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A date for your diaries 2019!

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The HHPS Coach Trip for 2019 to Essex Gardens will take place on Saturday 15th June. We will be visiting Langthorn’s Plantery, RHS Hyde Hall (RHS members plus one guest are entitled to free entry) and the private garden at Furzelea.

Further details and the booking form will be included in the Spring 2019 Newsletter. I do hope you will be able to join us.

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Saturday 3rd November 2018: AGM, followed by Member’s Talk: Peter Osborne. “Our Garden Compost – Make Friends with the Worms”

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2pm Memorial Hall Wheathampstead

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Peter Osborne explains his personal approach to quality compost making.

If you have ever been to Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden and marvelled its beauty and lushness then you will be interested to hear how Peter makes the compost that contributes to the spectacular display they produce every year.

 

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

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The Autumn 2018 Newsletter is now available on the Herts HPS website.

The Editor of the HHPS Newsletter hopes you enjoy the Autumn edition and would welcome any contributions towards the Spring 2019 edition – long or short.

Please email Susanna at susanna.geoghegan@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Heritage Herts & Beds Group Meeting Thursday 18 October

Plant Heritage Herts & Beds Group Presents Growing Fruit in Hertfordshire

Martin Day will discuss fruit growing on allotments and in walled gardens including suggested varieties and growing techniques.
Martin has been growing both soft and top fruit for over 20 years in the St Albans area. He’s a member of the RHS Fruit Group, has managed the fruit collections in local hotel and college kitchen gardens, and helped set up a community orchard at Forty Hall in Enfield. The talk will include growing hints, minimising pest problems, and suggest some varieties which grow well locally. There will also be some history of famous local fruit nurseries such as Rivers and Laxtons and historic orchards in the area.
Thursday 18th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Sandridge Village Hall, 39 High Street, Sandridge, St. Albans AL4 9DD
Everyone welcome – free for Plant Heritage Members, £3 for non-members
Refreshments will be available
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) is a registered Charity

Next Meeting: Saturday 6th October 

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We begin our year on 6th October by welcoming Marcus Dancer talking about “Scented Plants throughout the Year”.

Marcus runs a nursery in Hampshire specialising in Clematis.     www.clematisplants.co.uk

Your Autumn 2018 Newsletter will be available for you to collect on the day.

Message from Heather

Dear members,

As some of you know, I will be retiring as Secretary of Herts HPS group at the AGM in November.

I am writing to appeal for a volunteer (or volunteers – this could be a job share) to take over, even if only as a short term or stop gap capacity.

I have very much enjoyed doing the Secretary’s job, met lots of lovely people, and found it a fulfilling and satisfying role.

The main tasks are to be the contact with Head Office, the Committee and local group members, and to prepare the agendas and distribute the minutes from Committee meetings and the AGM.

How much time you give to the job would be very much up to you. I will be happy to talk it over with anyone interested, and to give help and advice.

Please contact me on 01727 856354, 07816 128460 or email heather.osborne20@btinternet.com

Thank you

Heather

Fuchsia event 20th September

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James Lye and his Fuchsias: Kristopher Harper will discuss his collection of these special fuchsias and the man behind them
Kris has been tracking down and collecting the fuchsias introduced by Victoria hybridiser James Lye. In the latter half of the nineteenth century James became famous for raising and introducing fifty to sixty cultivars, many of these bear the now recognised Lye ‘Hall Mark’ which is a rich creamy white tube and sepals with a dense wax like texture. The collection is set in a suburban garden with an eclectic array of planting.

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Sandridge Village Hall, 39 High Street, Sandridge, St. Albans AL4 9DD

Everyone welcome – free for Members of Plant Heritage, £3 for non-members
Refreshments will be available
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) is a registered Charity

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Members’ garden open for charity

On Sunday 2nd September, Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden, together with their neighbours, will be open for the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for nursing and caring charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK and Marie Curie.

20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD, 2.30-5.30.

Hot and cold drinks, delicious home made cakes including gluten free. WC

Combined entry £5

The ornamental grasses and late season perennials are at their best, also the new shade border of hydrangeas, hostas, ferns and brunneras.

Members’ Tea Party Sunday 5th August 2 – 5pm

At Roger and Patt Trigg’s. 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HL

Directions: Leave the M25 at J18, take the A404 towards Rickmansworth
and turn left after ½ mile into Loudwater Lane. Follow the lane which
becomes narrow and twisty for ½ mile, turn right at the T-junction and right
again almost immediately into Armitage Close. No.7 is the middle of three
bungalows at the end of the cul-de-sac. Up to 6 cars can be parked on their
drive and there is space in the road for more.

If you are attending would you please let Roger and Patt know (patt@triggmail.org.uk) to give them an idea of how many to cater for.

Plants for Sale List  Trigg Plant Sale 2018

Please note this event is for Members only.

 

Members’ Garden Open Sunday 29 July

NGS nHHPS 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, 29th July. 

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 www.ngs.org.uk as well as on the garden’s website at www.adriansgarden.org.