Member’s Open Garden | Tessa Davies

Sunday 31st July

Don’t miss the chance to visit Tessa’s garden in St Albans this weekend.  It promises to be in full summer swing, with plenty of inspiration for Herts Group members.

Member’s Open Garden, 13 Seymour Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5HL, 2 – 4pm

Tessa Davies’ surburban garden is planted for all year interest, with contrasting trees, shrubs and grasses forming the backbone of the garden, interwoven with flowering perennials. Planting is broadly Mediterranean in an English garden setting, i.e. with a lawn at the centre. Tessa says Beth Chatto has been a strong influence, as has Christopher Lloyd.

Highlights in July include Cytisus battandieri (pineapple broom); tooth-leaved Melianthus major; Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’; Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’, and felty-foliaged Ballota acetabulosa. Rosa glauca sends up arching sprays of glaucous foliage scattered with dainty pink flowers, and ornamental grasses, such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Stipa gigantea, add shimmer to the borders.

The back garden is approximately 90ft long and is dominated by a large and very old Bramley apple tree, underplanted with aromatic Phlomis fruticosa and P. russeliana, the perennial poppy Papaver rupifragum and evergreen shrubs such as box. In July, different varieties of phlox and hydrangea are the main flowering plants, but Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Achillea ‘Moonshine’ will still be going strong. Refreshments provided.

Members Peter and Sue Tomson Featured in Hertfordshire Life

The Abbots garden created by Peter and Sue Tomson are featured in Hertfordshire life, illustrating 25 years of gardening to create the lovely place we visited in 2015. Some of us will recall the HHPS open garden visit there, recounted in this article on the site here. Well done to Sue and Peter.

As a reminder we have two open gardens coming up (check the programme for details):

  • Tessa Davies, Sunday 31st July, 13 Seymour Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5HL, 2 – 4pm
  • Liz Machin, Sunday 21st August, 2, Barlings Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2AN, 2 – 4pm

 

I hope you are enjoying the abundance in your gardens in July and finally some Summer weather.

Date Correction for Margaret Easter

Margaret Easter is opening her garden with a national collection of Thymus on Sunday 3rd July, not Sunday 2nd July. The programme has been updated with this detail, you can read more about Margaret’s garden by clicking here.

Coach Trip Departure Time is 8:45

Please note the coach trip departs at 8:45 from Westminster Lodge, not 8:15 as mentioned in the previous reminder.

Bill.

Coach Trip Reminder

It’s not too late to go on the annual coach trip this coming weekend, click here to download the booking form and get in touch with Maggie Lacey immediately using her details on the form.  Full information on the trip is below.


Coach Trip – Merriments and Great Dixter

Saturday, 18th June 2016

Coach departure time: 8.15am, from Westminster Lodge, AL1 2DJ

The acclaimed Merriments gardens were laid out on yellow clay in the early 1980s, covering four acres. They are made up of several different areas, including the Wild Area, the colour-themed Golden Border, the Ponds & Tropical border, which were constructed only recently, and the Formal Garden. Also of interest are the Blue Gravel Garden (agapanthus, delphiniums and grasses) and the Hot Border.

The adjoining nursery has an excellent selection of plants for sale, some of which can be seen growing in the garden; their stock-list includes a number of unusual plants which should kindle a lot of interest.

There is a restaurant at Merriments selling hot meals, sandwiches and baguettes, as well as a wide selection of drinks and even desserts. There are two or three gluten-free and/or vegetarian options available, including filled jacket potatoes.

The home and garden of the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter really need no introduction. Most of the garden design was originally by Lutyens, consisting mainly of mixed borders with no specific colour schemes, in contrast to Merriments. Areas include a damp ‘Cat Garden’ (the planting includes caltha, geraniums & lilacs), the Barn Garden, the Topiary Lawn and the famous Long Border with its succession planting. Possibly the most famous part of Great Dixter is the Exotic Garden, where Christo notoriously dug up the old formal rose beds, replacing them with a riot of exotic planting (but I noticed on my last visit there were still a few ‘Mrs Oakley Fisher’ roses left – it will be interesting to see whether they are still there).

You will be able to visit the house if you wish, but our trip price does not include a guided tour. Great Dixter has a good-sized nursery stocking an exciting variety of distinctive and unusual plants, 80% of which are grown on site and may well be seen in the garden.

Refreshments are available from the Loggia next to the Great Dixter shop, including baguettes, salads, cakes and hot drinks. There is no hot food, however.

Picnics may be taken in designated areas near the car parks at both venues, NOT in the gardens, please.

www.merriments.co.uk
www.greatdixter.co.uk

Grand Plant Sale, Before and After

 

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The HHPS Plant Sale team ready themselves for the public

 

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Once the public arrived, a flood of buyers

Beryl (our plant sales coordinator) would like to pass on her thanks to everyone who helped make this annual event a success.

 

Grand Plant Sale Reminder

Our annual plant sale takes place on Saturday 4th of June from 10am to 12 noon at the URC Church Hall in St Albans. Full address:

United Reformed Church Hall, Homewood Rd, St Albans, AL1 4BH

On the Friday night from 6pm to 9pm member volunteers are required to help sort and price the plants. Members with plants to donate should deliver them to the URC hall at the same time.


Roger Trigg Offer : Geranium maderense

Roger asked us to pass on an offer of Geranium maderense. If any member would like one (they’re at the 1L pot stage) and has the necessary conservatory or heated greenhouse to over-winter it, would they contact Roger (email or 01923 774293) and I’ll bring it/them on Saturday.


Annie Godfrey Success at RHS Chelsea 2016

Our ex-Chairman Annie received a Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2016 for her garden in the main pavilion. Annie described it like this:

The exhibit showcases plants that are resistant to drought conditions. The lower or ground level features plantings in gravel, which create a beach-like feel. A path winds through the planting, leading to steps and a second, more densely planted area. Daisy Roots hope to prove that low rainfall does not mean low levels of interesting planting.

Photos courtesy of Heather Osborne

Member Open Gardens Updated

Hello,

During 2016 some of our members will be opening their gardens, here is a list and links for more information. This is an update of the previous list, with the addition of Preston Open Gardens coming up this Sunday May 29th.

Meta Reeves (Nr Hitchin)

Sunday 29th May: 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. The small Arts and Crafts church of St Martin will be beautifully decorated and open to visitors. Stalls on the Green and Teas in the Village Hall. Art exhibition. 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 number 01462-456567 (Meta)

Margaret Easter (Harpenden)

Margaret holds National Plant Collections® of Thymus (Scientific Status), Hyssopus and Satureja and is an International Cultivar Registration Authority for Thymus (ICRA).  Brickell Award 2011 for Excellence in Cultivated Plant Conservation.

Sunday 3rd July 2.0 – 5.30, entrance £3, plants for sale, no dogs please, no wheelchair access. 23 Wroxham Way, Harpenden. AL5 4PP. Directions are on the website for those without satnavs, www.thymus.co.uk. Should anyone wish to contact me beforehand; 01582 768467.

Heather Osborne (St Albans)

NGS Link.

Two gardens of similar size and the same aspect, developed in totally different ways. The plantswoman’s garden at Number 20 has been designed to supply successional waves of coordinated colour. Varied habitats include cool shade, hot and dry, and lush pondside displays. Paths weave through the carefully maintained borders packed with unusual plants.

20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue, AL3 4AD
Sunday 26 June, Sun 4 Sept, 2-6, home made teas, plants for sale at June opening, combined admission £5

Adrian de Baat (Welwyn Garden City)

NGS Link

Town garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders plus a small meadow packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, incl a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden incl bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

Sunday 31st July, 2.00-5.30pm.

Sarah Marsh (Old Welwyn)

NGS Link

Listed millhouse with semi-walled garden bordered by a bridged millstream and mill race. This romantic spring garden has ancient apple trees underplanted with an abundant display of alliums, camassias and foxgloves. These set off a garden full of perennial promise, within which nestles a stylish summerhouse, a hidden parterre and productive potager. Featured in The English Garden April edition.

Sat 28 May and mon 30 May 2 – 5.30

Tea and plants £4

Anne Myles (St. Albans)

NGS Link

½ acre gardens with mature trees and shrubs, developed for all round colour. Wildlife ponds are linked to a fish pond. Wrought iron arches of roses, lonicera and clematis, are flanked by double herbaceous borders. A lawn, bordered by woodland planting beneath a beech tree, ends in a conifer and heather bed; behind which a sunny trellis separates the fruit and kitchen garden.

Saturday 11 June, Sunday 12 June (2 – 5.30pm)

Renata Hume (Letchworth)

NGS Link
A cottage garden fronts a Letchworth Garden City exhibition cottage of 1905. The back garden contains informal planting dictated by the gently sloping plot and three formal circular lawns. Trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous perennials combine to create interest in the different areas. The garden also contains a lily pond, small pond for wildlife, well-stocked greenhouse and an apple walk with a selection of old varieties.

Monday 29 August (2 – 5pm)

Liz Machin (Harpenden)

NGS Link

Set in a mature development these two gardens reflect their owners individual interests and needs. 2 Barlings Road is packed with unusual plants, shrubs and climbers to provide year-round structure. The colourful courtyard garden with water feature and secluded shade garden add extra interest. 17 The Deerings offers specimen trees, architectural plants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous borders as well as a compact kitchen garden and herb bed.

Sunday 14 August (2 – 5.30pm) (NGS)

Liz is also opening her garden for HHPS members:

Sunday 21st August 2016

Member Open Garden, 2, Barlings Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2AN,2 – 4pm

Liz Machin will be opening her garden to Herts HPS members at its peak in August. Set in a mature development, the garden is packed with unusual plants – shrubs, herbaceous perennials and climbers – designed to provide all-year-round structure, colour and contrast.

Highlights in August include green-and-white petalled Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’, starry-flowered Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, and towering blue-flowered chicory, Cichorium intybus.

There is also a delightfully colourful courtyard garden, incorporating a water feature, and a secluded shade garden. Come along and while away an hour or so in beautiful surroundings. Her garden is described on her NGS Page and also below.

A compact garden for all seasons. Borders and island beds packed with unusual perennials, climbers, shrubs and small trees. Small plant-filled formal pond. Colourful courtyard with unusual water feature Shady gold and silver corner. Some areas re-planted every year for extra interest.

John McCormack / Reveley Lodge (Bushey Heath)

NGS Link

2½-acre garden surrounding a Victorian house bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003 and in process of re-planting and renovation. Featuring colourful annual, tender perennial and medicinal planting in beds surrounding a mulberry tree. Conservatory, lean-to greenhouse, vegetable garden and beehive. Analemmatic (human) sundial constructed in stone believed unique to Hertfordshire.

Sunday 14 August (2 – 6pm)

Tessa Davies (St. Albans)

Member Open Garden, 13 Seymour Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5HL, 31st July 2 – 4pm

Tessa Davies’ surburban garden is planted for all year interest, with contrasting trees, shrubs and grasses forming the backbone of the garden, interwoven with flowering perennials. Planting is broadly Mediterranean in an English garden setting, i.e. with a lawn at the centre. Tessa says Beth Chatto has been a strong influence, as has Christopher Lloyd.

Highlights in July include Cytisus battandieri (pineapple broom); tooth-leaved Melianthus major; Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’; Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’, and felty-foliaged Ballota acetabulosa. Rosa glauca sends up arching sprays of glaucous foliage scattered with dainty pink flowers, and ornamental grasses, such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Stipa gigantea, add shimmer to the borders.

The back garden is approximately 90ft long and is dominated by a large and very old Bramley apple tree, underplanted with aromatic Phlomis fruticosa and P. russeliana, the perennial poppy Papaver rupifragum and evergreen shrubs such as box. In July, different varieties of phlox and hydrangea are the main flowering plants, but Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Achillea ‘Moonshine’ will still be going strong. Refreshments provided.

Tessa will also be opening for the Red Cross on Sunday 10th July from 2pm to 5pm.

 

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust Vacancy

This is a message from the HMWT which we thought would be interesting to our members. Use the form at the bottom of this web page to send a message direct to HMWT if you are interested.


The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) has a wildlife garden next to the office in Verulamium park St Albans. Sadly their volunteer gardener of many years Jane Baldwin, who has done a marvellous job, has had to stop going due to health problems.

HMWT are in the process of trying to find an experienced and passionate amateur gardener who would be interested in helping maintain their wildlife garden and help with the creation of a new garden adjacent to it. Typically they need help 1-2 half days per week.

Dates For Your Diary | Member Open Gardens

Hello,

During 2016 some of our members will be opening their gardens, here is a list and links for more information.

Margaret Easter (Harpenden)

Margaret holds National Plant Collections® of Thymus (Scientific Status), Hyssopus and Satureja and is an International Cultivar Registration Authority for Thymus (ICRA).  Brickell Award 2011 for Excellence in Cultivated Plant Conservation.

Sunday 2nd July 2.0 – 5.30, entrance £3, plants for sale, no dogs please, no wheelchair access. 23 Wroxham Way, Harpenden. AL5 4PP. Directions are on the website for those without satnavs, www.thymus.co.uk. Should anyone wish to contact me beforehand; 01582 768467.

Heather Osborne (St Albans)

NGS Link.

Two gardens of similar size and the same aspect, developed in totally different ways. The plantswoman’s garden at Number 20 has been designed to supply successional waves of coordinated colour. Varied habitats include cool shade, hot and dry, and lush pondside displays. Paths weave through the carefully maintained borders packed with unusual plants.

20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue, AL3 4AD
Sunday 26 June, Sun 4 Sept, 2-6, home made teas, plants for sale at June opening, combined admission £5

Adrian de Baat (Welwyn Garden City)

NGS Link

Town garden of around a third of an acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders plus a small meadow packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, incl a succulent bed and under mature trees, a lush jungle garden incl bamboos, bananas, palms and tree ferns.

Sunday 31st July, 2.00-5.30pm.

Sarah Marsh (Old Welwyn)

NGS Link

Listed millhouse with semi-walled garden bordered by a bridged millstream and mill race. This romantic spring garden has ancient apple trees underplanted with an abundant display of alliums, camassias and foxgloves. These set off a garden full of perennial promise, within which nestles a stylish summerhouse, a hidden parterre and productive potager. Featured in The English Garden April edition.

Sat 28 May and mon 30 May 2 – 5.30

Tea and plants £4

Anne Myles (St. Albans)

NGS Link

½ acre gardens with mature trees and shrubs, developed for all round colour. Wildlife ponds are linked to a fish pond. Wrought iron arches of roses, lonicera and clematis, are flanked by double herbaceous borders. A lawn, bordered by woodland planting beneath a beech tree, ends in a conifer and heather bed; behind which a sunny trellis separates the fruit and kitchen garden.

Saturday 11 June, Sunday 12 June (2 – 5.30pm)

Renata Hume (Letchworth)

NGS Link
A cottage garden fronts a Letchworth Garden City exhibition cottage of 1905. The back garden contains informal planting dictated by the gently sloping plot and three formal circular lawns. Trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous perennials combine to create interest in the different areas. The garden also contains a lily pond, small pond for wildlife, well-stocked greenhouse and an apple walk with a selection of old varieties.

Monday 29 August (2 – 5pm)

Liz Machin (Harpenden)

NGS Link

Set in a mature development these two gardens reflect their owners individual interests and needs. 2 Barlings Road is packed with unusual plants, shrubs and climbers to provide year-round structure. The colourful courtyard garden with water feature and secluded shade garden add extra interest. 17 The Deerings offers specimen trees, architectural plants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous borders as well as a compact kitchen garden and herb bed.

Sunday 14 August (2 – 5.30pm) (NGS)

Liz is also opening her garden for HHPS members:

Sunday 21st August 2016

Member Open Garden, 2, Barlings Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2AN,2 – 4pm

Liz Machin will be opening her garden to Herts HPS members at its peak in August. Set in a mature development, the garden is packed with unusual plants – shrubs, herbaceous perennials and climbers – designed to provide all-year-round structure, colour and contrast.

Highlights in August include green-and-white petalled Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’, starry-flowered Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, and towering blue-flowered chicory, Cichorium intybus.

There is also a delightfully colourful courtyard garden, incorporating a water feature, and a secluded shade garden. Come along and while away an hour or so in beautiful surroundings. Her garden is described on her NGS Page and also below.

A compact garden for all seasons. Borders and island beds packed with unusual perennials, climbers, shrubs and small trees. Small plant-filled formal pond. Colourful courtyard with unusual water feature Shady gold and silver corner. Some areas re-planted every year for extra interest.

John McCormack / Reveley Lodge (Bushey Heath)

NGS Link

2½-acre garden surrounding a Victorian house bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003 and in process of re-planting and renovation. Featuring colourful annual, tender perennial and medicinal planting in beds surrounding a mulberry tree. Conservatory, lean-to greenhouse, vegetable garden and beehive. Analemmatic (human) sundial constructed in stone believed unique to Hertfordshire.

Sunday 14 August (2 – 6pm)

Tessa Davies (St. Albans)

Member Open Garden, 13 Seymour Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5HL, 31st July 2 – 4pm

Tessa Davies’ surburban garden is planted for all year interest, with contrasting trees, shrubs and grasses forming the backbone of the garden, interwoven with flowering perennials. Planting is broadly Mediterranean in an English garden setting, i.e. with a lawn at the centre. Tessa says Beth Chatto has been a strong influence, as has Christopher Lloyd.

Highlights in July include Cytisus battandieri (pineapple broom); tooth-leaved Melianthus major; Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’; Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’, and felty-foliaged Ballota acetabulosa. Rosa glauca sends up arching sprays of glaucous foliage scattered with dainty pink flowers, and ornamental grasses, such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Stipa gigantea, add shimmer to the borders.

The back garden is approximately 90ft long and is dominated by a large and very old Bramley apple tree, underplanted with aromatic Phlomis fruticosa and P. russeliana, the perennial poppy Papaver rupifragum and evergreen shrubs such as box. In July, different varieties of phlox and hydrangea are the main flowering plants, but Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Achillea ‘Moonshine’ will still be going strong. Refreshments provided.

Tessa will also be opening for the Red Cross on Sunday 10th July from 2pm to 5pm.

 

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