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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

Thank you


Fuchsia event 20th September

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 ( 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 as well as on the garden’s website at

HHPS coach trip photos



Dear members,

Here are some lovely photos of this year’s coach trip, taken by Helen Cullens. Apologies to those who already have them!

Member’s Garden open for charity


Liz Machin’s garden at 2 Barlings Road, Harpenden AL5 2AN will be open for the National Garden Scheme next Sunday 22nd July.  2.00 – 5.30pm – £3.00 – teas available.


NGS Open Garden 23 & 24 June

NGS n          Member’s Garden open for charity 

Anne Myles’ garden at 25 Cunningham Hill Road St. Albans, AL1 5BX, together with their neighbours at No. 28 will be open for the National Garden Scheme next weekend 23 & 24 June 2pm to 5.30pm. 

£6.00 for both gardens. Tea/coffee, cakes and plants available for purchase at No. 25.




NGS Open Garden Sunday 10 June

NGS nMembers’ Garden open for charity 

Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden at 20 St Stephens Avenue, together with their neighbours at No. 30 will be open for the National Garden Scheme next Sunday 10th June 2pm to 5.30pm

We are open two weeks earlier than usual, and the roses, peonies, clematis and honeysuckle will be at their best. Heather has developed a new woodland border full of hostas, hydrangeas, ferns, epimediums and other shade loving delights.

St Stephens Avenue Gardens, St Albans, AL3 4AD. Combined admission to numbers 20 and 30 = £5, children free. Teas and home made cakes, plants for sale. WC.

Please also note that sadly the opening at 14 Corinium Gate that same afternoon has been cancelled due to illness.

Plant Sale Today + Coach Trip

dav   A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped at the Plant Sale on the Friday and Saturday.   We were a great team and the Sale was a success again.     Thank you to everyone who helped put up the tables, who donated the lovely plants, who helped to price them and display them on the tables, helped sell them on Saturday, kept us and the visitors supplied with drinks and the musclemen and women who helped with the clearing up at the end.  And also those who have taken away the black table-cloths to wash and return at our first winter meeting. It was a great event.

Also check your diaries to see if you are free on Saturday 7th July.   Maggie Lacey would love to hear from you as there are still some seats available on the wonderful coach trip she has arranged to John Massey’s garden, Ashwood Nurseries and Stone House Cottage garden.

Hope to you see you then, Beryl

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As you are probably aware, important changes have been made to European data protection law. Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes requirements in terms of the personal data that we hold and how we use it.

The HHPS Privacy Policy is on our website and explains why and how we use your data and the rights that you have in relation to it. Click here to see it in full.         Herts HPS GDPR Privacy Notice May 2018