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Saturday 2nd November: AGM


The Hardy Plant Society Hertfordshire Group

2pm Memorial Hall Wheathampstead

Followed by Jonathan Matthews (a committee member of Mid Bucks Beekeepers) who will give an illustrated talk about bees and pollination, touching on how bees collect pollen and what plant inbreeding does to limit the collection of pollen. He will bring some of his own honey to sell.

Featured in ‘The English Garden’ Magazine

One of our HHPS members has her garden featured in the November issue of the The English Garden magazine.

Renata Hume has been developing her garden in Letchworth Garden City for the past twenty years creating a distinctive atmosphere for each passing season. The late autumn colours and textures are as vivid and varied as those of high summer.


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.

Members’ garden open for charity on Sunday 1st September

Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden will be open (together with their neighbours’) on Sunday 1st September for the National Garden Scheme. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon out with friends. Our late season perennials and ornamental grasses are at their best and the roses are having a second burst of colour.

Lots of new planting, seating in sun or shade, and shelter in a large conservatory. Wildlife interest in Pete’s studio, compost making demonstrations. 

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

Teas, home made cakes including gluten free. WC. Combined admission £5.

NGS Member’s Open Garden Sunday 28 July 2-5.30pm

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Town garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders plus a small meadow packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, incl a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden incl bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.


Daisy Roots Nursery will be selling plants at the July opening.

Home-made teas. Refreshments in aid of the Isabel Hospice.

Admission: Adults £4.00 Children Free

Adrian & Clare de Baat   01707 324074

More details:

NGS – Two HHPS Members have Open Gardens this coming week

Friday 28th June (6-8pm) and Sunday 30th June (2-5pm)

Capture                                                                                        Jenny and Antony Jay are opening their garden at 28 Fishpool Street, St Albans AL3 4RT,  in aid of charity as part of the National Garden Scheme. Please come along and support a good cause. Hopefully the weather will be settled and you can enjoy a glass of wine on the Friday evening or tea and homemade cake on the Sunday.  Admission: Adult: £5.00 Children: Free

Also on Sunday 30th June (2.30-5.30pm)


The garden of Heather and Peter Osborne at 20 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD, together with their neighbours at number 30, will be open. Teas and home made cakes (including gluten free). Plants for sale. WC.   Seating in sun or shade, and shelter in inclement weather. Both gardens have lots of new planting.  Combined entry: Adult: £5 Children: Free 


Members’ Open Garden: Saturday 22 June 2-5pm


Meta and Hugh Reeves are very much looking forward to welcoming Hardy Planters this coming Saturday afternoon 2-5pm. 

There will be tea and cakes. Also a few plants, for a modest donation.

Our address is Crunnells Green House, School Lane, Preston SG4 7UF (3 miles south of Hitchin). The house is right opposite the main gates of Princess Helena College in School Lane. Please park in School Lane or, if you are having lunch at the Red Lion, leave your car there and walk the short distance to Crunnells Green House.


Kind regards, Meta and Hugh  Tel: 01462 456567


HHPS coach trip to Langthorns Plantery, RHS Hyde Hall and Furzelea, Essex


There are still places available on this year’s coach trip on Saturday 15th June, departing from: Westminster Lodge far car park,  Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL1 2DL at 8.30a.m. 

I do hope you can join us. You, as well as any family or friends, will be assured of a warm welcome. 

Please contact Maggie Lacey on 01727 569286 for further details, or email