Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’


NGS Heritage Gardens

A wonderful series of guided talks by the owners of some the UK’s illustrious Heritage Gardens – like Sandringham, Frogmore ( the Queen’s private garden at Windsor), Iford Manor, Kiftsgate – which have opened under the garden charity. Usually an 60-90 mins long, every Tuesday at 7.00pm and costing £10. Book here


8th May 14.30

American Plants in the Flower Garden

Graeme Moore

POSTPONED – Alternative speaker will be announced shortly


Hello everyone
Well here we are again on the ‘spring forward’ weekend, ready to change the clocks tonight, heralding lighter evenings and more time for gardening. With the vaccination programme well underway, garden centres now open in Wales, our various plots and pots sprouting, and swallows soon to return, we are looking forward to what is (for those interested in plants and gardening) a very busy but enjoyable time of year. While looking forward, we also pause though and sadly reflect back on what has been a difficult year for all of us, in many different ways. We offer our thanks to those who have helped, and are helping, families and communities to carry on through these difficult times and our sincere condolences to those of you who have lost a family member or friend. We hope there are better times ahead.
Subject to all the usual caveats, we aim to restart our meetings in Little Mill later this year but, in the meantime, are continuing our talks using Zoom. Many thanks to all those who joined us to listen to Noel Kingsbury’s ‘New ways with perennials’ talk earlier this month. Coming up soon on SaturdayApril 10th at 2.30pm: Cherry Taylor on ‘No Dig’. Cherry, based near Monmouth, is a highly successful practitioner and educator in the No Dig approach to horticulture and a follower of Charles Dowding. She runs popular No Dig courses (sold out for this year) and will outline the overall benefits of no dig, how to make no dig beds or to convert your existing beds, how to space plants appropriately and how to deal with pests and weeds without using chemicals. While the No Dig approach is particularly associated with organic vegetable gardening, it’s also applicable more generally. As Cherry replied to an online question about whether No Dig can be used for perennials and annuals as well as vegetables: ‘Short answer – yes! In fact, I have a new front garden now, all started no dig from a weedy lawn, with trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. I’ve had amazing results with perennials, annuals and shrubs with no dig, all in their first year, now running into their second. People who have visited just couldn’t believe it was less than a year old!’   As usual, HPS members and non-members are all welcome for what should be an enjoyable and informative afternoon. The cost will be £3 per person for national HPS members (of any Local Group or none) 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. Please feel free to forward this invite and newsletter to your family, friends or your other societies/groups if you think it could be of interest.  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. 
Please do not pay until we have confirmed your reservation.
  Places are sometimes limited, even on Zoom, so entrance to the online meeting/talk and the associated raffle, will be for those with confirmed and paid bookings only. We expect to have enough capacity but if oversubscribed, priority in booking will be given to HPS members as usual.In the unlikely event that the talk is cancelled, all those who have paid will be notified by email and, as they prefer, either be refunded or have their payment carried forward to a future meeting.

JacquiSecretary – Monmouthshire Group, HPS

The full April Newsletter is available here 

HPS Zoom Talks


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