Monthly Archives: August 2015

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.

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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.