Programme

Meetings and lectures are held at West Monkton Village Hall unless otherwise specified.  All meetings at West Monkton Village Hall are free to members, and there is a modest charge of £2 for non-members. The Group will have a plant stall and a book stall at most of the lectures listed and will hold a Flower & Pot Plant of the Month competition.

Visits & Trips

All coach trips and garden visits must be pre-booked with Janet Murley via email: janet.murley@btinternet.com or phone: 01884 820840.  Please refer to Newsletters for further details of trips and download the HPS visits booking sheet Summer 2018 here.  Location maps or directions will be supplied following booking a place on an event.

 


Somerset HPS Programme 2018/19

A handy one-page PDF version of the 2018/19 programme is available by clicking here.  All other meeting details can be found on the meeting page.  Refreshments are served before the lectures.


2018

Saturday 15th September

50/50 Plant Sale: 10.00 – 11.00am (Hall opens at 9.30am)

11.00am: Julian Sutton – ‘How the Flowers Became’

Many of you will be familiar with Julian Sutton who, with his wife Sarah, runs Desirable Plants, a mail-order nursery based in Totnes. In this lecture, Julian will be looking at the nature of flowers, their form, colour and even their biological behaviour.  The lecture includes a series of fascinating stories surrounding the evolution of floral diversity, including the origin of flowers themselves, all illustrated by garden-worthy plants.

Plants for sale

www.desirableplants.com

50/50 Plant Sale

The 50/50 Plant Sale prior to the lecture at our September meeting each autumn continues to prove popular. 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 to sell.

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 will be most welcome.

Our speaker this month – Julian Sutton – will also be bringing plants for sale.

You  never know what you’re going to find at an HPS plant sale – this is an excellent opportunity to grab a bargain and plant in time for a colourful spring.


Wednesday 19th September

Self-drive Visit to Midney Gardens, Mill Lane, Midney, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HR

The garden at Midney was started in 2009, with the aim of creating a place which people would want to visit and enjoy.  Eight years on, the garden offers visitors a chance to experience a plantsman’s garden of exceptional quality.  Subtle themes and a natural planting style draw the visitor from one garden area to the next and each area has its own character.  The onsite nursery specialises in herbaceous plants, alpines, grasses and herbs – all organically grown.

Refreshments available in the tearoom.

www.midneygardens.co.uk


Saturday 20th October – 11.00am 

Dr Laura de Beden – ‘Create a Garden as a Work of Art’

Laura is a landscape architect and garden designer whose talks are always well received and interesting.  In this design masterclass, she will be discussing spatial composition, ideas and materials, demonstrated by simple yet effective practical examples.  Discover how the rich language of art applies to garden-making and how to relate this to your own plot.  This talk could change how you view your garden!

www.lauradebeden.co.uk


Saturday 17th November –  10am for 10.30 AGM.                           Lecture starts 11.15am

AGM, followed by

Keith Wiley – ‘Erythroniums and Other Woodlanders’

Anyone who has heard Keith speak or visited his garden, Wildside, will know what a treat this lecture will be.  An erythronium fanatic, he has raised and named several hybrids of his own.  As well as erythroniums he will be discussing the many other woodland plants that he adds to the mix, and showing how observations gathered from seeing plants in the wild helps him to provide the conditions they need.  Even if you don’t have an acre of woodland, most of us have an area under trees in our gardens where these plants can grow.

Plants for sale

www.wileyatwildside.com


 2019


Saturday 19th January – 11.00am

Jo Hynes – ‘The Winter Garden: Why Stay Indoors?’

Jo holds the National Collection of cyclamen in her garden in Dolton, near RHS Rosemoor, and with borders full of hellebores and more than 300 named snowdrop varieties, plus a great many winter flowering shrubs, she is an inspiration to other gardeners who want to brighten up those bare-boned winter months.

Plants for Sale

Jo’s NGS Open Garden


Saturday 16th February – 11.00am

Nick Wray – ‘Microclimates’

Nick is the Curator of the recently re-established Bristol University Botanic Garden and has been awarded the RHS Associate of Honour.  In this lecture, he will show us how to identify garden microclimates and describe how these can be manipulated to create better growing conditions for a wider and more diverse range of plants.  If you’ve ever wondered how botanical gardens manage to successfully grow plants from all over the world, this is your chance to find out!


Saturday 16th March – 11.00am

Mary Payne MBE – ‘Grasses and Perennials Make Good Companions’

Mary is a celebrated garden designer, horticultural consultant, broadcaster and writer who has won Gold at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.  Horticultural advisor to the stunning gardens at Compton Acres in Dorset and Lady Farm in Somerset, in this talk she will be sharing her wealth of knowledge about grasses and prairie-style gardening in general.

Mary will confirm at a later date if she will be bringing plants for sale.


Saturday 13th April – 11.00am

Kevin Hughes – ‘Joy in the Spring Garden’

Kevin recently purchased Cally Gardens in Scotland, previously owned by the esteemed plant hunter Michael Wickenden.  Kevin is renowned for the interesting range of plants that he has collected, bred and developed, many of which are not well known or widely available.  As many of you already know, he is an engaging speaker and a veritable mine of information.  In this lecture, Kevin will revel in the fresh green foliage and jewel-like flowers of spring.

Plants for Sale

www.callygardens.co.uk


Sunday 9th – Friday 14th June

SHPS Trip to Ireland

As the Group celebrates its 25th anniversary, we have a treat planned for 2019: a trip to southern Ireland, from 9th to 14th June, by luxury coach.  For full details of the trip, the gardens and itinerary, click here.


Saturday 21st September – Plant Sale 10.00am                          Lecture starts at 11.00am

50/50 Plant Sale:  (Hall opens at 9.30am)  followed by:

Marcel Floyd – ‘Clematis’

Marcel is the owner of Floyd’s Climbers and Clematis in Wiltshire, and has been growing award-winning clematis for over 30 years.  He will be demonstrating how to prune and take cuttings from various types of clematis, as well as advising on how and where to grow the different varieties.  All your clematis questions answered!

Plants for Sale

www.floydsclimbers.co.uk

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 to sell.

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 will be most welcome.

Our speaker, Marcel Floyd, will also be bringing plants for sale.


Saturday 19th October – 11.00am

Peter Cantrill – ‘Unusual Herbaceous Plants’

Peter runs the wholesale nursery Dayspring Plants near Exeter, which supplies plants to National Trust gardens, amongst others.  With a lifetime’s experience in the business, his horticultural knowledge is second to none, and the plants he brings to sell have been known to cause a rush to buy at the end of his lectures.

Plants for Sale


Saturday 23rd November – 10am for 10.30 AGM.                           Lecture starts 11.15am

AGM, followed by

Tom Hart Dyke – ‘Tales of a Modern-Day Plant Hunter’

Tom Hart Dyke first shot to international prominence in the year 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Colombian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong.  His plant-hunting jaunts have taken him from the volcanic archipelagos of the Cape Verde Islands to down under in Tasmania, and from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to the remote Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.  Many of his collected plants are housed in the World Garden of Plants, which he created within a two-acre walled garden in the grounds of his ancestral home of Lullingstone Castle in Kent.  This promises to be a talk woven with adventurous and exotic tales…and some fascinating plants.

www.tomhartdyke.co.uk