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.
Dr Ken Thompson – ‘More Modern Gardening Myths’
Dr. Thompson has been a senior lecturer in Plant Ecology at Sheffield University for over 20 years. He has written widely on the subject of science in gardening and acted as a consultant to many horticultural bodies, including the RHS. Ken will be familiar to many of you from his column in the Saturday Telegraph Gardening section and from his books such as ‘Where do Camels Belong?’, a fascinating study of “alien” species. This talk will challenge conventional gardening lore via some of Ken’s remarkable observations, and offer some genuinely useful practical advice.
Joe Sharman – ‘Propagation’
Joe has been running Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire for 26 years and aims to produce as wide a variety of rare plants as possible. He is probably best known for selling THAT snowdrop on the Internet. He will talk about and demonstrate propagation techniques, followed by a question and answer session. Please come ready to tap into his expertise with your own question; the more difficult the subject the better. Plants for sale.
Chris Chadwell – ‘Wild Flowers of Britain’
Chris is a modern day plant hunter and freelance lecturer, travel photographer and documentary maker. Since 1984, he has been proprietor of Chadwell Seeds and has been Leader and Botanist on twenty-nine expeditions to the Himalaya. We hope he will bring seeds for sale.
Our Christmas Party follows Chris’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 accordingly.
- Floral table arrangements will be very welcome.
Please find below a link to the plant list for Margaret Easter’s talk on Saturday. It will save you trying to write down names during the talk!
followed by Member’s Talk:
Margaret Easter – ‘Grasses for the Small Garden’
HHPS member Margaret holds a National Collection of Thymus in her Harpenden garden, which she opens for charity. She has worked on nomenclature and taxonomy and has published several books, including ‘The Thyme Handbook’. In this talk, she will be talking about another of her interests: ornamental grasses.
Those of you who heard Geoff Hodge at the October meeting will remember that he trials and publishes surveys of available tools. His latest one about ratchet secateurs will appear in the 5th November edition of ‘Garden News’.
The new edition of the HHPS newsletter is now available to read and download on the site, particularly for those members who opt to receive the newsletter electronically.
This edition includes:
- Seedling Swap Report
- Plant Sale Report
- Coach Trip Report
- ‘In Praise of…Joe Pye Weed’
- Plant Profile (Athyrium otophorum var. okanum (AGM))
- ‘Sage Words’
- Member’s Open Gardens Report
Click here (or on the front cover below) to download this edition.
Welcome back, everyone, to the new season of meetings. On Saturday 1st October, our first speaker, Geoff Hodge, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Pruning – Making it Simple’.
Geoff is a freelance garden writer, writing for various national gardening magazines. He was Web Editor for the RHS, Gardening Editor of ‘Garden News’ and technical writer for ‘Garden Answers’ magazine. He is an author and broadcaster, appearing on Q&A panels at flower shows across the country. He may make gardening butchers of us all!
NB The Autumn edition of the Newsletter will be distributed at this meeting, so please collect yours during the meeting. Any newsletters not collected at the meeting will be sent by post as usual.
After a huge investment of time and effort, the national Hardy Plant Society website has been transformed into something colourful, interesting and new. We have our own page on the site, but overall the new design has made better order of the vast amount of information available. Click the link above or the screenshot below to visit the new site.