Plympton Gardeners Association

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  9.15am;    Plympton  9.30am;      Ivybridge  9.30am


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  8.00am;    Plympton  8.15am;      Ivybridge  8.30am

Timings to be confirmed


Find out more and book a place at our monthly meetings.

 December News

Over 50 members enjoyed a Christmas evening at the beginning of December. Refreshments, games and good company, together with music from Mark Chapman  on the keyboard, made for a very pleasant sociable evening.

The PGA will be selling Christmas wreaths on Saturday 14th December at the Plympton Community Council Christmas Fair at Harewood House. The Fair is open from 10:00 to 1:00 and the wreaths cost £8.00.

The Gardeners will be running the Coffee Bar at Harewood House in the week beginning 6th January, raising funds for the charity Friends and Families of Special Children.

                                                                   November News    

 Plympton Gardeners were pleased to welcome Diane Flynn, from the charity Friends and Families of Special Children, to their November meeting.

This is the charity that the Gardeners have opted to support in 2020 and Diane came to talk about the work they do. This involves providing signposting for families whose child has been identified as having disabilities, to sources of information and training.They also run clubs and activities for the children enabling them to socialise and try out different activities. In addition there are groups for older children and for siblings. Diane suggested that they might use any funds the PGA can raise for activities related to nature, such as gardening and forest schools.

Paul Hutchins chaired the meeting and announced that an amended copy of the PGA constitution would be sent out to members so it can be scrutinised prior to the AGM in February. There will be no meeting in January. The Association will be running the Harewood House coffee bar in the week beginning 6th January and Paul asked for offers of help and donations of food for this. 

The Trading Secretary, Dave Wickstead, has seed catalogues available from Suttons and Dobies. Members can order seeds and gardening sundries at a discount.

The monthly competitions were won by Sally Luscombe for fruit and veg. and also art, by Brian Cush for flowers and Shirley Williams for needlecraft.

After refreshments there was a gardening quiz and this was won by Sally Luscombe.

The next meeting of the Association is a Christmas social evening on Thursday 5th December, with games, refreshments and also musical entertainment provided by Al Wallers.

Jobs to do in November



Fruit and Vegetables


Complete digging of deep trench beds and start digging shallow trench beds for brassicas, salads and root vegetables.

Apply light dressings of lime to next years brassica and legume beds.

Plant ‘bare root’ fruit trees.




Cut back and tidy ornamental grasses.

Take root cuttings from suitable perennials eg.Phlox and Verbascum.

Tidy up leaves and gather into containers to make leaf mould.

Lift and store dahlias after the first frost.

Plant tulip bulbs.

Plant bare root roses.





















                                                              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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