We are just putting the finishing touches together for the 2021/22 programme of talks. Regulations permitting, we will return to holding them in person at Little Mill Village Hall, but will also include a number of Zoom talks with speakers from a wider group as these have proved so popular in the current season.
The first live talk at Little Mill is booked. Directions to this venue on Membership Page
12th June 2-5.00pm
Open Garden and Plant Sale
You may already have it in your diary but we are now delighted to confirm the details. Many of you have told us you’re looking forward to getting out and about again. We hope you can find time to drop into this Open Garden and HPS Plant Sale at any time between 2 and 5 pm on Saturday 12th June at Highfields Farm, Goytre, the home of our members Jenny and Roger Lloyd.
Entrance to the plant sale area will be free-of-charge, including self-service tea and coffee as well as some cakes. Plant sales will be by cash payment only. This will be an opportunity for members to sell their spare plants and we’ll also have two local growers who may be familiar to you from Usk Open Gardens. Ian McDonald who is an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable grower, and Suzanne and Phil George who specialise in the more unusual species. There’ll be lots of choice so we’re sure you’ll be tempted to make room for some more plants in your own garden.
If you’d like to view the beautiful Highfields Farm garden too, there’ll be a £5 charge (donated to the NGS), payable by card or cash at the garden gate. There are over 1200 plant cultivars, with many rarities, densely planted over 2 acres to generate an exuberant display across the seasons. It’s well worth a visit, with something new to see even if you’ve visited before.
To give us some idea of numbers, please let us know if you plan to come along and whether you’ll be bringing any plants for sale. NB Sorry, no dogs allowed.
This time there won’t be a formal booking system with email confirmations from us as there’s plenty of space to spread out and room for parking. If too many people arrive all at once though, please be prepared to wait a short while to get in as social distancing and other Covid safety measures are still required. See the end of this note for directions to Highfields Farm.
(If, as a member, you’d like to bring plants for sale then proceeds from your own plants will be shared 50/50 between you and the group’s funds. There’s also a simple but particular way of labelling – we’ll send you details the week beforehand.)
Directions to Highfields Farm, Star Road, Penperlleni/Goytre NP4 0AA
If you haven’t visited before then depending on which direction you’re coming from, you can find Star Road either by:
- turning off the A4042 at the Goytre Arms in Penperlleni/Goytre (that’s a left turn if you’re coming from the Abergavenny direction) and following the road (west) over the railway bridge and out of the village
- turning (east) off the B4598 at Chainbridge, a few miles north of Usk (immediately left after the bridge if coming from the Usk direction) and then, after a few hundred yards, turning left at the crossroads and heading up the hill.
Once on Star Road, you’ll see an arrow sign (on the left if coming from Chainbridge) once you reach the lane up to the entrance and parking area. Please do not use the drive with the farm name.
4th September 2021 2.30pm
A Tale of Three Gardens
Troy Scott Smith
Troy has worked in leading positions in the countries’ best gardens, including Curator for the Royal Horticultural Society and Head Gardener at both Bodnant and Sissinghurst. Troy currently combines his role of Head Gardener at the grade 1 listed Iford Manor, with consulting on a number of other significant gardens.
Troy lectures widely across the UK and Internationally, writes for various publications including, Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden, Country Life, and The Telegraph. He also is an occasional presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, sits on the Royal Horticultural Floral Committee and teaches at The English Gardening School.Troy would be delighted to share his knowledge and experience through talk on three major gardens where he has worked
Sissinghurst – Revitalising Vita: Troy worked here as a senior gardener for 5 years in the early 1990’s returning in May 2013 as Head Gardener. He led a 7-year project to revitalise the garden, bringing about a garden more authentic to Vita – a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy, and emotion.
The Courts Garden – A twentieth Century garden in the Hidcote style, described as, ‘The Brightest Star in the National trust Firmament’. Troy was Head Gardener here for seven years, during which time he saw a 200% rise in visitor numbers and gained one star status in, The Good Gardens Guide.
Bodnant Garden – A garden in Snowdonia: Here Troy led the ‘restoration’ of this great garden for eight years, hear all about his incredible journey to turn around this giant of a garden.
To book your place/s and/or to join our mailing list, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org,