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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.

Programme of Events 2021 – 2022

For more details go to Programme page

Breaking News

A series of excellent on-line garden lectures will be presented by the NGS over the next 3 months. Each costs £10 and will last 60-90 mins

Great Dixter: biodiversity in abundance – Tuesday 9th November 7.00pm Fergus Garrett

In at the deep end: a Chelsea garden like no other – The Yeo Valley Garden – Tuesday 23rd November 7.00pm Sarah Mead and Tom Massey

The Sheffield School approach to sustainable planting – Tuesday 7th December 7.00pm Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough

More details here https://ngs.org.uk/product-category/online-events/online-talks/


Coming up next: This Advance booking invite is for our special festive and creative session in Little Mill Village Hall onSaturday 11th Dec from 2.30 till 4.30-5pm (note the extension to our usual time). We hope you can join us.  Amanda Rayner of Wyldwood Willow will be running a ‘Wreath making workshop’. All materials will be provided, including the wreath frames which Amanda will have made in advance. Although some of us were looking forward to starting from scratch, it would have been very difficult to weave and decorate a wreath in the time available. Instead, you can spend your time being creative with the various materials and completing your own wreath to take home. It promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable afternoon! Mulled wine or a non-alcoholic alternative, as well as mince pies, are included. To give us plenty of space, there’ll be places for just two people at each long table. Facemasks are still required and good ‘through ventilation’ will be ensured soplease be sure to dress accordingly.Entrance to the hall will be for those with confirmed and paid bookings only. The cost will be £15 per person for HPS members and £18 per person for non-members, plus (optional) £1 for each raffle ticket. The funds raised go towards the cost of our speakers and improving our future programme as well as towards our raffle prizes.
To request your place/s, please reply to this note asap and put the date in your diary – don’t pay though unless you have a confirmation from us. Depending on demand, we may need to give priority to HPS members, allocate places randomly (similarly to how we draw the raffle), and/or arrange an extra date. This means that you may not hear back from us about your place/s until late next week. (In the unlikely event that place/s once allocated have to be withdrawn or the event cancelled, those who’ve booked and paid will be notified by email and, where appropriate, a refund or carry forward of payment arranged.)

JacquiSecretary – Monmouthshire Group, HPS

See also https://hpsmonmouthshire.co.uk/news/

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

11th December 2021. 2.30pm

Wreath Making Workshop

Amanda Rayner, Wyldwood Willow

Amanda owns Wyldwood Willow, a small company based in Monmouthshire.

She made her first basket over 20 years ago and specialises in creating natural handwoven willow products using traditional skills with a modern twist. In this workshop she will share her expertise for you to put into practice and make a personalised Christmas wreath.

Those of you who’ve been members for while will know that we usually do something seasonal and different for the festive season. This workshop should be fun as we all create something to take home for Christmas.

Entrance to the hall will be for those with confirmed and paid bookings only. The cost will be £15 per person for HPS members and £18 per person for non-members, plus (optional) £1 for each raffle ticket.