More Members’ Gardens open!

Since the message went out last week, we have heard from more members about garden openings. Please find an updated list here

Additionally, Diana Garner will be hosting the AGM for the HPS Shade and Woodlands group from 12pm on Sunday 23 May.

Phil Smith from Sunnyside Nursery will be bringing some very tempting plants, and there will also be a Members’ plant stall.   There will be refreshments available as well during the day.  The fernery in the wood is waking up beautifully now the rain has come – just need a bit of warmth as well.

The mobile/wifi signal is her area is poor so don’t forget to bring some cash for your plants in case the card machine is not working!!

If you are interested, please contact Diana –montana@cholesbury.net

Members’ Open Gardens 2021

We are pleased to release details of members’ gardens open later this year. Please be sure to check before visiting whether tickets need to be purchased in advance. NGS website: https://ngs.org.uk

DateDetails
Wednesday 19 May
11am-3pm
Diana Garner
Montana, Shire Lane, Cholesbury, HP23 6NA
Wednesday 23 June
11am-3pm
Diana Garner
Montana, Shire Lane, Cholesbury, HP23 6NA
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 June
5pm-8.30pm
Julie Wise
Rustling End Cottage, Codicote, SG4 8TD
Sunday 27 June
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Heather & Peter Osborne – St Stephens Avenue gardens
20 & 30 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD
Sunday 11 July
2pm – 5.30pm
Liz Machin – Beesonend Gardens
2 & 7 Barlings Road, Harpenden, AL5 2AN
Wednesday 21 July
11am-3pm
Diana Garner
Montana, Shire Lane, Cholesbury, HP23 6NA
Sunday 25 July
2pm – 5.30pm
Adrian & Clare de Baat
35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7PB
Sunday 5 September
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Heather & Peter Osborne – St Stephens Avenue gardens
20 & 30 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD
Sunday 12 September
2pm-5pm
Renata Hume
10 Cross Street, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UD
Sunday 17 October
1pm-4pm
Adrian & Clare de Baat
35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7PB

These events will be publicised in more detail with additional posts closer to the opening dates.

Zoom meeting – Saturday 10 April 2pm

Bulbs for All Seasons – Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown with snowdrop kokedama, moss ball – permission to reproduce granted 18 March 2021

Advance notice of our next illustrated talk – not on Easter Saturday, but a week later on the 10th April. Many of you will be familiar with Kathy Brown’s garden at Stevington. She will be giving us her expert guidance on choosing and siting bulbs for all seasons – look forward to it!

As usual, this website posting is emailed only to subscribed current members of the Herts branch of the HPS, but Hardy Plant Society members may join the group for free for 2021.

Last call for members who haven’t yet renewed their Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society membership!! Please let Tricia Calcraft know if you’d like to renew, as this is the point at which your email address will drop off the list if you don’t!

You can either fill in the renewal form that was sent to you last year or just email Tricia on tcalcraft@yahoo.com to say you’d like to renew and to confirm that you have renewed your membership of the national Hardy Plant Society. There is no charge this year for membership of the Hertfordshire group but normal fees apply for the national group.

Zoom meeting – Saturday 6 March 2pm

The Garden of Vegan – Cleve West

Renowned garden designer and famous allotmenteer Cleve West will talk to us following publication of his second book, The Garden of Vegan. We will distribute the Zoom details to members a few days before the event.

As usual, this website posting is emailed only to subscribed current members of the Herts branch of the HPS, but Hardy Plant Society members may join the group for free for 2021.

Could those members who haven’t yet renewed their Hertfordshire Hardy Plant Society membership please let Tricia Calcraft know if you’d like to renew? You can either fill in the renewal form that was sent to you last year or just email Tricia on tcalcraft@yahoo.com to say you’d like to renew and to confirm that you have renewed your membership of the national Hardy Plant Society. There is no charge this year for membership of the Hertfordshire group but normal fees apply for the national group.

Zoom Meetings – Saturday 6th February

Jack Wallington – Wild about Weeds

We will shortly be releasing the Zoom invitation for members to join in an illustrated talk at 2pm by garden designer and award-winning blogger and author Jack Wallington.

This talk may well foster a lively discussion – don’t miss it!

We have a further invitation for you – same day, but at 6pm, when guests are welcome at the HPS Galanthus Group talk by Anne Repnow, entitled Some Snowdrops. There is a charge of £4 for non-members, or assuming you are a member of the HPS, you may join the group for a nominal sum. Contact membership secretary Lyn Miles – for details – email address to follow to members only.

As usual, this website posting is emailed only to subscribed current members of the Herts branch of the HPS. Membership of the the Hertfordshire Group remains free to paid up members of the Hardy Plant Society for 2021 – why not join?

Next Meeting (via Zoom) – Saturday 9th January

Unearthing the Past with Andrew Turvey

We will shortly be releasing the Zoom invitation for members to join in an illustrated talk by hands-on Head of Parks and Gardens at Hatfield House.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Happy New Year everyone, and Good Gardening! We hope you have all renewed your national HPS membership by now – there’s still time to download and complete the group renewal form here, or drop us an email to let us know if there are any changes.

As usual, this website posting is emailed only to subscribed current members of the Herts branch of the HPS. Membership of the the Hertfordshire Group will be free to paid up members of the Hardy Plant Society for 2021 – why not join?

Next Meeting (via Zoom) – Saturday 5th December

The Wonder of Plants with Matthew Biggs

We will shortly be releasing the Zoom invitation for members to join in an illustrated talk by the well-known gardener and radio presenter.

We’d like to remind you that although we have decided to make no charge for 2021 Hertfordshire branch renewals, you do still need to renew your national Hardy Plant Society membership in January. It’s important that our records are up to date, so if you haven’t done so already, please download and complete the group renewal form here, or drop us an email to let us know if there are any changes.

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

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 https://www.norwellnurseries.co.uk/ 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