What's New

New set of HPS Greetings Cards

posted by Erica Thomson

We have a new set of HPS greetings cards for you from photographs taken in our Botanic Garden. 

It wasn't easy selecting just 12 images from the thousands we have in our Gallery and we hope you'll agree that they are all super photos. Each comes with a little information on the back of the card about the plant too. 
For the time being, we are only selling complete packs of 12 (all images in the photo in this post)

To keep things simple and especially in the current times, we are keeping pricing simple, so they will just be one price.
£10 for anyone buying cards not being posted
£12 50 for cards which are posted to you
All payments are by bank transfer (details will be included) or by cheque payable to 'Hardy Plant Society Nottingham'.

If you'd like to buy a pack, please contact us by email hps.nottingham.group@gmail.com

3 Notts Gardens open for NGS this Sunday 26th July

posted 25 Jul 2020, 02:54 by Erica Thomson

5a High Street, Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6QA and Park Farm, Crink Lane, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0TJ and The Old Vicarage, Halam Hill, Halam, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8AX. Please book an appointment on the NGS website https://ngs.org.uk/ Enjoy!

Flower Power Fairs - three fairs in July and August will be held.

posted 13 Jul 2020, 14:26 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 13 Jul 2020, 14:27 ]


Flower Power Fairs is delighted to be able to tell you all that I shall be holding the last three plant fairs of the season - sorry for those of you based in the wrong area, but I am thrilled with at least being able to hold three events.

Where are they?

Our first Fair this year will be on

The fair will be held inside the magnificent Walled and Kitchen Gardens and as always, there will be a mouth watering collection, and selection, of plants, shrubs, climbers, perennials and everything else on sale.  I also have six magnificent garden accessory stands too selling anything from bug and hog homes to hand made wire sculptures and wonderful hand made glass structures.

The plant nurseries include Roanne Nursery, Gatekeeper Nursery, Jurassic Plants, Through the Garden Gate, Red Dial Nurseries, Dark Star Plants, Northern Ark Nursery, The Tiny Plant Co and Fayrefield Horticultural & Landscaping.  We also welcome Primrose Bank Nursery from York (new to Flower Power Fairs) and Middlemore Nursery.  

You can pre-book admission tickets now on line directly with Wynyard at www.wynyardhall.co.uk  and tickets start at £6.00 per person.
This ticket then entitles you to an ANNUAL PASS for 12 months so well worth coming along if only to grab your garden pass.  For those of you already with an annual pass, admission will be £2.00.
There will also be a Farmer's Market outside the Walled Garden that day - admission free.

WE ARE OPEN FROM 10am - 5pm.  

As the staff (and garden) have been furloughed since March, it was felt that it would be unwise to open the gardens up for this event so the fair will be held at the North front of the Hall on the gravelled forecourt. There will be no refreshments but portable toilets will be available on the park beside the Hall. Sandon Hall are opening a series of drive in movies, held on the lawns beside the Hall, so don't worry if you see a huge screen as you drive up.

Reduced admission of £2.00 per person for the plant fair.

For those of you who would like to explore "The Sleeping Gardens" of Sandon, admission is by voluntary donation and I would really recommend you have a peep. You will never see the gardens looking wild again ... and wild flowers lovers, the lawns and banks are awash with wonderful meadow flowers, with lots of butterflies, hoverflies, bees and day time moths. It's magical. www.sandonhall.co.uk

WE ARE OPEN FROM 9am - 2pm.  Dogs welcome. Note the earlier times. This is to link in with their Drive In Cinema presentations.  If you wish you could stay longer and visit the movies too!

and finally

Newburgh needs no introduction to the hundreds of you who, like me, have fallen in love with this magical place.  There will be a full compliment of over 20 stands so I so look forward to seeing you all again.  Please note there is unlikely to be any catering but Mr Wombwell assures me the toilets will be open.  

On a sadder note, I lost my beloved hubby, Mike on Saturday 18 April to Covid 19.  He had been ill for some time, and was in recovery from a bowel cancer operation but sadly, whilst at Aintree Hospital, he was infected with Covid and died.  We didn't get to say goodbye and in fact I didn't see him for the last month of his life.  Since his death my world has been surreal but I will carry on, as he would have wished and wanted me to do.  He wasn't just my husband, he was also my best friend, fiercest critic but also my biggest fan.  He leaves a huge hole in my life.  Mike Popley 1947-2020.

And now on a more cheerful note:  I have seven plant fairs already booked in for 2021. These are Newburgh Priory, April and August, Kiplin Hall in May, Leighton Hall, Sion Hill Hall, Coverham Abbey and Worsall Hall in June and I'm waiting to hear back from Rode Hall and Holme Pierrepont Hall.  We shall also be returning to Constable Burton and Wynyard (dates to be confirmed).

So sad to be hearing that the RHS are already cancelling 2021 events including RHS Cardiff and RHS Chatsworth.  So please come along and support all the plant nurseries whose very livelihoods are on the edge ... literally. 
Judy Popley
Flower Power Fairs

Open Garden and Plant Sale, Nuthall June 29th - July 3rd

posted 25 Jun 2020, 10:25 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 25 Jun 2020, 10:25 ]

HPS Nottingham Group members, Richard and Sue Boldwhose NGS Open Day earlier this year was lost to Coronavirus, have a range of perennial plants for sale, from Monday June 29th to Friday July 3rd​, at 1 Highfield ​R​oad,​ Nuthall Notts. NG16 1BQ. 

They also have some interesting and unusual plants from AGS/HPS friends, who have been kind enough to broaden their range of plants on offer. You are welcome to look around the garden and see their collection of ​A​ce​r​s​,​ ​C​lematis, ​R​oses,​ Heucheras and many other plants.

Limitation on numbers and social distancing will be observed and it would be appreciated if those wishing to attend could contact us prior to coming to facilitate this. (Mobile number​: ​O7866​ 6​96752)

NGS Open Garden - The Old Vicarage in Halam this Saturday 20th June

posted 18 Jun 2020, 15:25 by Erica Thomson

The Old Vicarage in Halam will be open on Saturday 20 June from 10 to 4.
Piecemeal Plants will be there - with donation of sales to the NGS as usual.   
The same arrangements apply as for all other NGS openings this year.
Visitors admitted only with pre-booked tickets online.

NGS policy is as follows: 

        Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden at the time-slot they have booked.

        Please show or print out your order confirmation email as proof of ticket purchase.

        Please do not arrive early and if you arrive late, you will not be able to stay longer than your original timeslot.

        Please observe social distancing rules on your visit.

        There will be no refreshments on sale.

        Please respect any signage or instructions the garden owner has.

        No picnics.

        Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.


Correction - NGS Open Garden Sutton-on-Trent this Sunday 21st June

posted 17 Jun 2020, 08:22 by Erica Thomson

Kathryn and Ian Saunders will be opening their garden for the NGS on Sunday 21st June. (Sorry we confused ourselves yesterday and gave you the owner's name of another lovely garden in Sutton on Trent - so eager were we to spread the news!)

This very popular garden near Newark is making a special opening this coming Sunday, subject to the current NGS guidelines.

5a High Street



NG23 6QA

HPS Nottingham Group visited this garden in August last year and we were extremely impressed! You can read Erika's write up in Newsletter 54 on page 20 See  http://bit.ly/HPSNottm54



NGS policy is as follows:


        Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden at the time-slot they have booked.

        Please show or print out your order confirmation email as proof of ticket purchase.

        Please do not arrive early and if you arrive late, you will not be able to stay longer than your original timeslot.

        Please observe social distancing rules on your visit.

        There will be no refreshments on sale.

        Please respect any signage or instructions the garden owner has.

        No picnics.

        Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.


Book tickets online at https://ngs.org.uk/shop/garden-tickets/the-midlands/nottinghamshire-5a-high-street-sunday-21st-june/

Fundraising Gardening Quiz

posted 6 May 2020, 12:25 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 6 May 2020, 12:25 ]

The Shropshire HPS group have devised a gardening quiz. There are 125 questions, enough to keep us all going for a while! There is a deadline, however, of 22nd May. It is attached below, so do have a go. There is a link to follow on the quiz sheet to pay £2 via the Just Giving site - a bargain indeed.

Local Plant Fairs Cancelled

posted 19 Mar 2020, 11:00 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 19 Mar 2020, 11:01 ]

The Plant Hunters’ Fair at Patchings Art Centre on Saturday 28th March is cancelled along with other fairs in March - Please check their website www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk before making a journey.

Flower Power have also let us know that the Plant Fair at Holme Pierrepont Hall is also cancelled - again, please check their website www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk/plant-fairs-2020/ before making a journey. It may be rescheduled in September.

Hellebore Sale on Sunday 23rd Feb

posted 12 Feb 2020, 13:17 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 12 Feb 2020, 13:17 ]

We have been contacted by Brian Robinson who is organising a sale of Hellebores at Kinoulton Village Hall on Sunday 23rd February at 14.00 Hrs. until 15.00 Hrs. The plants have been bred by Brian and are in flower in a range of colours including some unusual ones/doubles.

The refreshments are in aid of Cancer Research and the Dove Cottage Hospice.
A poster is attached, below. Contact 07775 821861 or 01949 81092

Nottingham HPS Members Garden Opening Sun 9th Feb 11am-3pm

posted 18 Jan 2020, 04:54 by Erica Thomson

Galanthus - wide glaucous leaves
Please join us, Richard and Sue Bold, on the above date at 1 Highfield Road, Nuthall, Notts. NG16 1BQ when we are opening our garden to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. View our collection of 470 varieties of rare snowdrops. Where else would you be able to see so many at once! 

We will have rare snowdrops and heucheras for sale and will be donating 20% of the sales to the charity. 

Refreshments will be available to purchase and all proceeds from the sale of these items will also go to the above charity. 

If you are able to join us please let us know by email richardbold@ntlworld.com or by text/telephone on 07866 696752. We look forward to welcoming you for a tour round all the snowdrops in the garden and in pots. Poster is attached below.

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