Programme Page Updated | Talks Through 2015

DSC_6283The programme of talks into 2015 is now on the programme page and includes:

  • Dr Brenda Harold, a.k.a ‘The Botany Geek’
  • Bob Brown (Cotswold Garden Flowers)
  • Dr Julian Sutton (Desirable Plants)
  • Brian Ellis (Avondale Nursery)
  • Neil Lucas (Knoll Gardens)
  • Stefan White

Click on over to the Programme Page for more details.

Butterfly World | Volunteer Opportunity with Free Membership

DSC_1235Butterfly World (close to St Albans) are hoping to create a beautiful new British Butterfly Garden for Spring 2015 that will be the inspiration for thousands of visitors each year to create butterfly havens at home. This garden will show visitors how it is possible to create beautiful gardens that also attract British butterflies. The new design would include formal planting schemes, short and long informal landscaped area, a ‘moth mount’ and a caterpillar corner. Volunteers could be working with plants such as Field Scabious, Hemp Agrimony and Knapweed that specifically attract local species of butterfly as well as more traditional shrubs and flowers.

The organisers would love to talk to you about whether you might like to get involved in this project with us. Volunteers will be able to learn from our experts, make new friends and be part of the team behind a striking new garden that visitors and butterflies will enjoy for many years to come. Regular volunteers will also receive a free seasonal membership to Butterfly World.

Anyone interested in volunteering can download a volunteer form from our website and email it to Application forms can also be requested by calling 01727 869203 and posted back to us.

The application form is on this page and attached here.

Issue 52 | Autumn 2014 Newsletter

The autumn 2014 newsletter is now available to members via the Newsletter page, you’ll need the secret password, if you don’t have it use the contact page to ask for a reminder. The previous Spring issue is now publicly available.

Herts HPS Member’s Open Garden, June 2014

2014 Coach Trip Photos from Helen Cullens

This years coach trip to Northamptonshire took in three venues, 67-69 High St, Finedon a constantly evolving half acre garden behind a 17th Century cottage with mixed borders full of interesting plants and a small productive kitchen garden, Kelmarsh Hall, a Palladian house set in its 54 acre landscape with obligatory lake and vistas. and Cottesbrooke Hall, an award winning garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe, Sylvia Crowe, James Alexander Sinclair and more recently Arne Maynard.

Our member Helen has taken an extensive set of photos, with a clever mini-map to the precise location of each photo in the set. Helen’s photos can be seen on her website over here:

Magazine Feature

The garden of our Herts HPS Newsletter editor Marion Jay will be appearing in the forthcoming August edition of Garden Answers Magazine.


Hitchin Lavender

Coverage in Todays Telegraph Gardening Section | May 24th 2014

Linda Williams spotted coverage for Annie Godfrey and Daisy Roots in this article by Stephen Lacey mentioning “the best iris at the show” being ‘Pink Charm’.


And also on the opposite page our Plant Sale is listed here:


In case you need reminding here are the details:

Friday 30th May 6-9pm

Plant delivery, sorting and pricing: Homewood Road United Reformed Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH

Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH, Corner of Sandpit Lane and Homewood Road. Please bring any plants you’d like to donate.

Saturday 31st May 10am-12 noon

Grand Plant Sale

Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH.

Helpers required from 9am at the Church Hall.

And the day after the plant sale:

Sunday 1st June 2-5pm

Member’s Open Garden

Jacqueline Turner, Marford Cottage, Sheepcote Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts. AL4 8NJ

Jacqueline Turner’s garden used to be a rose garden some 50 years ago (before she took it on). She now has a wide variety of plants giving her colour all the year round. There are winding paths, paved areas and a small wildlife pond for frogs which make a real difference to the snail population.

Directions: from Memorial Hall in Wheathampstead, travel east on Marford Road for less than a mile. Sheepcote Lane is on left immediately after the L’Olivo restaurant. Park on the grass verge opposite the cottage.


Annie Godfrey Success at RHS Chelsea 2014

Haileybury Not Opening | NGS 2014

Just to alert anyone wishing to visit Haileybury garden this year, they won’t be opening. Passing on the message from our member Julie Wise.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 115 other followers