Reveley Lodge

Hello Members,

Long-standing Herts HPS members Madeleine and John McCormack are trustees of Reveley Lodge in Bushey Heath.  The HHPS has historical connections with Reveley; the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National HPS was celebrated by the Herts Group there, and the current Head Gardener, Nick Boyes, was a founder member of the HHPS in 1989.

The trustees of Reveley Lodge have been exploring ways to put Reveley on a more stable financial footing: one option is to sell a piece of land opposite the Lodge (the paddock).  The proceeds of this sale would finance the renovation of the house which is falling into serious disrepair.  The roof leaks in a number of places and the heating system is antiquated.  The money would also enable much needed improvement to both house and garden for use by the community, particularly the disabled.

Discussion of the sale of the paddock has been going on for a few years now, and has sparked local opposition from Bushey Heath Resident’s Association.

Madeleine is an ex-trustee of the HPS and former national Vice Chair, and over the years has been Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair to the Herts Group.  John has helped run the national photography competitions and website.  In recognition of the contribution of Madeleine and John to the HHPS, the Committee have decided to alert members to their cause, and to provide access to their petition. Two further links also lead to information about the background to the history and function of Reveley Lodge, and the reasons behind the proposal to sell the land, and the counter-argument of local residents who wish to keep the site as open space.

If you need more information direct from Madeleine or John you can email them personally using the form below, or use the links to find out more about this issue.

Further reading and action:

  1. Letter and Petition Form:
  2. Reveley Lodge background to the sale of the paddock:
  3. Bushey Heath Residents Association background to the sale:
  4. Hertsmere Response Form Page:–Building-Control/Planning-Policy/Local-Plan/Site-Allocations-And-Development-Management-PoliciesDPD.aspx
  5. Hertsmere Response Form Direct Link:–Building-Control/Planning-Policy/Local-Plan/SADM-Response-form.doc

Issue 54 : Autumn 2015 Newsletter

The new edition of the HHPS newsletter is now available to read and download on the site, particularly for those members who opt to receive the newsletter electronically.  This edition contains articles on monardas, butterworts and self-seeding plants. Also, a first for the newsletter – a prize cryptic crossword!

Check out our exciting events programme, full of interesting speakers and opportunities to buy and swap plants.

Click the front cover to below download the newsletter

Number 54 - Autumn 2015 Newsletter Front

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Last Chance to See: 84 Valley Road, Members Garden

We are opening our garden for the final time, in anticipation of a house move next year. The naturalistic planting in the front garden is intended to peak in late summer, and there is a fantastic variety of flowers at the moment. In addition there are a wide variety of grasses and perennials providing colour on the terracing and in the informal gravel garden.

The garden is open on Sunday 16th from 2-5:30pm. We will have an extensive plant stall selling plants mainly grown in the garden. There will also be tea, cakes and cream teas available.

More information at our NGS page here and the photos below were taken a few days ago.

Weekend Member Garden Openings

Reveley Lodge in Bushey Heath will be open on Sunday 9th from 2pm to 6pm, details below. Reveley Lodge is supported by John and Madeline McCormack.

Reveley Lodge

revelyA 2½-acre garden surrounding a Victorian house bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003 and in the process of re-planting and renovation. Featuring colourful annual, tender perennial and medicinal planting in beds surrounding a mulberry tree. Conservatory, lean-to greenhouse, vegetable garden and beehive. Analemmatic (human) sundial constructed in stone, believed unique to Hertfordshire.

NGS Page

Adrian de Baat


Adrian opened his garden on the 26th of July amid a day long downpour, and compared to normal had a rather modest group of visitors. As a result Adrian and Clare have decided to open again this weekend on Sunday 9th from 2 – 5:30pm and hope for better weather.

Town garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, including a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden with bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

More information at Adrian’s NGS Page & Gardeners World Appearance & Adrian’s own garden website.

Member Open Garden: Rustling End Cottage

Julie Wise will be opening her garden this Saturday evening (1st August) from 4pm to 8pm.

julieMeander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary, reflecting pool and abundant planting. Late flowering borders feature blue camassia in late spring. Naturalistic planting including the use of wild flowers with perennials and grasses. Our terrace hosts drought-tolerant planting. Hens in residence.

More information at Julie’s NGS Page

Member Open Gardens – July 26th

Hello again, we have some more member gardens to see this coming weekend on July 26th:

  • Adrian de Baat at 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City from 2 – 5:30pm
  • Liz Machin at Beesonend Gardens (2 Barlings Road), Harpenden from 2 – 5:30pm

Liz Machin (2 Barlings Road)


Set in a mature development these two gardens reflect their owners individual interests and needs. 2 Barlings Road is packed with unusual plants, shrubs and climbers to provide year-round structure. The colourful courtyard garden with water feature and secluded shade garden add extra interest. 17 The Deerings offers specimen trees, architectural plants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous borders as well as a compact kitchen garden and herb bed

More information about the garden at Liz’s NGS Page which lists four gardens in this group:

2 Barlings Road (Liz)
17 The Deerings
18 Hawsley Road
3 Wheatfield Avenue

Adrian de Baat

adrianTown garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, including a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden with bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

More information at Adrian’s NGS Page & Gardeners World Appearance & Adrian’s own garden website.

The full schedule of member open gardens can be seen here:

Member Open Garden – 84 Valley Road, Again

22516 (01)Sorry to keep blowing our own trumpet here, but we are opening our garden again on Friday evening. We had a very pleasant evening last Friday with wine, nibbles and good conversation, which we hope to repeat this week. The garden has burgeoned in the heat and is looking spectacular right now, so do come along and enjoy what’s on offer.

More details and directions on our NGS page here:

P.S. We are open for the very last time for the NGS in August, so don’t miss out.

Member Open Gardens This Weekend

This weekend two of our members have open gardens:

  • Marion Jay on Friday 3rd July from 7 – 9pm (84 Valley Road WGC)
  • Mary Hines on Sunday 5th July from 2 – 5pm (Radlett Allotments)

Radlett Allotments

radlett84 well established allotments cultivated in a variety of styles in a peaceful environment. Wide selection of fruit, vegetable and flowers including exhibition standard sweet peas. Some plots divided into mini-allotments which will have been judged the day before. Many plot holders will be present. Fresh vegetables and plants for sale.

More information on their NGS Page

Marion Jay / 84 Valley Road

84 vrThis is the final year we’ll be opening our garden for the NGS. A dramatic garden rising steeply from the back of the house, using an ‘amphitheatre’ of stone wall terracing to accommodate the slope. Planting is largely in the modern perennial style, mixing drifts of drought-tolerant herbaceous plants with a variety of grasses. Three ponds and a naturalistic front garden.  Open for two consecutive Friday evenings, with wine and nibbles.  Lots of plants for sale, the majority of which have been propagated from the garden.

NGS Page & English Garden Magazine

A full list of member open gardens is here

Member Open Garden : Heather Osborne

Our HHPS Group Secretary Heather Osborne is the next member to open a garden, on Sunday 28th June from 2 – 6pm. More information can be seen on Heather’s NGS page here, and in the description below. This is a joint opening between number 20 and number 30 St Stephens Avenue; two gardens for the price of one.

21057 (01)Heather and Pete’s garden at number 20 has been developed to provide a range of different growing environments including cool shady borders, hot and dry beds, and lush pondside displays. Successional planting ensures waves of colour from April to October, with a glorious display of pastel tones in June.  Serpentine paths weave through the carefully maintained borders.  New areas are developed each year; recent additions include a bed of late season perennials and ornamental grasses.

Number 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden with a Mediterranean feel. Herbaceous plants, such as sea hollies and achilleas, thrive in the poor, dry soil. Clipped box, beech and hornbeam in the back garden provide a cool backdrop for the strong colours of the herbaceous planting. A gate beneath a beech arch frames the view to the park beyond. Plants for sale at June opening only.

Banbury Gem

irisMany of you have been looking after the Iris ‘Banbury Gem’ as part of the Herts HPS Conservation Scheme. If you look at the HPS website on the Conservation page you will see that it is featuring as Plant of the Month for June. It is a shame that we are not currently active in the conservation scheme as it is a great opportunity to grow beautiful and really rare plants in our gardens for absolutely no charge at all.

Is there no-one out there who is even slightly interested in taking over the co-ordination role for a year or so ? – it only involves one meeting a year and a small amount of admin that is all done on the computer. If you are tempted, give me a ring on 01494 758347 or email on

Look forward to hearing from you.

Diana Garner


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