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We have received an email from the new Publicity Officer for Hertfordshire National Gardens Scheme about two snowdrop gardens that will be opening in February for the NGS.
Walkern Hall near Stevenage will be opening on 18th & 19th February (12 – 4.30pm)
Old Church Cottage, Long Marston, Tring will be opening on 25th & 26th February (11.30am – 3pm)
She will also be opening her own garden on Bank Holiday Monday May 29th (43 Mardley Hill, Welwyn, 1-5pm). It is packed full of interesting plants, including some protected under the Plant Heritage Plant Guardian scheme.
Dr Ken Thompson – ‘More Modern Gardening Myths’
Dr. Thompson has been a senior lecturer in Plant Ecology at Sheffield University for over 20 years. He has written widely on the subject of science in gardening and acted as a consultant to many horticultural bodies, including the RHS. Ken will be familiar to many of you from his column in the Saturday Telegraph Gardening section and from his books such as ‘Where do Camels Belong?’, a fascinating study of “alien” species. This talk will challenge conventional gardening lore via some of Ken’s remarkable observations, and offer some genuinely useful practical advice.
Joe Sharman – ‘Propagation’
Joe has been running Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire for 26 years and aims to produce as wide a variety of rare plants as possible. He is probably best known for selling THAT snowdrop on the Internet. He will talk about and demonstrate propagation techniques, followed by a question and answer session. Please come ready to tap into his expertise with your own question; the more difficult the subject the better. Plants for sale.
Chris Chadwell – ‘Wild Flowers of Britain’
Chris is a modern day plant hunter and freelance lecturer, travel photographer and documentary maker. Since 1984, he has been proprietor of Chadwell Seeds and has been Leader and Botanist on twenty-nine expeditions to the Himalaya. We hope he will bring seeds for sale.
Our Christmas Party follows Chris’s talk. Festive drinks will be provided by the Committee.
- Please bring a plate of nibbles to share, savoury or sweet, on a disposable paper plate to avoid washing up. (If you need to bring your food in a tin/plastic container, please unpack on arrival and return all containers to your car.)
- No cutlery is available so finger-food only that does not require heating.
- Please label any plates of gluten-free or dairy-free food accordingly.
- Floral table arrangements will be very welcome.
Please find below a link to the plant list for Margaret Easter’s talk on Saturday. It will save you trying to write down names during the talk!
The new edition of the HHPS newsletter is now available to read and download on the site, particularly for those members who opt to receive the newsletter electronically.
This edition includes:
- Seedling Swap Report
- Plant Sale Report
- Coach Trip Report
- ‘In Praise of…Joe Pye Weed’
- Plant Profile (Athyrium otophorum var. okanum (AGM))
- ‘Sage Words’
- Member’s Open Gardens Report
Click here (or on the front cover below) to download this edition.
After a huge investment of time and effort, the national Hardy Plant Society website has been transformed into something colourful, interesting and new. We have our own page on the site, but overall the new design has made better order of the vast amount of information available. Click the link above or the screenshot below to visit the new site.
To celebrate the Hardy Plant Society’s 60th anniversary in 2017, the national HPS is looking for members who would be willing to open their gardens to both the public and HPS members. Each garden owner may choose the date(s) on which they would like to open, so that their garden may be seen at its peak and ‘star’ plants can be at their best.
An entry fee will be charged at each garden (similar to the pricing for NGS or other openings) and £1 per admission will be passed back to the national HPS to cover the scheme’s administration costs. The balance of each admission may be donated to a charity of the garden owner’s choice, or to their local HPS group, whichever they prefer.
The national Hardy Plant Society has arranged insurance for the opening gardens along the lines of that adopted by the NGS.
A booklet is to be printed at the end of this year, which will give details of all the gardens opening for the HPS Diamond Jubilee across the country. As the booklet will be going to print early next year, the closing date for applications is December 31st.
If you feel you would like to open your garden for this once-only special event, visit the HPS Diamond Jubilee website and provide your details.
Sunday 21st August 2016
Our second open garden event this summer is Liz Machin’s garden in Harpenden. With lots of late summer colour and interesting features, it’s sure to be a hit with Herts Group members, so join us if you can.
2, Barlings Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2AN, 2 – 4pm
Liz Machin will be opening her garden to Herts HPS members at its peak this weekend. Set in a mature development, the garden is packed with unusual plants – shrubs, herbaceous perennials and climbers – designed to provide all-year-round structure, colour and contrast.
Highlights in August include green-and-white petalled Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’, starry-flowered Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, and towering blue-flowered chicory, Cichorium intybus.
There is also a delightfully colourful courtyard garden incorporating a water feature, and a secluded shade garden. Come along and while away an hour or so in beautiful surroundings. Liz’s garden is also described on her NGS Page