Monthly Archives: April 2015

Garden Openings: Julie Wise and Marion Jay

This weekend two of our members are opening their gardens for the NGS:

  • Julie Wise at Rustling End Cottage, Saturday 2nd May from 4pm to 8pm
  • Marion Jay at 84 Valley Road, Sunday 3rd May from 2pm to 5:30pm

Julie Wise / Rustling End Cottage

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

Marion Jay / 84 Valley Road

marionThis will be the final year of opening so do not miss the chance to visit this lovely garden. 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 new front garden prairie planting. There will also be a sizeable plant stall selling plants propagated from the garden. More information on Marion’s NGS Page & also at English Garden Magazine


The full list of member garden openings for 2015 can be seen here at this earlier news item.

2015 Seedling Swap

Garden Opening: Sarah Marsh

HHPS Member Sarah Marsh will be opening her garden three times in the coming week:sarah

  • Weds April 22nd from 2pm to 5pm
  • Sat April 25th from 2pm to 5pm
  • Sun April  26th from 2pm to 5pm

Sarah’s garden has a listed millhouse (not open) with semi-walled garden bordered by a bridged millstream and mill race. This romantic spring garden has ancient apple trees underplanted with an abundant display of tulips and white narcissi. These set off a garden full of perennial promise, within which nestles a stylish summerhouse, a hidden parterre and productive potager. Featured in The Telegraph and Countryside magazine. Click over to her NGS Page for full details and directions.

Meeting Reminder: Seedling Swap 18th April

David and Jane Singleton will host the annual Seedling Swap on Saturday 18th April, from 10am – 12 noon.

Address: Willowdale, 6 East Mount, Wheathampstead, AL4 8JB.

Bring along any spare seedlings you have, in trays or pots, and exchange them for something you haven’t tried growing before. There are always too many to go round, so even if you haven’t got anything to bring, come along anyway and take home a new addition or two for your garden. The Seedling Swap is one of the benefits of belonging to your local HPS Group, and it’s always enjoyable to get together with fellow gardeners and have a chat, cup of tea and slice of cake.

All members are welcome even if they have little or no seedlings to offer. We have room for about four cars on the drive so that will be reserved for blue badge holders. The free public car park in East Lane should have plenty of space and is only a very short walk away.
Directions: from Wheathampstead High Street turn East in to East Lane between the Bull pub and Jessamine Garage. The car park is about 150 yards on the left and East Mount 50 yards further on the right. East Mount is a cul-de-sac and Willowdale is at the top.

Meeting Roundup | Brian Ellis from Avondale Nursery