Meetings

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.


Gardening on Clay and Shady Spaces - Thursday June 18, 2020


Bridport WI Hall Speaker Martin Young
Martin Young
  Martin is a horticultural speaker based in Weymouth. Formally in the RAF, he is a keen plantsman with a keen interest in butterflies, moths and plants which attract them. He is also an active member of Plant Heritage and takes a keen interest in plant conservation and the National Collections of Dorset.
Brunnera macrophylla – Jack Frost

Dutch Flower Painters - Thursday July 16, 2020


Bridport WI Hall Speaker Pam Simpson

Pam is an Art and Design Historian, who has worked in London art schools for 30 years, including the Royal College of Art, 20 of those years at Middlesex University. She now lives in West Dorset.

She will look at the way flower painting developed in demand by the growing Dutch merchant class and beyond to other countries, as it was highly prized by collectors. The talk also looks at the impact on the representation of flowers in painting from the new natural sciences and what becomes the discipline of botany.


Unusual Plants of the Canary Islands - Thursday September 17, 2020


Bridport WI Hall Speaker Ben Candlin

The Canary Islands are packed full of wonderful and unusual plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some of these can be successfully grown in our UK gardens.

The talk takes us on a tour of the Canaries and explores the landscapes and plants that grow in these unique landscapes.


History and Development of the Daffodil - Thursday October 15, 2020


Bridport WI Hall Speaker Gwynne Davies

Gwynne is Vice President of The Daffodil Society, member of the RHC Bulb Committee, International Judge (UK, NI, USA) Daffodil Hunter (Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco …) contributed to various horticultural publications, TV and Radio.


The Hedgehog Predicament - Thursday November 19, 2020


Bridport WI Hall Speaker Colin Varndell

Colin is a well-known and award winning Dorset wildlife photographer and ecologist.

This presentation covers the natural history of the hedgehog, its diet, its decline and the reasons for it and what we can do in our gardens to help hedgehogs survive.