Category Archives: News 2017

Plant Sale Today + Coach Trip

dav   A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped at the Plant Sale on the Friday and Saturday.   We were a great team and the Sale was a success again.     Thank you to everyone who helped put up the tables, who donated the lovely plants, who helped to price them and display them on the tables, helped sell them on Saturday, kept us and the visitors supplied with drinks and the musclemen and women who helped with the clearing up at the end.  And also those who have taken away the black table-cloths to wash and return at our first winter meeting. It was a great event.

Also check your diaries to see if you are free on Saturday 7th July.   Maggie Lacey would love to hear from you as there are still some seats available on the wonderful coach trip she has arranged to John Massey’s garden, Ashwood Nurseries and Stone House Cottage garden.

Hope to you see you then, Beryl

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As you are probably aware, important changes have been made to European data protection law. Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes requirements in terms of the personal data that we hold and how we use it.

The HHPS Privacy Policy is on our website and explains why and how we use your data and the rights that you have in relation to it. Click here to see it in full.         Herts HPS GDPR Privacy Notice May 2018

Saturday’s Meeting CANCELLED

Dear Members

Who would imagine that on this, the first day of spring, we are contacting you all to let you know that the speakers have cancelled for this Saturday afternoon’s meeting March 3rd.  In view of this and the inclement weather the committee have decided to cancel the meeting completely.  Many apologies to you all.  (We hope to rebook them for next year.)

Those members who were expecting to collect your newsletter will have it sent by post as soon as possible.

Coach trip forms will be available at the next meeting on the 7th April, but for preference would you be good enough to download a form and send it  to Maggie Lacey.

We look forward to seeing you in March for the Seedling Swap (details in the newsletter ) and on April 7th for “Barking up the Wrong Tree “ with Dianne Nichol-Brown.

Best wishes and keep warm.

The Committee 

Next Meeting: Saturday 3rd February 


Andrew Brogan.  “The Story of the Making of Henstead Exotic Garden”

Andrew gardens near Beccles in Suffolk, almost as far east as it is possible to be in England. Nevertheless he manages to persuade many exotic plants to grow and thrive.                                                                          

Reminder: 2018 renewals were due on 1 January. Thanks to those who have already paid their Herts Group subs.

Programme 2018

Season’s Greetings to you all.  We wish you a good gardening year with sunshine and showers in perfect measure for you and your gardens in 2018. 

We hope you find the attached one page programme of next year’s events useful; it can be printed off for your noticeboard to ensure we see you all as often as possible!







Next Meeting 2nd December 2017

Timothy Walker – ‘From Diaz to Diamonds’

Timothy Walker was, until 2014, the Director of the University of Oxford Botanic GardProteaen. He is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and has been a research lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences at Oxford since 1992. He has spoken to the Herts Group on several occasions and is always entertaining. This talk takes a route from the southernmost tip of Africa to the border with Namibia, looking at one of the most botanically diverse areas of the world: the Western Cape.


Our Christmas Party follows Timothy’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.   

                                    • Floral table arrangements will be very welcome.

Anna Pavord – Desert Island Discs

It may interest members to know that Anna Pavord who joined us and gave such an interesting talk at our October meeting will be on Desert Island Discs this week on Friday 17th November at 9.00am.

Below is a link to a shortened version from the BBC iPlayer.

Anna Pavord – Desert Island Discs

Another snippet is that the HHPS has a mention in an article in this week’s Hertfordshire Life along with mentions of other gardening groups in Hertfordshire – it may recruit some members. This magazine can be received FOC online if you sign up.

Link to the article     Hertfordshirelife

Adrian de Baat – Talk

Many thanks to Adrian for his superb talk after last Saturday’s AGM.

If you are interested in seeing more gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, Adrian has kindly put these into a slideshow:  Adrian de Baat slideshow

  • Hummelo in Holland is Piet Oudolf’s own private garden
  • Sussex Prairies is owned by Paul and Pauline McBride, who worked with Oudolf in a private garden in Luxembourg
  • Scampston Hall and Trentham Gardens were both designed by Oudolf.



AGM, followed by Member’s Talk: Adrian de Baat – ‘Late Summer Colour’



miscanthus-sinensis-rotsilber (2)Adrian is a long-time member of the Herts Group and has been opening his garden for the NGS for several years now. Many of you will have been impressed by his skill in combining grasses and perennials for a spectacular show of colour late in the season. In this talk he will give us the benefit of his experience and help us all extend the interest in our borders well into autumn.


Members’ Garden open on Sunday 22 October

HHPS members, Adrian and Clare de Baat will be opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday afternoon, 22 October. 

Full details of the garden, together with lots of pictures and other information, can be found on the National Garden Scheme website at as well as on the garden’s website at

NGS Poster - October 2017 (Large)

Anna Pavord to sign her books on Saturday 7th October

Anna Pavord is very happy to sign her books on Saturday so bring your copies along to the meeting. She will also bring some with her for sale.

Alison King