Next Meeting: Saturday 7th April


Dianne Nichol-Brown:  “Barking up the Wrong Tree”

Dianne and her husband run Polemonium Plantery in County Durham and hold three national collections: of Polemoniaceae, Fragaria vesca and Hakonechloa.

If you think you do not have room for a tree in your garden then Dianne might persuade you differently. She will talk about suitable varieties and those to avoid.  

The meeting starts at 2pm at the Wheathampstead Memorial Hall on Marford Rd. AL4 8AY.

Annual Seedling Swap: Saturday, March 31st (10am to 12 noon)

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John Rowe is kindly hosting this year’s event at:

Fox Meadow, Water End Road, Potten End, Berkhamsted  HP4 2SH

Tel 01442 862619 / 07816654982

Refreshments will be available

There is no obligation to bring any seedlings with you – just bring some plant labels so that you can note what you are taking away. 

Please also consider growing on some of the seedlings for sale at the monthly meetings or at the Grand Plant Sale on 2nd June.


If you are coming from Berkhamsted you will pass Olivers Close. The drive leading to Fox Meadow is between 39 and 41 Water End Road. There are two white notices either side of the drive. These say Hollybush Glen and Fox Meadow.  Opposite the drive is a footpath with a green fingerpost. Fox Meadow is at the bottom of this drive.

There is parking and one can turn round. Parking may also be available on the drive of the neighbours at Hollybush Glen.  Obviously, if coming from the other way up Potten End Hill, if you get to Olivers Close you will have passed the drive.

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 

Coach Trip Booking Form for Saturday 7th July 2018

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Outing to Stone House Cottage, Ashwood Nurseries & John’s Garden (further details on page 5 of  Spring 2018 Newsletter)

Please find attached the booking form for the above trip:                                                Coach Trip Booking form

For further details, please contact:    Mrs M Lacey    Tel: 01727 569286  

Mobile: 07771 502109  Email: 

29, Mortimer Crescent, Kings Park, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4GB  

Next Meeting: Saturday 3rd March

Capture1Alun and Jill Whitehead. “Irises for the Natural Garden”

Alun and Jill hold a national collection of Siberian Irises and it is these that they will be talking about.           

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.

Next Meeting: Saturday 6th January

IMG_0876 Nick Wray – “The Evolution of Flowers”

Nick is the curator of Bristol Botanic Garden. You may remember his presentation a few years ago when he talked about moving the entire garden to a new site.

2018 Renewals:  These are due from 1 January.   Many thanks to all those who have already paid their 2018 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