Events 2021

Provisional schedule for 2021

Below are details of our programme of member events and outings for 2021. Non-members are warmly welcomed at our physical events for a £3 fee each time, unless otherwise stated. For our 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.

All  events are subject to government COVID restrictions, which change regularly. The site will be updated regularly as we have new information.

  • Zoom talk – ‘Native Plants as Garden Flowers’
    February 24th (Wednesday) – join at 7pm for a 7.15pm start
    Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers will be talking about how native plants are easier to grow and look more natural in gardens.

    Bob has a life-long obsession with hardy perennials, widened and much honed since he started his nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers 30 years ago on an isolated acre of unpropitious alkaline clay in Worcestershire. He is known for having opinions (many very critical) about all the 18,000 plus kinds of plants he’s grown or tried to grow. He has been vice chairman of the Herbaceous Committees of the RHS overseeing trials for the Award of Garden Merit (AGM). He writes for various periodicals including a monthly series in Gardening Which. He’s holder of the Veitch Memorial Medal, awarded annually by the RHS for outstanding contribution to the advancement of science and practice of horticulture.

  • Potato in a Bucket Competition
    Potato collection Saturday February 27th 10am – 12noon (subject to coronavirus restrictions)

    The first step on the path to our 2021 Show will be the distribution of seed potatoes. As we cannot be sure what form the Show will take this year, there will be no charge for the tubers or buckets. At present, we do not know whether there will be a weigh-in on Show Day or online, or whether there will be prizes – we are playing everything by ear until the situation becomes much clearer.

    All of you who have a bucket from last year (and we know who you are!) should bring it along to Uplyme Playing Field on Saturday February 27th between 10am and 12pm, to collect a potato. If you do not want to take part this year, please either bring the bucket anyway, or contact Robin Britton to arrange to return it – there may be members who want to give it a try this year. If you would like to participate and do not have a bucket please contact Robin Britton (

    One member has over-ordered their own seed potatoes and kindly donated the surplus (different types). These will be available on February 27th, again free, though donations will be welcome for Society funds.

    Collection will depend upon prevailing lockdown restrictions so please look out for further news by email and on our website.

  • Zoom talk – ‘How to grow a dried flower garden’
    March 17th (Wednesday) – join at 7pm for a 7.15pm start

    Our speaker in March is Bex Partridge, a floral artist who has recently moved to East Devon with her young family. Bex grows, gathers and then dries her plants to design ethereal flower arrangements which reflect the seasons. Bex will be showing us the plants that she is sowing in her garden now, for collecting later in the year and using to create her unique floral arrangements.
  • April 28th 2021 (Wednesday) 7 for 7.15pm Zoom online talk
    ‘British Owls, their Natural History and Practical Conservation’ by Chris Sperring. Chris is a professional wildlife conservationist with the Hawk and Owl Trust. There will be a live owl on camera too!
  • May 15th 2021 (Saturday) Plant Sale, Uplyme Village Hall
    Further details about how this will be run will follow in due course but please note the date in your diary.
  • June 11th 2021 (Friday) Own cars trip to Corscombe House/Harvard Farm.
  • June 23rd 2021 (Wednesday) Talk ‘The Scented Garden’ by Jeremy Wilson.
  • June 30th (Wednesday) Evening visit in own cars to Musbury Barton.
  • July 10th 2021 (Saturday) 1-5pm Summer Flower and Produce Fair, Uplyme Village Hall
    We hope to stage our delayed summer show with its theme of ‘Lavender’.
  • July 23rd (Friday) Own cars trip to Corscombe House/Harvard Farm. (The interest in this trip, had it run in 2020, was so high that we’ve arranged a second date.)
  • September 15th (Wednesday) Talk ‘Revive your garden’ by Nick Bailey, Gardeners’ World presenter and former head gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Nick will talk about how to breathe life, style and good health back into tired gardens. This will be a ticketed event.

Find out more

Members should be receiving invitations to events by email and a monthly 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 Anita Routley (

Please note that all events are subject to change and cancellation, depending upon prevailing Covid-19 restrictions. Details of all events from May onwards are to be confirmed.

We hope to add extra events to this schedule as the year progresses and if we are able to resume face-to-face talks.

You should check the monthly email newsletter and 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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