.  Huge glasshouses are only a vestige of those in the days when a nursery business operated here.  Tea and tiny cakes were served in the house in sumptuous surroundings.  The staff were kind enough to also show us the restored kitchen and servants work areas.  A very interesting visit: do go if you get the opportunity.

link to photos

May 2013:  Hardy Perennials, Talk by Don Everitt.   Always a huge subject, Don tempted us with ways to keep the borders looking colourful all year round.  He reminded us that using perennials is a more economical way to fill the garden, as well as being less work than bedding!  Most members took home one or more of Don’s good value plants to fill gaps in their own gardens.

April 2013: Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Talk by Richard Cripps.  A subject that confuses many gardeners and an area that still continues to develop. Some like to think of it as a science that becomes an art as you perform it!  Richard’s talk was down to earth and included some practical demonstration on material from our car park.  He emphasised timing of pruning, suggested tools to use and stressed that the correct plant in the correct place reduces the need to prune.

March 2013: Extending the Season in Your Garden Without Replacing all your Plants, Talk by Victoria Logue.  Victoria started by asking us whether we were fed up with green Augusts and brown winters in our gardens. She continued a useful and interesting talk with practical ideas and slides to illustrate her points.  Some slides were of gardens she recommended us to visit for inspiration.  She exhorted us to feed our plants regularly but also to be more ruthless in our gardens.  She demonstrated how to divide herbaceous perennials, explained the ‘Chelsea Chop’ and the rationale behind dead-heading.  An amusing and pragmatic speaker: she may shock you into revolutionising your own patch!

Other Recent Sessions Include: Shade Gardens (John Horsey); Grandma’s Garden (Yvonne Bell); From Plant to Plate (Sue Applegate); The Kitchen Garden (Jane Moore)... and much more...