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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

2021 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-30 pm unless otherwise stated (Doors open 2-00 pm) Please check with the group before travelling
By September we plan to return to in-person meetings at Longdown Village Hall.
If we meet at Longdown, the speakers will come in person, except Ian Bedford who will arrive via Zoom!  If we cannot meet in person, we can access the speakers at home via Zoom.

September 4th, 2021
'Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels'
Sally Gregson

A Sally is a freelance garden writer and nurserywoman at Mill Cottage Plants, Wookey, Somerset, and specialises in Hydrangea serrata.
Plants for sale
October 2nd, 2021
'Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control?'
Ian Bedford

Ian is a research entomologist based in Norfolk
November 6th, 2021
'Using the spirit of place to inform design and planting'
Hugo Bugg

Hugo is an award-winning designer with a studio in Exeter, he co-created the walled kitchen garden at RHS Bridgewater which opened in May. 
December 4th, 2021
'125 Years of Growing Veg'
Claire Hunt

Claire is an agriculturalist  from Ilminster, she reviews what’s happened through the decades and the impact on what, how and where we grow to eat.

2022 Programme

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

January 8th, 2022
'Snowdrop Gala Event'
Micky from Avon Bulbs will be joined by Elworthy Cottage Plants
Plants for sale
February 5th, 2022
Lunch at 1pm followed by AGM
'Gardens of the North-West, Midlands & Wales'
Joe Wainwright
(via Zoom into the hall)
Joe is an award-winning photographer from Mold, NE Wales, he will give an illustrated tour of these regions’ most beautiful and inspiring gardens.
March 5th, 2022
'The Climate Change Garden'
Sally Morgan

Farming organically at Empire Farm, Wincanton, Sally is a botanist, avid gardener, author and editor of Organic Farming magazine.
April 2nd, 2022
'Celebrating the South'
Christine Skelmersdale

Christine runs Broadleigh Gardens, a nursery specialising in smaller bulbs, woodland and foliage plants. 
Plants for sale
May 7th, 2022
'Plants behaving badly'
Caradoc Doy

A professional horticulturist from Topsham, Caradoc has a passion for plant conservation, gardens & the designed landscape.
June 4th 2022
'Natural History & Cultivation of Carnivorous Plants'
Dennis Balsdon

Dennis from Paignton is a member of the Carnivorous Plant Society and has been interested in these plants for 30 years.


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