Events 2018

Joe Sharman / Monksilver Nursery will be at most of the following events - if he can stay awake.

Orders can be collected from events after the publication of our Availability List in late January.  Please let me know which event your order should be taken to.


Saturday 13th January Norfolk and Suffolk HPS, Roydon village hall.  Lecture on Variegation at 2pm. Plant sales.

Saturday 20th January Earsham Wetland Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2AP.  Gert Jan v/d Kolk lectures on Snowdrops and other Spring flowers.  Plant sales.  T: 01986 893470.

Saturday 27th January Myddelton House Gardens - the Ultimate Snowdrop sale.  10.30am to 12pm.  Garden entry free.  Entry to plant sale area £3.50.  Proceeds to Myddelton House.  This has been organized to start the season in style and has become the best British snowdrop sale in the country.  Sellers: Matt Bishop, Glen Chantry, Monksilver Nursery, Rainbow Farm, Anita and Andrew Thorp, Richard Bashford and Valerie Bexley of Woodchippings.

Saturday 27th January to Sunday 4th February Chelsea Physic Garden is holding its snowdrop annual event.  10am to 4pm.  Lectures, Lunches, a large range of plants for sale.  Contact: 0207 352 5646; W:

Sunday 28th January Chelsea Physic Garden.  Lecture by Joe Sharman on snowdrops.  Tours of garden.  Plants for sale. Contact: 0207 352 5646. W:

Saturday 3rd of February The Alpine Garden Society is holding its annual snowdrop event at Lilleshall, Telford, Shropshire.  Plants, lectures, books, food.  8.30am to 4pm.  Members only.  Contact: 01386 554790

Sunday 4th February A new snowdrop event at East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norfolk, NR12 9HN.  Six nurseries selling a wide range of snowdrops and other Spring flowers.  Lecture by Ben Potterton on newly discovered Norfolk snowdrops.  All facilities.  East Ruston has been gradually building up a collection of snowdrops which will be open for the first time.  E:

Wednesday 7th February Ickleton, Cambs.  Lecture on primroses at 7.30pm.

Saturday 10th of February Shaftesbury Snowdrops, The Guildhall, High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8JE.  From12pm.  Lecture on Yellow Snowdrops: a jaundiced view!  Lectures, plant sale, Q and A and social day.  E:

Saturday 17th February Cottage Garden Society Snowdrop Group Members day, Banbury.  Garden: Thenford House the home of Lord Heseltine.  Lectures. Plants for sale. Lots of nurseries.  Members only. Enquiries to: Pamela Lucas, T: 01235 555536 E:   More on CGS website.

Sunday 18th of February Snowdrops and Spring Flowers.  A new event at Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS.  Plant sale, lecture, lunches and teas, garden. 10am to 12pm.  Entry £7.00.  Some of the best snowdrop nurseries will be there also; alpines, hellebores, salvias and many Spring bulbs.  The garden is well-known for salvias but has snowdrops and is especially rich in Leucojum.  This is becoming really successful.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February The biggest and best German snowdrop event taks place at the Oirlicher Blumengarten, Oirlich 9, 41334 Nettetal – Hinsbeck, and the Zum Mühlenberg, Germany.  From 10am.  Lots of nurseries, other stalls, good food and garden.  A huge range of plants will be available.  Contact Rudi Bauer at email: or just turn up.  Web: oirlicher-blumengarten.deMonksilver Nursery will be selling at this event and will also bring orders placed by Dutch, German and Belgian customers.

Saturday 24th and Sun 25th February Snowdrop weekend, Luisenpark, Mannheim, Germany.  I’m selling on both days.  Superbly organised and well-attended.  Ticket only.  Don’t miss the storks!  Please let me know if you want to collect your order at this event.

Saturday 3th and Sunday 4th March Garten von Ehren, Maldfeldstrasse 2, 21077, Hamburg, Germany.  Contact:  A well-supported early plant fair, lots of nurseries and all facilities. Please let me know if you want to collect your order at this event.

Saturday 10th of March Monksilver Nursery’s Spring Thing.  A small selection of specialist nurseries and hopefully, lots of snowdrops, arum, aconites and primroses.  10 am to 4 pm.  Please let me know if you want to collect your order at this event.

Tuesday 13th March Harpenden Gardening Society. Lecture on hellebores, 7.30pm.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April Spring Plant Fair at Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH.  Some of the best British and European nurseries in a superb setting in one of the best gardens in the country.  11 am to 4 pm.  Entry £8.00. Contact E: T:01797 254048.  I focus on primroses and bulbs at this one.

Sunday 8 April. Redgrave and Lopham Fen

Sunday 8 April. Great Comp.

Sunday 15 April HPS, Wickham Bishops, Essex.  Lecture on Variegation at 2pm.

Saturday 21th of April Felbrigg Plant and Garden Lovers Day, N T Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norwich, NR11 8PR.  11am to 5pm.  Many specialist nurseries and a keen public make this a good one.  Contact Anne Callow E:

Monday 23rd April. HPS North East, Newcastle.  Lecture on primroses.

Saturday 5th of May Plant Heritage London Group, St Michael’s C of E School, Highgate, N6 4BG. 10am to 3.30pm.  Plant sale. Contact Peter Lloyd  E: 

Sunday 6th  May Plant Heritage Norfolk Group, Hethersett Village Hall, Back Lane, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3JJ.  Plant sale with masses of nurseries, National Collection displays, books, cards, tombola, tea and cakes, gardeners question time.  10am to 1pm.

Monday 7th May Northampton Group of The Hardy Plant Society, Holdenby House, Holdenby, Northamptonshire, NN6 8DJ.   Plant sale.  10am to 4.30pm.    Contact Jan Craig E:

Sunday 13th May Bungay Street Market.  All day.  Loads of nurseries and an unbelievable range of plants.

Saturday 19th May The Friends of Buckden Towers, Buckden, Huntingdon.  All day.  Gardens, teas and plants.

Saturday 26th of May Creake Abbey, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9LF.  A superb and well-attended event with loads of nurseries and other stalls.  Deli, restaurant and a range of shops.  Contact

Sunday 27th of May Rutland Group of the Hardy Plant Society, Ashwell HouseouseH, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7LW.  Plant sale. 10.30am to 4pm.  A very good event with lots of nurseries.

Saturday 9th of June East Ruston Gardens, Norfolk.  Plant sale, lots of nurseries, mini lectures.  10 - 4pm.  All facilities.  Massive and wonderfully diverse garden.

Saturday 1st September Autumn plant fair, Earsham Wetland Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2AP.  T: 01986 893470.  All day.  All facilities.

Saturday 24th November HPS Western Counties, Norton Village Hall.  Joe Sharman gives a lecture on cyclamen.  Members only. Contact: Sue Pacini 01451 822465.

Further events will be announced as they are booked.