Gardening Club

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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                

Peter Clapham
Lucy McQuillan
Peter Stenner

Programme 2019

We have an enjoyable line-up of talks and events arranged for 2019.  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: Programme 2019 pdf

All talks begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise specified


Talk by Jan Waters of JW Blooms:  Cut Flowers

Jan grows, picks and creates floristry for weddings and mail-order bouquets on her flower farm near Taunton, so she is a mine of useful tips and information for budding (pardon the pun) flower-arrangers.  (See also the visit to JW Blooms in July)



Seedling Swap at Lucy MacQuillan’s:  10.00am – 12.00 noon

This Event is for Members Only

This is a chance to grow something new for free.  Join us at Lucy’s house, Ranscombe Lodge, to exchange your surplus seedlings.  We all tend to germinate too many seedlings and end up guiltily discarding the excess – why not bring yours along and see what you can snaffle from another 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.



Talk by Katherine Crouch:  Plants That Should be Better Known

Most of you will know that Katherine’s talks are not to be missed.  Her credentials are impeccable, having won BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008 and a Chelsea Gold to boot. In this talk Katherine will be giving us an insight into garden-worthy plants which aren’t generally grown but deserve wider recognition.



Visit to RHS Rosemoor

Rosemoor in May is a glorious sight: follow the trail of scented azaleas in the Woodland Garden, marvel at the huge wisterias and enjoy the crowds of alliums in the spring borders.  Always good value and always with something new to see, Rosemoor is one of the best RHS gardens in the country.



Talk by Paul Hending:  Soil

Paul has asked that everyone brings a jam jar (with lid), quarter-filled with soil, and something to stir it with.  He will explain why soil is a vital part of growing plants, what it is made of, how it works, and what gardeners and growers can do to ensure it is kept in the best condition possible for growing plants.



Visit to JW Blooms, near Taunton

In a secluded field in Somerset, JW Blooms grow traditional British flowers – cottage-garden favourites and wildflowers – using the ‘no-dig’ method.  It is a feast for the eyes, a truly beautiful place to visit.  Owner Jan Waters will be on hand to answer your questions, and there is a cafe for cream teas on site, too.  It promises to be a lovely afternoon.



Wootton Courtenay Flower and Produce Show

This weekend (1st June) the schedule for the Flower and Produce Show will be available in the village shop, so drop in and pick up a copy.

The annual Flower and Produce Show is always a well-attended occasion in the village.  The show is not just about horticulture, there are judging categories for photography, sewing and embroidery, and baking too. Everyone is welcome to join in – the more the merrier.  You never know, you may walk away with a prize!



Talk by Bob Looney:  Apples

Bob helped to establish the Porlock Community Orchard, which involved renovating old, existing trees (formerly Coombe Orchard) and planting new saplings, as well as installing benches for seating and bee hives for pollination.  The orchard now includes plums, pears, a cherry and eating apples as well as the original twenty-two cookers.  This talk will help us all understand more about the apple trees in our gardens.



Talk by Veronica Clegg:  Bhutan Rhododendrons

The Eastern Himalaya have long been renowned for the wealth of their flora and have attracted botanists from all over the world.  Veronica’s talk conjures images of the esoteric Kingdom of Bhutan and the magnificent display of rhododendrons which bloom in the mountain forests there.



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