An evening with Bob Brown

The Blackdown Hills Garden Club is hosting a talk by the renowned plantsman Bob Brown on the 19th of October in Churchinford village hall. Bob is owner of Cotswold Garden Flowers, a regular contributor to Garden Which and a highly entertaining speaker.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets will cost £5 and must be pre-booked either by e-mail or phone 01823 601182.

The Secret Gardens of Somerset

The Somerset Gardens Trust has Abigail Willis, author of ‘The Secret Gardens of Somerset‘ coming to give an illustrated talk after their AGM on Monday 26 September 2022. There will be lots of fabulous pictures taken by Clive Boursnell who was the photographer for the book.

There are spare places for the talk which starts at 2.45pm after the AGM (2pm). Tickets are £12 and it is being held at Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster. TA19 9PY, so it is easily accessible.

For tickets, please email and mention ‘Secretgardens’ and ‘non-member’.

Saturday 17th September: The new season

The new season of Somerset HPS meetings starts on Saturday 17th with:

The 50/50 Plant Sale, followed by

Charlie Pridham, Climbing Plants

Hall opens 9.30am.  Plant Sale 10.00am.  Lecture 11.00am.

Charlie and his wife, Liz, run Roseland House Nursery in Chacewater, near Truro in Cornwall, where they hold two National Plant Collections: Clematis viticella and Lapageria rosea. They also grow a great range of other exciting climbing plants and conservatory plants, so this talk should inspire us to cover that bare wall or fence in something unusual and interesting.

The 50/50 Plant Sale prior to the lecture at our September meeting each autumn is a popular event. The Group keeps half the money taken and returns the other half to the seller. The hall will be open from 9.30am – 10.00am to receive your plants.

Please ensure that each plant has two identical labels, both of them bearing the name of the plant, your name and the price. One will be removed so that the amount you are owed can be totted up and given to you at the end of the meeting, when you can also reclaim any unsold plants and your labels (tip: write in pencil on the labels so that they may be reused).

Selling will take place between 10.00am and 11.00am, at which point the lecture begins. Offers of help with selling on the day would be most welcome.

Charlie Pridham will be bringing plants for sale. Members may also pre-order plants direct from Charlie and he will bring them to the meeting. Email or call 01872 560451 to pre-order.

Plant of the Month Competition 

I know that you are interested in the plant of the month competition and enjoy seeing the entries. But have you thought of entering yourself? I am sure you have special plants you would love to share with Members.

There are two main categories – pot plant and cut flower. Between January and April there is also a bulb and corm class, which gives these little gems a chance to shine. 

Entries are originally anonymous and are judged by our speaker. 

There are two handsome cups which awarded at the AGM to the person with the most points in the respective classes.

Do come and talk to me at the meetings.

Helen & Roy Stickland

One day Soil Event

Civilisation depends upon a healthy soil. And not just for food, but our gardens, open spaces and the environment generally.


Join us for a one-day event and discussion on


Thursday 13th October 2022

10am – 4.15pm
Seavington Memorial Hall, Ilminster, TA19 0QH

Full details in this PDF and to book your tickets.

Nursery Booklet 2023

Good day Fellow Members,

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer and your garden has not suffered too much during the dry weather. I volunteered to help with the 2023 Somerset HPS Specialist Nursery Directory and will shortly contact the following nurseries to ascertain if they would be willing to support the 2023 directory:

  • Avon Bulbs
  • Beggars Roost Plants
  • Burrow Farm Gardens
  • C B Plants
  • Champion Plants
  • Chelston Nurseries
  • Chew Valley Trees
  • Cove Garden Nursery
  • Desert to Jungle
  • Dorset Water Lilies
  • Elworthy Cottage Plants
  • Forde Abbey Nursery
  • Forton Nursery
  • Greenshutters Nurseries
  • Hill House Nursery
  • In Clover
  • Kapunda Plants
  • Longacre Plants
  • Mallet Court Nursery
  • Margery Fish Nursery
  • Middlecombe Nursery
  • Peake Perennials
  • Pennard Plants
  • Perrie Hale Nursery
  • Plant Wild
  • Special Plants
  • Triffid Nursery
  • White Post Nursery
  • Wivey Carnivorous
  • Plus: Teresa Moss – Rare Plant Fair

Please do let me know if there are any other nurseries you think may be interested in taking part in the directory.  If so, I would be grateful if you could email me:

  1. The name of a contact person
  2. The name of the nursery
  3. A contact email address and/or telephone number.

I look forward to hearing from you, ideally by 16th September, 2022.

Thank you in advance.

Best regards

Angela Summers

Plant Swap Reminder

There are still a few places remaining for the plant swap on Friday 5 August at Watcombe in Winscombe near Axbridge. Arrive between 1:30 and 2 pm for the plant swap followed by afternoon tea.

Please contact Penny Berry T: 01278 662720 by Wednesday 12 noon at the latest.

HPS National Lecture Day – Volunteers Needed

You will have seen in the National newsletter that the booking has opened for tickets to the HPS Annual Lecture Day that Somerset Group are hosting. Thank you to those members that have already volunteered to help on the day.

However, we still need more helpers:

  • Several people to man the members plant stall with HPS booklets
  • People to run the Somerset Group’s book stall
  • Runners and messengers

The stalls will open at 9.15 – 10:45 just before the first talk, at lunchtime from 12:30 – 13:30 and in the afternoon break 14:40 – 15:10 and then for a short time at the end of the day.

You can volunteer for just one session or for more. It would also be very useful to have a couple of people to act as runners / messengers between myself and others to ensure we keep to the timetable and to usher people in and out of the lecture theatre.

We also need good quality plants for the plant stall.

All attendees must book and pay for a ticket unless you are only attending the AGM in which case there is no charge but you still need a ticket.

Please contact me by email (using the form below on the website) or telephone if you would like to help in any way to make this event a success.

Chair, HPS Somerset Group