Mendip Gardening Club was started six years ago and is based in Ston Easton. It was aimed initially at the local community, but we are pleased to say it now attracts members from many of the surrounding villages.
Our aim is to encourage an interest and love of gardening and all things pertaining to it, which gives us scope to cover a wide range of topics. Whilst we like to be informative, we also encourage a friendly and sociable atmosphere at meetings.
Most months we have a speaker, we try to choose a seasonal topic or something of mutual interest, for instance on 18th of this month we are having a talk on Barrinton Court Gardens and will follow this with a visit during the summer. The club is affiliated to the RHS and a member of the Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs.
In order to encourage a wider audience, who may not be gardeners, we decided to broaden our topics. In January this year Chris Sperring came along to talk about Owls – particularly Barn Owls, and on June 15th Sam Scriven, Earth Science Officer of the Jurassic Coast Team is speaking on The Jurassic Coast. He will include aspects of the Mendips – for instance did you know there were Ichthyosaur fossils found at Street? Why not come along and find out more?
Visitors and new members are always made very welcome on 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at Ston Easton Village Hall.
For more information phone - June: 01761 413116 or Hilary: 01761 750139.
Next meeting: (scroll down to see the full schedule)
All at Ston Easton Village Hall 7.30pm, unless otherwise noted.
January 20th: Somerset Barn Owls - Chris Sperring MBE
February 17th: Wildflower Meadows Jake Chant Somerset Wildlife Trust
March 16th: Wicked Plants Marion Dale
April 20th: Creating a Garden at Chelsea - Roger Turner
May 18th: Barrington Court Gardens - Christine Brain, National Trust
June 15th: Jurassic Coast – World Heritage Site - Sam Scriven, Earth Science Adviser
July 20th: Social Evening
August: No formal meeting - Proposed Trips so far:
Barrington Court (following talk in May)
Wildflower meadow (to be confirmed)
September 21st: Plant Associations - Chris Yates
October 19th: History and Future of the Cottage Garden - Neil Lovesey - followed by AGM
November 16th: From Plant to Plate - Sue Applegate
December 14th: Festive Evening