Plympton Gardeners Association

News update.

There have been no meetings of the Association since March. Regrettably both the Spring and Annual shows have been cancelled due to the social distancing requirements of the Covid 19 epidemic. The Trading Hut has also been closed.

The visit to Rosemoor in June has been cancelled & refunds have been paid to members. The Hampton Court Flower show has been re-scheduled for September & it is hoped that this visit can still go ahead. 

There is currently no information about the Taunton Flower Show due to be held in August.

March News


Pauline Bickle with the trophy that she won in  the Plympton Gardeners  annual daffodil competition, at the March meeting of the Association.

Members heard a lively and interesting talk from speaker Sue Fisher on Containers for Year Round Colour. Sue covered all aspects of container planting, including the range of materials and styles of planters, permanent and seasonal arrangements and a comprehensive list of suitable plants. She emphasised the versatility of containers & how they can enable gardeners to grow plants in places and growing conditions not normally suited to those species.

Members were reminded that the PGA Spring Show will be held at Harewood House on Saturday 21st March and that donations of cakes, raffle prizes and plants for sale would be welcomed. Show entries need to be given to the Show Secretary by 7pm on Thursday 19th March.The Show will be opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball, at !;30pm and admission is £1.00.

The monthly competitions were well supported and were won by Jeff Woolridge for vegetables, Glenys Wickstead for art & craft, Win Prout for needlecraft and Keith Clapton for flowers.

The Trading Hut in Stoggy Lane is now open on Sunday mornings from 9;30 to 11;30am. Members can buy garden supplies there  at competitive prices.

The next meeting of the PGA is on Thursday 2nd April, when the speaker will be Ben Candlin, talking about Wildlife Friendly Gardening.

Jobs to do in March



Fruit and Vegetables


Plant out onions and onion sets. Sow indoors: lettuce, celery, parsley, cucumber. Sow outdoors: carrots, parsnips, peas, swedes and turnips, radish and salad onions. Top dress potato bed with fish, blood and bone.




Sow hardy annuals in pots or modular trays. Plant herbaceous perennials. Take dahlia cuttings from tubers. Deadhead daffodils as they finish flowering.

February News

Plympton Gardeners met at Harewood House for the first time this year. The AGM was well attended and the Chairman, John Gilding, welcomed several new members.

In his annual report John thanked the committee members for their support throughout the year. He recalled that the Association had staged two successful flower shows and  run the Harewood coffee bar over 2 weeks, enabling a donation of £750 to be made to charity. He also thanked Bob Shaw, the PGA President, for maintaining the planters in the Ridgeway.  In his address Bob praised the strength & commitment of the committee and members in raising funds through several plant sales during the year.

A revised version of the constitution had been previously circulated to members and this was adopted.

The Show Secretary, Paul Hutchings, announced that Schedules for the Spring Show on March 21st are now available and that the Show will  be opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball.

The Officers and committee members were all re-elected. The position of Vice Chair is vacant and volunteers are sought to fill this post.

After the AGM business was concluded Carl Edwards gave an interesting talk on 'The Weird Things Plants Do'. From projects using modern technology researchers have been able to demonstrate that plants have 'senses', can communicate with each other and support each other in various ways, such as sharing water and nutrients. Some amazing, and previously unknown, features of plant life are now coming to light.

The annual trophies, for the most points gained in monthly competitions over the year, were awarded to Dr. Keith Clapton for flowers and to Sally Luscombe, who achieved a clean sweep in the competitions for fruit and vegetables, art and needlecraft.

Three coach trips are being organised for members this year. The first is to Rosemoor in June, the second to Kew Gardens and the Hampton Court Flower Show in July and then, in August, there will be a chance to visit the Taunton Flower Show. 

The Trading Hut in Stoggy Lane re-opens on the 1st of March. This is where members can buy garden supplies at very competitive prices.

The next meeting of the PGA is on Thursday March 5th at Harewood House, at 7:30pm, when the speaker will be Sue Fisher talking about 'Planting in Containers'. The members annual daffodil competition will also take place at this meeting. 




RHS Rosemoor


Cost  - PGA Members £10    Non-Members £23


Plymstock,   Plympton  and   Ivybridge  


Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11th and 12th JULY

Cost  -  £175  

Operated by Plymouth City Coach - book direct with City Coach

Price includes: 1 night D, B&B; admissions to both Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Flower Show


Plymstock;  Plympton;  Ivybridge


Taunton Flower Show


Cost  -  PGA Members  £25  Non-Members  £30 


Plymstock , Plympton, Ivybridge.






















                                                              A new service for members from January 2014

Members who cannot get to the trading hut but wish to purchase garden supplies can now email Dave Wickstead (at  to place an order, which can then be collected at the next meeting.




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