Category Archives: News 2018

Next Meeting: Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 2pm

Alun and Jill Whitehead ‘Irises for the Natural Garden’

We are going ahead with our meeting of 2nd February as the speakers are making the commitment to travel.  So let’s support them for their effort and make it worth their while.  Look forward to seeing you all.”

Next Meeting: Saturday 1st December 2pm

We look forward to seeing you all for the final meeting of 2018,  which is next Saturday 1st December. It is also our annual Christmas Party.

Bob Brown, our speaker next Saturday, will be talking to us about Geraniums – Restraint and Discrimination. There can’t be many of us who don’t grow geraniums so this should be a talk relevant to us all.

Bob needs little introduction as he is a stalwart of the plant nursery scene and appears regularly on gardening panels, plant trials judging panels and as a speaker. His nursery, ‘Cotswold Garden Flowers’ near Evesham, is on almost everyone’s ‘must visit’ nursery list. His comprehensive catalogue features many unusual varieties and he personally grades all the plants he sells so you know which varieties he really favours and why.

Our Herts HPS Christmas Party follows after the talk. This is the occasion when members provide the nibbles and the committee co-ordinate these and provide drinks.  Please bring a plate of bite-sized food that is ready to be eaten (preferably on a disposable plate). Any precious plate/container needs to be “off-loaded” and returned to your car before the meeting so it doesn’t get lost.  Labels for anything special (gluten-free etc) are always welcome.

Volunteer help would be very much appreciated to help clear away the chairs and tables at the end of the meeting as this task is becoming more and more onerous as the committee continues to be small in size.


A date for your diaries 2019!


The HHPS Coach Trip for 2019 to Essex Gardens will take place on Saturday 15th June. We will be visiting Langthorn’s Plantery, RHS Hyde Hall (RHS members plus one guest are entitled to free entry) and the private garden at Furzelea.

Further details and the booking form will be included in the Spring 2019 Newsletter. I do hope you will be able to join us.

Maggie Lacey

Saturday 3rd November 2018: AGM, followed by Member’s Talk: Peter Osborne. “Our Garden Compost – Make Friends with the Worms”


2pm Memorial Hall Wheathampstead


Peter Osborne explains his personal approach to quality compost making.

If you have ever been to Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden and marvelled its beauty and lushness then you will be interested to hear how Peter makes the compost that contributes to the spectacular display they produce every year.


Autumn 2018 Newsletter


The Autumn 2018 Newsletter is now available on the Herts HPS website.

The Editor of the HHPS Newsletter hopes you enjoy the Autumn edition and would welcome any contributions towards the Spring 2019 edition – long or short.

Please email Susanna at







Plant Heritage Herts & Beds Group Meeting Thursday 18 October

Plant Heritage Herts & Beds Group Presents Growing Fruit in Hertfordshire

Martin Day will discuss fruit growing on allotments and in walled gardens including suggested varieties and growing techniques.
Martin has been growing both soft and top fruit for over 20 years in the St Albans area. He’s a member of the RHS Fruit Group, has managed the fruit collections in local hotel and college kitchen gardens, and helped set up a community orchard at Forty Hall in Enfield. The talk will include growing hints, minimising pest problems, and suggest some varieties which grow well locally. There will also be some history of famous local fruit nurseries such as Rivers and Laxtons and historic orchards in the area.
Thursday 18th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Sandridge Village Hall, 39 High Street, Sandridge, St. Albans AL4 9DD
Everyone welcome – free for Plant Heritage Members, £3 for non-members
Refreshments will be available
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) is a registered Charity

Next Meeting: Saturday 6th October 


We begin our year on 6th October by welcoming Marcus Dancer talking about “Scented Plants throughout the Year”.

Marcus runs a nursery in Hampshire specialising in Clematis.

Your Autumn 2018 Newsletter will be available for you to collect on the day.

Message from Heather

Dear members,

As some of you know, I will be retiring as Secretary of Herts HPS group at the AGM in November.

I am writing to appeal for a volunteer (or volunteers – this could be a job share) to take over, even if only as a short term or stop gap capacity.

I have very much enjoyed doing the Secretary’s job, met lots of lovely people, and found it a fulfilling and satisfying role.

The main tasks are to be the contact with Head Office, the Committee and local group members, and to prepare the agendas and distribute the minutes from Committee meetings and the AGM.

How much time you give to the job would be very much up to you. I will be happy to talk it over with anyone interested, and to give help and advice.

Please contact me on 01727 856354, 07816 128460 or email

Thank you


Fuchsia event 20th September

James Lye and his Fuchsias: Kristopher Harper will discuss his collection of these special fuchsias and the man behind them
Kris has been tracking down and collecting the fuchsias introduced by Victoria hybridiser James Lye. In the latter half of the nineteenth century James became famous for raising and introducing fifty to sixty cultivars, many of these bear the now recognised Lye ‘Hall Mark’ which is a rich creamy white tube and sepals with a dense wax like texture. The collection is set in a suburban garden with an eclectic array of planting.

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Sandridge Village Hall, 39 High Street, Sandridge, St. Albans AL4 9DD

Everyone welcome – free for Members of Plant Heritage, £3 for non-members
Refreshments will be available
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) is a registered Charity

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Members’ garden open for charity

On Sunday 2nd September, Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden, together with their neighbours, will be open for the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for nursing and caring charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK and Marie Curie.

20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD, 2.30-5.30.

Hot and cold drinks, delicious home made cakes including gluten free. WC

Combined entry £5

The ornamental grasses and late season perennials are at their best, also the new shade border of hydrangeas, hostas, ferns and brunneras.