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About the Group

The group meets at Longdown Village Hall, Longdown, near Exeter, EX6 7SN (map) usually on the 1st Saturday of the month.
Helen Brown
01404 850941

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-30 pm unless otherwise stated (Doors open 2-00 pm)

5th January, 2019    
'HPS Plant Conservation'
Jan Vaughan
2nd February, 2019    
AGM followed by 
Gardeners Question Time
2nd March, 2019    
'Plants for shade'
Keith Wiley
6th April, 2019
'Growing and Cultivating Roses'  
Roy Halsey
4th May, 2019
'How the Flowers became'
Julian Sutton
1st June, 2019
'Collecting hardy plants in the mountains of northern Vietnam'​
Bleddwyn Wynn-Jones
7th September, 2019
'Plant Combination & practical Demonstration'
Rosie Hardy 
5th October, 2019
'African Plants'
Mark Wash  
2nd November, 2019
'Stourhead Gardens'
Alan Power (NT) 
7th December, 2019
'The Art of the Devon Garden'
Dr. Todd Gray 

2020 Programme

4th January, 2020           
'In the Footsteps of Marianne North and Charles Darwin in China'
Sue Minter
1st February, 2020      
Bring and share Lunch at 1pm followed by AGM.   
'Drugs, Sweat and Tea - The History of Tea'
7th March, 2020   
'New plant introductions from around the world'
Derry Watkins

2018 Programme

6th January, 2018    
'Cyclamens in cultivation and in the wild'
Jo Hynes

Jo holds the National Collection of cyclamen in her garden at Higher Cherubeer near Dolton.
Her holidays are often planned to see cyclamen in their native habitats.
If you want a preview, Jo’s garden is featured in the January 2018 edition of The English Garden.
A self-confessed collector, Jo also has around 400 snowdrop species and cultivars.
The garden is open for the NGS on 9, 16, 25 February and 13 May.

3rd February, 2018    
AGM - Social Lunch, Grand Raffle and Gardeners’ Question Time
*Lunch will be at 1.00pm; the AGM will start at 2.15pm, followed by GQT at 2.30pm.
*Please bring a plate of food to share that can be eaten buffet-style, as we usually do.
*Please support the Grand Raffle by donating good quality items.
*GQT will be chaired by Ian Alexander and a panel of three of Devon HPS’s most experienced gardeners is being assembled!
They need questions – please submit yours in writing and give to Noel Allen at the January meeting,
or email to him at
*Please note there will be no plant sale or plant competition at this meeting

February 9th Friday, 2018  11am to 2pm
Snowdrops at Little Ash Farm Bungalow, Fenny Bridges EX14 3BL
Open in aid of Escot Church new boiler fund. Soup and teas available. Entry £3. Snowdrops for sale.

March 3rd
‘In the footsteps of Marianne North & Charles Darwin in Chile’
Sue Minter
Sue retraces the journeys through Chile of Charles Darwin and the Victorian painter and traveller Marianne North.
Their route took them from the island of Chiloe in the south to Valparaiso in the north.
Sue describes the plants and locations they would have seen, including images of the oil paintings created in the field by the intrepid Marianne.  
Sue was formerly supervisor of the Palm House at Kew, curator at the Chelsea Physic Garden
and Director of Horticulture at the Eden project. 2

24th March, 2018
HPS Annual Lecture Day / AGM
The national Annual Lecture Day and AGM will be hosted by the Devon group, in 2018.
The venue is Petroc College, Tiverton, (map) and 150 delegates from around the country are expected to attend.
The lecturers will be Julian Sutton and Nick Macer, and four plant nurseries will be present
Information and booking details are available on the Events page
7th April, 2018
Val Bourne, HPS Ambassador, will present a talk entitled ‘The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden’
Val believes passionately that it’s quite possible to have a beautiful flowerpacked garden and help wildlife without the use of chemicals. After decades of emphasis on pest control, often achieved through chemical means, gardeners around the world are beginning to come around to a new or, really, old way of thinking: a garden whose very diversity of plant and animal life makes it healthy, beautiful, and productive.
Val will describe the wide diversity of birds, animals, insects, and even slugs that help bring a natural balance to a home garden and help its plants and flowers shrug off problems before they become entrenched. With much of wildlife in a terrifying decline, it’s vital that gardeners begin to nurture the planet as well as their gardens, because gardens are highly important green spaces.
This will be an open meeting.
This will be a ticketed event to fill the hall – tickets free for HPS members and £5 for visitors.
5th May, 2018    
'The work and world of Plant Heritage'
Caroline Stone
2nd June, 2018    
'Daisy days: the rise and fall and renaissance of the Michaelmas Daisy'
Helen Picton
23rd and 24th June, 2018
Axe Valley Show (website)
Display garden for HPS.  Assistance from Burrow Farm in setting up the garden
No meetings in July and August
1st September, 2018        
'Late colour for autumn and winter'
Sarah Chesters
6th October, 2018        
'Garden of edible delight'
Chris Smith
3rd November, 2018            
'Clematis and climbing plants'
Marcel Floyd
1st December, 2018    
'The Eden Project - how the plants got there and were chosen'
Nick Wray  

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 1.45 pm unless otherwise stated

January 7th, 2017
Suggestions and Ideas of Gardens we must see 
David Cann

David gets us ready for garden visits in the New Year. 
This will be a fascinating talk as we all love to visit gardens large and small. 

February 4th, 2017
Lunch and AGM with a Grand Raffle. 
Australasian Plants
Dick Fulcher

Anyone who has heard Dick in the past will know that as a subject and a speaker, this is not to be missed.  
Lunch will be at 1.00pm; the AGM will start at 2.15pm, followed by our speaker at 2.30pm.  
Please support the Grand Raffle by donating good quality items.
Please note there will not be a plant sale or the plant competition at this meeting.
The Minutes of last year’s AGM and the Agenda for this year’s AGM can be found at the end of the Devon Group newsletter.

March 4th, 2017
'My Devon Garden'​
Anne Swithinbank

Anne is a freelance gardening broadcaster and writer, and a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.
She trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew Gardens and was Glasshouse Supervisor at RHS Wisley, Surrey.
We would appreciate indication of how many members are interested in coming as we are hoping to defray the cost by offering spare seats to various gardening clubs for a charge.
1st  April, 2017        
'The Healing Garden'
Sue Minter
6th May, 2017        
'The History (and future) of the Cottage Garden'
Neil Lovesey

Bringing plants for sale
May 28th and 29th, 2017 Sunday & Monday 11am – 5pm
Pam and Neil Millward are opening their garden for HPS on the late May Bank Holiday weekend.  
Middle Well, Waddeton Road, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes TQ9 6RL
Full details available here
3rd June, 2017
Saul Walker
June 25th Sunday, 2017 10am – 3pm
HPS plant fair at Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood.
Assistance is required on the plant stall and gate.
Please contact Helen or 01404 850941.  Twitter: @Littleashgarden  
July 23rd, 2017 Sunday 2pm – 5pm
Helen Brown’s garden at Little Ash Bungalow, Fenny Bridges EX14 3BL will be open in aid of HPS and other local charities.
Full details available here
Volunteers from Devon HPS to help on the gate and with plant sales would be much appreciated. 
2nd September, 2017    
'Plants that Excite'
Peter Cantrill

Bringing plants for sale
7th October, 2017    
Sally Gregson

Bringing plants for sale
4th November, 2017    
Rob Potterton

Bringing plants for sale
2nd December, 2017    
'Elizabethan Herb Gardens in Devon - culinary, ornamental and medicinal plant growing'
Dr. Todd Gray 
Seed Exchange

2016 Programme

2nd January, 2016 
“William and Thomas Lobb - Plant Hunters”
Caradoc Doy
Caradoc is a popular speaker on the circuit with a good knowledge of horticultural history, especially of the early plant hunters and their introductions.

6th February, 2016 AGM and Lunch with the Grand Raffle
“Choice Plants of Rosemoor”
Chris Birchall
Chris at one stage worked at Rosemoor in a supervisory capacity and now, with his wife Lorraine, runs the Tale Valley Nursery, double gold winners at Chelsea.

5th March, 2016 
“Garden Plants from the Mediterranean”
Terry Underhill
Although you would not think that plants from this area would grow here, it is surprising what does, and Terry will be showing us some of them.

2nd April, 2016 2 - 4 pm
Summers Place, Little Bowlish, Whitestone, EX4 2HS.

7th May, 2016 
“Japan in Spring”
Roger Clark
Seedling Exchange

4th June, 2016 
“Sherwood Garden Through The Seasons”
Vaughan Gallavan

25th June, 2016 10 - 4 pm

2nd July, 2016 

3rd September, 2016 
“The Knightshayes Walled Garden”
Sam Brown

1st October, 2016 
“Underground Storage”
Julian Sutton

5th November, 2016 
“Greener Streets, Better Lives”
Mike Wheeler

3rd December, 2016 
“Flowers, Photography and Folklore”
David Brock
Seed Exchange

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