Other Events

Other Events, mainly from other local organisations.

Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Unusual Herbaceous Perennials - Wednesday June 24, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Peter Cantrill Peter from Dayspring Nursery, Exeter, supplies plants to National Trust gardens and has a lifetime’s experience in the business. His horticultural knowledge is second to none, and he will bring a selection of his favourite seasonal plants from his nursery and tell us all about how to grow them. Peter will also bring a selection of plants to buy at the end of his talk.

Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Snakes Alive! - Wednesday July 29, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Dave Marsh

Take a close-up look at these compelling serpents in this talk and display of snakes and exotic reptiles by Dave Marsh of World Life.

All tickets £3.00 from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.


Bridport Community Orchard – Allotment Day - Thursday August 13, 2020


Bridport Community Orchard

Thursday August 13th – Allotment Day


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Carnivorous Pitcher Plants - Wednesday August 26, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Suzanne Gale

Bridport Fly Catchers grow mainly American pitcher plants (Sarracenia) and sundews – plants that look fabulous and do a good job catching all types of flies. They attend many local shows and fairs and have several medals for their displays. Suzanne will cover the history and cultivation of these plants and how useful they can be to the organic gardener.

Plants for sale.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Head Gardeners - Wednesday September 23, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Ambra Edwards

Ambra Edwards is a Garden writer and journalist. This talk, based on her award-winning book ‘Head Gardeners’, examines the role of the Head Gardener.

If gardens are, as Ambra suggests, our greatest contribution to world culture, why is the crucial contribution of the people who look after them not more widely acknowledged? Ambra introduces us to some of the most interesting gardeners working in Britain today – wondering why these people are so little known and so under-appreciated, particularly when their jobs demand such an extraordinary variety of skills.

She also looks at the critical role head gardeners have played in Britain’s history – not just as artists, designers and engineers, but in underpinning the social fabric of their times.

Her talk is illustrated with many wonderful photographs taken by Charlie Hopkinson.


Bridport Community Orchard – Apple Day - Saturday October 10, 2020


Bridport Community Orchard

Saturday October 10th – Apple Day


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Autumn Show and Harvest Supper - Wednesday October 28, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY

Show classes that celebrate the autumn harvest – produce, flowers, preserves and baking. Judging in most classes by popular vote and not by Royal Horticultural Society rules.

Bring and share supper.

Further details to follow.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – AGM followed by: Heritage Vegetables - Wednesday November 25, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Sally Nex

Heritage vegetables have been handed down from generation to generation, rich with history and sometimes with some quirky stories attached too. This talk explores the wonderful history, flavours and stories behind our oldest vegetable varieties, and looks at what exactly we mean by a ‘heritage’ vegetable: superior flavour? a good story? or something else altogether?

Sally started growing her own veg over 20 years ago with a few bean plants in a city garden and graduated on to an allotment. Here she found she was able to feed her family of four most of the year round. Sally now gardens an acre of windy hillside in Somerset, which includes a kitchen garden and a small flock of Dorset Down, a rare breed of sheep.

Sally, who writes regular slots in The Gardeners’ World magazine, The Gardener and The Guardian, will be imparting her expert knowledge on heritage vegetables.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Social & Christmas Supper - Wednesday December 16, 2020 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY

Pre-Christmas social. Find out what the society is up to for the coming year, renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Enjoy a light-hearted quiz and bring and share supper.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Revive your Garden - Wednesday January 27, 2021 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Nick Bailey

Garden Designer, regular presenter on BBC2’s Gardeners World, author, speaker and former Head Gardener at London’s famous Chelsea Physic Gardener- Nick will talk about ’How to breathe life, style and good health back into tired gardens’.

Tickets: members £5, Non-members £8.

Bookings Sue Hadcock 01404 831942.

After studying horticulture at Hadlow College and achieving a 1st class honours degree in Landscape Design from Greenwich University, Nick has worked across many sectors of horticulture over the last 25 years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking, writing and broadcasting. He currently has regular columns in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Garden News and has written 3 books – the third being ‘Revive Your Garden’ published in 2018.

Nick is currently a regular presenter on BBC2’s Gardeners’ World. Other broadcasting work includes BBC2’s Great British Garden Revival and Big Dreams Small Spaces, as well as BBC1’s The One Show and BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme.

His work has taken him all over the world including designing and managing gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Nick was also Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, where he redesigned the gardens and diversified the plant collection.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – All about Watervoles and Mink - Wednesday February 24, 2021 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Graham Roberts

After his excellent talk on otters in 2019, we welcome Graham back who will be speaking on ‘All about Watervoles and Mink – Uncomfortable Bedfellows’.

Graham is a retired ecologist and worked for 25 years for The Wildlife Trust in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight, for many years as a Water for Wildlife Officer promoting otter recovery in the South East of England. In more recent years the remit broadened considerably into river and wetland habitat restoration and included national work on chalk rivers.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Plastics, there’s a great future in plastics! - Wednesday March 24, 2021 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Robin Britton

How plastics have transformed our world but helped the human race to foul its own nest, as well as the nests of many other species.

The story can be summarised with the famous quote from The Graduate – “Plastics, there’s a great future in plastics!”. Robin will talk about how plastics were the wonder materials of the 1970s and 80s, and how their growth has been spectacular – but our inability to clean up our own litter has brought down anger on a group of materials that still fulfil many vital roles in our lives. Robin’s talk will take us through that history and how all our lives are affected – and how we can learn to live with plastics in the future.

As befits a Horticultural Society, he will cover the significant impact of plastics on the industry, and how things are developing towards a more environmentally friendly future – there is still a great future in plastics, but rather different from the one foreseen in 1970.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – Lyme Regis Town Millers - Wednesday April 28, 2021 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Lyme Regis Town Millers

The Millers will discuss the restoration of the wooden water wheel, and how grain is turned into flour at the mill.

Flour and kits for sale.


Uplyme Hort. Soc. – The Scented Garden - Wednesday June 23, 2021 7.30pm


Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY Speaker Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson is a life-long professional gardener, working as head gardener in many parts of England before settling in Kingsbridge where he runs a camellia nursery. Fragrant plants are top of his ‘must-have’ lists. His talk concentrates on more unusual varieties, and on his own favourites.

Plants will be available for sale.