Category Archives: News 2019

Gardens Open for Charity

The gardens at numbers 20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue will be open on Sunday 28th June in aid of Help Support Our Nurses

All visitors must pre-purchase tickets online for a timed slot. A one way system will be in operation with visits starting at number 30. Tickets cost £5, children free. To book tickets go to the website of the National Garden Scheme at and follow the steps shown below

Book to visit a garden

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Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd June


Summer, but no Programme

Little did we know when the Summer Programme was being formulated that we were planning so far ahead, and yes, the coach trip has had to be put on hold too.

Socially distanced plant sales and online resources have become the order of the day. Thanks to everyone who supported Heather & Carol’s NGS sale in St Stephens Park recently. They were thrilled to be able to send a cheque for over £1300 to the “Help Support our Nurses” campaign.

Radio Verulam are doing their own bit of fundraising later this month, this time for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, by holding an e-flower show. Clicking on this link will give you more details. A bit of fun in a good cause.

NGS Garden closed 1 May 2020

Regrettably there will be no-one visiting Julie Wise’s Rustling End garden this weekend, so here are the photos from the NGS website

The Shropshire NGS group have compiled a Gardening Quiz to raise funds for the charities supported by NGS. The pdf contains full details of how to enter and looks pretty challenging to me. Click below to download it, and GOOD LUCK!

Summer Programme

Just a quick notification that the Spring newsletter and coach trip booking form have been emailed to members today – please check your inboxes and spam, as I’m one new website manager only just starting to grow in confidence!

The newsletter is full of summer activities, bookable immediately, mainly thanks to the work of new member Julie Loughlin, who deserves more than just a pat on the back and round of applause. Thank you so much, Julie! Perhaps we can all raise a glass to you at the NGS open garden on Friday 1 May?

Flush with excitement over the Summer programme, don’t forget that we still have 3 more indoor meetings to come before we can really say that Spring is here and I for one am looking forward to hearing Adam Pasco on Saturday. See you there!

Meeting: Saturday 4th January 2pm

Catherine Horwood – Authorized biographer of Beth Chatto


Renowned author and broadcaster Catherine Horwood will talk about her experiences when researching and writing about gardening history, one of her favourite subjects. In particular she will give us an insight into her latest work, BETH CHATTO A Life with plants, which was published in September 2019. The biography includes extracts from Beth’s notebooks and diaries bringing her own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book.  

‘…a triumph, beautifully crafted by an author who has thoroughly researched and understood her subject… There is so much here to keep the reader gripped.’ Fergus Garrett, Gardens Illustrated, October 2019

Copies will be available for purchase after the talk, signed by the author, so if you weren’t lucky enough to receive this book for Christmas make sure that you don’t miss out on Saturday!

Next Meeting: Saturday 7th Dec 2pm


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With seasonal cheer, we will be welcoming back Helen Yemm, author of Gardening in Pyjamas, Telegraph columnist and above all, passionate gardener, to give us an update on My ‘New’ Smaller  Garden – Five Years On’. Helen is always very happy to answer audience questions so come prepared!


Our Herts HPS Christmas Party follows the talk. This is the occasion when the committee provides drinks and serves food brought by members and party guests.  Please bring a contribution of finger food to share. It can be savoury or sweet but must be ready to eat, and preferably on a disposable plate. If you bring your own plate or container, it needs to be clearly marked with your name or returned (empty!) to your car before the meeting to avoid confusion when clearing up.xmas


Please note that there will be no plant sale this month, and that volunteer help would be very much appreciated to help put away the chairs and tables at the end of the meeting.



Saturday 2nd November: AGM


The Hardy Plant Society Hertfordshire Group

2pm Memorial Hall Wheathampstead

Followed by Jonathan Matthews (a committee member of Mid Bucks Beekeepers) who will give an illustrated talk about bees and pollination, touching on how bees collect pollen and what plant inbreeding does to limit the collection of pollen. He will bring some of his own honey to sell.

Featured in ‘The English Garden’ Magazine

One of our HHPS members has her garden featured in the November issue of the The English Garden magazine.

Renata Hume has been developing her garden in Letchworth Garden City for the past twenty years creating a distinctive atmosphere for each passing season. The late autumn colours and textures are as vivid and varied as those of high summer.


Next Meeting: 2pm Saturday 5th October

Speaker: Tony Goode ‘A Crocus for all Seasons’

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A keen Alpine gardener, Tony will in his talk today cover the genus Crocus, his specialist subject, and will look at the botany of both wild and cultivated plants. 

Message from Beryl – Plant Sales

At meetings at the beginning of the year members supported the group magnificently by buying lots and lots of plants that I, and other members of the group, bring in for the sales table.   We also sell hundreds of plants at our Grand Plant Sale in St Albans in May.   

During the Summer I have been busy splitting plants and growing more from seed and now have a lot of plants to start bringing along to the meetings. The downside of this is I find my stock of flower pots has again diminished.  So,  as the plants bought from me will now be flourishing in your gardens and, I am sure, everyone will have bought one or two more plants from other places during the year and you will have lots of empty pots.  Therefore,  before the next meeting, please have a clear out and bring them along for me and I will then be happy to recycle them for you and fill them with more plants. Just remember though,  I am afraid I am rather fussy and only want mainly the 4″ or 5″ SQUARE ones.

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At the Annual Plant Sale in May, many customers brought their own bags this year, instead of us having to supply them, so it would be great if members can do the same at monthly meetings, although we will still have some for you at no charge!


P.S    Also, if you kindly took some black tablecloths home to wash after the Plant Sale, please remember to let me have them back.  Thank you.


NGS Member’s Open Garden Sunday 22nd September 2-5.00pm

Adrian and Clare de Baat are opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme for the 13th consecutive year. Their second opening of the year on Sunday afternoon 22nd September will highlight late flowering perennials, grasses, seed heads and autumn colour. Teas and cakes will be available, the proceeds of which will go to the National Garden Scheme.

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35 Digswell Road
Welwyn Garden City

Full details can be found on the NGS website at . Further information on the garden can also be found at