Safe Seedlings

Just a brief reminder that the HHPS Seedling Swap, due to take place on 18 April is cancelled.  Needless to say, my own green shoots are barely poking through right now, so I’ll definitely be missing the opportunity to acquire some supplementary stock!

Hope your gardens are enjoying the upturn in the weather, and don’t forget that you can share your experiences by adding a comment to this post.

Meeting: Saturday 7th March 2pm

Sandy Primrose – Modern Plant Hunters

 

5872fce5cc1c414ea097362971be4092Sandy’s research into contemporary plant hunting will fascinate our audience this month. His stories of modern plant hunters and their breathtaking adventures give an insight into the ever-increasing numbers of new plant introductions. His work also examines the search for medicinal plants and considers such developments as the effect of habitat destruction on plant loss and plant diversity.

Guests (£5 entrance fee) always welcome at our meetings.

Annie from Daisy Roots will be bringing plants for sale, but don’t forget your contribution to the HHPS plant table… and a further reminder that your committee will be really grateful for your help in stacking chairs after tea.

Summer Programme

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!

Meeting: Saturday 1st February 2pm

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.

Meeting: Saturday 4th January 2pm

Catherine Horwood – Authorized biographer of Beth Chatto

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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!

Next Meeting: Saturday 7th Dec 2pm

 

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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.xmas

 

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.

 

 

Saturday 2nd November: AGM

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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.

Featured in ‘The English Garden’ Magazine

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.

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