Our Speakers’ Programme for the remainder of 2018

Here’s a reminder of the other speakers we are looklng forward to for the rest of the year.

Monday 1st October : The Story of the Making of Henstead Exotic Garden – Andrew Brogan 
Andrew (right) created his two acre tropical garden in East Anglia from scratch in two years. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘like walking into a jungle’, Andrew will share his story of how he made this special garden.

Monday 5th November : Alpines and Bulbs from Mountains to Market – Rob Potterton
Rob, from Potterton’s Nursery in Market Rasen, is a specialist in Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland Plants. Rob will talk about his expeditions to South China in search of these plants, as well as their care and cultivation.

Monday 3rd December : From Seeds to the Plate – Paolo Arrigo
Paolo is the Director of Franchi Seeds, the oldest family run seed company in the world, and will share his expertise on growing the tastiest, freshest food on our plate from seed.

The Annual HPSMG Photographic Competition will also take place at the December meeting. This year’s subject is “Creative and Innovative Containers’. Each HPSMG member can enter two photographs, which must have been taken by themselves. Prints only please, dimensions not greater than 7″ by 5″.

2018 Visits and Events

View images from the Group’s latest events and visits here

Online Payment

You can now book and pay online for our trips
You can now pay online either by credit or debit card or by Paypal for HPSMG trips. We very much hope that most people will choose this route in future. We believe it will make the payment process quicker and easier for you and it certainly  makes it easier for the Group. This is a secure payment method and your details will not be passed to HPSMG or any other third party. 

If you have concerns or experience difficulties in using this method, our Treasurer will be happy to discuss them with you (Jim Niblett – 07798 893700 or email to For those unable to make payments online, we will of course continue to accept payment by cheque or cash.

You can now pay online for our next trip to Chapel Down Winery and Falconhurst on 3rd October. Full details are available on the event page for the trip.

Jute Bags


Congratulations to Maureen Murphy who is the winner of our HPSMG Jute Congratulations to Maureen Murphy who is the winner of our HPSMG Jute Bag competition featured in our last newsletter. The correct answer to the question “What is the name of our biennial Plant Extravaganza?” was Passionate About Plants. Well done Maureen!
If you weren’t lucky in our competition, you can still buy a bag for only £4. The bag is environmentally friendly and suitable for all your purchases – gardening or otherwise. Bags will be available for sale at our September meeting or if you would like one before then please contact Lynn

Public Plant Sales 2019


Brian Franklin, on behalf of HPSMG, organises three Public Plant Sales each year at the Community Hut in Ruislip which are always well attended by people looking for good quality, unusual plants at reasonable prices.

Unfortunately a number of you who have taken tables at the Public Sales in the past are no longer able to continue and we are therefore looking for people who might be interested in hiring a table. Tables cost £5 plus 10% commission on sales to HPSMG. There is no limit on the number of plants which can be sold. We are also opening up the opportunity to sell plants for 2019 at the Public Sales to non HPS members, so please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.

Plant sales for 2019 will be held on Saturday 20th April, Saturday 11th May and Saturday 8th June from 9am – 1pm.

For more information, please phone Brian on 01923 236043


Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show


Congratulations to Rural Activities Garden Centre of Hillingdon, one of the exhibitors in the Market Place at Passionate about Plants 2018, for winning a gold at the Hampton Court Show for their fantastic display “The Urban Woodland Wonder”