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Isle of Wight

About the Group

The group does not have a formal regular meeting venue, but often meets at homes of members
Sarah Wilson
01983 761130

2019 Programme


2018 Programme

Saturday 6 January, 2018  12-00pm to 3-00pm
New Year Social at The Cloisters, 36 High Street, Bembridge, PO35 5SE.
Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet food for 6 people (there are no food heating facilities).
Also, if you wish, there will be a small competition of small posies of fresh flowers from your gardens.
The posies will be judged by everyone present and the winner will receive a prize.
Saturday 17 February, 2018  2-00pm to 4-00pm
AGM to be followed by a talk on the
'HPS Conservation Scheme' by Helen. At the Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport.
Refreshments provided. Free raffle.
Wednesday 7 March , 2018  7-30pm,
'Stars of the Spring Garden' 
Kevin Hughes 

The Trafalgar Room, Riverside Centre, Newport. Kevin Hughes has a nursery near Salisbury and he will be bringing some plants for sale. Admission: tbc
Thursday 15 March, 2018  7-30pm.
IWGPG's Spring Lecture.
Steve Hickman of Hoyland Plant Centre

Steve will talk about Nerines and Amarines, as well as Agapanthas, Tulbaglia and Clivia, of which he is the National Collection Holder.  
The Parish Rooms, Town Lane, Newport PO30 1JU.
Admission: £6.
Saturday 24 March, 2018
HPS AGM at Tiverton, Devon and the Annual Lecture Day.
Sunday 8 April, 2018
Louisa & David Killpack's garden open for NGS
Saturday 14 April, 2018 10-00am to 12-00pm
Annual Plant Sale  at Wootton Bridge Community Centre, Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge PO33 4NW.
Bramley Plants will also have a stall.
Thursday 17 May, 2018  2-00pm
Meeting at Sarah Wilson's house and garden (Contact Group for details)
Seed & cutting exchange.
Sunday 20 May, 2018
Margaret & Graham Montrose's garden open for NGS
Sunday 3 June, 2018
Gunda Cross's garden open for NGS
Friday 22 June, 2018
Mainland garden visit probably to West Dean, West Sussex.
If you are interested, please contact Sarah Wilson on or 01983 761130.
Wednesday 4 July, 2018  2-00pm
Meeting at Gerry Price's garden and a visit to her nursery. 
The visit to Gerry's garden will last about 30 to 40 minutes, then after about a 10 minute drive we will arrive at the nursery
The Coastal Gardener, Fakenham Farm, Eddington Road, St. Helens, PO33 1XS. (website)
Parking at Gerry's house is limited to 1 or 2 cars, otherwise there is parking on the tarmac part of the road.
The visit to the nursery should take about 45 minutes to an hour, and there is a cafe there which can supply tea and cake.
Plant swap.
Sunday 22 July, 2018
HPS Hampshire Group Lecture Day at Romsey.
'East to West – and something in between'. Featuring Dan Hinkley, Timothy Walker, and Diane Clement.
There will also be nurseries selling plants.
Tickets £22. For a booking form visit the HPS website or contact:
Sue Hough on 01420 562039 or
A number of members are going from the island, so if you want a lift or can provide a lift(s), please contact Clare. (see above)
August No meeting
Wednesday 19 September, 2018  2-00pm
Meeting at Rose Ingham's house and garden. Contact Group for details.
Plant swap.
Thursday 18 October, 2018  2-00pm
Meeting at Eileen Carter's home and garden. Contact Group for details.
Theme: grasses. Plant swap.
Thursday 18 October, 2018  7-30 pm
 IWGPG Autumn Lecture
'Seasonal Planting'
Anna Pavord
The Parish Rooms, Town Lane, Newport PO30 1JU
Admission: £6.
Thursday 22 November, 2018  2-00pm
Meeting at Venetia Weaver's house. Contact Group for details. 
Theme: Barks & berries.
Plant swap.

2017 Programme

18th February, 2017  2-30 pm to 4-30 pm
AGM at Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport .
 Free raffle. Joan Cooper will be selling snowdrops
29th March, 2017 time TBC (Evening)
'My Chelsea Story'
Matthew Wilson

The Riverside Centre, Trafalgar Room.
This talk will be based on Matthew's experience of designing a Chelsea Flower Show garden, and will refer to the relocation of one of the gardens to the Isle of Wight Hospice. As well as designing gardens for Chelsea.
Matthew worked for the RHS as curator at Hyde Hall garden and then at Harlow Carr. Subsequently he became RHS Head of Gardens Creative Design.
He is now a regular participant on Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time.More can be found about his work on
There will be an admission charge of £8.
29th April, 2017 10am to 12pm
Annual Plant Sale,
Wootton Bridge Community Centre, Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge PO33 4NW
Bramley Plants will be attending.
Please start to collect plants to sell. This is our main fundraising event of the year.
16th May , 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Louisa Killpack's home and garden
There will be a seedlings & cuttings exchange instead of the usual plant swap, so please start to sow/set aside seedlings or cuttings to bring along.
Date TBC
Eddington Nursery Plant Fair
We hope to have a stand at this event. At present the date is not fixed but it is likely to be at the end of May.
Please let Clare know if you are able to help with the stand.
22nd  June, 2017
Mainland trip to Tylney Hall Hotel Garden, Rotherwick, Hook, Hants RG27 9AZ.
This RHS Partner Garden has extensive grounds and landscaped gardens including gardens designed by Gertrude Jekell and Selden Wornum.
A group tour of the gardens has been arranged led by one of the gardeners, for which there will be a charge of £10 per person, including tea or coffee.
A visit to a nursery is also planned.
Please let Clare know if you are interested in coming and indicate if you are happy to be a car driver.
29th June, 2017  2pm to 5pm.
As part of the HPS Diamond Jubilee, Helen and Joan will be opening their gardens,  2pm to 5pm.
4th to 7th July, 2017
HPS Essex Group visiting IOW members' gardens
15th  July, 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Helen Mount's garden and house
Plant swap.
28th September, 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Jane Patterson's house and garden  
Topic: South African Plants.
Plant swap.
21st October, 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Sarah Wilson's house
Topic: Salvias.
Plant swap.
11th November, 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Patsy Thompson's house​
Plant swap.
26 October, 2017  7-30 pm
'Unusual and Long Blooming Plants – how an American ended up running a nursery in Bath'.
Autumn lecture by Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery near Bath – 
Derry will bring plants for sale.
This meeting is being organised by IWGPG and all HPS members are invited.
Parish Rooms, Newport . Admission: £6. 
11 November, 2017  2-00pm
Meeting at Clare Young's house
Climbers for difficult situations.
Plant swap.
No Meeting in December

2016 Programme

Friday 8th January, 2016 12pm onwards
New Year Social Event at Pixies Place
Please bring a plate of food for 6 people.

Saturday 13th February, 2016 2pm to 4pm, AGM followed by
Helen Mount
at Riverside Centre, Newport. Raffle.

Saturday 12th March, 2016 2pm at Joan Cooper's home
Please note change of venue
Theme: spring flowers with an emphasis on the primrose family. Plant swap.
(There will be an opportunity to look around Joan's garden at 1.30pm, but only if it is dry, so please check with Joan a few days before if you are interested.)

Wednesday 6th April, 2016 
“North American Plants in English Gardens”
Keith Ferguson
Further details to follow.

Saturday 16th April, 2016 10am to 12pm.
Plant Sale
at Wootton Bridge Community Centre, Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge PO33 4NW
Please start collecting plants to be sold for our main fund raising event of the year. More details to follow.

Sunday 24th April, 2016 
Rare Plant Fair
at Eddington House Nursery. We plan to have a stand there, so will be looking for volunteers.

Thursday 23rd June, 2016 2-30 pm
Garden open
at Alice & Kirsty Summerhayes home.

Wednesday 13th July, 2016 at 2 pm
Meeting at Tobba Cole's home and garden
Plant swap.

Thursday 14th July, 2016 from 11am until 8pm
Birgit Ackroyd
has invited all HPS members and their partners to a preview of her exhibition as part of the Island's Open Studio event. This will be an opportunity to see Birgit's garden as well as her paintings. The garden and studio will be open from 11am until 8pm, with tea during the day and wine later.

August, 2016 
No meeting

Wednesday 14th September, 2016 at 7.30pm
A practical demonstration on Plant Propagation with Julie Ritchie
at the Riverside Centre, Newport. If you want to find out more about Julie Ritchie, there is an article about her and her nursery in Gloucestershire in the May edition of the RHS journal 'The Garden'.
Admission will be £5 and there will be a raffle.

October, 2016 
Meeting TBA

Saturday 8th October, 2016 
“Three go wild”
Keith Wiley, Kevin Hughes & Roy Lancaster
lecture day organised by Hampshire HPS. Tickets (£20). Download a booking form. Transport can be arranged.

Thursday 3rd November, 2016 7.30pm (Please note the change of date)
“Lessons from Great Gardeners: Forty Great Gardening Icons and what they teach us”
Matthew Biggs 'The Peoples Gardener'
at the Parish Rooms, Town Lane, Newport PO30 1JU. Admission £5. Raffle & refreshments.
This is a talk arranged by IWGPG and those who are not members are welcome.

Thursday 24th November, 2016 at 2pm
Meeting at Mary Robinson's home
Theme: Autumn/winter flowers. Plant swap.

December, 2016 
No meeting

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