Monthly Archives: June 2015

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

Member Open Garden Reminder

31935 (07)This weekend Sue & Paul Wood are opening their garden in Old Knebworth. They have a 1/3 acre garden with views over the countryside. Early summer planting in the prairie style has been included to withstand windy conditions. A curved grass meadow under mature lime trees looks out on to arable farmland with distant views. A sheltered corner with exotic planting affords an enticing place to sit.

The garden is open on Friday 12th June from 6 – 9pm, and on Sunday 14th June from 2 – 5:30pm. More information is on their NGS page here.

Member Open Garden Reminder

This weekend on Sunday 7th June, long standing HHPS member Margaret Easter is opening her garden which contains a national collection of Thymus. The garden will be open from 2 to 5:30pm, entry is £2.50. You can read more about the garden at Margaret’s website here. The address for your satnav is 23 Wroxham Way, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4PP.

A map showing the location of Margaret’s garden above, view on the website.

In other news, the garden of HHPS member Julie Wise at Rustling End Cottage is featured in the June edition of Gardens Illustrated. Julie’s garden is next open on August 1st, which we will remind you of nearer the time.