Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’


The Amazing Power of Bees

12 December 2.30pm

Our next talk on Saturday 12th December will be something a little different for this festive season of goodwill. As usual, HPS members and non-members are all welcome. Richard Harrington of Bees for Development, the well-known charity which is based in Monmouth but works worldwide, will tell us all about “The Amazing Power of Bees”. He will show us some of the bees we might see in the UK and explain how we can do more to encourage them into our gardens, including through our choice of plants and simple methods of sustainable beekeeping. We will also hear about the charity’s work promoting sustainable beekeeping overseas to combat poverty and build livelihoods, as well as their work with local councils to promote plants for pollinators.   
The cost will be £4 for HPS members and £6 for guests or visitors, plus £1 for each raffle ticket. Our upfront payment to the charity will be doubled by match-funding as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020 next week. 
Jacqui, Secretary

To book for this talk, please contact monmouthshirehps@gmail.com

Online talks – for free!

Garden Masterclass

James Alexander Sinclair’s Desert Island Gardens. This is an amusing edition and worth a watch

Arne Maynard

Arne Maynard’s recent Zoom talk for The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, For the Love of Plants, is now available. It’s really good (of course it is!).


Garden Masterclass

Noel Kingsbury, a well-known writer on gardening and plant science and Annie Guilfoyle, an award-winning garden designer and director of Creative Landscapes, run Garden Masterclass. They put on regular Zoom webinars (seminars on the web) which are pay-to-view, but also stage, for free, Thursday Garden Chats on Thursdays at 18.00 with the likes of Dan Pearson, Tom Stuart-Smith, Jim Gardiner, Fergus Garrett, James Hitchmough, – find them are


and offer free Public Recordings on their YouTube channel. You can find the details of past presentations here. The latest was Noel doing his Desert Island Gardens – which include Powis Castle and Dyffryn Fernant.



The HPS Monmouthshire Group is for people who love hardy herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm with other likeminded gardeners in the County and beyond.

We are part of a network of 45 local groups throughout the UK which is registered with the National Hardy Plants Society. Our Group is also an Affiliated Society of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).


The President of the HPS is Roy Lancaster and our Ambassadors are Matthew Biggs, Val Bourne, Carol Klein, and Matthew Wilson.

HPS Monmouthshire Group

Talks by experts from around the UK

Private garden visits

Plant Fairs with exhibits and sales by expert growers and nurseries from Wales, The Midlands and The West Country

Plant and seed exchanges and sales from other members

… and a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, experience, tips, advice or just plain enthusiasm, all shared over a relaxing cup of tea, cakes and snacks

We meet at

Little Mill Village Hall,

Berthon Road, Pontypool


Ample Parking

Next Meeting

12th December 14.30

The Amazing Power of Bees

Bees for Development

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