November meeting

DATE Wednesday November 26th 2014
VENUE Uplyme Village Hall

Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm, please SEE AGENDA HERE

Gardeners Question Time at 8pm with a panel of three local experts – Mary Benger (Burrow Farm Gardens), Phil Gamble (gardens advisor) and Will Livingstone (Head Gardener at River Cottage) – who will answer questions from the audience.

Enjoy tea or coffee and home-made cake before and after the events. Admission is free to members, £3 non-members.


Mary Benger and husband John moved to Burrow Farm in 1959.  John built up a dairy herd, and in 1966 Mary began her garden on that land deemed unsuitable for farming. She studied at Bicton and has been an active member of the region’s horticultural societies – Axminster Horticultural Society and Devon Hardy Plants Society. Her show gardens at The Axe Vale Festival have won several Large Gold and Best in Show awards. Mary frequently gives talks to garden groups.

Phil Gamble trained at Cannington College. He worked as Head Gardener to the Lord Lt. of Somerset and the Pecorama Millennium Garden. Following 10 years lecturing with Kingston Maurward Horticulture Department he now develops gardens for private clients. An established speaker and gardens advisor.

Will Livingstone Head Gardener at River Cottage has an impressive knowledge of organic vegetable growing, as demonstrated in his talk to the Society in August. Will is in charge of the vegetable garden at Park Farm which supplies River Cottage’s kitchens. He teaches courses on the wide range of skills and techniques necessary for making the most of organic garden space year round. And he is an expert in the non-chemical control of pests in the veg patch – the worst of which he claims are chefs and TV film crews!