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Gallery: Hampshire Carnivorous Plants Open Weekend
15 August 2017
On the 12th & 13th of August 2017, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants hosted its annual open weekend. The nursery is run by Matt Soper, who has grown carnivorous plants for over 35 years and won over 100 RHS Gold medals for his exhibitions and displays. In that time, it has earned its reputation as one of the best carnivorous plant nurseries in the UK.
I’ve ordered from Matt many times and have always received top quality plants, but this was the first time I was able to attend one of his open days.
The nursery recently moved to a new location in Lower Upham, which is near Southampton and not far from Marwell Zoo. Admission was free, there was plenty of car parking on-site, and refreshments were provided. Matthew and his family were extremely welcoming to all the visitors, of which there were quite a crowd by the time we arrived at about 11am.
Matt’s collection is huge and includes some incredible specimens. Walking round the greenhouses I took as many photos as I could, mostly of the Sarracenia, Nepenthes, and Dionaea.
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If you’ve never attended one of Hampshire Carnivorous Plants’ open weekends, I’d strongly recommend doing so - it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to see beautifully grown carnivorous plants, meet fellow growers, and to pick up a few plants in person.
You can check out the Hampshire Carnivorous Plants website here, and I’d recommend following Matt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’d also suggest keeping an eye on the UK Carnivorous Plant Society’s events page, which lists upcoming open days and exhibitions at many nurseries around the country.