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13th March 14.30

New Ways With Perennials. Zoom

Noel Kingsbury


Noel is known internationally as a writer about plants, gardens and the environment. Best-known for his promotion of what is broadly called an ecological or naturalistic approach to planting design, he has written some 25 books on various aspects of plants and gardens over the years, four of them in collaboration with Dutch designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf.  He has also written for Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Garden, HortusThe New York Times and many other publications.

Noel will take a look at a variety of contemporary approaches to using perennials: naturalistic, modernist, the Piet Oudolf look, etc. Increasingly popular in recent years but constantly evolving, these varied approaches use a wide range of plants, all selected for the ecology of a specific site and, with an eye to maintenance, the extent to which they can look after themselves. 

In recent years he has become increasingly involved in education. His first career in fact was in adult education, and he is passionately interested in improving the way we communicate knowledge and skills within the horticulture and landscape professions. 

There is lots to learn from his engaging blog https://www.noelkingsbury.com/noelsgarden-blog

He and Annie Guilfoyle also run Garden Masterclass – see below.


The March Newsletter is available 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
13th March 14.30  Zoom

New Ways With Perennials.

Noel Kingsbury

Details here https://hpsmonmouthshire.co.uk/programme/