Events 2018-20

Below are details of this and next year’s programme of member events. Non-members are warmly welcomed at our events for a £3 fee each time, unless otherwise stated.

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.

For more details please call chairman Robin Britton on 01297 442794.

We also run an interesting programme of coach outings!


November 28th 2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm

Society AGM followed by Talk ‘ Foraging from the Garden’ by Anne Swithinbank, horticulturalist, writer and broadcaster. Anne will be talking about how to turn your plot however small into a miniature forest garden with soft fruit, rhubarb, herbs, edible flowers and a few veg. Edibles are as ornamental as any other plant, especially purple-flowered and podded peas, rainbow chard and coloured kales. Anne will also talk on what she grows in her garden for culinary use and explain how this creates more relaxed planting which is wildlife friendly.

You can download the revised constitution that will be discussed at the AGM here: Draft Revised Constitution  , and the Agenda (PDF files).

December 5th 2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm

We will be holding a Christmas social with a bring and share supper. To entertain us, a Quiz/Seed Swap and Sweet Pea planting.

January 23rd 2019 (Wednesday) 7.30pm

Demonstration  “Seasonal Flower Arranging’ by Sarah Broom

East Devon based florist specialising in seasonal workshops and all things floral,  Sarah will demonstrate two floral arrangements giving tips for taking part in the Summer Show Floral section.

February 27th 2019  (Wednesday) 7.30pm

Talk ‘The Otters Return to Southern Britain’ by Graham Roberts

The talk will be split into three sections. The first will cover the ecology and distribution of otters both locally and nationally. The second stage will cover the demise and pressures on otters and the final section covers aspects of a conservation success story and the challenges this now presents for the future

Graham is a retired Ecologist and worked for 25 years for The Wildlife Trust in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the IOW. For many years he worked as a Water for Wildlife Officer promoting otter recovery in the South East of England. More recently, his remit broadened considerably into river and wetland habitat restoration and included national work on chalk rivers particularly.

Also, Competition for summer show:
One potato tuber, grown in a container, both of which will be supplied by the Committee. The numbered container and potato will be available for purchase (£2.50) at the February meeting of the Society, and then from Committee members until all sold. No other containers will be acceptable. To be emptied at the show and judged on quality and weight

Sponsored by River Cottage. Two prizes will be awarded: one for the greatest weight of potatoes; the second for best quality crop, judged by Will Livingstone of River Cottage.

March 27th 2019 (Wednesday) 7.30pm

‘Designing a Border’ – a Planting Workshop with Garden Designer Sally Leaney

Sally won best in show for her garden at Taunton Flower Show last year.  She will run a designing/planting workshop where we will discuss planting schedules, growing conditions, planting numbers etc and ‘have a go’ yourself at planning a border.  Please bring a favourite reference book to use.

April 24th 2019 (Wednesday) 7.30pm

Demonstration ‘Hanging baskets’ by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery

A practical demonstration of how to plant up four hanging baskets by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery.

Competition: Also at the April meeting will be the Chairman’s spring-flowering bulb competition. There are two classes:

  • Pot or container of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in the pot/container
  • Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.

Bring along your entries on the night from 7pm. Plug plants will be available to grow on for the Summer Show at the March and April meetings.

May 11th (Sat) 9.30am -11.30am Uplyme Village Hall Plant Sale & Coffee morning

Raising funds to support our events. Please bring donations of plants or home produce (cakes, jam, veg) to sell. Entry £1. Contact 01297 444962 for more details.

May 22nd (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall 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.

Sally has been tutoring gardening courses at West Dean for over five years. She trained professionally at Hadlow College, and runs Mill Cottage Plants in Wookey Somerset. Sally lectures widely here and abroad; writes regularly for local and national magazines; and has published ‘Practical Propagation’ (2008), ‘Ornamental Vegetable Gardening’ (2009), and ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums’ (Timber Press 2015).

June 26th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Dutch Flower Painters and Landscape Painting – how it evolves’ by Pam Simpson

Pam will talk about the Dutch flower painters and /or show how landscape painting evolves. Pam is an Art and Design Historian, who has worked in London art schools for 30 years, including the Royal College of Art, 20 of those years at Middlesex University.

She lives in West Dorset now and is currently Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University in the art school and at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Pam teaches short courses and study days in Bridport and in 2019 in Lyme Regis.

July 13th (Sat) 1pm -5pm Summer Show and Country Fayre

Potato themed classes in the Horticultural Show, games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, family dog show, food and craft stalls, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games, and refreshments. All afternoon on Uplyme playing field, in the big marquee and in the village hall. Details Robin Britton 01297 442794. Part profits to be donated to 1st Lym Valley Scout Group and Marie Curie.

July 31st (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk & Display of Birds of Prey by Xtreme Falconry

Real live owls, falcons, hawks and a magnificent eagle. All tickets £3.00 from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.

August 28th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Plants of the Dolomites’ by Paul Cumbleton

A travelogue about a visit to the Dolomite Mountains in Italy made in 2016 and showing a selection of the plants and scenery encountered. Wherever possible Paul tries to link the plants shown in the wild with details about their cultivation in the garden so people can see how “growable” or not the plants are.

Paul Cumbleton was head of the Alpine Department at RHS Wisley Garden responsible for the rock garden, alpine meadow, crevice garden and the alpine display houses for 11 years before taking early retirement and escaping to the country in rural Somerset. He has grown alpines for over 30 years and also has particular interest in Pleione and the winter-growing South African Bulbs. He has written articles for the AGS journal, The Plantsman, The Garden magazine and other publications and his regular blog about his team’s work at Wisley was widely read and appreciated.

September 25th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Living Jigsaw Explained’ – the nitty gritty of eco-friendly gardening by Val Bourne

Val Bourne is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild. Val is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, among others, and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic and she manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all – something she has always believed in. Her newest book, ‘The Living Jigsaw’ published by Kew, explains how it all works. Val is an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society.

October 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Autumn Show and Harvest Supper

(Bring and Share). Show classes that celebrate the autumn harvest – produce, flowers, preserves and baking. Further details to follow.

November 27th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall AGM followed by Talk ‘Natural Gardening’ by Brian Tomsett

– the history and application of “no-dig” and other non-traditional cultivation techniques for flowers, fruit and vegetables.

December 4th(Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall (TBC) ‘Social & Christmas Supper’ (bring and share)

Pre Christmas social. Find out what the society is up to for the coming year renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Enjoy a light hearted quiz and bring and share supper. Bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members.

January 22nd 2020 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk by Will Livingstone (ex River Cottage Head Gardener) ‘Cultivating beauty and function’ within the Organic Kitchen Garden

Born and raised in East Devon, my energy for vegetable growing was sparked in the family allotment as a child. It has only continued to build through time at agricultural college and then over ten years at Park Farm, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ, with five years spent as Head Gardener.

I started WillGrow in 2018, to spread my passion for creating beautiful, organic spaces that are productive too. Veg growing of yesteryear was relegated to the margins and my quest is to bring it to the fore by encouraging the introduction (or reintroduction) of edible varieties within gardens and landscapes of all shapes and sizes.

February 26th 2020 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘How to grow Clematis Successfully’ with pruning demonstration by Marcus Dancer

Mark will talk about all the different groups that make up the Clematis family and culminate the talk by looking at pruning in detail with a pruning demo. Plants for sale

Mark trained at Hillier Nurseries and has been growing and producing clematis plants for 20 years. He enjoys propagating and producing his own stock where possible and is always interested in growing something different and unusual but garden worthy.

March 25th 2020 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Star Plants for Small Gardens’ by Matthew Wilson

Garden Designer, regular panellist on Gardeners’ Question Time and former curator of RHS Hyde Hall and Harlow Carr – Matthew will be looking at great plants to create the biggest impact in even the smallest of spaces.

Tickets £5 members, £8 non-members. Bookings: Rose Mock 01297 34733.

Matthew Wilson is an award-winning garden and landscape designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer. He has extensive garden design experience having worked on a wealth of projects – from small urban gardens to master planning estates .

April 22nd 2020 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘British Owls’

‘Their Natural History and Practical Conservation’ by Chris Sperring (with live owl!)

Chris Sperring is a professional wildlife conservationist working for the Hawk and Owl Trust. He also presents and broadcasts on TV and radio, lectures on a wide range of subjects, is a wildlife photographer, writes articles for magazines and newspapers.

In his spare time he studies and conserves even more wildlife, writes music as a guitarist for the environment/wildlife rock band Raptor, and always enjoys a good debate!

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