Members’ Tea Party Sunday 5th August 2 – 5pm

At Roger and Patt Trigg’s. 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HL

Directions: Leave the M25 at J18, take the A404 towards Rickmansworth
and turn left after ½ mile into Loudwater Lane. Follow the lane which
becomes narrow and twisty for ½ mile, turn right at the T-junction and right
again almost immediately into Armitage Close. No.7 is the middle of three
bungalows at the end of the cul-de-sac. Up to 6 cars can be parked on their
drive and there is space in the road for more.

If you are attending would you please let Roger and Patt know ( to give them an idea of how many to cater for.

Plants for Sale List  Trigg Plant Sale 2018

Please note this event is for Members only.


Members’ Garden Open Sunday 29 July

NGS nHHPS members, Adrian and Clare de Baat will be opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday afternoon, 29th July. 

Address: 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7PB

Time: 2.00-5.30pm   Admission £4.00, children free

Teas will be available, together with a plant stall run by HHPS member Annie Godfrey of Daisy Roots nursery.

Full details of the garden, together with lots of pictures and other information, can be found on the National Garden Scheme website at as well as on the garden’s website at

HHPS coach trip photos



Dear members,

Here are some lovely photos of this year’s coach trip, taken by Helen Cullens. Apologies to those who already have them!

Member’s Garden open for charity


Liz Machin’s garden at 2 Barlings Road, Harpenden AL5 2AN will be open for the National Garden Scheme next Sunday 22nd July.  2.00 – 5.30pm – £3.00 – teas available.


NGS Open Garden 23 & 24 June

NGS n          Member’s Garden open for charity 

Anne Myles’ garden at 25 Cunningham Hill Road St. Albans, AL1 5BX, together with their neighbours at No. 28 will be open for the National Garden Scheme next weekend 23 & 24 June 2pm to 5.30pm. 

£6.00 for both gardens. Tea/coffee, cakes and plants available for purchase at No. 25.




NGS Open Garden Sunday 10 June

NGS nMembers’ Garden open for charity 

Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden at 20 St Stephens Avenue, together with their neighbours at No. 30 will be open for the National Garden Scheme next Sunday 10th June 2pm to 5.30pm

We are open two weeks earlier than usual, and the roses, peonies, clematis and honeysuckle will be at their best. Heather has developed a new woodland border full of hostas, hydrangeas, ferns, epimediums and other shade loving delights.

St Stephens Avenue Gardens, St Albans, AL3 4AD. Combined admission to numbers 20 and 30 = £5, children free. Teas and home made cakes, plants for sale. WC.

Please also note that sadly the opening at 14 Corinium Gate that same afternoon has been cancelled due to illness.

Plant Sale Today + Coach Trip

dav   A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped at the Plant Sale on the Friday and Saturday.   We were a great team and the Sale was a success again.     Thank you to everyone who helped put up the tables, who donated the lovely plants, who helped to price them and display them on the tables, helped sell them on Saturday, kept us and the visitors supplied with drinks and the musclemen and women who helped with the clearing up at the end.  And also those who have taken away the black table-cloths to wash and return at our first winter meeting. It was a great event.

Also check your diaries to see if you are free on Saturday 7th July.   Maggie Lacey would love to hear from you as there are still some seats available on the wonderful coach trip she has arranged to John Massey’s garden, Ashwood Nurseries and Stone House Cottage garden.

Hope to you see you then, Beryl

**** Data Protection ****

As you are probably aware, important changes have been made to European data protection law. Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes requirements in terms of the personal data that we hold and how we use it.

The HHPS Privacy Policy is on our website and explains why and how we use your data and the rights that you have in relation to it. Click here to see it in full.         Herts HPS GDPR Privacy Notice May 2018

Herts HPS Annual Plant Sale Saturday 2nd June

Plant SaleThis is just a reminder to all the members who have said they will bring along plants and also those who have offered to  help with sorting and pricing the plants on the Friday that we will be there from 6.00 – 9.00pm.     Please make sure that your plants are labelled and, to help us, please make sure any dead leaves are taken off.    Thank you.

We will also be there from 9.00 am on the Saturday morning for last minute organising before the doors open to the public at 10.00 am  when we hope we will have a large queue outside.   So look forward to seeing the members who are helping that day.

Please give the event as much publicity as you can and encourage your friends and neighbours to come along and to buy our great plants.

Thank you everyone who has put their name down to help to make the Annual Plant Sale the financial success that it always is, so that we can have great speakers during the year.   I look forward to seeing you either on the Friday or the Saturday.


**** Data Protection ****

As you are probably aware, important changes are being made to European data protection law this month. Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes requirements in terms of the personal data that we hold and how we use it.

The HHPS Privacy Policy is on our website and explains why and how we use your data and the rights that you have in relation to it. Click here to see it in full.         Herts HPS GDPR Privacy Notice May 2018 

Welcome to Preston Gardens Open Day Sunday 27th May, 12.30 – 5pm


A large number of gardens in this pretty village 3 miles south of Hitchin, Hertfordshire offer a variety of sizes, styles and planting with many interesting details including unusual plants, wild areas and water features.

2 of the 12 gardens belong to members of the HHPS:

Kilnwood Cottage – Sue and Mike Kellard have created a wonderfully lush and atmospheric woodland garden. Pimms will be served on the lawn.

Crunnells Green House – Meta and Hugh Reeves has a garden of many varied areas and are particularly pleased this year with the new fruit cage.

The small Arts & Crafts church of St Martin will be beautifully decorated with flowers and open to visitors. Stalls on the Green and Teas in the Village Hall.  Barbeque on the Green from 12 noon. Lunches can be booked at the famous Red Lion pub, tel. 01462-459585.

Map supplied on admission.

Entry £5.00 (children free). Free parking. Post code SG4 7RU. 

Contact  01462-456567 (Meta Reeves)

We are sorry but dogs are not permitted in the gardens.


Committee Volunteers needed

Capture      Dear Members

We are emailing you all as we need your help.  As you may be aware, we have the following vacancies on your committee; thus far none of you have volunteered to take on these roles.

The list is as follows:

Newsletter Editor

Publicity Officer

Refreshments (1 of 2)


Vice Chair

Your committee is currently made up of a happy group of gardeners who like, above all else, to be in their gardens, but there are not enough of us, so we are doing more than one job.

When the committee do meet the meetings are short, business-like and occur 4 times a year.  We keep the society running smoothly on your behalf, but we cannot do everything, nor should we have to.

Below is a short description of the roles, they are open to job-share; indeed, Refreshments is very much a team job with a lot of support from members, but tea and cakes are a small but important part of the service the committee provides.  Some of the other posts could lend themselves to job-share.

Newsletter Editor – this job lends itself to the member who wants to express their creativity, or to someone who has a straightforward approach to produce a business-like letter that tells the members just what they need to know.  Susanna is currently doing two jobs on the committee and wishes to do just one.

Publicity Officer – a straightforward but very important post that would lend itself to being shared.  The most important part of the job is the promotion to the public of our Plant Sale in May/June.   This sale, as you know, provides the income for the following year’s programme and hence the quality of the speakers we can afford to hire.  The post is currently vacant.

Refreshments – we have two members organising this currently, one of whom has been waiting to resign for some time.  They ensure that the team who provide the tea at meetings and bring the cakes are co-ordinated.

Secretary – one of the Officers of the Committee, this is the job for a member who likes to organise behind the scenes, no getting around it this role is the engine room of the society.  The post is vacant and the current incumbent, Heather, is leaving at the AGM after 15 years’ service for us all.  The new post holder will be mentored into the role.

Vice-Chair – a committee member who has no specific role other than to be a willing pair of hands and to step up whenever needed.  This post is currently vacant

Thanks for reading this and please get in touch, the committee members are happy to help with your queries. 

The committee look forward to hearing from you,

Liz Egre

For and on behalf of the Committee.