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

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

NGS Poster - October 2017 (Large)

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.