We've started this year's seed distribution scheme as usual.  Please send us your seeds as soon as they are ready.
The office is now closed until  28th September. Meanwhile we will try to answer your email enquiries; this may take us longer than usual.


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

2020 Programme 

With regret the committee have decided to cancel Devon group meetings until further notice due to the coronavirus crisis. 
We hope to restart after the summer break on September 5th - we will keep you informed.  Hopefully the speakers can be rescheduled next year

All meetings commence at 2-30 pm unless otherwise stated (Doors open 2-00 pm) Please check with the group before travelling

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
April 4th, 2020    CANCELLED
'Devon’s Lost Woods'
Dr Hayden Gabriel
Hayden is a novelist and Visiting Lecturer in MA Literature for Children and Young Adults at Plymouth Marjon University.  She is a Volunteer Speaker for the Woodland Trust
May 2nd, 2020    CANCELLED
'Ferns and Grasses'
Robin Pearce
Robin believes there is a place for hardy ferns in every garden. He collected several hundred ornamental grasses and ferns for his garden at World’s End Nurseries in Worcester. Robin will bring plants for sale
May 29th, 2020
Open garden Friday 1-5pm,
Helen Brown

Teas and plant sales,  contact group for details.
June 6th 2020      CANCELLED
'Confessions of a Norwegian gardener'
Tommy Tonsburg 
A gardener, nurseryman, author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster from Holter in Norway, Tommy’s nursery supplies herbaceous perennials and his webshop sells everything you need, and don’t need for your garden
June 14th, 2020 10am – 3pm    
HPS Devon Group Plant Sale     CANCELLED
Mary Benger’s Burrow Farm Gardens
June 20th & 21st, 2020
HPS Devon Group stand at Axe Vale Show    CANCELLED
August 15th, 2020
Open garden Saturday 1-5pm
Helen Brown,
Teas and plant sales, contact group for details
September 5th, 2020
'Hardy Exotic Plants'
Clive Shilton
Hardy Exotics Nursery in Penzance has a unique and unrivalled collection of over 1,500 species of plants, gathered as seeds and cuttings, then developed over the last thirty years.  Clive will bring plants for sale
September 6th, 2020
Open garden, Sun 10am – 5pm
Pam Millward
Detail on NGS website
Entry £5 children free. Teas, produce, books, bric-a-brac
0ctober 3rd, 2020
Mickey Little 
Avon Bulbs is a family-owned nursery in South Petherton, Somerset, offering a good range of spectacular and garden-worthy flower bulbs. They have won 30 Chelsea Gold Medals.  Mickey will bring bulbs and plants for sale
November 7th, 2020
'Brugmansia, a look at the Trumpet of Angels'
Saul Walker
Head Gardener of Stonelands, Dawlish, Saul trained at Kew, was show manager at Chelsea, and is on the panel of experts at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June
December 5th
'Planting pots for Winter and Spring Joy – a demonstration'
Harriet Rycroft
Whilst head gardener at the famous Whichford Pottery in Warwickshire, Harriet has created spectacular displays at Chelsea Flower Show and loves stylish planting combinations for pots

2021 Programme

January 2nd, 2021
'Bishop's Palace Gardens, Well's
James Cross
James has been Head Gardener at this 14-acre garden since 2004.  Previously he worked for the National Trust at The Courts in Wiltshire, Sissinghurst and Sheffield Park
February 6th, 2021
Lunch at 1pm followed by AGM
'Italian Garden at Ipplepen'
Angela Dodd–Crompton
The impressive four-acre garden with pavilion and portico was abandoned for decades.  It was rediscovered by accident when the owners began kicking at autumn leaves
March 6th, 2021
'Using the spirit of place to inform design and planting'
Hugo Bugg 
Based in Exeter with Charlotte Harris, Hugo runs an award-winning landscape design practice.  Projects include RHS Bridgewater’s kitchen garden and M&G’s garden at Chelsea.
Visitors £5 on the door for this meeting


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