At the July meeting of Mendip Gardening Club, we will be welcoming Sally Morgan, author of the book, The Climate Change Garden.

The long predicted extremes of weather caused by climate change are here. We need to learn how to adapt our gardening techniques and learn what plants are best suited to cope with this evolving situation.

At our May meeting, club members were treated to a super talk from Derek Dexter; “All About Fuchsias”. Starting his talk with a joke, he set the scene for the rest of the evening. Derek works full time and his fuchsia growing started as a hobby. Now he competes with major companies and receives awards for his amazing plants. We were all inspired by his clear advice, delivered in such an entertaining way.

Derek brought a large selection of plants for sale and they were snapped up. There was even a fuchsia called “Gillian” who had to come home with me. In transit, a piece broke off, but I am happy to report, that following Derek’s master class, on how to take cuttings, “baby Gillian” is thriving alongside her parent!

Last month, we had a wonderful evening visit to a garden in Midsomer Norton. The owners gave an illustrated talk on how they have created the garden over the past ten years. After a guided tour, we looked around at our leisure. 

This was followed by tea and delicious home made cakes. All proceeds from the event went to NGS charities.

So back to climate change, come and learn what you can do to help your garden and the planet.

We will be at the Village Hall, Ston Easton BA3 4DA on Wednesday, 19th July. 

The meeting starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm for refreshments, plant sale etc. 

A warm welcome awaits members and visitors alike.

 See you there.

Gillian Hipwood