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Welcome to our latest newsletter - March 2018
Passionate About Plants 2018 - Just one month to go!

Tickets are selling fast - make sure you get yours now

Come and join us for a day out with four top TV gardeners. Our eighth 'Passionate About Plants' event takes place on Saturday 14th April at Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner HA5 2LX.

This will be a full day of sessions with four knowledgeable speakers: Annie Godfrey, Gold Medal winner at Chelsea 2017 and owner of Daisy Roots Nursery, Nick Hamilton, Gold medal winner at Chelsea 2016 and owner of Barnsdale Nursery and Gardens, Frances Tophill, Presenter on ITV’s “Love Your Garden”, BBC Gardeners’ World and member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Adam Frost, winner of seven Chelsea Gold Medals and Gardeners' World Presenter.

There will also be the opportunity to buy plants and other gardening items, including Franchi seeds, from specialist nurseries.

Tickets are £26 available in advance. More information is available here

Coach Trips 2018

We have the following three coach trips in the diary - why not come along?

For more information click here

A day trip to the fabulous Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor with over 40,000 tulips for you to enjoy. There are 112 varieties of tulips planted in garden colour themed rooms with more on display in the Bloms Bulbs marquee.

Cost – £39 (Coach £23, Entrance fee £11, Organised Garden Tour £5). Pick up – 09:30 Ruislip St Martin’s, 09:45 Ickenham, 09:55 Hillingdon. Departure from Pashley Manor 15:45
Friday 11th May - RHS Malvern Spring Show

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is the first RHS show of the year and and is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the coming gardening season.

Cost – £44 (Coach £24, RHS Group Entrance £20).  Pick up – 08:15 Ruislip, 08:25 Ickenham, 08:30 Hillingdon Station. Arrive approx 11am. Depart 1600
Capel Manor Gardens is a 30-acre estate surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables with richly planted themed gardens. A visit to the nearby Myddleton House Gardens is also included in the trip.

Cost – £28.50 (Coach £21, Entrance £7.50 including Guided Group Tour).  Pick up – 09:30 Ruislip, 09:45 Ickenham, 09:55 Hillingdon
Public Plant Sales

Did you know that we hold three Public Plant Sales a year? We have a fine selection of quality plants grown by our members and offered at very reasonable prices.

The next sale is on Saturday 21st April from 10:00 - 13:00 in The Community Hut, St. Martin's Car Park, St Martin's Approach, Ruislip HA4 8BD.

A percentage of the sale price is donated to Group funds to enable us to do more for our members and promote a better understanding of hardy plants.

If you have plants you want to sell, please click here
Come and join us for a Summer Picnic

On Saturday 9th June, the annual Summer Picnic takes place at Eastcote House and Gardens. As in previous years, the HPS Middlesex Group will be there to share our enthusiasm about hardy plants and hopefully attract some new members.

It should be a fun day and we are looking for volunteers to help out on the stand and we also need plants to sell. For more information click here
Your Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group Committee

We held our Annual General Meeting on Monday 5th March where you elected your Committee for 2018/19 -

Chair - Lynn Ronayne Belhadj  Vice Chair - Lorraine Shepherd  
Treasurer - Jim Niblett  Secretary - Marcelle Maloney  
Membership Secretary - Maggie Woodward
General members - Angela Fleming, Marion Turfrey

The Committee is looking forward to an exciting year and is is very interested to hear from you. Let us know what you would like to see more - and less! - of in the future and any ideas you may have for trips or speakers. 
Are you interested in Seeds?

The Hardy Plant Society is in urgent need of a new Seed Distribution Coordinator. The Seed Distribution Scheme receives and distributes seed all around the UK and from and to several countries internationally.

There is an excellent and efficient team who run the scheme and the Society is looking for someone to hold the reins, following the sad and unexpected death of the previous postholder.

If you think you might be interested and would like to know more about what the role entails please contact Judi Deakin, the Honorary Secretary tel: 01686 624621

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