THE GARDNER'S GATHERING - June 13th 2020

The Gardeners Gathering returns to Fibrex this year on the 13th June. This has become an annual event and features The National Annual PAGS Pelargonium Competition, which is always a sight to behold. Here you can see what you really can do with your Pellies and find out how! Free advice is happily dispensed by some of the best growers in the country. 

Throughout the day we have talks in our talks theatre, given by some of our own experts and also by guest speakers. We have a great line up of speakers this year, including- 

Angela Tandy of Fibrex Nurseries on Fern Propagation   @ 10.30

     As one of our own, we are bound to be biased, but Angela really is one of the most renowned growers of ferns in the country and beyond. 

Ursula Key-Davis on Pelargonium Propagation   @ 11.30 

     Ursula is one of our principal growers here at Fibrex and we tend to forget that she is also not only the Curator of the largest National Collection in the world, our very own Pelargonium Collection, but also President of the Pelargonium Society. She will once again, be imparting a lifetime of knowledge on how to grow a perfect pelargonium.

Rosy Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Plant Nursery   @ 12.30

     Rosy is one of the most celebrated nursery exhibitors of our time with countless Gold Medals to her name and a reputation for being a brilliant plantswoman. Rosy will be covering Herbaceous plants in her talk as this is a favourite subject, choosing plants for mixed, sunny borders & container growing and also choosing plants that are great for pollinators.

Andrew Tolman - Ferns & Their Shady Friends. @ 13.30

     With over 30 years experience as a professional gardener, 10 of which as senior garden to HRH The Prince of Wales, Andrew now works across the West Country, from The Cotswolds to Cornwall and specialises in Restoration, Pruning, Topiary and a whole host of other features.  Andrew will be giving us his talk on Ferns & their Shady Friends.

John Massey of Ashwoods Nurseries    @ 15.00

     John is an exceptional plantsman. Having won numerous RHS Gold Medals for his beautiful, immaculate & often seemingly impossible displays as well as winning the coveted Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, John will be giving a talk about his own garden and his favourite features within it. John is passionate about plants & gardens and this can clearly be heard in his lectures which usually overrun! 


It's first come first serve for the seats and we expect the talks to be busy, so please don't be late.


Rosy Hardy will be here with a lovely load of herbaceous goodies for the garden, as will Rob Evans of Pheasant Acre Plants with his fabulous collection of Dahlias.

We will have the National Pelargonium Society, the British Fern Society & the National Begonia Society on hand to give free advice. 

And we will be introducing a new competition! Fern Frond Arranging. As with the image below this is a simple bit of fun with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize for incentive. 5 fern fronds to be arranged in a vase of water. Fronds should be cut from your garden, clean of pests and nibbly evidence and hopefully give an idea of the diversity in fern form, shape & texture. 

If you are interested in having a go at Fern Frond Arranging the closing date for entry details is 6th June 2020. 

There will be refreshments on site including the WI serving tea & coffee and their wonderful home made cakes. The Food Genie with his hot food wagon & Spot Loggins local ice-cream

The Garden Party itself is once again free, with free car parking & dog friendly.


And of course, the one thing that Fibrex can offer to all and any that want them are plants, well grown, Home Grown Plants. 

Please do come along and help celebrate the garden with us.



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What a joy. I have just logged onto your website and how thrilled I am with all your overwintering advice. I have been buying from your delightful nursery for years and have been growing pelargonium for years, mainly in my Conservatory. They don’t fare as well in the conservatory as they do outdoors as they are always searching for light but they have done pretty well. This year I am going to put some of them them outside in the summer.

I have so enjoyed visiting the nursery but as am self/social isolating at the moment am not sure if this is going to be possible, which I am very sad about, but I plan on buying lots of plants from you online.

I look forward to coming to all your events in 2021



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