Plant Sales – update


Connaught Road sale

Last Friday, Liz Egre and Lesley Hopkins raised £90 for HHPS funds with a pop-up and socially-distanced sale in Connaught Road.

David Singleton’s fuchsias formed part of a sale organised by Anastasia the same weekend. Kerchingggg! another seriously impressive £125! 

This weekend, starting tomorrow and lasting 3 days, Beryl will be selling from her home to her local U3A gardening group, all the while maintaining social distancing.

And finally, advance notice of Heather & Carol’s sale to be held on Saturday 23 May in aid of the NGS special ‘Help Support Our Nurses’ appeal.

They’re holding it in St Stephens Park from 10 am to 12 noon. Access is via a wide grassy entrance between numbers 42 and 44 on St Stephens Avenue, and they’ll put up NGS arrows on the day.
The plants will be on widely spaced tables and crates. The ‘stalls’ won’t be manned because of social distancing requirements, and payment will be into honesty boxes. Please bring a mixture of coins and notes so you won’t require change, also bring your own bags.

Postponed – Plant Sale

In spite of current levels of hope surrounding relaxation of lockdown, the committee has decided to cancel the booking of the URC Hall on 30 May. It was felt that it would be too risky  to members and public alike, even if permitted.

Many thanks to Su who had the publicity in hand, and Beryl who has been nurturing plants all year since the last sale. We would love to see comments, or receive suggestions by email as we consider options for reducing the stock of plants and boosting our income.

Flashback to 2018


NGS Garden closed 1 May 2020

Regrettably there will be no-one visiting Julie Wise’s Rustling End garden this weekend, so here are the photos from the NGS website

The Shropshire NGS group have compiled a Gardening Quiz to raise funds for the charities supported by NGS. The pdf contains full details of how to enter and looks pretty challenging to me. Click below to download it, and GOOD LUCK!

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


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!