Stourton Caundle Garden Club


We meet once a month, 2nd Wednesday of the month, October 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.




Chairman – Howard ffitch

Secretary – Maureen Villiers

Treasurer – Linda Walters

Others – Melanie Lillie, Christine Peters, Marjo Walker, Win Gillard, Sally-Anne Barrett








2021 / 2022 Programme

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


4th September

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


13th October

"Vegetable Growing and Heritage Varieties"

Sally Nex

Journalist, author, qualified professional gardener and planting designer with special interests in fruit and vegetable growing, wildlife and organic gardening.


10th November

"The Newt" plus Annual General Meeting

Arthur Cole

Professional since aged 19, Arthur has been a head gardener in Scotland, a permaculturist in New York, a kitchen gardener in Suffolk, and a specialist bulb grower in the Cotswolds.


8th December

"More Gardening Myths"

Mike Burks

Founder in 1987, with his wife Louise, of Castle Gardens Sherborne, Brimsmore Gardens in 1992, and Poundbury in 2006. Mike will give a follow-on talk and hopefully judge the Wreath Competition cancelled last year.


12th January

Annual Supper at the Village Hall.


9th February

"Accidental Flower Grower"

Charlie Ryrie

A journalist and passionate gardener for 25 years plus, in 2004 Charlie traded the pen for the trowel and began The Real Cut Flower Garden, growing traditional and interesting varieties of flowers for cutting.


9th March

"The Winter Garden"

Andy McIndoe

Andy has over 40 years’ experience in horticulture, responsible for the chain of 26 Hilliers Nurseries and 26 consecutive Gold medals at Chelsea. Author and contributes to magazines, media and blogs.


13th April

"Gravel Gardening - Low maintenance drought-resistant plants"

Derry Watkins 

Author of two books on greenhouse gardening has introduced many new plants from her plant collecting trips to South Africa and elsewhere. She teaches one-day gardening courses at the Special Plants Nursery and lectures extensively.


11th May

Discount Evening at Castle Gardens, Sherborne with

25% discount on all purchases and free delivery to the village and surrounding area.






2018 Village Show

Photos: Alan Peters































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 served as Chairman during 2017 and 2018 before handing back the role to Howard.




Annual Flower and Produce Show


Each year in early September the Stourton Caundle Garden Club holds their annual show when entries are invited for a wide variety of different categories including Horticulture, Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Floral Art, Domestic, Arts and Handicrafts, as well as a couple of special categories only open to children from the village. This year's show will take place on Saturday, 4th September 2021. Details as per the links below:






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