News from the Chairman

As the year draws to a close we are well underway with our plans for the 2014 programme of events. Here is a taste of things coming next year:

January 22, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘Secrets of a Victorian Walled Garden’ Chris Smith of Pennard Plants (Chelsea GOLD Medallist).

February 26, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘The Winter Garden’ by John Horsey from East Lambrook Manor (Margery Fish) Garden.

March 26, Wednesday, 7.30pm: the Society’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by a TALK ‘Making the Most of Veg’ by Nick Rigden, Head of Horticulture at Cannington College and Senior Examiner for the RHS.

April 23, Wednesday, 7.30pm: DEMONSTRATION/WORKSHOP Willow Weaving with Jenny Knight of J K Willows near Axminster.

May 10, Saturday, 10.30am: PLANT SALE AND COFFEE MORNING

May 20, Tuesday: VISIT to Mottisfont Abbey by coach – National Trust property at Romsey, Hampshire, a country house with art gallery and remains of a 13th century priory.  Extensive gardens with riverside walks and walled garden with world-famous rose collection.

May 28, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘Beauty and the Beast’ an eccentric account of the natural history of Britain by Hugh Warwick.

June 25, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘Hardy fuchsias in the garden’ with a demonstration of propagation techniques.

July 12, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm: SUMMER SHOW AND COUNTRY FAYRE at Uplyme Village Hall and playing field – the tradition begun in 1929 continues, with challenging new classes to enter, beautifully staged exhibits to see in the marquee, good food and refreshments all afternoon, live alpacas, ferret racing, dog show, steam train rides, music, dancing, country skills demonstrations, stalls and sideshows. An afternoon of fun with a bee theme.

July 23, Wednesday, 7.30pm: DISPLAY from Xtreme Falconry’s Birds of Prey. Lifeboat Week special event.

August 27, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘Edible Flowers and More’ by Craig Rudman, River Cottage Head Gardener.

September 9, Tuesday: VISIT to Coleton Fishacre by coach – National Trust property at Kingswear, Devon – 1920s Arts & Crafts style house with Gilbert and Sullivan connections. RHS accredited garden with a daily tour.

September 24, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘The Perfect Partnership: Lutyens and Jekyll’ by Paul Atterbury of BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow. £3 admission.

October 22, Wednesday, 7.30pm: TALK ‘The Botany of Witchcraft’ by Edward Wells.

October 11, Saturday: AUTUMN SHOW

November 26, Wednesday, 7.30pm: GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME with a team of experts to answer questions from the audience.


1                                                                       Jenny Harding, Chairman