Monthly Archives: September 2015

Spare Pots Appeal

Beryl Davis our Plant Stall Coordinator has asked if members can bring along spare pots to the meeting on Saturday, ideally square ones and 3″ and 4″ size. 

“I think that’s 1/2 lt and 1 lt pots. I have been dividing and potting up at the weekend but if pots are any bigger the compost gets expensive!”

Best wishes, Beryl

The New Season Starts on Saturday October 3rd

I hope you had a good summer and that, despite the poor weather in August, your gardens are thriving. The new season of group meetings starts on Saturday 3rd of October with Neil Lucas: “Go Large: Gardening the American Way.”

With fabulous natural landscapes for their inspiration, often on a massive scale, American gardeners have created a mix of gardens that rival those of any other gardening nation. Having travelled across the USA, Neil takes a look at some of the wonderful landscapes and gardens he encountered along the way.

Neil Lucas is the owner of Knoll Gardens & Nursery, specialising in ornamental grasses, and is holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Gold Medals. He is also an RHS Council Member and Senior Judge. 

The full Group Meeting Programme is now updated on the website here, along with a handy one-page PDF downloadable list of all the meetings.

Member Open Gardens

Only a few openings left this year, two coming up soon:

  • Heather Osborne on Sunday 6th September
  • Julie Wise on Sunday 13th September

Heather Osborne

Our HHPS Group Secretary Heather Osborne is the next member to open a garden, on Sunday 6th September 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.

Julie Wise

Julie Wise will be opening her garden on Sunday September 13th from 2 – 5:30pm.

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