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

Clay Pots Available from Roy

As a result of our preparation to move house I have a large number of clay flower pots, ranging in size from three inches to ten inches. There are also a few larger sizes as well. There is a very large stock and I’d hate to see them destroyed, and I would love them to find new homes.

Any members going to the Plant Swap on Friday 6th August could round off their visit by coming to Herongates to avoid making two visits to North Somerset. Apart from the pots, there are some very robust plant supports made from 1mtr high sheep fencing, originally used for dahlia plants.

One or two members are already using them and intend to come for more. My stroke earlier this year has stopped my propagating, so there are fewer plants available, but a limited number that are still worthwhile.

I shall be pleased to see members at any time – not just 6 August – just let me know in advance when you would like to come ( or 01934 843280)

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Best wishes,



Plant swap and afternoon tea at Watcombe.

We are very pleased that Ann and Peter Owen will be hosting the Plant Swap and Lunch in their exquisitely designed garden in Winscombe near Axbridge.

A 3⁄4 acre mature Edwardian garden with colour-themed, informally planted herbaceous borders. Strong framework separating several different areas; pergola with varied wisteria, unusual topiary, box hedging, lime walk, pleached hornbeams, cordon fruit trees, two small formal ponds and a growing collection of clematis.

Many unusual trees and shrubs and a small vegetable plot. Attendees are requested to bring a few surplus plants – seedlings, young plants and rooted cuttings – to swap with others (if you can but not mandatory). Numbers will be limited to 25.

£15 per person – to book your place please use the Contact form and mention how many people you’d wish to bring.

Stogumber Open Gardens

Come along to the 40th year of the Stogumber Gardens Open

Stogumber is deservedly renowned for its beautiful gardens. Every year since 1982 several gardens have been open on a weekend to raise money for charity. In the last 5 years, nearly £38,000 has been raised.

On Saturday 9th July and Sunday 10th July 2022 from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, around 10 individual gardens will be open in aid of St Mary’s Church, the Children’s Hospice South West and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and four more in addition.

Several delightful and very varied gardens in a picturesque village on the edge of the Quantocks with many rare and unusual plants. Features include a courtyard, ponds, bog gardens, rockery, extensive mixed beds, vegetable and fruit gardens, and a collection many different roses. Fine views of the surrounding countryside from some gardens.

Refreshments will be available in the Village Hall and include fabulous food and cake. There will be plants for sale and Bric-à-brac stalls as well!


The entrance fee is £8 for all weekend.

Children under 14 are free.


TA4 3TQ – 3 miles SE of Williton, Somerset – follow signs from A358 or B3224. 

11m NW of Taunton. 3m W of A358. Signed to Stogumber, W of Crowcombe. Village maps given to all visitors.