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Hello everyone  (this is an updated version of a note sent to members last week – many thanks to those of you who’ve already booked your places) 
With most Welsh Government pandemic restrictions now having been lifted, we’re pleased to announce our autumn programme. We’re currently planning to hold our meetings in Little Mill Village Hall, NP4 0HE. Many of us are very much looking forward to meeting in person again and we hope you can join us. The programme also includes occasional online meetings using Zoom as these have proved popular, particularly with those unable to travel, those who join in from all around the UK and speakers who live far away.
Coming up first then, onSaturday 4th September at 2.30pm in the hall: ‘My Favourite Gardens’ by Stephen Anderton, the well-known author, broadcaster and The Times garden correspondent. Stephen lives nearby, high up behind Sugarloaf Mountain, and was formerly a professional gardener and National Gardens Manager for English Heritage. He is well-travelled and, with impressive knowledge of gardens and gardening, it should be fascinating to hear more about his favourite places. (Please note that this talk replaces that  advertised before the summer.)

With reduced capacity to give us more space, entrance to the hall will be for those with confirmed and paid bookings only. Facemasks are still required of course, and good ventilation will be ensured. There will be a plant stall outside selling members’ home-grown plants as usual (if you’ve not brought yours along for sale before and would like to know what’s involved please let us know by reply). Unfortunately there won’t be refreshments at this first meeting but we hope to reintroduce them later in the autumn.
The cost will be £3 per person for HPS members and £5 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 book your place/s, please reply to this note asap. Please do not pay though until we have confirmed your reservation. We expect to have enough capacity but if oversubscribed, priority in booking will be given to HPS members in the order of when we received their booking requests, then payments.(In the unlikely event that place/s have to be withdrawn, or the talk is cancelled or moved to Zoom, those who’ve booked and paid will be notified by email and, where appropriate, a refund or carry forward of payment arranged.)

Further information – https://hpsmonmouthshire.co.uk/news/


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
4th September, 2.30pm
My Favourite Gardens

 Stephen Anderton, the well-known author, broadcaster and The Times garden correspondent.

LIVE at Little Mill Village Hall