Category Archives: News 2014

Herts HPS Member’s Open Garden, June 2014

2014 Coach Trip Photos from Helen Cullens

This years coach trip to Northamptonshire took in three venues, 67-69 High St, Finedon a constantly evolving half acre garden behind a 17th Century cottage with mixed borders full of interesting plants and a small productive kitchen garden, Kelmarsh Hall, a Palladian house set in its 54 acre landscape with obligatory lake and vistas. and Cottesbrooke Hall, an award winning garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe, Sylvia Crowe, James Alexander Sinclair and more recently Arne Maynard.

Our member Helen has taken an extensive set of photos, with a clever mini-map to the precise location of each photo in the set. Helen’s photos can be seen on her website over here:

Magazine Feature

The garden of our Herts HPS Newsletter editor Marion Jay will be appearing in the forthcoming August edition of Garden Answers Magazine.


Hitchin Lavender

Coverage in Todays Telegraph Gardening Section | May 24th 2014

Linda Williams spotted coverage for Annie Godfrey and Daisy Roots in this article by Stephen Lacey mentioning “the best iris at the show” being ‘Pink Charm’.


And also on the opposite page our Plant Sale is listed here:


In case you need reminding here are the details:

Friday 30th May 6-9pm

Plant delivery, sorting and pricing: Homewood Road United Reformed Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH

Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH, Corner of Sandpit Lane and Homewood Road. Please bring any plants you’d like to donate.

Saturday 31st May 10am-12 noon

Grand Plant Sale

Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans, AL1 4BH.

Helpers required from 9am at the Church Hall.

And the day after the plant sale:

Sunday 1st June 2-5pm

Member’s Open Garden

Jacqueline Turner, Marford Cottage, Sheepcote Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts. AL4 8NJ

Jacqueline Turner’s garden used to be a rose garden some 50 years ago (before she took it on). She now has a wide variety of plants giving her colour all the year round. There are winding paths, paved areas and a small wildlife pond for frogs which make a real difference to the snail population.

Directions: from Memorial Hall in Wheathampstead, travel east on Marford Road for less than a mile. Sheepcote Lane is on left immediately after the L’Olivo restaurant. Park on the grass verge opposite the cottage.


Annie Godfrey Success at RHS Chelsea 2014

Haileybury Not Opening | NGS 2014

Just to alert anyone wishing to visit Haileybury garden this year, they won’t be opening. Passing on the message from our member Julie Wise.


Open Garden in Letchworth, Renata Hume, HHPS and NGS

Euphoric Euphorbias – A Visit to Don Witton’s Collection

2014 Seedling Swap

This year’s Seedling Swap took place in Adrian de Baat’s garden in Welwyn Garden City.  Adrian planted masses of tulips last year and swappers took the opportunity to wander around the colourful borders and chat about the emergent grasses and late-flowering perennials for which his garden is well-known.

There was a wide variety of little plants on offer, from David Singleton’s tiny pots of rooted fuchsia cuttings to Linda Williams’ tray-load of Gaura ‘The Bride’.  Members spent quite some time bent over the tables with tiny trowels and dibbers, collecting their ‘plants for free’ to take home.  Cups of tea from Adrian’s wife, Clare, were very welcome, as was the delicious cake on offer.

I offloaded a batch of Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ and Ammi visnaga, along with a few Scabious stellata ‘Sternkugel’ and Dahlia coccinea.  I came home with several Smyrnium perfoliatum, a crop of Dianthus ‘Sooty’ and a job lot of Linda’s Gaura to thread through my front garden planting.  Altogether a very happy morning spent with fellow enthusiasts, and new plants for the garden at no cost.

Many thanks to Adrian and Clare for being such genial hosts and providing refreshments.  I hope, if you didn’t attend the Seedling Swap this year, you might be inspired to come along in 2015.  It’s one of the big benefits of belonging to a local group, and yet the attendance numbers are always oddly low.  It’s basically just plants for free with a cup of tea, so put the date in your diary next year and join in.  Remember – no contribution is necessary, there are always more than enough seedlings to go round.

Marion Jay


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Members at the Swap


Adrian de Baat chats with Sarah Marsh

Adrian de Baat chats with Sarah Marsh