Next meeting at Memorial Hall – Saturday 2 October 2pm

Scent Magic – Isabel Bannerman

Isabel and her husband Julian have designed many award-winning gardens with a difference. Romance and scent feature throughout them….

Hello everyone – we will be very pleased to see you in the Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead for our next meeting if you would like to venture out. Our speaker will be joining us via Zoom and the link will be sent to members as well.

Please be aware that there are a few rules which we have to follow – it is important that you read these before turning up!

  • Members must enter the hall from the main North entrance overlooking the field or the Marford Road entrance. (The third entrance by the side of the stage is not in use.)
  • Members are asked, unless exempt from doing so, to wear a mask upon arrival at the hall and to keep it on except when seated.
  • Members should sign in as usual, but will not be issued with badges unless they are committee members.
  • Seating will be spread out at double the usual space; chairs will not be locked together allowing people who have travelled together to close the space between them.
  • There will be hand gel made available at the front reception, outside the toilets and by the tea serving hatch.

Here’s a link to the map and directions for new members

Tea and coffee will be served in compostable, disposable cups and instead of cake, there will be ‘catering’ biscuits in individually wrapped packets. Members may bring plants for sale as usual – looking forward to seeing you all!

Member’s garden open for NGS – Sunday 12 September

10 Cross Street, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UD

Visit Renata Hume’s garden between 2 & 5pm on Sunday afternoon. Teas, home made cakes and plants will be on sale. Payment by card can be taken. Admission costs £4.50, prebooking is available, but not essential.

See for further details.

Members’ gardens open for NGS – Sunday 5 September

20 St Stephens Avenue, St Albans AL3 4AD

Heather & Peter Osborne’s garden will be opening from 2.30-5.30pm in conjunction with that of their neighbours at number 30. Teas, home made cakes and a small selection of plants will be on sale at number 20, payment by card can be taken. Combined entry is £5, prebooking is available, but not essential

See for further details.

New to the NGS, Barbara Stalbow’s garden will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Refreshments will be available here too, but please bring cash to pay for them. See for further details and to book tickets online, although prebooking is not essential.

Hornbeams, Priory Drive, Stanmore HA7 3HN

Historic Hertfordshire garden open for NGS – Sunday 22 August 2pm-6pm

Reveley Lodge, 88 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, WD23 4GL

Reveley Lodge in Bushey is hosting an opening in aid of NGS on Sunday afternoon. Hertfordshire HPS has had many associations with this restored Victorian garden over the years. There will be music & refreshments for your entertainment, and plants, and possibly produce, for sale!

See for further details.

Members’ Gardens open this week

Montana Cholesbury

Last chance this year to visit Diana Garner’s garden at Montana, Cholesbury on Wednesday 21 July 11am to 3pm – plenty of shade to wander through in the heatwave. Visits must be pre-booked with Diana – see NGS site

Morning Light

Roger & Patt Trigg will be opening again on Sunday 25 July from 2pm to 5.30 pm for the NGS at Morning Light, 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HL. Refreshments and plants available. Prebooking is essential, and tickets are available from the NGS website here:

Last, but by no means least, Adrian & Clare de Baat open on Sunday 25 July from 2pm to 5.30 pm. Refreshments available in aid of Isabel Hospice and plants for sale by Daisy Roots. You may find more details and optionally prebook tickets at

35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7PB

Happy visiting!

Two gardens open on Sunday 18 July

Roger & Patt Trigg will be opening from 2pm to 5.30 pm for the NGS at Morning Light, 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HL. Refreshments and plants available. Prebooking is essential, and tickets are available from the NGS website here:

There will also be a rare opening of the garden of Mike & Pauline Foers, in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, at 19 Lancaster Road, St Albans AL1 4EP from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are available on the gate only, priced £3, cash payments please.

See for details

How to be in 2 places at once??

Update re Barlings Road Open Gardens – Sunday 11 July

Please note that 2 gardens are included in the entry ticket (not 1 + 2). I am further advised that Daisy Roots will be in attendance selling quality plants – a great opportunity for those of us in West Herts to top up our stock!

2pm – 5.30pm is the time for another visit to the garden of member Liz Machin and her husband Jim. The ticket includes entrance to 2 gardens and may be pre-booked on the NGS website –

Address: Barlings Road, Harpenden, AL5 2AN – Refreshments and plants available

A plethora of garden openings this week!

On Wednesday 23 June 11am – 3pm, take your picnics to Diana Garner’s unmanicured garden at Montana, in Cholesbury. Prebooking is essential – see for Diana’s contact details.

Julie Wise is hosting 2 midsummer evening openings at Rustling End, Codicote from 5pm – 8.30pm on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June. Visits may be prebooked, but it is not essential. Plants and good wine available! Please see for details.

The last one this week is St Stephens Avenue Gardens in St Albans, opening on Sunday 27 June from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Heather & Peter Osborne are opening in conjunction with their near neighbours. Again, visits may be prebooked, but this is not essential. Plant sale and refreshments available. For more information see