Events 2021-2022

Below are details of our programme of member events and outings for the next 12 months. You can also download a PDF leaflet for reference.

Non-members are warmly welcomed at our face-to-face events and on outings for a £3 fee each time, unless otherwise stated. For our occasional online (Zoom) events, links are sent out a few days beforehand to everyone on our mailing list.

The venue for our meetings is Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY (unless otherwise specified).

Directions: the Village Hall is in Uplyme on the B3165 between Hunters Lodge and Lyme Regis. Driving from Hunters Lodge, the hall is on the right after the mini roundabout and the filling station. There is parking in front of or behind the hall.

Programme subject to alteration.

CANCELLED – Wednesday 15th December, demonstration
Create a festive Christmas table – Demonstration by Bex Partridge

Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales shows how to create a table centre for your dining table at Christmas using all-natural materials.

Wednesday 15th December at 7.30pm, Uplyme Village Hall


Non-members welcome, £3. Refreshments from 7pm including mince pies and mulled wine (non-alcoholic version available).


We’re pleased to announce a full programme for 2022, subject of course to any new Government restrictions. We host both talks and social events, and coach and shared cars outings.

Talks and events at the Village Hall

Doors open at 7 for refreshments at our evening talks in the hall.

January 26th (Wednesday) 7.15pm

ZOOM TALK – watch at home. ‘Plain Jane or Super Model’ by Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers. Tonight, Bob focuses on results not challenges, posing the question “Why bother with plant X when you can get the same effect easier, cheaper and more reliably with plant Y? Or, maybe, a better effect.”

February 5th (Saturday) 10am till 12 noon

COFFEE MORNING. Everyone welcome. The container and tuber for the sponsored potato competition show class will also be on sale for £3.

February 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Glorious Trees’, by Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH. Celebrated botanist, plant collector and author, Lyme resident Sir Ghillean will share his lifelong enthusiasm for trees with an emphasis on Amazonia.

March 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Nature in the Garden’ by Paul Rendell. ‘Dartmoor Paul’ will talk about the wildlife in your garden and how to encourage the good guys. Paul’s books will be on sale. Free plug plants to grow on for the Summer Show class also.

April 27th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Head Gardeners’ by Ambra Edwards. An award-winning writer and garden historian, Ambra will be talking about the lives, vision and achievements of these often undervalued but very different Head Gardeners. Accompanied by beautiful photographs.

May 14th (Saturday) 10am till 12 noon

PLANT SALE & COFFEE MORNING. Please donate plants or home produce (cakes, jam, veg.) to be sold to raise funds to support our events. Entry £1. Refreshments on sale.

May 25th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Japanese Acers and Orchids’ by Steve Cleverdon. Known as ‘the Acer Grower’, Steve is a plantsman and garden designer, who is passionate about Japanese acers, orchids, and hydrangeas. He is an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker and will bring plants to sell.

June 22nd (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Water Voles and Mink, Uncomfortable Bed Fellows’ by Graham Roberts. Local ecologist Graham will be entertaining us again with his tales of the riverbank.

July 9th (Saturday) 1 till 5pm

SUMMER FLOWER AND PRODUCE FAIR. Competition marquee, fabulous artisan stalls, live music, family dog show, games and sideshows, and our ever-popular home-made refreshments. This year’s show theme is Trees!

July 27th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK AND DISPLAY. RNLI Week – ‘Birds of Prey’ by Xtreme Falconry. Get a close-up look at the amazing hunting raptors at this entertaining talk and display by Martin of Xtreme Falconry. All tickets £4 from Lyme Regis Lifeboat Shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580.

September 28th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

TALK. ‘Herbs: A Taste of the Unexpected’ by Mark Diacono. A look at less familiar herbs, how to grow and get the best from them in the kitchen. Mark – a writer, cook, gardener, photographer and twice winner of the Food Book of the Year – will tempt our tastebuds with a couple of garden cocktail tasters too.

October 8th (Saturday) 10am till 12 noon

AUTUMN SHOW – our fun informal show has moved to a Saturday morning. Celebrate the Autumn Harvest with classes for produce, flowers, preserves and baking.

November 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm

AGM followed by TALK about Lyme Regis Town Mill. Hear how this fully working flour mill at the centre of Lyme Regis was restored 20 years ago after the local community raised over £½ million to purchase and restore it. Flour on sale.

December 14th (Wednesday) 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL with bring and share supper. Swap your surplus seeds and join in a light-hearted quiz. Festive jumpers a must!


For all coach trip bookings, contact Jenny Harding, or 07773 604137. Coach pickups from Axminster by prior arrangement.

March 8th (Tuesday) Hestercombe House and Gardens – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. Explore 50 acres of parkland with beautiful arts and crafts influenced gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. The house holds a contem­porary art gallery, tea rooms and gift shop. £20 per person.

April 12th (Tuesday) NT Knightshayes – depart 9.15 am

COACH TRIP. Gothic Victorian country house surrounded by 19th Century parkland, large walled kitchen garden, extensive topiary, specimen trees and rare shrubs. £12 NT members, £21 non-members.

May 10th (Tuesday) Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. A botanical treasure-trove with charming walled garden, woodland walks and spectacular views of Chesil Beach. Restaurant and plant sales. £19 per person.

June 29th (Wednesday) Ugbrooke House and Gardens – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. A country house restored by Robert Adam and gardens redesigned by Capability Brown. Expect lakes, a courtyard garden, lavender parterre and fernery. Beautiful Orangery tearooms. £23.50 per person.

August 20th (Saturday) RHS Rosemoor Flower Show – depart 9am

COACH TRIP. Specialist growers, horticultural experts and artisans descend on Rosemoor to share their passion for plants and all things gardening. Enjoy the floral displays, demon­strations, and talks, with live music and food outlets. £19 per person.

September 1st and 8th (Thursdays)
Bee Nice Blooms – arrive for 10.30am

SHARED CARS TRIP to this ‘no dig’, pesticide-free flower farm at Abbotsbury with owner Sam Wood who will talk about how they grow, harvest, condition, and market their flowers. Limited spaces. Cost £30 includes tea/coffee and cake. Book with Tricia Boyd 07767 261444,

September 14th (Wednesday) The Oudolf Field at Bruton – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. A guided visit to Hauser & Wirth art gallery and the Oudolf Field, a large perennial meadow designed by internationally renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Bold drifts of herbaceous perennials are combined with grasses on what was originally an uncultivated field behind a Somerset farmhouse. Bistro style restaurant and farm shop. £15 per person.

October 11th (Tuesday) NT Stourhead – depart 9.15am

COACH TRIP. One of the world’s finest landscape gardens in all its autumnal splendour. Beautiful lakeside walks, grottos and temples. Large NT shop, restaurant, and farm shop. £13 NT members, £28 non-members.

December 3rd (Saturday) Bath – depart 9am

COACH TRIP. A Christmas trip to Bath. Enjoy festive shopping from independent retailers at the Christmas market, the Christmas light trail, and the many food and shopping outlets Bath has to offer. £15 per person.

Find out more

Members should be receiving invitations to events by email and an occasional newsletter. If you are not receiving these (and have not unsubscribed from our emails) please contact Lois Wakeman (  If you change your email address please contact our membership secretary Monica Mellor (

You should check this website for the latest information. Jo Benke-Smith is the chair of our trips and talks group and may be contacted on / 07504 442219.

Gardening, social events, shows, and visits in East Devon and West Dorset

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