Local Group

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

We are a lively, engaged group that puts on a range of excellent horticultural activities. These include a major Plant Fair, in early May, held at Longstock, near Stockbridge - an event not to be missed. This year the date has had to be moved to Sunday 10th May to cope with the shift in the bank holiday.   


This has always been on the early May Bank Holiday Monday, but will not be the case in 2020, as they have moved the Bank Holiday. It has been rescheduled for SUNDAY 10th MAY.

This is our main fund raising event of the year, now the most prestigious Plant Fair in Hampshire, held in conjunction with Longstock Park Nursery and attended by over 30 specialist nurseries. Includes a members’ plant stall, hog roast, teas and beer tent. Ample free parking. Please bring clearly labelled plants for sales table. Longstock Nursery and cafe open all day.

Event Location: SO20 6EH. Longstock is signposted from Stockbridge: turn R at north end of the High Street. From all directions, follow AA signs. Free to Plant Heritage members and children, John Lewis employees £2. General public £5. Open 10am – 4pm.


In addition to the Spring Plant Fair, we also run a smaller event on the first Sunday in September.

This, as in previous years, will be held at Meon Orchard. In addition to being able to visit a fascinating garden, we will be organising a number of plant stalls, where specialist nurseries will be offering some of their most interesting plants. Teas with home-made cakes will be served all afternoon.

Open 2pm to 6pm, under the National Garden Scheme, the event is free to Plant Heritage members and children. Members of the public and members guests £5.Event Location: Meon Orchard, Kingsmead PO17 5AU. 1.5 miles north of Wickham, Turn left at Roebuck Inn. Meon Orchard is well signposted - see NGS signs - from the A32 and Wickham


For details of all our other events, see the Eventd Listings below.  ALL OUR EVENTS ARE FREE TO MEMBERS UNLESS A CHARGE IS SPECIFIED.

If you wish us to circulate additional information and event reminders to you electronically, but we do not have your Email address, please send this to Doug Smith at doug.smith@btinternet.com. For other information please email any of our committee – details are on the Group Contacts page and on the back of our Newsletters.

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Dr Douglas Smith
01329 833253 Email
Treasurer & Contact for Plant Fairs
David Howells
01962 867519 Email
National Collections Coordinator & Events
Rosie Yeomans
023 80614174 Email
Margaret Pallant
07784 773345 Email
Events Propagation & Plant Sales
Lynsey Pink
01329 832786 Email
Events Secretary
Gill Sawyer
01489 894206 Email
Juliet Bloss
Newsletter Editor
023 80848085 Email
Chris Bird
023 80734256 (H) 01962 776441 (W) Email

Jeff Heaton
01256 770121 Email

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