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.

Next Meeting 4th February 2017

ken-thompson   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.

The Telegraph – Ken Thompson

Next Meeting 7th January 2017


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.

Next Meeting 3 December 2016

wreath     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.

Chris Chadwell – Home Page

Flowers of Iver & District Blog

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.