Programme

2020

28th January      Ben Richards   ‘Growing Beer’

At the beginning of 2017 Ben began an intriguing project.  His aim was to produce a beer from growing all the ingredients on his allotment in a year.  This attracted the attention of the media, including Gardeners’ World when he was interviewed by Toby Buckland.  Come and hear how he got on and what this led to.

25th February     Julian Sutton   ‘Perennials – Position, Propagation and Provenance’

Julian will be giving us a new talk he has put together.  He and his wife run Desirable Plants in Totnes where they grow an unusual and eclectic range of plants, some of which Julian will be bringing with him.

31st March    Claire Hart   ‘Vegetable growing’

Claire is the founder of Grassroots PR.  As well as a PR expert she is also an agriculturalist who combines her love of growing with a passion for countryside topics, including grow your own and how to grow giant veg.  Claire will be bringing plants with her.

28th April     Mary Benger   ‘Making Gardening Easier’

Mary is an experienced speaker who runs Burrow Farm Gardens which has gradually grown over the years as she has quietly stolen more and more of her husband John’s farmland.  Burrow Farm Gardens at Dalwood, Axminster, is an RHS partner garden and was reviewed last year in The Garden magazine of the RHS.

26th May     Saul Walker   ‘Stoneland House and Gardens’

Saul worked as a horticulturalist at Kew Gardens before becoming deputy show manager at Hampton Court Flower Show and then show manager at Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.  In 2015 he became head gardener at Stoneland House, Dawlish.  His specialist interests include orchids, woodland plants and alpines.

30th June     Visit to Stoneland Garden

28th July     Mish Kennaway ‘Water in the Garden’

Mish owns Escot House, Ottery St Mary. He attended Hampshire College of Agriculture and is an expert in aquaculture. One of our members of the garden club has benefited from his expertise.  Mish says you don’t need to have a pond or water feature in your garden to appreciate this talk.

August     No meeting

29th September      Chris Allen ‘Amazing Plants’ 

Chris has been involved in horticulture all his working life and lectures to degree students on the evolution of seeds.  He and his wife, Wendy,  set up a community project in Tiverton helping all ages to discover the world of plants and gardens. 

27h October     Ian Cann   ‘Parks and Gardens of Exmouth’

Ian is well-known to the residents of Exmouth.  He is an Exmouthian himself and has had a lifelong interest in the history of of the town.  He is an avid collector of information relating to the town.

26th November    AGM  and Buffet