Free Allotments & Gardening Club

Stuart Frayling in the 1950sThe Somerfords Garden Club is a friendly and sociable club covering both Great and Little Somerford. We also welcome anyone from the surrounding villages and Malmesbury.
We meet in Little Somerford Village Hall at 7:30pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month and enjoy a wide range of speakers on all aspects of gardening and related topics.

We hold a very popular Club Show in July, plus a Summer lunch and Winter social.

We also organise an annual coach holiday, usually a short break of 3 – 5 nights where we visit a wide variety of gardens.

We generally travel in the UK but have also visited France, Holland and Ireland.
Our annual membership subscription is only £8, and visitors are welcome to attend a meeting for £2.

Details of our meetings are published every month in The Signpost.
Please contact Diane Beverley (01666 824182) if you would like any further information.

Somerfords Garden Club Programme 2014

Thursday, April 17th
Annual General Meeting
followed by Local Folklore by Stuart Frayling

Thursday, May 15th
Container Gardening
by Jenny Tidmen from Nurden’s Nursery

Saturday, May 17th
Brinkworth & Dauntsey Garden Club Plant Sale – Village Hall, Brinkworth

Thursday, June 12th (note 2nd Thursday not 3rd)
The Lavender Farm at Ashcroft Nurseries – Kingstcote, Tetbury
Self drive, talk and tour around the specialist Lavender and Buddleja nursery

Wednesday, June 18th
Club outing to Highgrove Gardens

Saturday, July 19th
Garden Club Show
Entries are anonymous unless placed

Sunday, July 20th
Club outing to Wisely RHS Garden – Woking, Surry

Saturday, August 23th from noon
Club Lunch at Street Farm
by kind permission of Diane Sharp

Thursday, September 18th
On our doorstep – local hidden gems
by Andrew Tollman

Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th September (tbc)
Club outing to Malvern RHS Autumn Show

Thursday, October 16th 2014
by Dan Brown from the Met Office

Thursday, November 20th 2014
Winter Social
Join us for “seasonal refreshment” and entertainment

There is no meeting in December

Somerfords Garden Club Programme 2015

Thursday, January 15th
by John Rippon our local apiarist

Thursday, February 19th
Hens in the Garden
by Charlotte Popescu – Gardener and author

Thursday, March 19th
The Kitchen Garden
by Jane Moore – Head Gardener at The Priory Hotel, Bath

Thursday, April 16th
The Annual General Meeting
followed by Herbs from a Wiltshire Farmhouse by Dorothy Whittle – Starveall Farm, Sheldon

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Do you have an interest in Gardening or the Free Garden Allotments?
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Allotment Gardens Great Somerford – Arthur Scott – 01249 720598
Allotment Gardens Little Somerford – 01666 822382
Allotment Gardens Seagry – Derek Kemp – 01249 721335
Gardening Club – Diane Beverley – 01666 824182

If you would like a copy of both the BBC Gardener’s Question Time Recordings to celebrate 200 years of Great Somerford Free Gardens, then please contact Jon Bunston. Copies will be in MP3 format (80MB file) and can be burnt onto a CD.

Press Articles

pdf image 200 Years Free Gardens -Daily Telegraph
pdf image 200 Years Free Gardens – The Sun
pdf image 200 Years Free Gardens -The Metro
pdf image Gardeners World
pdf image Greenfingers web blog
pdf image Short History of Allotments
pdf image Gazette & Herald 8th May 2009
pdf image Malmesbury Gardening Club January Newsletter