Next meeting at Memorial Hall – Saturday 5 February 2pm

Garden consultant, designer and nurseryman

Steve Edney

RHS Trials

We will be happy to welcome you back to Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead on Saturday when Steve Edney will give us the lowdown on all things RHS as he talks about their trials, the plants that make it to AGM award-standard, and maybe those that don’t?

We ask that attendees wear face masks except when seated or taking refreshments. Here’s a link to the current COVID rules, and map and directions for new members –

The talk will also be available via Zoom – the link will be sent to members separately in time for the meeting.

Invitation from Scottish and Northern Borders Group

Hot on the heels of the Monmouthshire Group’s email, Stacey has now received the following email about their forthcoming talk by Adam Pasco, but you have to be very quick to meet the payment deadline!! – It’s tomorrow, Thursday 20 January.

Zoom Talk with Adam Pasco – Tuesday 25th January 2022, 7pm for 7.30pm start

Adam Pasco, who entertained us last year with his well received Zoom talk, “Create a garden for all seasons”, will be returning with another talk, this time entitled “Grow the best glorious plants”.

Adam has been a leading garden journalist for many years and his new talk introduces us to a wide range of glorious plants that are guaranteed to succeed in borders, shady corners or containers.

Full of inspiring ideas and illustrated with photos and videos of creative planting ideas to provide a succession of colour throughout the season, Adam’s talk is sure to fire the imagination and introduce new plants that you may not have considered growing before.

The cost of the lecture is £5. Payment should be made by Bank Transfer if possible

 Bank details are Bank of Scotland HPS Scottish and Northern Borders Group. Sort Code 80-22-60 Account Number 17144166. When making the bank transfer indicate the reference/reason  as  Zoom Jan 22

Email Colin Cutler with your email,telephone number, and  name when you have made the payment. You will receive an email from him with login details a few days before the lecture

If you pay by cheque send this with your name, email, telephone number and name to Colin Cutler, 3 Yew  Gardens, Luncarty, Perth PH1 3UD. You will be contacted by telephone or email with login in details a few days before the lecture

The deadline for payment is Thursday 20th January

Members’ Gardens open for NGS

Following a terrific Zoom lecture by Anne Repnow on Saturday, we are pleased to bring you details of Snowdrop openings by our own members:

On Wednesday 2, Friday 4 and Wednesday 9 February Annie Godfrey will be opening her garden from 1.00pm to 3.30pm at 8 Gosselin Road, Bengeo, Hertford SG14 3LG. See for more details and to pre-book.

Barbara Stalbow’s garden at Hornbeams, Priory Drive, Stanmore HA7 3HN will be open on Sunday 20 February from 2pm to 5pm. As before, for more details and to prebook see

Please let us know if you will be opening your garden either soon, or later in the year, as we will compile a programme and send email reminders to our members.

Invitation from Monmouthshire Group

Stacey has received the following email from Jacqui, Secretary of the Monmouthshire group. The speaker is a very senior authority on Plant Health, a subject which moves ever forward in our collective consciousness!

Zoom talk: Nicola Spence, the UK’s Chief Plant Health Officer, on ‘Helping to protect the UK from plant pests and diseases’ – Sat 15th Jan 2.30pm 
Nicola Spence, the UK’s Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra, is an expert in plant health and is also the Head of the National Plant Protection Organisation for the UK. Nicola will explain how we can all help to protect the UK from plant pests and diseases. You’ll have already heard and read a lot about some of these threats but others are on the way. In the UK, we have improved standards of biosecurity and protection and can enhance our plants and trees’ ability to resist. All of us who love plants, trees and gardening can also help though by taking simple actions when travelling, buying plants or visiting our woodlands and parks. At the end of her talk, Nicola will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The cost will be £3 per person for HPS members and £5 per person for non-members. All the funds raised this time, after Zoom licence and raffle costs, will be donated to Stump Up for Trees, a local community-based charity which aims to plant a million trees in the Brecon Beacons area. The charity uses donations such as this to contribute to woodland creation, biodiversity and well-being.
To book and/or to be added to our monthly distribution list for updates on our programme, please send an email asap to

Whilst writing, it’s worth mentioning that we would like to hear from you, our members, if you find similar offerings of interest to the rest of us!

Meeting update – change of speaker and format

Saturday 8 January 2pm

ZOOM-only talk

Snowdrops – Old & New Favourites

Anne C Repnow

Unfortunately, we have had to change our talk for January and it will be now be a Zoom only talk presented by Anne Repnow entitled “Snowdrops – Old and New Favourites”, so galanthophiles will be equally well served! Visit her website to find out more about her and her very knowledgeable book about the subject of our talk.

Please don’t turn up at Wheathampstead on the 8th January. Zoom details will be issued to members shortly before the talk.

This posting has been updated

Next meeting ZOOM ONLY – Saturday 8 January 2022 at 2pm

Our speaker will be Anne Repnow, her subject Snowdrops – Old & New Favourites

Still not the first Saturday in the month, but on the 8th January 2022. We look forward to a topical talk by a favourite snowdrop authority. This is a Zoom talk only. Joining details will be sent to members a few days before the event.

Thank you to all members who have already renewed. This posting acts a gentle reminder for those who haven’t. The renewal form can be found here. Please remember to renew your national HPS membership as well.

Next meeting at Memorial Hall – Saturday 4 December 2pm

Plantaholic, Gardener & Visionary Creator of Ireland’s famous Huntingbrook Gardens

Jimi Blake

The big news this month is our talk by Jimi Blake, coming all the way from Ireland to talk about his garden there. We would love to see as many members as possible in the flesh this time, especially as it’s our last meeting of the year. Jimi will supplement the entertainment by signing copies of his book A Beautiful Obsession: Jimi Blake’s World of Plants at Hunting Brook Gardens so come prepared with funds to treat yourself to an early Christmas gift…

We are planning to maintain our December party tradition with table seating, offering pre-talk drinks as well as a mince pie with tea and coffee afterwards. If you’d like to contribute this time, bring a festive hat or a Christmas cracker!

To assist with catering, it would be really helpful if you could reply to the email to let us know if you intend to come, and whether you will be bringing any guests.

Here’s a link to the map and directions for new members, as well as current COVID rules for everyone –

Next meeting at Memorial Hall – Saturday 6 November 2pm

Nature in Your Garden – John Tyler

John Tyler will be speaking after the short AGM which takes place at 2pm. Documentation for the AGM has already been sent to members via email

Hello everyone – we will warmly welcome you to the Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead for our AGM and talk by local naturalist John Tyler. Having overdone the ventilation slightly at the last meeting, you should know that we will not be leaving the doors open this time! A Zoom link will be sent out shortly before the meeting for those unable to attend in person, but please try to join us in the hall – we look forward to seeing you.

However, the same rules apply – 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 – your donations to the table are always greatly appreciated!