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Somerset Federation Of Gardening Clubs

Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs                             email: enquiries@somersetfederationofgardeningclubs.org.uk

Welcome to our website.

We hope you will find something of interest.

The Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs was formed in 1984 with a view to promoting friendly gardening interests among Clubs and Societies throughout Somerset, and to provide advice and practical help with the day to day running of club affairs. Since then our membership has grown to include over 240 clubs in Somerset and adjacent counties.

The Federation is dedicated to supporting those who are enthusiastic about all aspects of horticulture.

Our aims are:

If your club or society is not already affiliated to The Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs, and you would like to know more, we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information on Membership click here, or please call our Membership Secretary on:

01749 679182.  

Getting your information onto the Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs Website

The website has recently been overhauled and updated and we hope that you like what you see. To make it YOUR website we welcome your feedback and ideas on how to make the website work for you.

The website is here for you to use - advertise your events - have a link to your website - have details of your Club programme - there are many ways to help your Club promote itself and help in getting new members.

To get information onto the website, just drop an email to webmaster@somersetfederationofgardeningclubs.org.uk giving details of what you want published. The Noticeboard is there for major events such as a Flower Show, Plant Sale or other such event. The adverts will be displayed in date order with the earliest one first. If we have a lot submitted then those a long time ahead will need to be held over until nearer the time. Posters that you are using to publicise the event would be appreciated. The Noticeboard is for member clubs only.

All items for the website can be sent in using:

Please save it as a normal page and do not send it in a web page or HTML page even if your word processor allows that.

Photographs of member’s gardens can be displayed and we have a page for these - please submit the photos separate from text and preferably as an attachment to your email. Brief details of where the garden is situated and when it was taken will help - please indicate what wording you would like to go with the photo. The photos will be changed on a regular basis.

Club Photos

2018 AGM

Thorncombe Gardening Club has very kindly agreed to host the 2018 Federation AGM. The date for your diary is Thursday 24th May 2018. Full details will be published nearer the date.

Insurance Cover

Would all member clubs please ensure that the venue (eg:  village hall etc.,) where they hold events /shows /meetings for their gardening activities has insurance cover. Most village halls have insurance but it may it not cover individual clubs/societies when hiring their venue.  If you require clarification on this, please contact our treasurer.

Email your photos to the Webmaster

Statement of Accounts

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

The Statement of Accounts can now be found via the Publications Page and at:

SFGC Statement of Acounts 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

The Autumn 2017 Newsletter is now on the Publications Page and is available to download.

2017 Autumn SFGC Newsletter.pdf

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival

For details about ‘Snowdrops in the Garden’ -

a talk by the author and broadcaster Naomi Slade at Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival please click


Lyn Spencer-Mills

The Chairman and committee are very sad to announce that Lyn Spencer-Mills, President and former Chairman of the Federation, passed away after a short illness on 12th December 2017. The funeral took place at Yeovil Crematorium on 21st December 2017.

Lyn was a notable and forceful figure in the world of horticulture in Somerset, former Committee member of Plant Heritage, holding the National Collection of Hedychiums, Secretary and Chair of Hinton St. George Horticultural Society as well as opening her splendid garden, Hooper's Holding, for the National Gardens Scheme and for the village for over 30 years. A tirelessly energetic gardener with her devoted husband Ken, she transformed Hooper's Holding from a mere field into one of the most picturesque gardens in Somerset. Experience gained here enabled her to travel the county lecturing in innumerable village halls, a pastime she enjoyed to the full. 

Her enthusiasm extended to breeding champion cats, in particular the Devon Rex. She was furthermore a prodigious cake baker and fund raiser for the Cat's Protection League.

She will be greatly missed by all her many friends.

Part of Hoopers Holding Garden