Next Meeting (via Zoom) – Saturday 7th November

Our 2020 AGM will be followed by something interesting from our own medal-winner, Annie Godfrey. We have had great feedback from the members who joined the meeting earlier this month, so please join us in November. The Zoom invitation will be issued a couple of days before the meeting.

Future News: We are pleased to announce that Matthew Biggs will be giving the talk in December, as we are revising our programme where necessary to incorporate Zoom expertise.

The AGM documents can be downloaded using these links:

Finally, although we have decided to make no charge for 2021 Hertfordshire branch renewals, we must remind you that you need to renew your national Hardy Plant Society membership in January. Please download and complete the group renewal form here – it’s important that our records are up to date!

As usual, this website posting is emailed only to subscribed current members of the Herts branch of the HPS.

Meeting Report

and Slide List

Many thanks to Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries who entertained us this weekend with a slide show and talk via Zoom. Andrew’s website is and you can peruse the list of slides here

Congratulations to Susanna for setting up and hosting this inaugural Zoom meeting. The audience of 37 had a good chat beforehand and were well represented in the Q&A session afterwards.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Ward, Norwell Nurseries

Saturday 3rd October: Andrew Ward – The Late Show – Autumn’s Last Finale

Although it won’t be in the familiar surroundings of the Memorial Hall in Wheathampstead, finally we can get to see each other and enjoy the planned October talk via the wonders of Zoom.
For those of you that do not currently have Zoom, but have a computer, do ask someone to help you download it for you if that seems a challenge because, once you have the Zoom application, all you have to do is click on the link below and you’ll be joining all the familiar HHPS members and will be able to enjoy the talk. Sadly, no ‘virtual’ plants for sale but you can have your own tea and cake at the ready and imagine that you are sharing it with the members.
The virtual meeting will be ‘open’ from 1.30 and we propose to have a bit of a recap re HHPS just before 2.00 and provide an intro to Andrew Ward who will take over to give us his talk called the Late Show – Autumn’s Last Finale. 
This is a new meeting approach for HHPS and we hope it is ‘hitch-less’ but bear with us if things don’t go exactly to plan.

Please note that the Zoom link will be emailed later this week, to members only, separately from this message which is posted publicly on our website.

Autumn Programme update

The proposed visit to the Beale Arboretum has been rescheduled. The new date is Thursday 21 October 2021

We received an encouraging response to the last email asking members for their views about indoor meetings and alternatives, and discussed the way forward at yesterday’s Zoom committee meeting. Current restrictions mean that we cannot hold indoor meetings at Memorial Hall, but we will make every effort to organise the advertised talks if the speakers are willing to host Zoom sessions. More announcements to follow…

Meetings news – Members only

The committee do hope you are all as well as can be expected despite the impact of the recent months on all our lives.

You may be wondering what we have been up to during the enforced separation since lockdown began?  Recently, we have been pondering how to restart the society’s activities safely from October. 

We are pleased to let you know that, as things stand, the Memorial Hall will be available to us and our speakers have agreed to give the talks which can also be broadcast via Zoom. However, because numbers will be restricted to only 35 for any one meeting, places would need to be booked in advance. No refreshments can be provided.

We need to ask you as members:

  1. If you would prefer not to attend any meetings at our regular venue
  2. If you would be interested in participating in a meeting through Zoom.
  3. If you would need help in setting up Zoom in order to participate.
  4. If you would like to attend a meeting in the hall, subject to wearing a face-covering and bringing your own refreshment. 

Please let us know your views. Stay safe, and happy gardening!

Members’ Open Garden Sunday 26 July

Adrian and Clare de Baat are pleased to announce that following a government relaxation of the lockdown conditions they will be opening the garden for the National Garden Scheme as planned on Sunday, 26th July. Special arrangements will apply for this opening and full details of these can be found at the National Garden Scheme website. There will unfortunately be no teas and refreshments, and also no plant stall this year.


35 Digswell Road
Welwyn Garden City

NB Tickets to visit this garden are now available from the NGS website. Click here to buy them.

Herts/Bucks border garden open for NGS


Diana Garner has been welcoming visitors to her garden in Cholesbury since the beginning of July. Montana will continue to open on Wednesday and Sunday mornings until the end of the month. Tickets must be prebooked. These are available to buy from the NGS website here



Remember that Adrian & Claire de Baat will be opening their Welwyn Garden City garden on Sunday 26 July. Full details will be circulated when tickets are released for sale on the NGS website.