Next meeting Saturday 3 December 2pm to be held at St Helen’s School

Sally Gregson

The Winter Garden

We are pleased to remind you of our upcoming talk by Sally Gregson, author and owner of Mill Cottage Plants. Sally will give us an introduction to some of the loveliest winter performers for our gardens illustrated by slides both of winter flowering plants and a few ideas for structure in the garden – the ‘skeleton’ on which to clothe the garden for the rest of the year.

Sally will have copies of her most recent book ‘Designing and Creating a Winter Garden’, for sale .. an ideal Christmas present maybe?

After Sally’s presentation we will have the opportunity to enjoy tea, coffee and a mince pie. We are happy to welcome guests as usual, so bring your friends!

The meeting will take place at:

St Helen’s CE Primary School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AN

The school has a car park, but if this should happen to fill up then our recommendation would be the public car park in East Lane, which is about a 5 minute walk away.

AGM Saturday 5 November 2pm to be held at St Helen’s School

Short business meeting followed by our own Beryl Davis talking about Interesting Garden Observations

The plant table this month will be Beryl’s last before she hands over the reins of Plant Sale supremo, so please bring and buy as many as possible!

AGM reports will shortly be emailed to members only – please lookout for these.

This meeting will take place at:

St Helen’s CE Primary School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AN

The school has a car park, but if this should happen to fill up then our recommendation would be the public car park in East Lane, which is about a 5 minute walk away.

Two reminders:

Anne Godfrey’s garden will be open for NGS on Wednesday 5 October 1pm-4pm at 8 Gosselin Road, Bengeo, SG14 3LG

For more details or to prebook tickets, click here

Coach trip to Leonardslee, bookable independently with Theobald Coaches – Wednesday 12 October

A group of members are already booked on this trip which will pick up from Wheathampstead as well as the pickup points listed on their website. What you need to do to join them is to phone Jo at Theobalds Coaches (Sales team) on 01582 600000. Say you would like to book the Wheathampstead pickup for the Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society Group joining the trip to Leonardslee Gardens.  Jo will take your payment by credit card.   It is £36.50 for adults and £35.50 seniors.

Next meeting Saturday 1 October 2pm to be held at St Helen’s School

Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle

Troy Scott Smith

Sissinghurst & Delos, the Sackville-Wests’ Forgotten Garden

We are pleased to remind you of our upcoming talk by Troy Scott Smith, garden writer, designer and consultant. Troy will be speaking about the redesign and restoration of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West’s Delos garden at Sissinghurst. He will be bringing plants for sale.

We are happy to welcome guests as usual, so bring your friends! Please arrive in good time for this presentation and remember your plants for our own sale table and any laundered tablecloths which belong to the group!

The meeting will take place at:

St Helen’s CE Primary School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AN

The school has a car park, but if this should happen to fill up then our recommendation would be the public car park in East Lane, which is about a 5 minute walk away.

Members’ Gardens open for NGS

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 September

102 Cambridge Road

Saturday 3 September

Anastasia & Keith at 102 Cambridge Road, St Albans AL1 5LG welcome visitors from 2pm to 5.30pm, offering refreshments and plants for sale

To prebook, or for more details click here

Sunday 4 September

Heather & Peter Osborne at 20 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans AL3 4AD, together with neighbours Carol & Roger at no 30 will open from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, offering plants for sale and home-made refreshments

For more details or to prebook tickets, click here

St Stephens Gardens

Member’s Garden open for NGS

Saturday 6 August 11am-5pm

Peter Freeland and his mother Rosie open their steeply terraced garden at 35 Fanshawe Street, Bengeo, Hertford SG14 3AT on Saturday. There are stunning views over the valley and lots of varied planting. Refreshments will be available in aid of Isabel Hospice and there will be plants for sale.

You can find more details by visiting the NGS website at https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/43213/terrace-house-garden

Members’ Garden open for NGS

Sunday 31 July 2pm-5.30pm

Adrian & Clare de Baat open their garden at 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7PB on Sunday. Home made teas will be available in aid of Isabel Hospice and Daisy Roots nursery will be attending to sell plants.

Adrian writes “Much like everyone else’s garden I suspect, ours is also suffering from the drought conditions. Despite this, there is still plenty of colour, textural and architectural interest to enjoy. The grasses are of course loving it. It is also interesting to note what plants are still doing well under these demanding conditions. I do think and hope visitors will not be disappointed!”

You may prebook tickets by visiting https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/20184/35-digswell-road or just turn up on the day.

Members’ Gardens open for NGS

This weekend – Rustling End Cottage and Morning Light

Julie Wise and husband Tim will be opening their garden at Codicote, SG4 8TD from 5pm to 8.30pm on Friday (tomorrow!) and Saturday, where you can enjoy a glass of wine as you meander. You may prebook tickets by visiting the NGS website https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/14981/rustling-end-cottage

Then on Sunday afternoon, Roger & Patt Trigg will be opening their garden at Morning Light, 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HL from 1pm to 5.30pm. They will be serving tea and home-made cake and selling plants. Pre-booking is essential.

For more details, see https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/34170

Two bites at the cherry

Friday 15 and Sunday 17 July at 102 Cambridge Road, St Albans

Anastasia and Keith will open their St Albans garden at 102 Cambridge Road, AL1 5LG on Friday 15 July from 5pm until 8.30pm and on Sunday 17 July from 2pm until 5.30pm. Plants and a variety of refreshments available

To book tickets in advance or for more details, see https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/35017/102-cambridge-road

Beesonend Gardens open for NGS

Sunday 10 July 2pm to 5.30pm

2 Barlings Road

Liz Machin & husband Jim (and their neighbours at number 7) will be opening their garden at 2 Barlings Road, Harpenden, AL5 2AN for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 10 July from 2pm to 5.30pm. Home-made teas and plants will be for sale.

For full descriptions and directions see https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/22147/Beesonend%20Gardens