Welcome gardeners!


Each year the Society organises :

  • Summer and Autumn Horticultural Shows
  • Six evening and afternoon talks presented by guest speakers
  • Various social events, plant sales, and garden visits

For more information about what the society offers its members, please read Becoming a member.

New Data Protection regulations come into force on 25th May 2018 that require all organisations who collect personal data to show how this is collected and used without invading your privacy. Please read the privacy policy before completing your membership renewal forms. The regulations and the form now require you to give postive consent to HEHS using your personal data to keep you informed of the society’s activities etc. We will not provide your information to any third parties. Please show consent by inserting an ‘X’ in the box on the form. If you do not give consent we will not be able to keep you updated about all society activities.

See the new membership renewal form and privacy policy.

 

New events in the diary

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Wednesday 25th April – coach outing to The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park, a handful of seats are still available at £35pp. If you’re interested, please contact Dick Wootten (020 8421 0391) or John Barton (020 8428 5756) as soon as possible.
Thursday 3 May at 2:30pm – Talk, Rob Jacobs will be talking to us about Waterperry Gardens (which we will be visiting later this year on Tuesday 25 September). Note that, as the Guide HQ is being used on that date as a Polling Station, this meeting will take place at the Pinner Rugby Clubhouse, Shaftesbury Playing Fields. The talk will be followed by a “Bring and Buy” sale of surplus garden plants and equipment to raise funds for the society. Please donate whatever you can (but please be prepared to take away anything that you donate but which doesn’t sell!).
Vehicular access to the Shaftesbury Playing Fields Car Park is via Colborn Avenue, alternatively pedestrian access is via the entrance on Grimsdyke Road, opposite Hallam Gardens.
Saturday 30th June – Summer Show – Scout Headquarters – 2pm – 4.30pm. Free admission. See the 2018 Yearbook for full details and schedules of all Classes etc.
Monday 2nd JulyCOFFEE MORNING Brenda and Roy Jakes have very kindly agreed to host this year’s Coffee Morning on Monday 2nd July from 10.30am – 12.30pm – entry £3, at 12 Haywood Close, Pinner, HA5 3LQ, off Elm Park Road just south of the Pinner Green traffic lights. Please note that this is within the Pinner parking restrictions from 11.00 – 12.00am so please park in a nearby car park such as Montesole Playing Fields or Waxwell Lane or use the bus (H11, H12 and H13 stop at the end of the road – West End Lane bus stop). NGS Brenda and Roy are also opening their garden as part of the NGS scheme on Sunday 10th June from 2-5pm, entry £4, so you can also see it earlier in the summer.
It is a garden recently created by enthusiastic plantaholic owners with herbaceous perennial borders surrounding an oval lawn, that contains over 100 varieties of roses and clematis, a covered rose walk, gazebo, sink garden, pleached hornbeam trees with box collars and a small fruit and vegetable garden, Most of the garden is wheelchair accessible and has various seating areas. It all sounds like two opportunities not to be missed.
Friday 13th July Outing to Great Dixter Gardens and Nurseries, Northiam, East Sussex: Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, and combines an historic house, a 25-acre garden and is a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalists from across the world. Timed to see the garden at the height of summer with herbaceous perennials to the fore including heleniums, phlox, roses and clematis, our visit will include a tour of the 15th century house (extended by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 20th century) and an optional guided tour of the garden. Coach will leave outside Morrisons at 9am. Refreshments are available from the Loggia and there is a shop and nursery. Return time is 4pm with a possible break en-route arriving back at Hatch End at approx 6pm. Cost £35 including entrance and guided tour or £30 excluding guided tour. Contact John Barton on 020 8428 5756 or email j.barton70@btinternet.com or Dick Wootten on 020 8421 0391 or email on wootten897@btinternet.com to book your tickets.
Tuesday 25th September – Outing to Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford: Home to 8 acres of landscaped gardens famous for their herbaceous borders with late summer colour from asters, heleniums etc. We have an optional garden tour. Coach will leave outside Morrisons at 9am and arrive at approx 10.30am. Refreshments are available from the Teashop and there is a shop and nursery. Return time is 4pm arriving back at Hatch End at approx 5pm. Cost £26.50 including entrance and guided tour or £21.50 excluding the guided tour. Contact John Barton on 020 8428 5756 or email j.barton70@btinternet.com or Dick Wootten on 020 8421 0391 or email on wootten897@btinternet.com to book your tickets.
Saturday 15th September – Autumn Show – Scout Headquarters – 2pm – 4.30pm. Free admission. See the 2018 Yearbook for full details and schedules of all Classes etc.

Sunday 16th September – Nitty Chamcheon is again opening her wonderful garden for the NGS from 2-6pm – entry £4 – at 470 Pinner Road, North Harrow, HA5 5RR. Many of you will remember it from last year. It is certainly worth a revisit or enjoying for the first time if you haven’t been before.

Thursday 4th October – Talk by John Amand ‘Unusual Bulbs & How They Get To Your Garden’ – Free Church Hall – 8pm. Bulbs will be for sale.


Saturday 27th October – Quiz Supper at Guide HQ. 7.00pm for 7.15pm start.


Thursday 1st November – Talk on by Monica Gerhold ‘Garden Expectations’ – Free Church Hall – 8pm.

See your Yearbook and Bulletins for further information.

AGM rescheduled to Thursday 8th March

Due to the snow we were forced to cancel our AGM yesterday. Thankfully most of you got the message in time.

The AGM and talk have been rearranged for next Thursday 8th March, 7.45pm in the Free Church Hall, Rowlands Avenue.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the AGM commences. The Agenda is as follows :-
1. Minutes of AGM of March 2017
2. Matters arising
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Chairman
6. Election of Officers and Committee
7. Any Other Business
After the AGM our speaker will be Rosemary Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants giving a talk entitled ‘Early Spring Herbaceous’.
Please support the Society and enjoy a thoroughly interesting evening. Entry £2 for members and £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Spring bulletin

January 2018 is almost over but we still have February to enjoy. The early snow in mid- December caught us all out but, by falling on a Sunday, it did allow the children to revel in its glory. However Winter will soon be behind us and us gardeners must think about the horticultural year ahead – planning, seed sowing, planting, soil preparation and a host of other very important issues must receive our attention. January was a cold month with early snow showers and very windy spells, as storms Dylan and Eleanor passed across us. However, snowdrops, hellebores, and the early blossoms are already well underway and we can now look forward to the main Spring flowers in coming weeks, hopefully as a prelude to a great year ahead.

Read the full bulletin here

Update on talks

February Talk
8th February – Harvey Stephens on “Saville Gardens and Royal Windsor Estate” starting at 8.00pm in the Free Church Hall, Rowlands Avenue. Entry £2 for members and £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee and biscuits.
AGM and March Talk
Notice of the Annual General Meeting
The 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 1st March starting at 7.45pm in the Free Church Hall, Rowlands Avenue. Doors will open 30 minutes before the AGM commences. The Agenda is as follows:
1. Minutes of AGM of March 2017
2. Matters arising
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Chairman
6. Election of Officers and Committee
7. Any Other Business
After the AGM our speaker will be Rosemary Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants giving a talk entitled ‘Early Spring Herbaceous’.
Please support the Society and enjoy a thoroughly interesting evening. Entry £2 for members and £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee and biscuits.
April Talk
Thursday 5th April at 2.30pm – Bryan Hewitt on ‘The Crocus King – E. A. Bowles of Myddelton House’ at the Guide HQ, Grimsdyke Road Car Park. Entry £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes free tea/coffee & biscuits.
May Talk
Please Note – Thursday 3rd May – the talk originally planned for this date – Anne Luder on ‘Bulbs and Rhizomes’ is currently being re-arranged due to the late non-availability of the Guide HQ. See further details on the website and the Summer Bulletin and 2018 Yearbook when they are published.
Summer Show
Saturday 30th June – more details to follow.
Autumn Show
Saturday 15th September – more deatils to follow.

Winter bulletin

Last winter got off to a cold start with snow, frost and freezing fog in January but then a long dry mild spell started to threaten our water supply. By April we were worrying that the soil was too dry. After some very high temperatures in June and early July we thought perhaps a summer like 1976 would be with us again. But no, the usual happened and by late July the rains came and August was so cold that many put their heating on. September was mild but no Indian Summer and autumn soon set in and late November was marked with heavy frosts. So 2017 has been the usual mixed bag of weather conditions, just like most years. As with previous years our members have risen to the challenge and coped with varying degrees of success to master the conditions given us us all.

The social events of the year included; a guided tour of Myddelton House Garden in May, a very successful Coffee Morning at Nitty’s garden in June, a visit to RHS Wisley in July and a guided tour of Chenies Manor house and garden in September, as well as our usual Shows in June and September and the Quiz Night in October.

Another successful year for the Society.

Read the full bulletin here

 

Show Secretary’s Report of the Autumn Show in 2017

The Society held its Autumn Show on Saturday 16th September 2017 in the Scout Headquarters and it proved to be it’s usual very popular event with the hall full of people throughout the afternoon, with tea tables even overspilling into the back room to cope with the high numbers. It, once again, had a real lively ‘village’ atmosphere all afternoon.

A very cool August and changeable weather leading up to the show meant our members had their usual task of dealing with challenging conditions getting their exhibits ready for show day. We were advised quite early that two of our main exhibitors would not be coming to the show so we knew their usual high-quality exhibits would be missing. This meant that our likely entry numbers would be down even before the difficult weather conditions were considered. However to our extreme relief, once again, our members rose to the occasion and, although entry numbers were slightly down, they were still at an acceptable level with all things considered. Despite the mixed weather the show was colourful and interesting and a credit to the society. It was, once again, nice to see several of the newer exhibitors able to celebrate with success and prizes, as well as the much-needed support from our long-term regulars. The judges were again very complimentary saying that we had been able to put on a good show with exhibits of a high quality. There were particularly good exhibits of flowers, fruit, vegetables, photographic, novice’s, children’s, floral art and domestic classes.

The prizes were very kindly presented by Angela Patterson of the Hatch End Flower Arrangers Group. This was to acknowledge the support being given by that group at our shows, where several members are now regular exhibitors. She had been a member of our society back in the 1970’s and was able to see her name engraved in 1979 on one of the trophies that she presented.

Our thanks go to the judges Mr Spires, Mrs White, Mrs Spires and Mr Buckman for their efficiency, friendliness and their comments on the good quality of the exhibits – that is a high compliment to the Society. Thanks also go to all those who helped run events, stalls, and activities throughout show day.

Finally, as Show Secretary, I would like to express my own thanks to all those willing helpers who gave support, advice, and assistance during the planning, setting up, running and taking down of the show and thereby ensuring its success.

PrizeWinner
Banksian MedalJ. Barton
Blue Ribbon for Best Exhibit in ShowJ. Barton
Society's Silver Challenge Cup (Garden Flowers)A. Graham
Dr Hunter Challenge Cup (Garden Flowers)J. Graham
Sonal Pankhania Trophy (Roses)Not Awarded
Joe Charnley Trophy (Dahlias)A. Graham
National Dahlia Society's Bronze MedalA. Graham
National Dahlia Society's Certificate of MeritNot Awarded
Norman Stark Challenge Cup (Chrysanthemums)A. Graham
National Chrysanthemum Society's Bronze MedalN
National Chrysanthemum Society's Certificate of MeritK. Barnard
H. Thomson Trophy (Pot Plants)Geery Barton
Book (Floral Art - Novices)Lesley Gurney
Leslie P Curtis Challenge Bowl (Floral Art)Sheila Gurney
Batchelor Cup (Floral Art)Jean Dennett
Hatch End Fruit TrophyJ. Barton
Jacquier Challenge Cup (Fruit)J. Barton
Society's Fruit Challenge CupJ. Barton
Small Bilington Cup (Children)Daniel Gillespie
Medium Billington Cup Children)Megan Pollard
Large Billington Cup (Children)Imogen Stalley
£5 Special Prize (Children)Daniel Gillespie
Teaspoon (Children's Cookery)Imogen Stalley
Teaspoon (Children's Cookery)Not Awarded
Cartwright Challenge Cup (Vegetables)J. Barton
Frank Harrod Cup (Tomatoes)Barbara Prentice
National Vegetable Society Bronze MedalJ. Barton
Starters Bell (Novices)Imogen Stalley
Society's Certificate (Novices)Siva Shanmuganathan
Try Again Trophy (Novices)Siva Shanmuganathan
Round Robin (Domestic)J. Morgan
Society's Cookery CupM. Leach
Elizabeth Lee Salver (Photography)Sheila Jones

Autumn Bulletin

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At one stage this summer was being compared to the long hot one in 1976. We had had a very early spring and a long dry early summer with no meaningful rain for months. Periods of very high temperature in June and July added to this comparison.

However, as is often the case with British weather, it couldn’t last and by mid-July, the rains had arrived, along with cool days. Once the school holidays started, again as is often the case, the temperature dropped further to almost ‘lets put the heating back on again’ time. We can hope that a late heat wave will give us an Indian Summer and the Autumn Show can take place in pleasant conditions.

Read the full bulletin here

Summer Bulletin

After yet another mild winter and spring, with no rain to speak of since February, Hatch End is now threatened with a shortage of water later this summer and possible hosepipe bans. The early flowers such as snowdrops, hellebores, narcissi and a lot of the spring blossoms have all come and gone. At the time of writing in late April we are continuing with sunny but quite cool weather. Although it seems strange to say it we are really due some wet weather to soak the soil. If this does not come soon our plants will suffer and will be encouraged to flower too early for our Summer Show. Let’s hope this does not occur and the plants can revert to their normal flowering season.

Read the 2017 Summer Bulletin