Meetings news – Members only

The committee do hope you are all as well as can be expected despite the impact of the recent months on all our lives.

You may be wondering what we have been up to during the enforced separation since lockdown began?  Recently, we have been pondering how to restart the society’s activities safely from October. 

We are pleased to let you know that, as things stand, the Memorial Hall will be available to us and our speakers have agreed to give the talks which can also be broadcast via Zoom. However, because numbers will be restricted to only 35 for any one meeting, places would need to be booked in advance. No refreshments can be provided.

We need to ask you as members:

  1. If you would prefer not to attend any meetings at our regular venue
  2. If you would be interested in participating in a meeting through Zoom.
  3. If you would need help in setting up Zoom in order to participate.
  4. If you would like to attend a meeting in the hall, subject to wearing a face-covering and bringing your own refreshment. 

Please let us know your views. Stay safe, and happy gardening!

Members’ Open Garden Sunday 26 July

Adrian and Clare de Baat are pleased to announce that following a government relaxation of the lockdown conditions they will be opening the garden for the National Garden Scheme as planned on Sunday, 26th July. Special arrangements will apply for this opening and full details of these can be found at the National Garden Scheme website. There will unfortunately be no teas and refreshments, and also no plant stall this year.


35 Digswell Road
Welwyn Garden City

NB Tickets to visit this garden are now available from the NGS website. Click here to buy them.

Herts/Bucks border garden open for NGS


Diana Garner has been welcoming visitors to her garden in Cholesbury since the beginning of July. Montana will continue to open on Wednesday and Sunday mornings until the end of the month. Tickets must be prebooked. These are available to buy from the NGS website here



Remember that Adrian & Claire de Baat will be opening their Welwyn Garden City garden on Sunday 26 July. Full details will be circulated when tickets are released for sale on the NGS website.

More members’ gardens open for NGS


Patt & Roger Trigg will be opening their garden at Morning Light, 7 Armitage Close, Loudwater, Rickmansworth WD3 4HL for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 19th July, by pre-booked tickets only. These are available to buy from the NGS website here



Advance notice that Adrian & Claire de Baat will be opening their Welwyn Garden City garden the following Sunday. Full details will be circulated when tickets are released.

Gardens Open for Charity

The gardens at numbers 20 and 30 St Stephens Avenue will be open on Sunday 28th June in aid of Help Support Our Nurses

All visitors must pre-purchase tickets online for a timed slot. A one way system will be in operation with visits starting at number 30. Tickets cost £5, children free. To book tickets go to the website of the National Garden Scheme at and follow the steps shown below

Book to visit a garden

>South East >Hertfordshire>St Stephens Avenue Gardens 

Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd June


Summer, but no Programme

Little did we know when the Summer Programme was being formulated that we were planning so far ahead, and yes, the coach trip has had to be put on hold too.

Socially distanced plant sales and online resources have become the order of the day. Thanks to everyone who supported Heather & Carol’s NGS sale in St Stephens Park recently. They were thrilled to be able to send a cheque for over £1300 to the “Help Support our Nurses” campaign.

Radio Verulam are doing their own bit of fundraising later this month, this time for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, by holding an e-flower show. Clicking on this link will give you more details. A bit of fun in a good cause.

Plant Sales – past and future


A staggering £316 worth of plants flew out of Beryl’s garden last weekend: Well done Beryl and many thanks to her generous U3A Gardening group!

This is also a reminder about Heather & Carol’s sale in aid of the NGS ‘Help Support our Nurses’ appeal They’re holding the sale in St Stephens Park in Saturday 23 May 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.