Cerne Abbas Open Gardens

We would like to invite members of your gardening community to our annual village open gardens event. There will be about 25 gardens open from 2-6pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. We have been holding these events since 1974 and we give the profit to a cause inside the village and another outside.

In most gardens the gardeners are on hand to chat to and most welcome well behaved dogs on leads.
Please circulate this invitation and the attached poster which we would be grateful if you could find somewhere to display.

Many thanks.


Plant Fair Help Needed

Our Summer Plant Fair at Lower Severalls is now just a couple of weeks away. Keep the date – SUNDAY 12th JUNE – free! The Fair will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and you can pay on the gate – no need to pre-book your tickets for this one. There will also be a range of delicious light refreshments available and a chance to see the garden at an earlier time of year. 

We have the following excellent nurseries and stalls coming along from various parts of the south-west (plus one coming from mid-Wales!), and of course the HPS Somerset Group plant stall, to bring you the best of their summer plant offerings:

  • CB Plants
  • Charles Chesshire Plants
  • Exotic Earth Plants
  • Floyds Climbers
  • In Clover
  • Gardener’s Blacksmith
  • Heartsease Plants
  • Japonica Plants
  • Leesa’s Not Just Alpines
  • Misfit Plants
  • Pennard Plants
  • Plant Wild
  • Plants Galore
  • Wild Thyme 

We do need a couple more members to volunteer to help on the gate for an hour or two, so if you are free please let me know.

Many thanks


Zoom Talk: Razvan Chisu, The Transylvanian Gardener, will enthuse us with ‘Fifty shades of green’ – Wed 27th April, 7.30pm

Razvan is a UK-based garden designer, writer and lecturer. He grew up in Transylvania in a town surrounded by vast woodlands and species-rich wildlife meadows, a fact that has influenced the way he designs and maintains gardens. He will take us all on a journey into the amazing diversity of foliage, the wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures, and then give examples of how foliage plants can be used to great effect in our gardens. At the end of his talk, Razvan will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The cost will be £3 per person for HPS members and £5 per person for non-members. To book and/or to be added to our monthly distribution list for updates on our programme, please send an email asap to

Meeting Reminder: 9th April, Sally Gregson

Saturday 9th April – 11.00am 

Sally Gregson – ‘Practical Propagation’ 

Co-founder of the HPS Somerset Group, Sally Gregson trained professionally at Hadlow College and ran Mill Cottage Plants in Wookey, Somerset, for 20 years. Together with Bill Hodgson, she created the video on fern propagation for the Somerset Group (see ‘Videos’ on this website). This talk is a purely practical explanation and demonstration of how to make more from your garden, including some ‘tricks of the trade’.  As the author of ‘Practical Propagation’ (2008), Sally is also supremely well placed to answer any questions from the audience. 

Neil Lovesey Memorial

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Neil Lovesey, late of Pickett Lane Nursery, will be held at Misterton Village Hall, Unity Lane, Misterton, TA18 8NA on 7 May at 1pm.  Members of garden clubs and organisations that knew Neil are invited.  There will be a buffet lunch and for catering purposes individuals who would like to attend should contact Frankie Lovesey directly to let her know their intentions.  Tel: 01460 271519 or 07726 270934 email:

Many thanks,


Spring Plant Fair Now Fully Booked

The Early Spring Plant Fair at Yeo Valley Organic Garden on 26 March is now fully booked. Please do not come to the garden on Saturday if you haven’t already booked your parking space / permit as we have no more parking spaces.

Carol Clements

Sadly Carol Clements died on the 11th of March, the funeral is to be held in Taunton Crematorium on Wednesday 30th March at 1.30 pm.

Request no flowers please 

Best wishes 

Janet Murley