Monthly Archives: September 2016
Welcome back, everyone, to the new season of meetings. On Saturday 1st October, our first speaker, Geoff Hodge, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Pruning – Making it Simple’.
Geoff is a freelance garden writer, writing for various national gardening magazines. He was Web Editor for the RHS, Gardening Editor of ‘Garden News’ and technical writer for ‘Garden Answers’ magazine. He is an author and broadcaster, appearing on Q&A panels at flower shows across the country. He may make gardening butchers of us all!
NB The Autumn edition of the Newsletter will be distributed at this meeting, so please collect yours during the meeting. Any newsletters not collected at the meeting will be sent by post as usual.
After a huge investment of time and effort, the national Hardy Plant Society website has been transformed into something colourful, interesting and new. We have our own page on the site, but overall the new design has made better order of the vast amount of information available. Click the link above or the screenshot below to visit the new site.
To celebrate the Hardy Plant Society’s 60th anniversary in 2017, the national HPS is looking for members who would be willing to open their gardens to both the public and HPS members. Each garden owner may choose the date(s) on which they would like to open, so that their garden may be seen at its peak and ‘star’ plants can be at their best.
An entry fee will be charged at each garden (similar to the pricing for NGS or other openings) and £1 per admission will be passed back to the national HPS to cover the scheme’s administration costs. The balance of each admission may be donated to a charity of the garden owner’s choice, or to their local HPS group, whichever they prefer.
The national Hardy Plant Society has arranged insurance for the opening gardens along the lines of that adopted by the NGS.
A booklet is to be printed at the end of this year, which will give details of all the gardens opening for the HPS Diamond Jubilee across the country. As the booklet will be going to print early next year, the closing date for applications is December 31st.
If you feel you would like to open your garden for this once-only special event, visit the HPS Diamond Jubilee website and provide your details.