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About the Group

The group meets in the Centenary Hall in Usk, NP15 1AD (map)
Centenary Hall is opposite the prison, at the rear of the Memorial Hall car park, and has free parking.

Jacqui Warren
01873 880031

Entrance to talks is £3 for HPS group members. Visitors are most welcome and are asked to pay £5.00.
Refreshments including homemade cakes are included. Regular visitors will be invited to join the HPS and group.

2019 Programme

All meetings start at 2.30pm, unless otherwise stated.

January, 2019
Winter Lunch - date to be confirmed
February 9th, 2019
'The Forgotten Season'
Elaine Horton

ex-nursery owner - Cotswolds, Tewkesbury and West Wales
March 9th, 2019
'Bordering on Insanity' (by ticket only)
Tim Walker
Botanist, gardener, former Director - Oxford Botanic Garden 
April 13th, 2019 
'Inspiration for planting up pots and containers' 
Wendy Scotford 

Nantyderry Garden Centre
May 11th, 2019
'Irises for the natural garden' '
Jill Whitehead
 (Aulden Farm, Herefordshire - National Collection of Siberian Irises)
June 22nd, 2019
We usually have a stand at Usk Open Gardens, to be confirmed 
July and August, 2019 
Garden visits, details to be confirmed
September 7th, 2019
'Aberglasney now & the future'
Joseph Atkin
Head Gardener
October 12th, 2019
'Minimum effort for maximum effect'
Mary Payne

Horticultural consultant and writer
(Ticketed talk)
November 9th, 2019
'Inspiration for smaller garden spaces'
Cheryl Cummings
Garden designer
December 14th, 2019
'Foraging & making alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions'
Liz Knight
Forage Fine Foods

2020 Programme

January, 2020 date tbc
Members’ Winter lunch
February8th, 2020
'Understanding soils, growing media and fertilisers'
Chris Whitelock

Horticultural consultant and trainer
March14th, 2020
'Gardening with grasses'
Jack Willgoss

Wildegoose Nursery
April 4th, 2020
'For the love of blue poppies'
Marion Stainton

Horticultural consultant and writer
May 9th, 2020
'Garden design ideas'
Lynne Allbutt

Gardener, writer and broadcaster
May 24th, 2020
Monmouthshire Group, HPS Plant
fair at the Memorial Hall, Usk

2018 Programme

January, 2018
Winter Lunch - date tbc
February 3rd, 2018
'Daisy Days: The rise, fall and renaissance of the Michaelmas daisies'
Helen Picton, The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries
March 10th, 2018 
'Grasses and Foliage interest'
Paul Green, Green's Leaves Nursery 
April 14th, 2018 
'High Glanau Manor - garden restoration'
Helena Gerrish, Owner
May 12th, 2018
'Teeth of the wind: Gardening behind the Sugarloaf'
Stephen Anderton, garden writer for the Times, broadcaster, lecturer and author
June 23rd/24th, 2018
We have a stand at Usk Open Gardens
July and August, 2018 
Garden visits
September 1st, 2018
'von Siebold in Japan'
Owain Gibby
(Japanese garden enthusiast, Usk)
September 8th, 2018
We have a stand at the Usk Show
October 13th, 2018 
'Minimum effort for maximum effect' 
Mary Payne
(horticultural consultant, broadcaster and writer)
November 10th, 2018 
'HPS and the Conservation Scheme'
Jan Vaughan
(national Chairman, Hardy Plant Society)  
December 8th, 2018 
'The British Flower Revolution'
Justine Scouller
(Far Hill Flowers, Chepstow)
with mince pies and mulled wine 

2017 Programme

January ??, 2017?
Winter Lunch, near Usk

February 4th, 2017
NB 1st Saturday
'Late Summer Colour'
Julie Ritchie of Hoo House Nursery helps us plan

March 11th, 2017
 'Life as a Gardening Editor'
Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin is director/ gardener at her family garden of Stockton Bury, former deputy editor of
'Amateur Gardening', and editor of 'The English Garden' magazine

April 8th, 2017
'Potagers: attractive, edible gardens'
Chrissy Ching, horticultural lecturer

May 13th, 2017
'The man who planted trees and shrubs—and what he's learned'
Stuart Senior, HPS Somerset 

June 24th,2017
Usk Open Gardens

June, July,  August, 2017
Garden visits and Social Events

September 2nd, 2017
'Gardening in the Wild'
Sue Mabberley, Nant-y– Bedd Garden
September 9th, 2017
We have a stand at the Usk Show
October 14th, 2017 
Toni O’Connor, Tynings Climbers Nursery 
November 11th, 2017 
'The Cottage Garden'
Donald Everitt, horticulturist and lecturer 
December 9th 2017 
'Leaves from the tree of story'
Plant related traditional stories told by Daniel Morden

With mince pies and mulled wine 

2016 Programme

January, 2016 (date to be decided)
Members' and Guests' Winter Lunch at a pub near Usk

13th February, 2016 
'Shrubs for all year round'
Sheena Crossley
author and columnist TV and radio

12th March, 2016 (AGM at 2:00 pm)

9th April, 2016 
'Cut and come again; Plants that keep flowering after cutting'
Elaine Horton of Hoohouse Nursery

14th May, 2016 
'Buds 'n' Pods; Flowers are fine, but extend the season with buds and pods'
Carrie Thomas of Touchwood Plants

June, 2016 (a weekday evening)
A garden visit to Penpergwm Lodge, followed by a pub supper

25th June, 2016 (Saturday only)
Usk Open Gardens

August 3rd, 2016
Members and partners evening visit to Scatterford Garden, followed by a pub supper.

September 3rd, 2016 NB 1st Saturday
'Spirit of the Rose'
David Lloyd, Garden Photographer of the Year
Illustrated talk on the production of his award-winning book

September 10th, 2016
We are at Usk Show

October 8th, 2016
'Legumes' i.e. Pods.
Leila Jackson of T3 Wallend Nursery 

November 12th, 2016
'Gardening anecdotes, insider secrets and top design ideas'
Lynne Allbutt, Garden Designer, newspaper columnist, Broadcaster.

Dec 10th, 2016
'Plant Hunting around the World'
Nick Macer of Pan-Global Plants

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