Monthly Archives: September 2019

Next Meeting: 2pm Saturday 5th October

Speaker: Tony Goode ‘A Crocus for all Seasons’

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A keen Alpine gardener, Tony will in his talk today cover the genus Crocus, his specialist subject, and will look at the botany of both wild and cultivated plants. 

Message from Beryl – Plant Sales

At meetings at the beginning of the year members supported the group magnificently by buying lots and lots of plants that I, and other members of the group, bring in for the sales table.   We also sell hundreds of plants at our Grand Plant Sale in St Albans in May.   

During the Summer I have been busy splitting plants and growing more from seed and now have a lot of plants to start bringing along to the meetings. The downside of this is I find my stock of flower pots has again diminished.  So,  as the plants bought from me will now be flourishing in your gardens and, I am sure, everyone will have bought one or two more plants from other places during the year and you will have lots of empty pots.  Therefore,  before the next meeting, please have a clear out and bring them along for me and I will then be happy to recycle them for you and fill them with more plants. Just remember though,  I am afraid I am rather fussy and only want mainly the 4″ or 5″ SQUARE ones.

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At the Annual Plant Sale in May, many customers brought their own bags this year, instead of us having to supply them, so it would be great if members can do the same at monthly meetings, although we will still have some for you at no charge!


P.S    Also, if you kindly took some black tablecloths home to wash after the Plant Sale, please remember to let me have them back.  Thank you.


NGS Member’s Open Garden Sunday 22nd September 2-5.00pm

Adrian and Clare de Baat are opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme for the 13th consecutive year. Their second opening of the year on Sunday afternoon 22nd September will highlight late flowering perennials, grasses, seed heads and autumn colour. Teas and cakes will be available, the proceeds of which will go to the National Garden Scheme.

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35 Digswell Road
Welwyn Garden City

Full details can be found on the NGS website at . Further information on the garden can also be found at

HHPS Member’s Open Garden Sunday September 8th, 2-5pm

Long-term HHPS member Barbara Stalbow will be opening her beautiful garden to the group’s members for the second time this year.

This mature garden has opened many times in the past under the NGS, and Barbara has not put away her trowel. Quite the opposite, she has a new vision for a large area that used to be a tennis court! Those of you who attended Barbara’s snowdrop ‘pop-up’ opening earlier this year will have seen the tennis court replaced with a pond, curving paths and soil prepared for planting new trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.


Come along to see how Barbara’s ambitious plans for this new area in the garden are taking shape and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake in good company.

Please ring Barbara on 0208 954 2218 to confirm your attendance. You may bring a guest if you wish.

The address is Hornbeams, Priory Drive, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 3HN.

Priory Drive is a private road off the A4140 in Stanmore and there will be plenty of parking available in her drive and outside the adjacent houses.

Thanks to Barbara for her kind offer to host a Member’s Open Garden.