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 monmouthshirehps@gmail.com

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: franceslovesey@gmail.com.

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

Two Weeks To Go (Early Spring Plant Fair)

Less than two weeks to go until our Early Spring Plant Fair at Yeo Valley Organic Garden on 26 March 2022! Tickets have now largely sold out, but there are still some available for 2.00pm arrival only. However as the garden and cafe will be open until 4.00pm that should still give you plenty of time to purchase some plants for your garden and have a look around so get your tickets while you can (don’t forget your parking permit). The link appears under the poster on the website home page.

Here is a complete list of the nurseries coming to the Fair:

  • Long Acre Plants (Nigel Rowland)
  • Elworthy Cottage Plants (Mike and Jenny Spiller)
  • Hilltop Garden (Brian and Josse Emerson)
  • Roseland House (Charlie and Liz Pridham)
  • Avon Bulbs (Chris Ireland-Jones)
  • Shady Plants (Tony and Sylvia Marden)
  • Millwood Plants (Gary Buckingham)
  • CB Plants (Catherine Bond)
  • Gardeners’ Delight (Nick Wade)
  • Gardeners’ Blacksmith (Jonne Ceserani)
  • Triffids (Jackie Williams)
  • Phoenix Perennial Plants (Marina Christopher)

Hope that everyone is able to come away with bags full of new treasures!

Many thanks


Picket Lane Nursery Closing

Sadly, one of our favourite nurseries and a loyal supporter of the Group’s events, Picket Lane Nursery, is closing with immediate effect. The nursery is holding a closing down sale on the 26th of March, with big reductions on lots of plants. If you weren’t able to get tickets for our plant fair, you might want to pay the nursery a visit. The sale is taking place at the nursery at Picket Lane, South Perrott, DT8 5HU from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Malvern Show Coach Trip Tickets

Kate Harris passed this on:

The Appley Garden Club have some seats still available on their mini-coach going to Malvern on the 6th of May. I don’t have the times yet, but they are leaving from Appley (near Wellington) and could make a pick-up at Taunton. The charge is £50 per person to include entry ticket and coach. The contact is Sue Jacoby suejacoby@gmail.com, Tel 01823 674 471.

Reminder: Saturday 12th March – 11.00am

Tamsin Westhorpe – ‘Stockton Bury Gardens Through the Seasons’

With over 25 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, Tamsin has plenty of practical, hands-on knowledge. She was Editor of The English Garden magazine for six years, and is now the curator and gardener of Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire, an award-winning garden which was created by her great-uncle, Raymond Treasure. Tamsin is also an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Judge, and author of Diary of a Modern Country Gardener.

This talk will feature plants and practical tips particularly relevant to spring and early summer; Tamsin has years of experience fielding visitors’ questions during Stockton Bury’s open days, so she’s aware of what gardeners really want to know.  This promises to be a lively and informative talk covering a wide range of topics.