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Summer Tea

Here is news for Monmouthshire group members about an event many of us look forward to each year, not least as a chance to meet and catch up with other members. We’re pleased to confirm that the group’s Summer Tea for members, their families and friends will be held this year on Wednesday, 18th August. 
Elizabeth Murray and her husband Ross have kindly offered to host us at the lovely Llanover Garden, just off the A4042 between Abergavenny and Pontypool. We hope you’ll be able to come along for what should be a very enjoyable afternoon. There’ll be savouries, desserts, tea/coffee and a glass of fizz, with a vegetarian option provided for those who request it in advance. We aim to serve the food and drink from/in the barn and there should also be some seating outside if the weather is fine. Remember to bring a mac/cover-up and ‘sensible shoes’ though, just in case. Free parking and an outside loo are available. 
As an option, you’ll also be able to visit the garden by joining a guided tour with Elizabeth to hear about its history and development, identify interesting plants and ask any questions you may have. For those who’ve not visited before: The 18 acre, Grade II listed, Llanover Garden is set within a beautiful park, and features a walled Round Garden, two Arboreta and extensive herbaceous  borders and lawns. The Rhyd-y-Meirch (Ford of the Stallions) stream flows the entire length of the garden, tumbling into ponds, over cascades and beneath flagstone bridges. The garden was established in the late 18th century by Benjamin Waddington, the great-great-great-great grandfather of the present owner, Elizabeth Murray. Unusual trees and shrubs were planted between 1960 and 1999 by Elizabeth’s father Robin Herbert CBE VMH, a former President of the Royal Horticultural Society. See https://www.llanovergarden.co.uk/

The cost per person will be £10 for the Summer Tea and an additional £5 (which we’ll donate to NGS) if you’d also like to join the guided tour of the garden. To reserve your place/s, please reply to this note and we’ll send you confirmation and payment details. Depending on whether Welsh Government regulations have changed by then, we may need to have two ‘sittings’ with the earliest at 2.30pm. A week or two beforehand, we’ll get back to those who have booked and paid with directions and their specific start time. 
We look forward to seeing many of you again then.  

Secretary – Monmouthshire Group, HPS

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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.

HPS Monmouthshire Group

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… 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


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Next Meeting
4th September, 2.30pm

To be announced shortly