Conservation Plants by member Peter Tomson

Iris Banbury Gem (covered here at Avondale) is pretty and I propagated it by division. Moltkia doerfleri (here at HPS) seems easy to grow and not invasive unlike some moltkias. Propagated this by cuttings. These plants were entrusted to me by the conservation scheme. Peter Tomson Iris Banbury Gem

HPS Chairman’s Blog – October

I have been reading the latest edition of the Hardy Plant, enjoying the articles and reminiscing about the Society’s trip to Scotland in the early summer. It now seems such a long time ago. It has also been interesting to read the Tenth Anniversary Handbook of the Society from 1967 (click here to view), nowContinue reading “HPS Chairman’s Blog – October”

Tree Recognition Challenge – Solved

The Tree Recognition Challenge has been met by the RHS, courtesy of Edwina Robarts who contacted them when all else had failed.  This is the verdict: Dear Mrs Robarts, Thank you for your enquiry to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Members’ Advisory Service. Our Botanist Dawn Edwards says the additional photograph showing the leaves you sentContinue reading “Tree Recognition Challenge – Solved”

Great Start to the New Season

The first meeting of the Autumn kicked off with a fascinating talk by Troy Scott-Smith from Bodnant Garden in Wales. He took us through the various restoration projects at Bodnant, which have cost millions to carry out, including moving 3,000 tonnes of silt from one of the lakes. The works will ensure the future ofContinue reading “Great Start to the New Season”

Great Dixter Plant Fair Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th

Some time ago I had an email from Linda Jones who used to be part of the Wisley Trials, with news of the Great Dixter Plant Fair.  How could I forget Linda? She has great organisational skills – well done Fergus for recruiting her to the Dixter fund raising efforts.  I did not wish toContinue reading “Great Dixter Plant Fair Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th”

Member featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine

Herts HPS member Adriaan de Baat’s garden appears in this month’s Homes and Gardens Magazine, in a double page feature entitled ‘Design Secrets’ with photographs by Marianne Majerus (http://www.mariannemajerus.com), Marianne was winner of the prestigious competition International Garden Photographer Of The Year 2010, you can see her winning entry here: http://www.igpoty.com/competition03/winners.asp?parent=winners.

HHPS Twitter Account

To keep up with the times, the Herts HPS Group now has a Twitter account, linked to this website. I believe we are the first and only HPS group (including National HPS) to have a Twitter account, a world first no less. By having a Twitter account, a wider audience of readers might find andContinue reading “HHPS Twitter Account”

Jekka McVicar visit to Cuffley Horticultural Society

We were contacted via our website by Carol Wilcox from Cuffley HS to let us know that Jekka will be speaking at their group on the 22nd of November. Details of the event are on their website here. The Cuffley HS website home page is here: http://www.cuffleyhortsoc.org.uk, Carol apologises in advance for their slight breakageContinue reading “Jekka McVicar visit to Cuffley Horticultural Society”

Gardeners World Appearance

The gardens of Herts HPS members Adrian de Baat and Julie Wise are to be featured on Gardener’s World, as one of four short inset films on garden design styles to be screened at the beginning of the Spring 2013 series. The two gardens have been selected to illustrate the naturalistic or ‘prairie’ style ofContinue reading “Gardeners World Appearance”

Plant Hunting, a horticultural hot potato

Noel Kingsbury chaired an event at the London Garden Museum to discuss the impact of the 1992 Rio Convention on Biodiversity, and how this constrains plant hunting expeditions, traditionally a source of new plants for gardeners. The event proved to be a horticultural hot potato, which you can read about in full at Noel’s blogContinue reading “Plant Hunting, a horticultural hot potato”