Monthly Archives: January 2019

Next Meeting: Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 2pm

irisAlun and Jill Whitehead ‘Irises for the Natural Garden’

Alun and Jill run Aulden Farm Garden and Nursery near Leominster in Herefordshire, a damp site which they have developed from scratch and where they now hold the National Collection of Siberian Irises. The garden was developed with both wildlife and humans in mind and is described as quirky and romantic.


“Pop-up” Member’s Garden visit: Sunday 20th January

snow-dropHHPS member Barbara Stalbow has very kindly offered to show her collection of snowdrops and aconites (to HHPS members only).  All things being equal, this will be on Sunday January 20th in the afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m.

If you wish to visit, please ring Barbara on 02089542218 to let her know you are coming and to check that nothing untoward (weather etc.) has caused a cancellation or postponement.

The address is “Hornbeams”, Priory Drive, Stanmore, Middx. HA7 3HN

Thanks to Barbara for her kind offer.

Message from Hardy Plant Society HQ

We have been asked to alert our Herts Group membership to the current position at the national HPS Office in Evesham.
  • It would be extremely helpful if members could avoid phoning the office for the next few weeks unless the need really is urgent.

  • Enquiries can be emailed to and will normally receive a reply the same day, if within office hours.

As you may already know, National HPS has a very small staff, and there have been issues with illness and bereavement over recent months.  There have also been difficulties with the IT systems, including a couple of days when access was impossible. Those problems have now been resolved but there remains a significant backlog of membership renewals to be dealt with.

  • If you have renewed your national membership by post, please be assured that all post has been opened and all cheques etc are being kept safe, but it will take a while longer for these to be processed and appear on your bank statements.

  • If you still need to renew your membership, please use the online facility or the postal form from the last newsletter.

For the next couple of weeks the seed orders will be prioritised, ready for the Shropshire team to pick out the seeds and get them posted to you. If you haven’t ordered your seed yet, please do so as soon as possible, again using the online or printed form.

The final date for receipt of seed orders is 10th January.

Please be assured that we are doing all we can to get the office running smoothly again as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Gardening Year

Judi Deakin

Honorary Secretary