Category Archives: Member’s Garden

Final Member Garden Opening – Sunday 18th October

For a final time this year, one of our members will be opening their garden. Adrian and Clare de Baat will open their garden this Sunday 18th October from 1:30 to 4:30pm.

A 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 packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, including a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden with bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

More information at Adrian’s NGS Page & Gardeners World Appearance & Adrian’s own garden website.

 

Member Open Gardens

Only a few openings left this year, two coming up soon:

  • Heather Osborne on Sunday 6th September
  • Julie Wise on Sunday 13th September

Heather Osborne

Our HHPS Group Secretary Heather Osborne is the next member to open a garden, on Sunday 6th September from 2 – 6pm. More information can be seen on Heather’s NGS page here, and in the description below. This is a joint opening between number 20 and number 30 St Stephens Avenue; two gardens for the price of one.

21057 (01)Heather and Pete’s garden at number 20 has been developed to provide a range of different growing environments including cool shady borders, hot and dry beds, and lush pondside displays. Successional planting ensures waves of colour from April to October, with a glorious display of pastel tones in June.  Serpentine paths weave through the carefully maintained borders.  New areas are developed each year; recent additions include a bed of late season perennials and ornamental grasses.

Number 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden with a Mediterranean feel. Herbaceous plants, such as sea hollies and achilleas, thrive in the poor, dry soil. Clipped box, beech and hornbeam in the back garden provide a cool backdrop for the strong colours of the herbaceous planting. A gate beneath a beech arch frames the view to the park beyond.

Julie Wise

Julie Wise will be opening her garden on Sunday September 13th from 2 – 5:30pm.

julieMeander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary, reflecting pool and abundant planting. Late flowering borders feature blue camassia in late spring. Naturalistic planting including the use of wild flowers with perennials and grasses. Our terrace hosts drought-tolerant planting. Hens in residence.

More information at Julie’s NGS Page

Last Chance to See: 84 Valley Road, Members Garden

We are opening our garden for the final time, in anticipation of a house move next year. The naturalistic planting in the front garden is intended to peak in late summer, and there is a fantastic variety of flowers at the moment. In addition there are a wide variety of grasses and perennials providing colour on the terracing and in the informal gravel garden.

The garden is open on Sunday 16th from 2-5:30pm. We will have an extensive plant stall selling plants mainly grown in the garden. There will also be tea, cakes and cream teas available.

More information at our NGS page here and the photos below were taken a few days ago.

Weekend Member Garden Openings

Reveley Lodge in Bushey Heath will be open on Sunday 9th from 2pm to 6pm, details below. Reveley Lodge is supported by John and Madeline McCormack.

Reveley Lodge

revelyA 2½-acre garden surrounding a Victorian house bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003 and in the process of re-planting and renovation. Featuring colourful annual, tender perennial and medicinal planting in beds surrounding a mulberry tree. Conservatory, lean-to greenhouse, vegetable garden and beehive. Analemmatic (human) sundial constructed in stone, believed unique to Hertfordshire.

NGS Page

Adrian de Baat

adrian

Adrian opened his garden on the 26th of July amid a day long downpour, and compared to normal had a rather modest group of visitors. As a result Adrian and Clare have decided to open again this weekend on Sunday 9th from 2 – 5:30pm and hope for better weather.

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 packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, including a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden with bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

More information at Adrian’s NGS Page & Gardeners World Appearance & Adrian’s own garden website.

Member Open Garden: Rustling End Cottage

Julie Wise will be opening her garden this Saturday evening (1st August) from 4pm to 8pm.

julieMeander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary, reflecting pool and abundant planting. Late flowering borders feature blue camassia in late spring. Naturalistic planting including the use of wild flowers with perennials and grasses. Our terrace hosts drought-tolerant planting. Hens in residence.

More information at Julie’s NGS Page

Member Open Gardens – July 26th

Hello again, we have some more member gardens to see this coming weekend on July 26th:

  • Adrian de Baat at 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City from 2 – 5:30pm
  • Liz Machin at Beesonend Gardens (2 Barlings Road), Harpenden from 2 – 5:30pm

Liz Machin (2 Barlings Road)

liz

Set in a mature development these two gardens reflect their owners individual interests and needs. 2 Barlings Road is packed with unusual plants, shrubs and climbers to provide year-round structure. The colourful courtyard garden with water feature and secluded shade garden add extra interest. 17 The Deerings offers specimen trees, architectural plants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous borders as well as a compact kitchen garden and herb bed

More information about the garden at Liz’s NGS Page which lists four gardens in this group:

2 Barlings Road (Liz)
17 The Deerings
18 Hawsley Road
3 Wheatfield Avenue

Adrian de Baat

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

More information at Adrian’s NGS Page & Gardeners World Appearance & Adrian’s own garden website.


The full schedule of member open gardens can be seen here: https://hertshps.com/2015/05/30/updated-2015-open-garden-events/

Member Open Garden – 84 Valley Road, Again

22516 (01)Sorry to keep blowing our own trumpet here, but we are opening our garden again on Friday evening. We had a very pleasant evening last Friday with wine, nibbles and good conversation, which we hope to repeat this week. The garden has burgeoned in the heat and is looking spectacular right now, so do come along and enjoy what’s on offer.

More details and directions on our NGS page here: http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/garden.aspx?id=22516

P.S. We are open for the very last time for the NGS in August, so don’t miss out.

Member Open Gardens This Weekend

This weekend two of our members have open gardens:

  • Marion Jay on Friday 3rd July from 7 – 9pm (84 Valley Road WGC)
  • Mary Hines on Sunday 5th July from 2 – 5pm (Radlett Allotments)

Radlett Allotments

radlett84 well established allotments cultivated in a variety of styles in a peaceful environment. Wide selection of fruit, vegetable and flowers including exhibition standard sweet peas. Some plots divided into mini-allotments which will have been judged the day before. Many plot holders will be present. Fresh vegetables and plants for sale.

More information on their NGS Page

Marion Jay / 84 Valley Road

84 vrThis is the final year we’ll be opening our garden for the NGS. A dramatic garden rising steeply from the back of the house, using an ‘amphitheatre’ of stone wall terracing to accommodate the slope. Planting is largely in the modern perennial style, mixing drifts of drought-tolerant herbaceous plants with a variety of grasses. Three ponds and a naturalistic front garden.  Open for two consecutive Friday evenings, with wine and nibbles.  Lots of plants for sale, the majority of which have been propagated from the garden.

NGS Page & English Garden Magazine

A full list of member open gardens is here https://hertshps.com/2015/05/30/updated-2015-open-garden-events/

Member Open Garden : Heather Osborne

Our HHPS Group Secretary Heather Osborne is the next member to open a garden, on Sunday 28th June from 2 – 6pm. More information can be seen on Heather’s NGS page here, and in the description below. This is a joint opening between number 20 and number 30 St Stephens Avenue; two gardens for the price of one.

21057 (01)Heather and Pete’s garden at number 20 has been developed to provide a range of different growing environments including cool shady borders, hot and dry beds, and lush pondside displays. Successional planting ensures waves of colour from April to October, with a glorious display of pastel tones in June.  Serpentine paths weave through the carefully maintained borders.  New areas are developed each year; recent additions include a bed of late season perennials and ornamental grasses.

Number 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden with a Mediterranean feel. Herbaceous plants, such as sea hollies and achilleas, thrive in the poor, dry soil. Clipped box, beech and hornbeam in the back garden provide a cool backdrop for the strong colours of the herbaceous planting. A gate beneath a beech arch frames the view to the park beyond. Plants for sale at June opening only.

Member Open Garden Reminder

31935 (07)This weekend Sue & Paul Wood are opening their garden in Old Knebworth. They have a 1/3 acre garden with views over the countryside. Early summer planting in the prairie style has been included to withstand windy conditions. A curved grass meadow under mature lime trees looks out on to arable farmland with distant views. A sheltered corner with exotic planting affords an enticing place to sit.

The garden is open on Friday 12th June from 6 – 9pm, and on Sunday 14th June from 2 – 5:30pm. More information is on their NGS page here.