Grand Plant Sale

Plant SaleThank you to everyone who helped in any way to make yesterday’s annual Plant Sale such a great success.

We raised £1358.13 minus costs, a very good result.

There was a lovely atmosphere and lots of repeat customers. Thanks must go to Beryl especially for coordinating it, and to all helpers.  Heather


Grand Plant Sale Reminder

Plant SaleOur annual plant sale takes place on Saturday 3rd of June from 10am to 12 noon at the URC Church Hall in St Albans. Full address:

United Reformed Church Hall, Homewood Rd, St Albans, AL1 4BH

On the Friday night (2nd June) from 6pm to 9pm volunteers are required to help sort and price the plants. Members with plants to donate should deliver them to the URC Hall at the same time. Do please make sure that your plants are labelled!

HPS at Chelsea on TV


The BBC has filmed a really excellent, long and detailed piece about the Hardy Plant Society, and the background of how the Worcestershire group came to be doing their stand ’60 Plants for 60 years’.

If you missed it, you can catch it on iPlayer: Chelsea Flower Show BBC2 on Thursday 25th May, 8pm programme. The HPS Worcester Group is on at approx. 8.40 after Sarah Eberle talking about her Barcelona garden.

As Heather has said: “It is the best TV coverage I think I’ve ever seen about HPS, wonderful publicity, and made me feel really proud to belong to such a brilliant society! It truly got the message over of what a warm, friendly, plant obsessed but inclusive society we are. John and all the Worcester group team came over wonderfully well and are to be congratulated on such a great effort”.

Sunday 28th May, 12.30-5pm. Open Gardens in Preston, near Hitchin

Preston10 gardens will be open this year, including those of 2 members: Sue Kellard’s Cottage/Woodland garden at Kilnwood Lodge (with Pimms!) and Meta and Hugh Reeves’ garden of ‘rooms’ incl. a kitchen garden at Crunnells Green House.

Plant Stall on the Green and Flower Festival in the small Arts & Crafts church of St Martin. Teas in the Village Hall. Barbeque on the Green from 12 noon.

Map supplied on admission.  Entry £5.00 (children free).  Free parking.

Post code SG4 7RU.  Contact 01462-456567 (Meta)

Member’s garden open for charity Sunday 21st May 2017

45 Oakridge AvenueAs part of the Hardy Plant Society Members’ Gardens Open to celebrate its 60th Anniversary, Herts group member Leonora Vaughan’s lovely garden is open next Sunday 21st May from 2 – 5.30pm.  45 Oakridge Avenue, Radlett, Herts WD7 8EW, admission £4 including a cream tea,  tel 01923 854650

Do come and bring family and friends!

The garden has been redesigned and replanted over the past ten years and backs onto a working farm. The planting has been chosen to combine the use of colour with prominence given to dark foliage. The garden is in two halves divided by sleepers and dominated by a huge Foxglove tree.

Park in road. Gravel driveway around to a side gate entrance to garden.

Other Herts Group Members open garden  dates for your diary:

30th July  – 20 St Stephens Ave, St Albans, AL3 4AD 

19th August – 8 Gosselin Rd, Bengeo, Hertford, SG14 3LG

Jubilee Open Gardens nationally: See the Hardy Plant Society website to plan your breaks away.

Saturday 8th April 2017

Seedling Swap (10am to 12 noon)


It’s at David and Jane Singleton’s,
6 East Mount

Very convenient free parking in East Lane
Please come, even if you don’t have any seedlings to contribute, there are always far too many!
This is always a very sociable and enjoyable occasion, with the added bonus of a chance to see David and Jane’s lovely garden.

Next Meeting 1st April 2017

Capture         Helen Picton – ‘Daisy Days’

Helen is the latest member of her family to be involved in running Old Court Nurseries and The Picton Garden in Malvern, Worcestershire, where over 400 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies are grown. She will be giving us the benefit of her experience with these plants; how to grow them and which varieties are the most robust and healthy. Plants for sale.

Celebrity Lecture

On Saturday 7th October 2017 we are looking forward to welcoming Anna Pavord as our guest speaker. We would like to offer an invitation to members of other local horticultural groups to join us for this occasion but before we do so we want to make sure that our own members who wish to bring a guest are able to do so.

For this lecture visitor tickets will be £8 and will be on sale at the April meeting.

Alternatively you could send a cheque for £8 per ticket made payable to Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society, together with a SAE to Alison King, 2,Salisbury Ave, St Albans, AL1 4UA.

Next Meeting 4th March 2017

wesselton   Everett Leeds – ‘Clematis Through the Seasons’

Everett Leeds was a founding member of the International Clematis Society and has been Chairman of the British Clematis Society four times. He also coauthored the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Clematis with Mary Toomey. By selecting the right clematis, it is possible to have flowers for every month of the year. Everett will be talking about which varieties to choose and how best to grow them.

Note to members: The booklets giving details of Hardy Plant Society Members’ Gardens Open to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the HPS will be available to collect. The invitations for our own celebration at Reveley Lodge in August will also be distributed.


Snowdrop Season -NGS


We have received an email from the new Publicity Officer for Hertfordshire National Gardens Scheme about two snowdrop gardens that will be opening in February for the NGS.

Walkern Hall near Stevenage will be opening on 18th & 19th February (12 – 4.30pm)

Old Church Cottage, Long Marston, Tring will be opening on 25th & 26th February (11.30am – 3pm)

She will also be opening her own garden on Bank Holiday Monday May 29th (43 Mardley Hill, Welwyn, 1-5pm). It is packed full of interesting plants, including some protected under the Plant Heritage Plant Guardian scheme.