Dates for your Diary 2022


NOTE  All activities in Otterton Village Hall on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 pm.

January 18th 2022 AGM and a Talk by Dr John Twibell - ‘Artemisia: The National Collection’

John is a retired forensic scientist who provides a consultancy service to the police, fire service and solicitors on fire, electrical matters and even electro murder but still finds time to be curator of the National Collection of Artemisias. We will hear about the diversity of these plants which is vital for science and the environment. He also runs Elsworth Herbs nursery in Sidmouth.

15th February Claire Forster - Women in Horticulture Past and Present’

Claire (‘The Lady Horticulturalist’) is a RHS certified horticultural consultant providing bespoke gardening schemes. Claire is passionate about gardening and the benefits that plants can bring to our lives.


Spring Show Dates

  • March 10th Thursday - closing date for Spring Show entries
  • March 12th Saturday - Spring Show     


15th March Sue Minter - ‘The History of the Chelsea Physic Garden’

A horticulturalist and past president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Sue has held senior positions at Kew, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Eden Project. Sue will talk to us about The Chelsea Physic Garden which was established as The Apothecaries Garden in 1673 to grow plants to be used as medicines making it the 2nd oldest botanical garden in England.

19th April Julia Tremlett - ‘The National Gardens Scheme’

Julia was the NGS County Treasurer and has been opening her own garden at Bickham House for nearly 30 years. She will talk to us about the history of the NGS since its foundation and how this worthwhile charity operates.

May 17th Social Evening and Talk by Robin Hill - ‘The Garden at Andrews Corner’

Robin and his wife Edwina are the owners of Andrews Corner at Belstone, Devon, a wildlife friendly garden which has been open for the NGS for over 50 years. Situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor approx 1000 feet above sea level Andrews Corner derives its unique character from the contrast between the rugged grandeur of the open moor and the verdant serenity of a cultivated garden.


Autumn Show Dates

  • September 8th Thursday - closing date for Autumn Show entries
  • September 10th Saturday - Autumn Show  


October 18th Ben Candlin - ‘UK Sub-tropical Gardening’

Ben runs Adventurous Plants a small mail order nursery in Exmouth which provides an exciting collection of rare and unusual plants. His talk on UK Sub-tropical Gardening will take a look at the history of this garden style through to the present day, before exploring a variety of plants and practical planting ideas that can be used to create a subtropical or exotic effect whilst using hardy plants. An important consideration for our climate!

November 15th Social Evening and Talk Dr Gavin Haig - ‘Creating a Wildlife Garden’

Gavin, a naturalist and former surgeon, has studied the healing properties of many native plants, with much of the work carried out in his own garden. This had featured on TV and has a great variety of habitats, and even provides a home for one of the rarest butterflies in Europe - the Marsh Fritillary. Passion for wildlife led Gavin to develope a wildlife garden at Tiverton Hospital which has won a national award.
Gavin will describe the elements of creating a wildlife garden and how to encourage ‘the birds and the bees’ amongst other beneficial insects into our gardens so helping nature and giving us much enjoyment in return.

January 17th 2023 AGM and a Talk by Saul Walker - ‘ Stonelands House and Garden’

Stonelands is a John Nash designed house set in 8 acres of grounds set out by Humphrey
Repton. Saul is a horticulturalist with considerable experience of botanical, heritage and
amenity horticulture as well as experience in flower show management including Chelsea and Hampton Court. Saul has been head gardener at Stonelands for the past 7 years and is
responsible for the upkeep and development and a small team of gardeners.

Admission to talks is free to members, £4.00 to non-members (£5 for Social Evenings)

Refreshments and raffle tickets are available at all meetings and shows.
Please use our fund- raising tables for spare plants, pots, magazines, etc.
There are no charges for entering exhibits in our shows.