Passionate about Plants 2018

Saturday 14 April 2018

8.30 a.m to 4.15 p.m. (please take seats in hall by 9.20 for celebrity talks)

Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 2LX – free parking on-site

Greetings from HPS Middlesex Group Chair – Lynn Ronayne-Belhadj

This will be our eighth biennial ‘Passionate About Plants’ with a full day’s enjoyment from four expert speakers talking about plants and trees in our gardens. Plants from specialist nurseries, seeds, tools and other garden requisites will be available for sale before the start of the programme of talks and during intervals throughout the day. I believe it will be a special day out for garden lovers and hope to meet you there.

Your garden celebrity speakers are:


       ANNIE GODFREY              FRANCES TOPHILL               NICK HAMILTON                       ADAM FROST



Trained as a Garden Designer at Capel Manor Horticulture College in 1995. Started ‘Daisy Roots’ Nursery in 1999, specialising in Hardy and Perennial Plants. Has won several Gold Medals including at Hampton Court Flower Show and for ‘Best Summer Flowering Display’ at Gardeners’ World Live in 2017. The icing on the cake was the Gold Medal won at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Gardener, Author, Speaker Broadcaster. Presenter on ITV’s “Love Your Garden”, BBC Gardeners’ World, RHS Campaign for School Gardening


Landscape Gardener and winner of 7 Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Also RHS Ambassador for Education and Community Gardens. Adam has just launched his own Garden School in Barnack, just outside Stamford. Current presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World.


Garden Designer and Owner of Barnsdale Gardens which, after many years of medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show finally struck Chelsea Gold in 2016 for ‘ Barnsdale Gardens – Past, Present and Future’. Nick is the son of Geoff Hamilton who was the chief BBC Gardeners’ World presenter for many years.


08.30   Refreshments – Plant Sales – Stalls

09.20   Take seats in Hall

09.30   Welcome from Lynn Ronayne-Belhadj, HPS Middlesex Chair

09.40   Annie Godfrey – Some Like it Hot’  (Choosing plants that will cope with full sun and drought conditions)

10.40   Mid-Morning Break – Refreshments – Plant Sales – Stalls

11.10   Francis Tophill – ‘Choosing Interesting and Effective Trees for Your Garden’

12.10   Lunch in the School Restaurant – Plant Sales – Stalls

13.30   Adam Frost‘How to Design a Garden’

14.45   Afternoon Break – Refreshments – Plant Sales – Stalls

15.00   Nick Hamilton – ‘Climbers for All Aspects’

16.00   Raffle prizes


Specialist Nurseries

Daisy Roots Nursery – healthy, happy, hardy perennials and grasses grown in Hertfordshire.  Tel: 07958 563355

The Plant Specialist – growers of new and unusual herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses.  Tel: 01494 866650

Edulis – specialists in rare plants for shady areas and unusual edible plants.  Tel: 07802 812781

Barnsdale Gardens – growing a wide variety of plants including more unusual and rare varieties.  Tel: 01572 813200

Little Heath Farm – specialists in alpines and herbaceous perennials, alongside shrubs, ferns and trees.  Tel: 07835 200789

Home Farm Plants – growers of a wide range of perennials and Elatum Delphiniums.  Tel: 07773 798068

PAP Marketplace

Franchi Seeds of Italy – the oldest family run seed company in the world, specialising in ‘Italy from the Seed to Plate’.  Tel: 020 8427 5020

The Green End – pre-loved and new gardenalia, vintage and retro garden-related pieces. Tel: 07930 337253

Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group) – a selection of hardy plants propagated by our expert propagator Brian Franklin – plus other sundries


Tickets for the day are £26.00 and must be booked in advance as they will not be available on the door. Application forms are available by clicking on this download link

Or write to: PAP, Keith Hamilton, 82 Brunswick Road, Ealing, W5 1AE.

Tel: 07956 246079; or email

Payment by cheque payable to: Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group.