Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’


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.

Programme of Events 2022 – 2023

Here is a summary of the Programme of Events for next season

More details to follow on the Programme page, which also includes a listing of Zoom talks arranged by other HPS groups

Summer Events

Hello everyone

We’ve quite a few events coming up this summer so here now are booking details for the ones in the next month or so. Many thanks to all of you who were able to come along to the HPS Plant Sale and Open Garden at Highfields Farm yesterday. We hope you enjoyed your visit and took some lovely new plants home with you.

On Wednesday 29th June at 7pm, please join us for our second, members-only, ‘Gardening Discussion over Dinner’ which promises to be another friendly and enjoyable evening, an opportunity to make new acquaintances and to catch up again with old ones. The main focus of discussion this time will be ‘Love them or hate them, can some thug plants earn their keep?’. We all know some plants which we avoid like the plague but yet, other gardeners seem to love them. Your views on such plants, including the prolific self-seeders, are very much welcome. We’ve booked a private room at the highly-rated Greyhound Inn at Llantrissant, just a few miles outside Usk (NB not the Llantrisant which is home to The Royal Mint). The cost will be £25 for a two course meal with service included, drinks extra. To book your place/s, please follow this link and make payment using either your debit or credit card: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/The-HPS-Monmouthshire-Group  (We expect to have enough places but if the dinner is oversubscribed, those who were on our waiting list last time will take priority).

On Wednesday 6th July at 5.30pm, our next private evening visit will be to the garden at Mione in Llanvihangel Crucorney (a few miles north of Abergavenny, towards Hereford), the home of Yvonne & John O’Neil. This beautiful garden has a wide variety of established plants, many rare and unusual. There’s a pergola with roses and clematis, a wildlife pond and numerous containers with a diverse range of planting. The garden is tranquil and relaxing, enjoying a beautiful view of the Skirrid. Self-drive or car share. The entrance fee of £10 will be donated to NGS and includes tea, cake and a tour with the owner. To book your place/s, again please follow this link and make payment using either your debit or credit card:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/The-HPS-Monmouthshire-Group

On Wednesday 13th July, our full-day coach trip to the RHS Rosemoor Garden in Devon will depart from, and return to, Usk. Rosemoor is a wonderful garden with a rich horticultural heritage and displays a variety of planting styles to magical effect. It also has a café and Garden Centre of course. The cost per person is £20 as we are an RHS Affiliated Group and have free entry to the garden itself. If you haven’t already booked but would like to come along, please reply to this note. (If you have already booked, payment details will be with you shortly.) 

Looking ahead, please make a note of a few other dates if you haven’t already: our coach trip to Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire on Wed 10th August, our Members’ Summer Tea on Wed 24th August, our first talk of the new season by Val Bourne on Sat 3rd Sept and our final local garden visit this year to Veddw House Garden, Devauden on Wed 14th September. More details on these to follow. 

We hope some of these events are of interest and look forward to seeing many of you again soon. 


The HPS Monmouthshire Group


Member’s Garden Centre Discount

We’re delighted to be launching our Members’ Discount Scheme with four garden centres in the area: Abergavenny Garden Centre; Millbrook Garden Centre, Monmouth; Raglan Garden Centre; and Morris’ of Usk Garden Centre.

You will need to show your new Monmouthshire Group membership card to receive a discount (10%) on full-price plants only. The plants must be separated from any other items and the card shown before the plants are put through the till.

To receive your membership card, please send a stamped addressed envelope to our Secretary, Brigid Hamilton-Jones and she’ll put one in the post for you. Her address is Nant Ceiriog, Watery Lane, Monmouth NP25 5AT.   

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

29th June, 7.00pm

Gardening Discussion over Dinner

Greyhound Inn, Llantrisant

Can ‘Thug’ Plants Earn Their Keep?