Gardening Club

The Wootton Courtenay Garden Club was established to provide opportunities for villagers to enjoy talks and discussions on gardening topics, and to arrange visits to interesting local gardens.   It also holds its annual Flower and Produce Show in early August.

The club warmly welcomes everyone who has a garden in the village, whether they are experienced enthusiasts or those who want to learn a little more.  It particularly welcomes new members, and offers friendly and enthusiastic support to beginners and experts alike.

The club is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society. It has also become a Plastic Free Ally, supporting plastic reduction in the garden and encouraging sustainable gardening techniques, such as avoiding the use of weedkillers and pesticides. Advice on how to avoid plastics and practice sustainable gardening may be downloaded via this link:

Annual Membership cost £10 per person

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings, at £3 per person

Membership forms are circulated in January but may be obtained anytime from Marion Jay.  Alternatively you can download and print off the form here:  2021 Membership Form

Marion Jay     01643 841486 

Peter Stenner              

Peter Clapham
Nigel Humphries
Woody Tickner

Programme 2021/22

The programme of talks for Autumn 2021 is scheduled to be held in the Village Hall. This may change according to government guidance; members will be emailed if the hall is closed. Under those circumstances, talks will be held via Zoom. Subscription fees are due in January.

All talks begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise specified


John Addison

Propagation: A Practical Demonstration

Propagation is one of the fundamental skills in gardening. There is a magic in creating plants from little bits of stem, root or leaf but it is an art that anyone can master with a little guidance. This talk, to be held in the village hall, will involve a practical demonstration of propagation techniques.

John Addison has been in horticulture for over 50 years. He is an Associate Lecturer at Cannington Campus, part of Taunton and Bridgwater College, and has also been a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show. He will be teaching us how to create plants for free – this really is a lecture you won’t want to miss.


Lady Skelmersdale

Creative Gardening with Bulbs

Bulbs are often welcomed for their spring colour but largely ignored for the rest of the year. However, there are many bulbs which can provide interest beyond the spring, and when you consider that they are often sold in multiple packs for only a few pounds, they are a very economical way of buying plants. In this talk, Christine Skelmersdale will be showing us how to make the most of bulbs in our borders and pots.

Christine is the Managing Director of Broadleigh Gardens, a nursery in Bishop’s Hull (near Taunton) which specialises in smaller bulbs, woodland and foliage plants. Writing, lecturing and working on committees for the RHS, she has had an impressive career in horticulture, and in 2009 she was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour – the highest award for services to horticulture. Known for her inspirational lecturing style, Christine is the ideal person to kindle a passion for bulbs in all of us.

18th JANUARY 2022 – 7.30pm

AGM (including wine, nibbles and quiz, if we are able to meet in person)

All members are invited to attend the AGM. As yet, although the village hall is booked, it is uncertain if we will be meeting in the hall or via Zoom. Members will be emailed after Christmas, to confirm one way or the other.  

The AGM Agenda will be available soon, as will the Chairwoman’s Report.


Ben Candlin

UK Sub-Tropical Gardening

Fancy creating your own sub-tropical garden, surrounding your terrace with huge leaves and exotic blooms? This talk kicks off with a run through the history of sub-tropical gardening in the UK, from its Victorian origins through to the present day. Ben will then recommend a variety of winter hardy plants which can be used to create a subtropical or exotic effect in a British garden, and explain how best to grow and display them.

Ben runs a small mail-order nursery in Exmouth, specialising in aroids (the giant, smelly Amorphophallus titanum in Kew Gardens is one such plant). His nursery stocks an exciting selection of rare, unusual and inspiring plants, designed to make a statement in the garden. He is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker, and he may bring some plants for sale, too.

26th APRIL

David Usher

Gertrude Jekyll: Her Plants and Designs

David Usher was Head Gardener at Hestercombe for 18 years, where he led the project to restore the world-renowned Lutyens-Jekyll gardens according to Gertrude Jekyll’s original design, from the many drawings that were available to him. This talk gives an insight into Jekyll’s designs, including the Great Plat at Hestercombe, and looks at her painterly approach to colour in the garden, which is still influential today. A fascinating talk on an extraordinary woman.