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2023 - 2024 Programme

Indoor meetings are held on first Saturday of the month from October-April starting at 2pm and are held at the

Wheathampstead Memorial Hall

Marford Road, Wheathampstead. AL4 8AY

Visitors are welcome and are asked to contribute £5 per visit

October 7th

Edward Flint

'What Makes a Good Garden Plant'

Ed has over 20 years experience lecturing at the renowned English Gardening School, based at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.  More recently he has overseen the creation and development of the ‘Art & Craft of Gardening’ courses at Great Dixter, a monthly hands-on course aimed at keen amateur gardeners.

Look forward to an informal, lively, practical, relevant and irreverent lecture!

November 4th

AGM followed by

'Members Show & Tell'

An opportunity for members to bring along their own plants, either potted or as cut material to show the rest of the group and share their recommendations and successes.

Chairman, Annie Godfrey, will act as compere and describe plants for those who would rather not.


December 2nd 

Fergus Garrett

'Designing With Plants'

Fergus Garrett needs little introduction: plantsman, horticultural educationalist and Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

He is described as one of the most influential living garden designers and horticultural educators in Britain today and we are excited to welcome him back.

His lecture will be followed by the Christmas Party

January 6th

Anne Rowe

'A History of Hertfordshire's Gardens'

Anne Rowe is a landscape historian and author of a number of books on the subject, including Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany and Medieval Parks of Hertfordshire. She has coordinated the research work of the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust since 1998, and also teaches courses in landscape and garden history for the Institute of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge.

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February 3rd

Colin Moat

'In Praise of Higher Things'

Tall plants add structure and drama to our borders.

Seasoned nurseryman and long time member of the Kent HPS, Colin will expound the virtues of tall perennials and their place in our gardens.

Visit to Bennington Lordship to for Snowdrop Festival

March 2nd

Ben Pope

'Making the Most of What You Have'

Alongside his role as Head Gardener of a private Sussex garden, Ben enjoys lecturing at the Chelsea Physic Garden for The English Gardening School and West Dean College of Art and Conservation. He has recently gained the RHS Master of Horticulture and is a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee. He also regularly writes for Gardens Illustrated and other publications.


April 6th 2024

Val Bourne

'Val's Plant Passions'

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, organic gardener and lecturer and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Her third of an acre garden is managed without using chemicals – something Val has always believed in. She is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic and Hardy Plant Society member. 

June 9th 2024

Summer Coach Trip

Waterperry & The Grange, Oxfordshire

Not only 2 great gardens but there will also be a Rare Plant Fair taking place at Waterperry ( see for details of nurseries attending)

Everyone welcome!

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