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

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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

Anna Pavord talk Saturday 7th October

CaptureWelcome to the Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society 2017-2018 season of talks. We have both favourite and new speakers lined up for you and a wide variety of subjects.

We begin our year on 7th October by welcoming the renowned writer Anna Pavord who will be speaking on the subject of “Perfect Partners” (of the plant variety of course!).

We will also be welcoming Cathy Rollinson, the National chairman of HPS, to help us celebrate once again the Diamond Jubilee of the Society.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

There are still a few spaces for visitors, so if you would like to reserve a ticket for a friend or family member, please email or phone 01727 863451.

Your Autumn 2017 Newsletter will be available for you to collect on the day.

Celebrity Lecture: Anna Pavord 7th October


The new season of talks is nearly upon us and we begin on Saturday 7th October at 2pm with a lecture given by the celebrated author Anna Pavord entitled “Perfect Partners”.

If you would like to bring a visitor to this event and wish to reserve a ticket please email Alison King on  There is no need to have a ticket if you are a member of HHPS.

On this occasion visitors’ tickets will be £8.

We look  forward to seeing everyone at what promises to be a special occasion.

Members’ garden open for charity

Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden is open, with their neighbours at number 30, this coming Sunday 3rd September for the NGS.

20, St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD, 2 – 5.30pm, combined admission £5, home made cakes and teas.

NB Heather and Peter‘s garden is profiled on pages 53 – 55 of this week’s ‘Amateur Gardening’ magazine – “….a master class in making the best of a long and narrow plot.” 

Reveley Lodge Photos

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Over 60 members of the Herts group enjoyed a party to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Hardy Plant Society on Sunday 20th August. It was held at Reveley Lodge, a Victorian house and gardens which was bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003.

The house was owned by Albert Chewitt, a Canadian who came to study art at the famous Herkomer Art School in Bushey. The beautiful paintings in the Billiard Room, where we enjoyed afternoon tea, were painted by him.

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The gardens are being restored by a team including Herts group members Madeleine and John McCormack.

The photographs show HHPS members on the terrace and conservatory, and HHPS Chair Irene Cowan cutting a celebration cake with past Chairmen and members.


Parking at Reveley Lodge

We are looking forward to welcoming lots of HHPS members, family and friends to our 60th Anniversary Party, celebrating the founding of the Hardy Plant Society, next Sunday the 20th August at Reveley Lodge, 88 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, WD23 4GL.

From the A41 take the A411 signed Bushey and Harrow. At the mini roundabout take the second exit into Elstree Rd. Reveley Lodge is half a mile on the left.

There is disabled parking for 8 cars onsite in the stableyard, otherwise please park in Caldecote Gardens which is opposite the main entrance, or in Clay Lane.