May news and events

Plant Sale Success Raises £500 for Air Ambulance Night Landing Facility at Uplyme

We donated £500 to The King George V Playing Fields for its night landing facility for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, from funds raised by the Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on 11th.

Here’s Horticultural Society Chair Robin Britton, pictured right, presenting the cheque to Jim Thomas, left, Chair of The King George V Playing Fields, at the end of the sale.

A crowded two-hour sale saw a wide range of veg plants, herbs, perennials and bedding sold to eager purchasers.  The sale of donated cakes, jams and produce also contributed to the fund raising. In total, the morning raised around £800. The King George V Playing Fields is one of several charities supported by the Horticultural Society, with the summer show in July also raising funds for good causes.

Our next regular event is on May 22nd 2019 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm: Talk ‘Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels’ by Sally Gregson of Mill Cottage Plants

Suggestions for planting in those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas-includes some epimediums and hydrangeas. Plants for sale.

Our next Coach Trip is on June 12th (Wednesday) to Lytes Cary Manor and Midney Gardens and Nursery. Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am

Lytes Cary is an intimate manor house featuring a 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall. Its Arts & Crafts-style garden is an inspiring combination of outdoor rooms, topiary, statues and herbaceous borders. Small tea room and shop. Also home to Midney: 1.4 acre plantsman’s garden and nursery. Cost NT members £18 Non NT members £22. Includes tea/cake at Midney. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.

Dates for your diary: 

  • June 26th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Dutch Flower Painters and Landscape Painting – how it evolves’ by Pam Simpson. For art lovers and gardeners alike, Pam will talk about the Dutch flower painters and show how landscape painting evolves.
  • Coach Trip July 3rd (Wednesday) leaving the Village Hall at 9.15 to Cothay Manor near Wellington. Please ring Jane Hadley 01297 444147 to book. 36 seats max!
  • Don’t forget – our first trip to Highgrove was a complete sell-out, so we are organising a second visit. See  details of how to book – but don’t leave it too long if you missed out the first time!
  • And it’s probably time to start thinking about your entries for the Summer Show on July 13th (Saturday). You can download a schedule and programme here (PDF file).