Devon Group Events

Devon Group Events are open to all Plant Heritage Members and their guests, and will take place whatever the weather, unless the owner of the venue decides that it is too hazardous. If an event is cancelled for this reason, we will update this website as soon as possible, and make every effort to contact members who have booked for the event.

Prior booking is required for some events. This is because the number of people that can be accomodated in the venue is sometimes limited, or because a meal is included and the caterers need to know how many meals to provide, or because transport is provided, with a limited number of seats. You can book directly from this site by clicking on the Contact name provided on the Event Details page, which will take you to a page where you can send an email directly to us. Please ensure that you include your name, the name of any guests you may be bringing, and at least a telephone number so that we can contact you if necessary. Alternatively, the Contact page also displays the name, phone number and address of the Event Contact, so that you can book by telephone or in writing.

There is a small charge for most events, that covers the cost of any refreshments provided, any entrance fee required by the owner of the venue (which is often donated by the owner to a charity), and any other costs involved. We appreciate payment before the event; please send cheques made out to 'Plant Heritage Devon Group' to the Event Contact.

Address details and maps of the Event Locations are shown on the individual Event Details pages; for Events held in private gardens, may we ask you to respect the owners privacy, and not enter the garden before the time specified.

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Events for 2017

February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
  • High Garden, Kenton 

    A mature garden with neat grass paths winding between island beds full of herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs. There is a pair of exceptionally long herbaceous borders which are absolutely eye catching in the summer months.


  • South Molton Plant Fair 

    North Devon's first Plant Fair of the year will be held in the South Molton Pannier Market. Contact Derek Burdett, on 01769 540528 for details.


  • Burrow Farm Garden Plant Fair 

    A Plant Fair held at Burrow Farm Gardens, near Axminster, EX13 7ET. Please contact Helen Brown on 01404 850941 for more details.


  • Nomenclature, Plant Identification And Classification. 

    A 1 day workshop delivered by Susyn Andrews VMM.


  • Totnes Plant Fair 

    This Plant Fair will be held in the Totnes Civic Hall. Contact Sally Dean on 01548 821714 for details.


May 2017
June 2017
  • Deancombe Farm, Buckfastleigh 

    The garden slopes gently down through a flower garden, an orchard, and a vegetable garden, to an impressive lake, home to hundreds of dragon flies. The garden in front of the house was completely redeveloped by the current owners, and so cleverly designed that it looks as though it has been there for centuries.


  • Two Gardens On The Cornwall Border 

    Two gardens on the North Devon-Cornwall border, one holding a National Collection of Double Primroses.


July 2017
  • Coach Trip to Marwood Hill Garden, near Barnstaple. 

    At twenty acres Marwood Hill is a garden of great variety, full of interesting mature trees, shrubs and climbing plants. Paths lead you up and down the slopes through woods. In the bottom of the valley is a stream running through a series of lakes, waterfalls and a bog garden.


  • South Molton Plant Fair 

    North Devon's third Plant Fair of the year will be held in the South Molton Pannier Market. Contact Derek Burdett, on 01769 540528 for details.


  • Two Gardens in Landkey, near Barnstaple 

    Two award winning small gardens in Landkey, and a visit and talk on the Mazzard Cherries collection.


August 2017
  • Avenue Cottage, Totnes 

    This is a beautiful historic woodland garden in a valley, with idyllic views of the River Dart and Sharpham House. Gentle grass paths meander along the sides of the valley past a variety of very interesting shrubs and trees. Camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas provide a mass of spring flowers, and a huge wisteria covers the front of the house, with a terrace below providing seating and a panoramic view of the garden.


  • Braunton Nursery and Yelland Tropical Garden 

    A new nursery near Braunton, and a tropical garden in Yelland.


September 2017
  • Sutton Mead, Moreton Hampstead 

    At over 700 feet above sea-level this garden has a moorland feel. There is water, granite, strong wind and an entrancing view, with seats and summerhouses to take advantage of the wonderful views.


  • Holbrook Garden /Sampford Shrubs and Holcombe Court 

    Visit a specialist nursery and private garden, followed by a Grade 1 Tudor Manor House garden, rarely open to the public.


  • Rosemoor Autumn Plant Fair 

    This one day plant fair will take place at the Rosemoor RHS garden in Great Torrington. Contact Derek Burdett on 01769 540528 for more details.


November 2017