Stourton Caundle Garden Club


We meet once a month, September to May, to discuss all things gardening in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The January supper is always a huge success, whilst the Annual Show brings the whole village together and looks wonderful.





Current annual subscription is £7.50. This allows entry to the talks; the ‘club night’ at Castle Gardens when a 25% discount is offered on all plants and bulbs; and visits to outstanding local gardens.  New members are always welcome – just turn up at the Village Hall.






2017/2018 Programme


Meetings are at 7.15 except the Discount Night at Castle Gardens which is 6.30


2nd September

Annual Flower & Produce Show at the Village Hall followed by Tea Party.


11th October

Planting Autumn Hanging Baskets and Containers by the Representative of Castle Gardens, Sherborne.


8th November

AGM + Hydrangeas, a plant that has fallen from grace, varieties to propagate and grow by Sally Gregson, author and Co-owner of Mill Cottage Plants, Wookey, Somerset, specialising in Hydrangeas and Epimediums. (Plants can be purchased).


13th December

Plants That Should Be Better Known by Katherine Crouch, a garden designer based in the South West and BBC Gardener of the Decade.


10th January

Annual Supper at the Village Hall.


14th February

How to Grow a Bar Garden by Stephanie Hafferty, organic gardener, plant chef, lecturer and blogger based in Somerset.


14th March

Bomb Proof Roses by Val Bourne, organic gardener, author, Newspaper columnist and lecturer.


11th April

Creating Braddocks Garden by Dr Roger Newcombe (a visit has been arranged late spring).


9th May

Discount Night at Castle Gardens, Sherborne with 25% discount on all purchases and free delivery to the village and surrounding area.











The inaugural meeting of the Stourton Caundle Garden Club was held in May 1974.  Committee members were F Barnes, S Burch, Mrs Bond, Miss Spickenwell and the Misses Helen and Rosemary Julius.  They also had the power to co-opt two more members.  The Annual Show was scheduled for September and monthly meetings were to be held on the 2nd Friday of the month from October to April.  Subscriptions were set at 50 pence per year.  Membership was, and still is, open to residents from Stourton Caundle, Stalbridge Weston, Purse Caundle, Bishops Caundle, Bishops Down and Holwell.


A later committee meeting agreed the schedule for the Show, which consisted of 38 classes with sections in Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Domestic, Handicrafts and Children’s section.


Meetings moved to Wednesdays in 1975 and the first Constitution of the club was drawn up.  Mr Ron Baillie became a horticultural judge in 1982, and since then has provided judging at the Show.  His wife, Mrs Sylvia Baillie, acted as a secretary of the club for a number of years before becoming Chair in 1992.  They retired from active committee work in 1995 but Ron Baillie continues to do a sterling job in his capacity as horticultural judge.


Mrs Prue Seddon served on the committee from 1994 to 2010, when she was elected as President following the death of Miss Rosemary Julius.  The Julius sisters took it in turns to be Chair, Secretary or President of the club for almost 20 years.


Jane Yandell was elected as Chair in 1995 and held the post for 12 years until Nikki Hale took over in 2007, succeeded in November 2012 by Howard Ffitch. Win Gillard is the current Chairman.


2016 Village Show

Photos: Alan Peters