Will you be coming to the March 21st meeting?

Hello all,

The committee has been considering the current situation with the Coronavirus and felt it would be useful to find out more about the intentions of members for the March 21st meeting.

If you could click here and complete this one multiple choice question we will then be better informed.

The meeting is still on, with the above information we can validate how to handle the virus situation going forward.

Please take a moment to complete the question above,

Many thanks, The Committee.

21st March Meeting | Plants In Advance

Andrew Ward of Norwell Gardens and Nurseries is coming to talk to us on Saturday 21st March. Members may pre-order plants from him via email and he will happily bring them on the day, when payment should be made.

Please note, Andrew only accepts cash or cheques – no bank cards.

You can browse the nursery catalogue here: Norwell Gardens and Nurseries
To order, email wardha@aol.com with a list of the plants you would like. Not everything on the website is always  available, but Andrew will let you know if something you’ve ordered is out of stock.

A full reminder for this meeting, with details of Andrew’s talk, will be sent out in a week’s time.

Best wishes, Bill

Elworthy Cottage Snowdrops 27th Feb

HPS members Mike and Jenny Spiller, of Elworthy Cottage will be opening their garden for the NGS  on the 27th Feb from 11.00am – 4.00pm.  They have an extraordinary collection of more than 350 different varieties of snowdrops, displayed to great effect in their wildlife-friendly garden.  There will also be snowdrops for sale, and homemade teas to warm the cockles.

Entry for adults is £4.00, and children are admitted free.  Go to https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/9630/ for full details.

Elworthy Cottage,

Revised ELMG parking Help Required


I made a mistake, the EMLG Plant Fair is on March 28th, apologies for that. Meanwhile the need for parking help from 9:30am to 12pm on Saturday 28th. Please reply to this email or contact Sally Gregson if you can spare some time. This is the biggest event of the year for the Somerset HPS group and funds the wonderful speakers we have each season.

Many thanks, Bill.


2020 East Lambrook Manor Gardens – Early Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 28 March 2020, 10am – 4pm East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton Somerset TA13 5HH. 22 of the South West’s top nurseries. Visit eastlambrook.com for details.

  • Avon Bulbs
  • Beans & Herbs
  • CB Plants
  • Cotswold Garden Flowers
  • Desert to Jungle
  • Elworthy Cottage Plants
  • Gardener’s Delight
  • Hardy Way Perennials
  • Hilltop Nursery
  • In Clover
  • Long Acre Plants
  • Mill Cottage Plants
  • Millwood Plants
  • Mrs Mitchell’s Kitchen & Garden
  • Pennard Plants
  • Phoenix Perennial Plants
  • Picket Lane Nursery
  • Roseland House Nursery
  • Shady Plants
  • Wild Thyme Nursery
  • Margery Fish Plant Nursery

Meeting Reminder: Sat 22nd – Stephen Griffith – ‘Abbotsbury – Past, Present and Future’

Saturday 22nd February – 11.00am

Stephen Griffith – ‘Abbotsbury – Past, Present and Future’

Stephen first arrived at Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden in the aftermath of the great storm of 1990, when hundreds of trees were lost.  As Head Gardener, he set about repairing the damage and discovering the history of the garden.  He has since travelled the world in search of new plants, bringing his finds back to thrive in the shelter of Abbotsbury’s microclimate.  Now its Curator, he will guide us around the garden and perhaps inspire us to experiment with more tender plants ourselves.

Plants for Sale will be provided by Desert to Jungle


Reminder: Coach trip to the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

Hello: Tickets are available for the Kew Coach Trip. If you wish to visit Vellacot please add that by hand to the booking form.

Wednesday 4th March

Coach trip to the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

Combined coach and entry price is £36.00 for those aged 60 and over, and £37.70 for everyone else

Immerse yourself in the tropics this winter by exploring the wonders of Indonesia through Kew’s iconic 25th annual orchid festival.  Rainforests and volcanoes will be brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays.

Over 5,000 species of orchids can be found in Indonesia, alongside the staggering wildlife found nowhere else on earth.  This year’s festival is a celebration of the cultural and natural diversity that is scattered across the country’s archipelago of 17,504 islands, and the scientific discovery being made by Kew’s intrepid scientists.

As well as visiting the orchids, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the rest that Kew has to offer.

NB – As Kew tickets have to be pre-purchased, there will be no refunds for illness within the last week.  The coach will depart from Hankridge Farm, Taunton and there will also be a pick up at Great Western Rd car park (free) in Clevedon.

Kew Orchid Festival