Let’s get together

It is no surprise that our meetings are so well attended. Not only are they interesting and informative, they are also enjoyable social gatherings.

As always, our Programme Committee has worked hard to invite speakers with very different skills, knowledge and experience and you will see below that their subject matter is not always gardening related.

So, if you are thinking of joining us, come along to a meeting and you will be made very welcome.

All meetings are in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport and start at 7.30 pm.
Tea and coffee is served, and non members are welcome, on payment of a small entry fee.

Contact details for officers of the Bridport & District Gardening Club are available on the Membership Card.

Plant Hunters and Pioneers - February 20th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Caradoc Doy
This is a welcome return of this horticulturist and authority on the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea. This talk will give us a brief history of a remarkable nursery which sent 23 plant collectors to many countries, mainly during the Victorian period.  It highlights some of the well-known and interesting varieties introduced by the pioneering plant hunters who discovered many hundreds of new species. So successful were they that there is scarcely a garden in the British Isles that does not contain a plant derived from their introductions. Caradoc Doy trained at Bicton College of Agriculture (1986) and Pershore College of Horticulture (1987-1990), and following a career with some leading nurseries and garden centres around the UK, is a horticulturist and garden speaker. Caradoc has become an authority on the history of the Veitch nurseries and their plant hunters, which led him to publish a centenary edition of Hortus Veitchii by James H. Veitch in 2006.
Hortus Veitchii by James H. Veitch
In 2003, he staged a Veitch exhibit at St. Bridget Nurseries, Exeter and at the Devon County Show in 2004 which received a Large Gold Medal (both on behalf of St. Bridget Nurseries). Caradoc was featured on BBC TV in May 2012 where he helped stage an exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Plant Heritage, winning a Silver Gilt Medal and meeting HM The Queen.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Silver Gilt Medal

Annual General Meeting - March 19th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall


Dahlias and Chrysanthemums - April 3rd, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Bryan Madders

Dahlia and chrysanthemum expert Bryan Madders is a National Dahlia Society judge and Chairman of the New Forest & District Dahlia & Chrysanthemum Society. His illustrated talk will tell us how to successfully grow and propagate these plants that have such a profusion of colour, type and size. Bryan’s been growing dahlias and chrysanthemums for forty years.

These are just some of them:








Dorset Lavender Farm Project - May 21st, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Jo O’Connelly

The Dorset Lavender Farm Project started in 2011 as an empty field and barnyard at Fiddleford, which they’ve since built up into a care farm.

With the work that comes from growing lavender and running the farm, they provide adults and young people with work programmes, volunteering opportunities and supported vocational experience. They also offer education and training for basic skills qualifications.

Gardening on Clay and Shady Spaces’ - June 18th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Martin Young

More details to follow.

Dutch Flower Painters - July 16th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Pam Simpson

More details to follow.

Unusual Plants of the Canary Islands - September 17th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Ben Candlin

More details to follow.

History and Development of the Daffodil - October 15th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Gwynne Davies

More details to follow.

The Hedgehog Predicament’ - November 19th, 2020 7:30pm

Bridport WI Hall Speaker Colin Varndell

More details to follow.