Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’


Member’s Plant Fair

Saturday, 12th June,
Highfield Farm, Goytre

This will be our first truly social event of the year. Members are invited to come along to sell any plants that they have grown, buy from fellow grower-members and more importantly enjoy some face-to-face chats with our gardening friends. Fear not, there will be a lot of plants for sale and local friends of the group, Suzanne and Phil George, who grow lots of really unusual plants and Ian MacDonald, who we all know from local markets and Usk Garden Day will have tables full to bursting.

Jenny and Roger Lloyd are opening their wonderful garden on the day for a small fee to support the NGS caring charities.

More details soon.

Usk in Bloom

This year’s Usk in Bloom campaign will involve, as the central feature in Twyn Square, a large installation including lots of red Sempervirens in a heart form and dedicated to the NHS. If you have red Sempervirens that you’d like to donate to the campaign, Jan Mundy, one of our members and the secretary for Usk in Bloom, would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Jan on 07944 616448 or janet.mundy@gmail.com

Gwent NGS Newsletter

List and connections to all of the NGS Glorious Gardens of Gwent open in May here

Plant Heritage

Zoom Talks
A selection of new, open Zoom talks from Plant Heritage. Look out for naturalising native orchids and more gems from Dan Hinckley

Local Visits
Details here

Online – for free!

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 here


and offer free Public Recordings on their YouTube channel. You can find the details of past presentations here. These include 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
8th May Zoom

Ashwood Specialities

Nigel Hopes – Head Gardener

To book your place/s and/or to join our mailing list, please reply to this note asap, i.e to monmouthshirehps@gmail.com, including – if you are an HPS member and haven’t told us already – your group name and membership number where known. The talks are not recorded so will not be available if you are unable to attend.