Programme

We will be following current Government guidelines for the meetings until new guidelines are issued. At this time (Jan 2022) everyone attending a meeting must wear a mask unless exempt and will be asked to use the sanitiser on entering the hall. Chairs will be socially distanced and doors and windows, where possible, will be kept open.

 2022

Thursday 27th January………………..Wildlife Friendly Gardening – Ben Candlin

Ben lives in Exmouth. He has a thriving garden business and is in the process of setting up his own nursery in Woodbury Salterton. Ben’s specialist interest is Aroids (think Arum lily and its relations) and is keen on gardening for wildlife.

Thursday 24th February……………..Square Metre Gardening – Claire Hart

Modern houses have smaller and smaller gardens as developers try and cram as many homes as possible into an area.  Also we may downsize but still want to grow most of the things we had in a larger garden.  Perhaps Claire will solve these problems for us as she shrinks the garden down to a one metre square.

Thursday 31st March…………………….Growing Exotic Plants – Saul Walker

Saul is head gardener at Stonelands in Dawlish.  The house was built in 1817 by John Nash and is Grade II listed.  The 10 acre grounds around the house were originally laid out by Humphrey Repton when it was part of the much larger Luscombe estate.  Saul produces the weekly podcast, Talking Heads, with Lucy Chamberlain with whom he also acts as plants expert at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.  He is also on the RHS Tender Ornamental Plant committee.

Thursday 28th April…………………….Perennials: How I grow them and garden uses – Tim Ellis

Thursday 26th May……………………..Water in the Garden – Mish Kennaway

Mish who owns the Escot Estate, attended Hampshire college of Agriculture and is an expert in aquaculture.  He took over the running of the Estate in 1987.  I particulary liked reading that he set up a water garden and design business called Gentlemen Prefer Ponds.  I know at least one of our members have benefited from his expertise and I’m sure many members have visited Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary.

Thursday 30th June……………………….Members visit to Stonelands House

Stonelands House was originally constructed in 1817 and was part of the adjacent Luscombe Castle. It is a grade II* listed building, built by John Nash, now set in 4.5ha. The garden was designed by Humphrey Repton. As well as ornamental borders and shrubbery there is a meadow, orchard, tennis court and vegetable garden. The lawns slope gently down to Dawlish Water.

Thursday 28th July………………………Fuschias – My Way – Derek Dexter

Derek has been growing Fuchsias for the last 20 years. He has recently moved from the southeast to Chard. He will be bringing fuchsias for us to buy, some of which are not available from local nurseries.

August …………………………….Date to be confirmed

Members summer tea party at The Old Dairy, Exmouth

Thursday 29th September…………………………’Must have’ plants for the autumn garden – Peter Cantrill

Peter runs Dayspring Plants at Farringdon, Exeter close to the airport. Peter always bring interesting plants for members to buy, whenever he visits the club.

Thursday 27th October………………………….Parks and Gardens of Exmouth – Ian Cann

Ian is an Exmouthian who has had a lifelong interest in the history of Exmouth and is an avid collector of information relating to the town. He a member of the Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society and has lectured to a wide range of societies and clubs in the area.

Thursday 24th November………………………..AGM and Buffet Supper