2014 Seedling Swap

This year’s Seedling Swap took place in Adrian de Baat’s garden in Welwyn Garden City.  Adrian planted masses of tulips last year and swappers took the opportunity to wander around the colourful borders and chat about the emergent grasses and late-flowering perennials for which his garden is well-known. There was a wide variety of littleContinue reading “2014 Seedling Swap”

The English Garden Magazine Features a Members Garden

Last summer, shortly after our NGS opening in July, we were visited by Marianne Majerus who photographed the garden in the afternoon light. Marianne showed the photos to The English Garden magazine and the result is a feature in the September issue, including the front page (see below).  In all good newsagents now! Marion JayContinue reading “The English Garden Magazine Features a Members Garden”

A Trip to Larch Cottage Nurseries, Penrith

So many of my Google searches for plants have produced Larch Cottage Nurseries as the top result that when we visited the Lake District in early May 2013, I was eager to see the place for myself. The plant list online was so extensive, I imagined the nursery must occupy acres of land, and IContinue reading “A Trip to Larch Cottage Nurseries, Penrith”

Against the light – flower and garden pictures by John McCormack

A Photo essay on some techniques for this procedure [Click the photos to enlarge them] Pictures of flowers and plants taken against the light can often have a very different look to images taken with the sunlight coming from behind the photographer. The translucency of flower parts and sharply defined outlines of buds are examplesContinue reading “Against the light – flower and garden pictures by John McCormack”

North Bucks Orchid Society Show

Dear Secretary, I will be attending the North Bucks Orchid Society Show in the Village Hall, Flitwick on Sat 16th February selling a wide range of orchids for the garden, meadow and alpine house. This will include over 60 different slipper orchids. Perhaps you could pass this information to any of your members who mightContinue reading “North Bucks Orchid Society Show”

Xmas Party 2012

Today the group enjoyed a talk from Rob Potterton, along with a Christmas feast. Rob took us through his plant hunting expedition to China, and onwards through the process of propagation and sale. Rob experienced altitude sickness at 16,000 feet in the mountains near-ish the border with Tibet, to collect new species of alpine plants,Continue reading “Xmas Party 2012”

Tree Recognition Challenge – Solved

The Tree Recognition Challenge has been met by the RHS, courtesy of Edwina Robarts who contacted them when all else had failed.  This is the verdict: Dear Mrs Robarts, Thank you for your enquiry to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Members’ Advisory Service. Our Botanist Dawn Edwards says the additional photograph showing the leaves you sentContinue reading “Tree Recognition Challenge – Solved”

Great Dixter Plant Fair Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th

Some time ago I had an email from Linda Jones who used to be part of the Wisley Trials, with news of the Great Dixter Plant Fair.  How could I forget Linda? She has great organisational skills – well done Fergus for recruiting her to the Dixter fund raising efforts.  I did not wish toContinue reading “Great Dixter Plant Fair Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th”

HHPS Twitter Account

To keep up with the times, the Herts HPS Group now has a Twitter account, linked to this website. I believe we are the first and only HPS group (including National HPS) to have a Twitter account, a world first no less. By having a Twitter account, a wider audience of readers might find andContinue reading “HHPS Twitter Account”

Gardeners World Appearance

The gardens of Herts HPS members Adrian de Baat and Julie Wise are to be featured on Gardener’s World, as one of four short inset films on garden design styles to be screened at the beginning of the Spring 2013 series. The two gardens have been selected to illustrate the naturalistic or ‘prairie’ style ofContinue reading “Gardeners World Appearance”