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.

The HPS visits booking form for Autumn 2019 is available to download here.

Location maps or directions will be supplied following booking a place on an event.


Somerset HPS Programme 2019

A handy one-page PDF version of the 2019/20 programme will be available soon.            All other meeting details can be found on the meeting page.                                      Refreshments are served before the lectures.


Tuesday 17th September

Coach trip to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.

Once recognised as being one of the finest gardens in England, Bicton Park is set on a hillside leading down to formal water gardens with canals, fountains, a small stream and a large lake. A fernery and rock gardens are overlooked by a flint stone hut which houses a shell collection. The pinetum and arboretum boast over 1,000 trees, including 25 Champion (exceptional specimen) Trees, and the drive to the nearby college is flanked by an extraordinary avenue of monkey puzzles. One of the main features of Bicton park is the semi-circular Palm House, built in the 1820s, which predates the one at Kew by 20 years and comprises Tropical, Arid, and Temperate Houses.

There is a restaurant on site.

https://www.bictongardens.co.uk


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!

Plant orders can be made online, and Marcel will bring them to the meeting.

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.                          

AGM, followed at 11.15am 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


Somerset HPS Programme 2020


Saturday 18th January – 11.00am

David Usher – ‘Gertrude Jekyll: Her Plants and Designs’

David was Head Gardener for 15 years at Hestercombe Gardens, near Taunton, where he restored the gardens to Gertrude Jekyll’s original design from the many drawings that were available to him.  This talk covers Jekyll’s career, from her beginnings in horticulture to the designs which made her one of the most influential women in the history of British gardening.

Plants for Sale



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

abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk



Saturday 21st March – 11.00am

Dr. Andrew Ward – ‘Marvellous Mints and Perfect Poppies’

Dr Andrew Ward and his wife Helen own and run Norwell Nurseries, near Newark in Nottinghamshire.  They specialise in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials, as well as the more usual choice of plants.  This talk covers a selection of Andrew’s favourites from two diverse plant families, and includes the myriad spires of salvias, ajugas and phlomis contrasting with the diaphanous chalices of papavers, meconopsis and sanguinarias.

Plants for Sale:  Members may pre-order plants direct from Andrew and he will bring them to the meeting.  Email wardha@aol.com or call 01636 636337 to pre-order.

www.norwellnurseries.co.uk



Saturday 18th April – 11.00am

Jane Moore – ‘Colour in the Garden: Clever Colour Combinations’

Jane Moore joined The Bath Priory as Head Gardener in March 2003, bringing her trademark passion, enthusiasm and experience to the hotel’s four acres of walled gardens.  She has received many accolades, including a silver medal at Chelsea in 2003.  In this talk, Jane brings her own broad plant knowledge to bear on sensational colour combinations through the seasons.

Plants for Sale

www.thebathpriory.co.uk/hotel/gardens



Saturday 19th September – 
Plant Sale 10.00am
Lecture starts at 11.00am

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

Charlie Pridham – ‘Climbing Plants’

Charlie and his wife, Liz, run Roseland House Nursery in Chacewater, near Truro, 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 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.

Plants for Sale:  Members may also pre-order plants direct from Charlie Pridham and he will bring them to the meeting.  Email charlie@roselandhouse.co.uk or call 01872 560451 to pre-order.

www.roselandhouse.co.uk



Saturday 17th October – 11.00am

Sally Gregson – ‘Practical Propagation’

Somerset Group member Sally Gregson runs Mill Cottage Plants, in Wookey.  Together with Bill Hodgson, she created the video on fern propagation for the Somerset Group: https://somersethps.com/videos/  This talk is a purely practical explanation and demonstration of how to make more from your garden, including some ‘tricks of the trade’.  How to get plants for free – what’s not to like?

www.millcottageplants.co.uk