Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’


13th February 2021 14.30

Plants First! Zoom

Sarah Price

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sarah to speak at Monmouthshire HPS.

Sarah has rapidly established herself as one of the most prominent and sought-after garden designers in Britain. Drawing on a prior training in fine art and a life-long love of wild and natural environments, her gardens have an immersive quality and are often described as ‘painterly’. This is a rare opportunity to hear Sarah talk about her plant-driven designs and she will discuss her own sources of design inspiration for public and private gardens. 

More details in the Newsletter and here


The January Newsletter is now available here

Plant Heritage Visits 2021

Details here

Online talks – for free!

The Secret Garden of Hagley, Delaware

When we lived in the US in the late 80s, the gardens which most took our interest were the Du Pont legacy gardens at Longwood and Winterthur together with the beautiful garden at Chanticleer. The Du Pont property at Hagley, as far as we were concerned, was a fascinating industrial museum recording its history as the largest gunpowder manufacturer in the world in the early 19th Century.Imagine my surprise when I found this enchanting piece on the rediscovery and renovation of the amazing gardens at Hagley. Stick with it, you’ll enjoy it

Heronswood Garden, Washington State, USA

This is one of an excellent series of charming Garden/Plant tours given by Dan Hinkley and Ross Bayton of Heronswood Garden, in an island in Puget Sound just opposite Seattle in USA. The climate in the PacificNorth West is temperate like ours, they experience frosts, but, being coastal, are relatively protected. The plant varieties are therefore relevant to our gardens

Tom Stuart Smith and Judy Toll

These two virtual tours are still available to watch. Tom Stuart Smith introduces his own magnificent garden at ‘The Barn’

..and Judy Toll introduces the beautifully controlled, exsquisitely designed garden of a client, originally by John Brookes, at The Manor House, Ayot St Lawrence. You have my permission to be envious – I am.

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 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
16th January 2021 14.30

Andromeda Botanic Gardens; Iris Bannochie’s Legacy – Zoom

Sharon Cooke, Curator and Head Gardener

What a real treat for us to brighten up the January Covid gloom – a special, private visit to the glorious tropical splendour of the 6-acre Andromeda Botanic Gardens at Bathsheba on the beautiful island of Barbados. This RHS partner garden has been described by an RHS judge as “one of the most unique and outstanding gardens in the world”.

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