2015 Seedling Swap

The Herts Group Seedling Swap drew a bumper number of visitors to David and Jane Singleton’s sunny garden last Saturday. David is a fuchsia enthusiast and his greenhouse was packed with healthy-looking rooted cuttings, many of which will end up growing on in the polytunnel which also doubles a cover for his swimming pool! AContinue reading “2015 Seedling Swap”

Meeting Roundup | Brian Ellis from Avondale Nursery

Our final talk for this season came from Brian Ellis, purveyor of marvellous plants and co-proprieter (with his wife Steph) of Avondale Nursery, just south of Coventry Airport.  Brian and Steph both have art college backgrounds, which was evident from the quality of his photographs and choice of plant combinations.  He began the talk byContinue reading “Meeting Roundup | Brian Ellis from Avondale Nursery”

March 2015 Group Meeting| Round Up

Last Saturday’s meeting had a good turn-out, considering the glorious weather was tempting us all to stay at home and footle about in the garden. Julian Sutton from Desirable Plants began his talk on Herbaceous Berberidaceae (non-woody members of the Berberis family) with a round-up of this ancient plant family’s characteristics, which typically include pinnateContinue reading “March 2015 Group Meeting| Round Up”

Bob Brown | Group Meeting on Feb 7th

Bob Brown delivered an excellent talk at last Saturday’s meeting (7th February), giving the Herts Group the benefit of his lifetime’s experience as a nurseryman.  The subject was New Garden-Worthy Plants, and members will have recognised many of the featured plants as new introductions from the past ten years or so.  Particular recommendations from BobContinue reading “Bob Brown | Group Meeting on Feb 7th”

Herts HPS Member’s Open Garden, June 2014

Member Jacqueline Turner generously opened her garden in to HHPS members on the 1st June.  Nestled in Sheepcote Lane in Wheathampstead, the front garden of Marford Cottage was planted with a combination of interesting evergreens and perennials, including some magnificent euphorbias and vivid herbaceous geraniums.  The rear garden had a cottage-garden atmosphere, with swathes ofContinue reading “Herts HPS Member’s Open Garden, June 2014”

Hitchin Lavender

Marion and I just spent a perfect summer evening at http://www.hitchinlavender.com, walking amongst the many varieties of lavender, with swallows and swifts swooping around us, and a hare lolloping in a nearby field. They are open daily, but also for the NGS in the evenings over the next few weeks, details here: http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/garden.aspx?id=25537 . We recommend a visit.

Annie Godfrey Success at RHS Chelsea 2014

One of our members Annie Godfrey, proprietor of the popular Daisy Roots Nursery achieved great success at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her exhibit was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal, you can see her stunning display below. The photographs were kindly provided by Heather Osborne, our Group Secretary.

Open Garden in Letchworth, Renata Hume, HHPS and NGS

One of our Herts HPS members, Renata Hume, is opening her garden for the NGS this weekend. This is a gem of a garden, designed as a sequence of spaces dotted with ancient fruit trees and comprehensively planted with unusual perennials providing lots of spring colour.  There is sense of intimacy throughout, enhanced by charmingContinue reading “Open Garden in Letchworth, Renata Hume, HHPS and NGS”