Stocksfield Plants & Gardens Society

Programme 2021

All meetings are at 7.30pm in Stocksfield Community Centre unless otherwise stated.

Currently talks are being held on Zoom. Visitors are welcome - contact

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All events are currently planned to be on Zoom and are open to non-members, priced £3 – contact Sue Sinclair on


Tuesday 21st September, 7.15 for 7.30pm    Members Evening

A series of short illustrated talks by members interspersed with this year’s photos of garden visits and our own garden successes.


Tuesday 19 October, 7.15pm for 7.30pm   Stella Exley – ‘Camassia, Chris, Chelsea & Chaos’

Stella is an independent hardy plant nurserywoman based in Alne in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire. From a very early age, she was smitten by the beauty of plants and these days, she regularly exhibits at all the major shows and is the proud holder of two National Collections – Camassia and Sidalcea and is an RHS Gold Medal winner. At her nursery, Hare Spring Cottage Plants, she specialises in growing Camassia, Sidalcea, Uvularia and a wide range of other hardy perennials.


Tuesday 16 November, 7.15pm for 7.30pm  Sean Murray – ‘The Chelsea Garden Challenge’

Sean is a local self-taught garden designer, horticulturist and trained NAFAS floral demonstrator who has over 35 years of gardening and design experience. In 2015, he won the BBC / RHS ‘Great Chelsea Garden Challenge’ television competition and designed and built a garden on Main Avenue at Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Since then he has featured on national and local radio in relation to his design work. Sean now runs Garden Narratives, a design service creating everything from small city courtyard gardens to country estates. Designs create all-year-round interest and often include secret spaces which enable clients to retreat from the world. Schemes regularly emphasise upcycling of local materials and the creation of sustainable solutions for outdoor spaces. Sean supports The People's Kitchen in Newcastle, and his fee for this talk will help fund their work in making life better for vulnerable people.


Tuesday 14 December, 7.15pm for 7.30pm   Richard Barnes – ‘It’s Not All About Plants'

Richard’s talk is about the consideration of all the other things that go to make a successful and interesting garden – the often-overlooked bits like boundaries, paths, entrance ways, etc. The things that need to look good even when the plants are not at their best. He will also include a few ideas on how to achieve the all-round / all-year garden. Based in the region, Richard trained in horticulture and has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Landscape Architect. Working in all aspects of urban, landscape and garden design, he regularly lectures on a range of related topics and as a published writer and photographer, he also sells photographic images and works to commission for writing and photography. His garden and allotment plus rock climbing, hill walking and mountaineering take up much of his spare time, along with his beehives.



During COVID19 our regular News Bulletin is keeping us connected with news of garden visits, links to recipes, members’ garden problems and much more, including lots and lots of photos of our members’ gardens. It is sent by email where possible and delivered to members without email. 


To help protect members we have cancelled all indoor meetings at SCA until March.

New members and visitors always welcome. Please contact