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 during 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 now affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.
Annual Membership cost £10 per person
Visitors are welcome to attend meetings at £3 per person
Membership forms are circulated in January but can be obtained, with further details, any time from Nigel:
Nigel Humphries 01643 841155
We have a variety of interesting talks and events arranged for 2020. Nigel has some paper programmes if you would like a copy, and don’t forget to renew your membership.
Click here to download a handy one-page, printable version: 2020 Programme
All talks begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise specified
TUESDAY 28th JANUARY at 7.30pm
Wootton Courtenay Gardening Club AGM
The Gardening Club’s decision-making session – come and have your say. With Nigel’s quiz and tea and biscuits, it’s jollier than most AGMs! To see the agenda for this year’s meeting, click here: Garden Club AGM Agenda 2020
TUESDAY 3rd MARCH
Talk by Dr. Gavin Haig: Creating a Wildlife Garden
Dr Gavin Haig is a naturalist and former surgeon, who has studied the healing properties of many native plants, with much of the work carried out in his own garden, Spillfords, on the River Exe. His garden has featured on TV and, with a wide variety of habitats, it provides a home for one of the rarest butterflies in Europe – the marsh fritillary.
Gavin’s passion for natural healing led him to develop a wildlife garden alongside the inpatient wards at Tiverton Hospital, which won the Rodney Higgins Environmental Award in February 2018. This talk will feature an illustrated tour of Gavin’s garden, with advice and information on plants that heal and provide a sense of wellbeing.
TUESDAY 28th APRIL
Talk by Sally Gregson – Hydrangeas
Having trained as a mature student at Hadlow College in Kent, Sally moved to Somerset at the end of the 1980s and set up her own small nursery. Mill Cottage Plants, near Wookey, specialised in an ‘old fashioned’ genus: hydrangea. It now sells the more unusual, and more interesting, species and cultivars of hydrangea, as well as a wide range of other shade-loving plants.
Always thought of hydrangeas as blobby seaside shrubs? This talk promises to open our eyes to new and exciting varieties of this genus, including some exquisitely beautiful Japanese types.
SATURDAY 31st MAY
Seedling Swap at Lucy MacQuillan’s: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
This Event is for Members Only
Plants for free – what’s not to like? Join us at Lucy’s house, Ranscombe Lodge, to exchange your surplus seedlings and small plants. We gardeners tend to germinate too many seedlings or take extra cuttings which are not used – why not bring yours along and see what you can snaffle from a fellow gardener? Your seedlings don’t need to be pricked out, just bring the remains of the tray or pot. Small pots, labels, markers and mini-tools will be on hand.
Light refreshments provided.
TUESDAY 30th JUNE
Talk by Lady Ro FitzGerald: The Meeting of Wild and Garden Plants
Ro FitzGerald is the owner of Beggar’s Roost Plants near Lilstock, a nursery specialising in hemerocallis (daylilies). She has had a passion for wildflowers since childhood, which eventually led to a career in professional field botany. She now writes regular articles for Exmoor magazine and works as a garden consultant.
In this illustrated talk, Ro will be describing how wild species and habitats can aid successful conventional gardening.
THURSDAY 9th JULY
Visit to Broomclose, nr Porlock
Broomclose is a large and varied garden, set around an early 1900s Arts and Crafts house with a breathtaking outlook to the sea. With original stone terraces, a Mediterranean garden, long herbaceous borders, a camellia walk, a meadow with bee hives and a vegetable garden, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The mild maritime climate favours unusual sub-tropical trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Owner Nicky Ramsay will be on hand to guide us round her garden, telling us something of its history and how she has managed and developed the garden. Nicky is an experienced gardener and is passionate about her plants, so there are many unusual gems to be discovered here.
TUESDAY 4th AUGUST
Wootton Courtenay Flower and Produce Show
The annual Flower and Produce Show is always a well-attended occasion in Wootton Courtenay, and the hall will be decked in full floral finery (along with some amusing vegetables). The show doesn’t just encompass horticulture; there are judging categories for photography, sewing and embroidery, and baking too. Everyone is welcome to join in – it is open to all, so come along and take part.
TUESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER
Talk by Eve Tigwell: Gardening for Wildlife
Eve hails from Frome, where she runs conservation and retail consultancies. However, she is an expert on British birds, having been the British Trust for Ornithology’s regional representative in Somerset for over 25 years, and this has led to a passion for wildlife gardening.
This lecture will show us how to look after wildlife in your garden without turning it into an untidy jungle! Can it be done? Come along and find out.
TUESDAY 24th NOVEMBER