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May Newsletter

Hello everyone   

Perhaps I shouldn’t mention the weather again but we could really do with some rain, couldn’t we? We hope you’ve had some time to catch up with jobs in the garden. Many thanks to all of you who were able to come along to one or more of our April events – we hope you enjoyed them. Our May calendar is somewhat quieter, with just our final talk of the season in the hall, before events then get busier again in June. ***Please note that we are trying out a new way of taking bookings and payments this time (see payment section below)***.  We hope you find this new approach easy to use – several other groups are using it successfully and we would welcome your feedback. The main reason for the change is that the voluntary time and complexity involved in our previous admin approach has increased considerably as both the group and the number of events have grown. 

We really appreciate your support and hope you can join us again on Saturday 14th May for our last talk of the season in Little Mill Village Hall when Dean Peckett, a professional horticulturist, will tell us all about ‘Roses’. Dean has worked extensively with roses during his 40 year career. He’ll explain and demonstrate rose pruning and training techniques, rose care and cultivation, and how best to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of roses when planted with perennials and grasses. Dean will also advise on his recommended pruning tools and equipment and on the tricks of the trade to achieve healthy and happy rose displays! At the end of his talk, he will be happy to answer any questions.

HPS members and non-members are all welcome so please forward this invite to your family, friends and your other societies/groups too if you think it could be of interest. There should be ample capacity but if oversubscribed, priority in booking will be given to HPS members. Places will be £3 per person for HPS members and £5 per person for non-members. We will also run a raffle as usual at £1 for each raffle ticket. Participation in the raffle is of course optional and the funds raised go towards the cost of our speakers and improving our future programme as well as towards our raffle prizes. After the raffle, there will be time for refreshments and a chat, and there will also be some members’ plants for sale. (Please note that facemasks are no longer mandatory and you should exercise your personal judgement about whether to wear one as you do in other situations. The hall will be well-ventilated and there will be some spaced seating for those who prefer it.) Here is our new bookings and payment approach: To request your place/s for the talk, please follow this link to select your tickets and make payment using either your debit or credit card: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/The-HPS-Monmouthshire-Group(nb we will not be accepting direct bank transfers so places will no longer be allocated using that method).
You no longer need to email us to say that you have paid. There is also no need to print the e-ticket that will be sent to you as TicketSource will pass us your name for our list. Unlike some other companies, TicketSource will not send unrelated emails to you.
If you are unable to use this online ticket purchase facility, please send a cheque made payable to Hardy Plant Society to David Warren, Y Bwthyn, Pencroesoped, Llanover, Abergavenny NP7 9EL. Please let us know by email that you have done so and allow plenty of time for your cheque to be received and cleared. If you are seeking to use a prior payment that has been carried forward for some reason, please contact us directly by reply to this email. 
Please note that just as happens now, if you reserve places your email address will be included for updates on the event and on HPS Monmouthshire future events. If you would like us to remove your details at any time, just let us know.
In the unlikely event that your place/s have to be withdrawn, or the event is cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email and, where appropriate, a refund arranged.
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Here are a few other points which may be of interest: 

  • Our garden visits this summer are currently being finalised as follows  Wed 1st June: Evening visit to Glebe House, Llanvair Kilgeddin
    Wed 6th July tbc: Full day visit to RHS Rosemoor, Devon (we are also affiliated to the RHS)
    Wed 13th July: Evening visit to Mione, Llanvihangel Crucorney
    Wed 10th Aug tbc: Full day visit to Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire
    Wed 14th Sept: Evening visit to Veddw House Garden, Devauden
  • The local visits will be self-drive and more details and booking links will be available soon.
  • If you are interested in the trips to RHS Rosemoor and/or Aberglasney, please let us know by reply to this email as that will influence the size of coach. Again, more details and booking links to follow.
    (If oversubscribed for any visit, priority in booking will be given to HPS members.)
  • For 2022 HPS members only:
      – we will soon be launching our new garden centre discount scheme for which you will need a Monmouthshire Group membership card. Reconciliation of our members list is currently taking place with national HPS and we will then provide the cards. Participating centres on launch, generally offering a 10% discount on plants, are expected to be: Abergavenny Garden Centre, Abergavenny; Millbrook Garden Centre, Monmouth; Raglan Garden Centre, Raglan;and Morris’ of Usk Garden Centre, Usk.
      – our HPS Plant Sale will be held on Saturday 11th June at Highfields Farm, Goytre – it’s time to get your plants ready for sale at our Members’ tables.
      – we hope those of you who joined our inaugural dinner on 20th April enjoyed the evening. Feedback has been very encouraging so we aim to arrange more such gardening discussion dinners – the next is likely to be held in or near Usk in June. More details to follow.
      – on Wednesday 24th August, we are aiming to hold our Members’ Summer Tea at Y Bwthyn, Llanover (tbc)
  • The rest of our programme for the 2021/22 season can be found on our websiteHPS Monmouthshire
  • HPS Monmouthshire Group is affiliated also to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and we’re aiming to visit one of their gardens, RHS Rosemoor, in July 
    – the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is coming up next week from 5th to 8th May.  Booking for this year’s RHS shows, incl. Malvern, is open at RHS Shows
    – the RHS’s Wild About Gardens campaign is urging gardeners to welcome swifts, swallows and martins. Their migration from Africa each summer is no holiday. In fact both swifts and house martins have recently been added to the UK Red List, the highest level of conservation concern due to plummeting numbers. See Wild about Gardens 
    – if you’d like to join the RHS, you can use a special promotion – see Join RHS  – and have free entry to the RHS’s own gardens. There are also over 200 Partner Gardens in the UK and overseas that offer free entry at certain times to RHS Members.  
  • The National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden openings are now well under way. To plan ahead to find some gardens to visit yourself, or perhaps to organise a visit for another group/society, see Find a Garden
    We will have a stand at the Gardeners’ Market at Usk Open Gardens (NGS) on Saturday 25th June – if you’re visiting Usk or the Open Gardens then, please drop by to say hello.    
    Be sure also to take time this summer to visit Monmouthshire Group HPS members who are opening their gardens under NGS:
    – Joanna and Murray Kerr at Glebe House, Llanvfair Kilgeddin  – we have missed their open day but have arranged a group visit for 1st June:  Glebe House
    – Sue and Richard Londesborough at Brighton House, Newton St. Margarets, Hereford: Brighton House
    – Jenny and Roger Lloyd at Highfields Farm, Goytre: Highfields Farm
    – Mike O’Leary at Hillcrest, Blackwood: Hillcrest 
    – Jacqui and David Warren at Y Bwthyn, Llanover (for groups by arrangement only): Y Bwthyn  – our Members’ Summer Tea has been provisionally arranged for 24th August.
  • Also be sure to visit a few other Monmouthshire Group HPS members who also open their gardens but not under NGS:
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     Sue and Ian Mabberley at Nantybedd, near Forest Coalpit, Abergavenny: Nantybedd  (an RHS partner garden)
    –  Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes at Veddw House Garden near Devauden, Chepstow: Veddw  – we’re arranging a group visit for Sept 14th.
    (If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know!)
  • Plant Heritage (PH) talks for May are all ‘in-person’, with the nearest to us being ‘The All-year Bulb Garden’ by Jim Almond on Sat 14th May at 2pm in Shurdington Community Centre near Cheltenham (the same date as our Roses talk in the hall).The talk is open to all, with tickets at £2 for non-PH members. For details of the full PH programme and how to book, see Plant Heritage Events   
  • If you haven’t already, why not join the Facebook group, The Gardening Bubble. This friendly group is for anyone, from beginner to expert, who enjoys gardening in its widest sense. See The Gardening Bubble It really is a positive place to show your photos or to ask questions. 
  • If you’re interested in Zoom talks, don’t forget there’s a page on the national HPS website which lists local and specialist groups’ Zoom talks including ours, which are open to HPS members and, in most cases, non-members too. See HPS Zoom Talks  

Well, that’s it for now. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you again at our last talk of the season, Dean Peckett on Roses on Saturday 14th May – there’ll be refreshments and plants for sale and we’ll also be announcing details of our new . 

new garden centre discount scheme for members. 
Jacqui
The HPS Monmouthshire Group
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For further details of our local group and programme of events, see https://hpsmonmouthshire.co.uk/

For more about the national Hardy Plant Society, see https://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/

Note: If at any time you would like to be added to or removed from our emailing list or to view or change the personal information the Monmouthshire Group of HPS holds about you, please send an email to monmouthshirehps@gmail.com with ‘Personal Information’ as the subject line. 

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  • Jacqui
  • Monmouthshire Group, HPS

For further details of our local group and programme of events, see https://hpsmonmouthshire.co.uk/

For more about the national Hardy Plant Society, see https://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/

Note: If at any time you would like to be added to or removed from our emailing list or to view or change the personal information the Monmouthshire Group of HPS holds about you, please send an email to monmouthshirehps@gmail.com with ‘Personal Information’ as the subject line. 

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