Just a quick notification that the Spring newsletter and coach trip booking form have been emailed to members today – please check your inboxes and spam, as I’m one new website manager only just starting to grow in confidence!
The newsletter is full of summer activities, bookable immediately, mainly thanks to the work of new member Julie Loughlin, who deserves more than just a pat on the back and round of applause. Thank you so much, Julie! Perhaps we can all raise a glass to you at the NGS open garden on Friday 1 May?
Flush with excitement over the Summer programme, don’t forget that we still have 3 more indoor meetings to come before we can really say that Spring is here and I for one am looking forward to hearing Adam Pasco on Saturday. See you there!
Adam Pasco – Grow the Best Glorious Plants
Creating a garden with colour and interest right through the year starts with choosing the best plants. In this beautifully illustrated talk Adam Pasco introduces a wide range of glorious plants that are guaranteed to succeed, whether growing them in flower borders or patio pots and baskets.
Adam shares a wealth of practical tips and ideas for choosing and growing plants, plus ideas on successful planting combinations. And why not save money by growing from seed, following Adam’s advice on seed sowing and even collecting and saving seed from your own garden plants.
Full of inspiring planting ideas, and illustrated with pictures of plants at their best photographed in Adam’s own garden, ‘Grow The Best Glorious Plants’ is sure to fire the imagination with a wealth of wonderful suggestions, and introduce new plants you may not have considered growing before.
Members, please be sure to arrive early for this popular speaker. Annie from Daisy Roots will be bringing plants for sale, but don’t forget your contribution to the HHPS plant table! Guests (£5 entrance fee) always welcome at our meetings.
Catherine Horwood – Authorized biographer of Beth Chatto
Renowned author and broadcaster Catherine Horwood will talk about her experiences when researching and writing about gardening history, one of her favourite subjects. In particular she will give us an insight into her latest work, BETH CHATTO A Life with plants, which was published in September 2019. The biography includes extracts from Beth’s notebooks and diaries bringing her own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book.
‘…a triumph, beautifully crafted by an author who has thoroughly researched and understood her subject… There is so much here to keep the reader gripped.’ Fergus Garrett, Gardens Illustrated, October 2019
Copies will be available for purchase after the talk, signed by the author, so if you weren’t lucky enough to receive this book for Christmas make sure that you don’t miss out on Saturday!
With seasonal cheer, we will be welcoming back Helen Yemm, author of Gardening in Pyjamas, Telegraph columnist and above all, passionate gardener, to give us an update on My ‘New’ Smaller Garden – Five Years On’. Helen is always very happy to answer audience questions so come prepared!
Our Herts HPS Christmas Party follows the talk. This is the occasion when the committee provides drinks and serves food brought by members and party guests. Please bring a contribution of finger food to share. It can be savoury or sweet but must be ready to eat, and preferably on a disposable plate. If you bring your own plate or container, it needs to be clearly marked with your name or returned (empty!) to your car before the meeting to avoid confusion when clearing up.
Please note that there will be no plant sale this month, and that volunteer help would be very much appreciated to help put away the chairs and tables at the end of the meeting.
The Hardy Plant Society Hertfordshire Group
2pm Memorial Hall Wheathampstead
Followed by Jonathan Matthews (a committee member of Mid Bucks Beekeepers) who will give an illustrated talk about bees and pollination, touching on how bees collect pollen and what plant inbreeding does to limit the collection of pollen. He will bring some of his own honey to sell.
One of our HHPS members has her garden featured in the November issue of the The English Garden magazine.
Renata Hume has been developing her garden in Letchworth Garden City for the past twenty years creating a distinctive atmosphere for each passing season. The late autumn colours and textures are as vivid and varied as those of high summer.
Speaker: Tony Goode ‘A Crocus for all Seasons’
A keen Alpine gardener, Tony will in his talk today cover the genus Crocus, his specialist subject, and will look at the botany of both wild and cultivated plants.
Message from Beryl – Plant Sales
At meetings at the beginning of the year members supported the group magnificently by buying lots and lots of plants that I, and other members of the group, bring in for the sales table. We also sell hundreds of plants at our Grand Plant Sale in St Albans in May.
During the Summer I have been busy splitting plants and growing more from seed and now have a lot of plants to start bringing along to the meetings. The downside of this is I find my stock of flower pots has again diminished. So, as the plants bought from me will now be flourishing in your gardens and, I am sure, everyone will have bought one or two more plants from other places during the year and you will have lots of empty pots. Therefore, before the next meeting, please have a clear out and bring them along for me and I will then be happy to recycle them for you and fill them with more plants. Just remember though, I am afraid I am rather fussy and only want mainly the 4″ or 5″ SQUARE ones.
At the Annual Plant Sale in May, many customers brought their own bags this year, instead of us having to supply them, so it would be great if members can do the same at monthly meetings, although we will still have some for you at no charge!
P.S Also, if you kindly took some black tablecloths home to wash after the Plant Sale, please remember to let me have them back. Thank you.
Adrian and Clare de Baat are opening their garden in Welwyn Garden City on behalf of the National Garden Scheme for the 13th consecutive year. Their second opening of the year on Sunday afternoon 22nd September will highlight late flowering perennials, grasses, seed heads and autumn colour. Teas and cakes will be available, the proceeds of which will go to the National Garden Scheme.
35 Digswell Road
Welwyn Garden City
Long-term HHPS member Barbara Stalbow will be opening her beautiful garden to the group’s members for the second time this year.
This mature garden has opened many times in the past under the NGS, and Barbara has not put away her trowel. Quite the opposite, she has a new vision for a large area that used to be a tennis court! Those of you who attended Barbara’s snowdrop ‘pop-up’ opening earlier this year will have seen the tennis court replaced with a pond, curving paths and soil prepared for planting new trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.
Come along to see how Barbara’s ambitious plans for this new area in the garden are taking shape and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake in good company.
Please ring Barbara on 0208 954 2218 to confirm your attendance. You may bring a guest if you wish.
The address is Hornbeams, Priory Drive, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 3HN.
Priory Drive is a private road off the A4140 in Stanmore and there will be plenty of parking available in her drive and outside the adjacent houses.
Thanks to Barbara for her kind offer to host a Member’s Open Garden.
Heather and Peter Osborne’s garden will be open (together with their neighbours’) on Sunday 1st September for the National Garden Scheme. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon out with friends. Our late season perennials and ornamental grasses are at their best and the roses are having a second burst of colour.
Lots of new planting, seating in sun or shade, and shelter in a large conservatory. Wildlife interest in Pete’s studio, compost making demonstrations.
20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD, 2.30 to 5.30pm.
Teas, home made cakes including gluten free. WC. Combined admission £5.