29th January: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “The Ghost of Cedric Morris” – Sarah Cook and Lucy Skellorn

Cedric Morris was an artistic and gardening giant who lived in Hadleigh, Suffolk. His former home and studio (formerly The East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing) has come under the care of The Benton End House & Garden Trust.  Sarah and Lucy will be talking about the man, the garden and what is happening at the house now.


26th February: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “Garden Chasing in Japan” – Barbara Segall

Many of you will be familiar with Barbara’s book ‘Secret Gardens of East Anglia’ and will know what a treat visually and intellectually will be in store when she talks about her visit to Japan.  Barbara is a writer for a number of  journals, a blogger and the 2020 holder of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s President’s Award. In this talk Barbara will take us on an adventure far away from East Anglia.


26th March: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “Designing with Plants” –  Fergus Garrett

Fergus Garret has taken on the mantle of his former mentor, Christopher Lloyd, and has continued to make Great Dixter a place of pilgrimage for anyone with the slightest interest in plants and garden design.  Fergus is an excellent speaker who will bring his vast knowledge and expertise to Suffolk to help us improve our own gardens.

This is a ticketed event:   Members £7,  Guests £12

Book Tickets from: Jo Mitson, email: elmfarmbedbreakfast@gmail.com
Please pay by BACS to 30-98-31,  a/c  31113960, Plant Heritage Suffolk Group, reference:  Fergus talk.
You will be emailed with a ticket number to be presented at the door on the day.
If you prefer to send a cheque, please post to Jo Mitson, The Old Rectory, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AE and ensure you give your email address for confirmation and ticket number details.


23rd April: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “Little Blue Bulbs” – Richard Hobbs

This will be a very special look at all things Muscari.  Richard is a botanist and keen gardener, he has worked extensively in nature conservation and has traveled widely to show people wildflowers.  He has held the National Collection of Muscari for nearly 30 years which was inherited from the great Suffolk gardener, Jenny Robinson. The collection started with 30 plants and is now pushing 200.


30th April: Foxhall Place, Purdis Road, Foxhall, Ipswich, IP10 0AE

Garden Visit: Alastair Harris’s Garden

There are over twenty different magnolia and camellia species and hybrids among a number of individual trees and shrubs, collected over a twenty year time span, the largest of which are now probably two redwoods planted in 1997.   Hopefully the Magnolias and Camellias will be in flower.  The largest Magnolias, x veitchii (a hybrid first introduced by the famous nursery in 1907) and denudata were transplanted here on the move to Ipswich from Bedford and have reached perhaps 40 foot plus and so should give a good show.

There is a charge of £5 per head and the visit will include home
made cake and scones.


29th May

Plant Heritage Plant Fair and Artisan Market






18th September

Plant Heritage Plant Fair and Artisan Market






24th September: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden” – Dr Ian Bedford

From studying butterflies on the South Downs as a youngster, Dr Bedford went on to pursue a career in Research Entomology and ran the Entomology Dept at the John Innes Centre in Norwich up to his recent retirement after 42 years. Many plants have properties that can either attract or repel bugs. This talk explains some of them and how they can be used in our gardens to create a natural balance system for attracting nature and keeping the pests under control.


29th October : 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

Talk: “Shade and Semi-shade” – Colin Ward

(Re-booked from a 2021 cancellation)

Colin Ward of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery is well known among those who are interested in the rarest and most interesting plants available. The nursery sits on the edge of the fens and has a wide range of plants from all habitats but the woodland plants are some of the most interesting and will certainly feature in a talk on shade and semi-shade.


26th November  2022: 2.30pm,
Stowupland Village Hall, IP14 4BQ

AGM and Talk: ‘Conifers’ – Fay Jones

The AGM will cover a short part of the beginning of the meeting and will be followed by a talk on conifers by Fay Jones. Learning all about the fascinating world of conifers. Get your pines sorted from your spruces and your cedars from your firs. Helping you work through a basic taxonomy of conifers and their key identifying features and notable species. A relaxed talk, ideal for beginners, taking a fun look at this wonderful group of plants.


Everyone is welcome to our talks. Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are free to members, with £5 entrance fee for non-members. Online talks may need to be booked in advance – see individual talks for details.

Details of past programmes for 2017-2019 can be found on the Events page.