Monthly Archives: July 2017

Garden Party to celebrate the 60th Diamond Jubilee of the Hardy Plant Society – RSVP please!

Sunday 20th August 2017  2pm to 5pm at Reveley Lodge Bushey Heath WD23 4GL

If you have not yet replied to your invitation, the Committee would love to hear from you by Sunday 30th July.

E-mail:              Tel: 01727 864644

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NGS Garden Opening – Sunday 30th July

P1040141 (Medium)HHPS members, Adrian and Clare de Baat will be opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday afternoon, 30th July. As you may recall, Adrian will be giving a talk at our November meeting based on their late summer Piet Oudolf inspired garden.

Address: 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7PB

Time: 2.00-5.30pm   Admission £4.00, children free

Teas will be available, together with a plant stall run by HHPS member Annie Godfrey of Daisy Roots nursery.

Full details of the garden, together with lots of pictures and other information, can be found on the National Garden Scheme website at as well as on the garden’s website at

Open Garden on Sunday 30th July

CaptureHeather and Peter Osborne’s garden will be open on Sunday 30th July as part of the HPS 60th Anniversary Open Gardens for charity scheme.

Address: 20 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD

Time: 2-5pm, Admission: £3.50, children free

Teas and home made cakes, WC

Proceeds to ‘Youth Talk’ charity, which provides free confidential counselling and psychotherapy to depressed, distressed or disturbed 13-25 year olds in the District of St Albans.

Photographs and a description of the garden are on the National Garden Scheme website at, St Stephens Avenue Gardens.

HHPS coach trip to Broughton Grange Photos

For interest Peter & Helen Cullen have put their photos of the trip to Broughton Grange on the web for all to see. Follow the link below:


HHPS coach trip to Broughton Grange Photos

NGS Garden Opening Sunday 23rd July

NGS nLiz Machin (Tel 01582 762856) is opening her garden from 2 – 5.30pm all welcome.  Cost £3.50 – Teas available – NO dogs (cat in residence)

Address : 2 Barlings Road Harpenden AL5 2AN

Vine Weevil distribution in Hertfordshire

Trevor James has sent this email round a wide range of people who might be able to help with a distribution map which will go in the forthcoming ‘Beetles of Hertfordshire’ that he is in the final stages of preparing for publication by the Hertfordshire Natural History Society.

He is asking if anyone can give him a specific locality and occurrence of Vine Weevil anywhere in the County, particularly if you can at least specify a year for the observation.  Attached is a copy of the current map showing all records (Map).  It shows a lot of records around Hertford and Ware, a spread across north Herts. around Hitchin/Letchworth/Baldock/Ashwell etc., but massive gaps elsewhere, notably around Welwyn Garden City, the Bishop’s Stortford area, most of west Herts., and the far south.  To be able to use records, they need to come with an Ordnance Survey grid reference (at least 4-figures).

If any of you can supply him with one or more ‘records’, he would be delighted to add them to the account.  Just in case you need to see what vine weevils look like. Vine Weevil

If you can help Trevor please reply direct to him via email