One Week Only for Timothy Walker

Hello all – having sent around the recording of the talk from Timothy, I forgot to mention that we have permission to make the recording available for one week only. I shall have to remove the video on the 3rd of March.

If you are a paying guest and would like to access the recording please reply to this email and the link will be provided.

Thanks everyone, Bill.

Zoom Link for Saturday Now Sent

Members should have received the details for joining the Zoom talk this Saturday via a private email – if you haven’t received the link, just reply to this email and let me know.

Paying guests should also have received the link – if not let me know also.

Best wishes, Bill.

Zoom Talk – Dan Hinkley – Connoisseurs Table. 25th February at 7pm

Join Dan Hinkley as he presents some of his favorite plants growing at Windcliff and Heronswood, his Zone 8 gardens of Washington State. Talk is at 7pm (UK time)

After many years of international travel, Dan has accumulated a garden full of infrequently seen plants deserving of greater recognition by keen gardeners everywhere. Though he will not torture you with a litany of plants that are impossible to find in the UK, he will throw in one or four that you will want to put on your wish list. Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials will be included in this hour long lecture with questions and answers following.

Sally Gregson – Image Requests

Sally Gregson is currently writing a book on Winter Gardens. Lockdown is good for getting the text written, but visiting gardens to take pictures is out of the question at present. Could you help by contributing a digital image of any one of the plants on Sally’s list (see below)?

The images need to be the highest resolution you have available. One way to judge this is the file size, at least 2Mb (megabyte) or more precisely at least 2000 pixels tall and 1000 pixels wide. Anything smaller won’t reproduce well, unfortunately. The file format needs to be either JPEG or TIFF, and without any adjustments, photoshopping or cropping.

Sally will need written permission to use your photograph(s), and your name would be against the image in the credits.

Please email your photographs to Sally at or if you’re sending several images use the free WeTransfer website, which is simple to use and will handle very large files with ease.

Here is Sally’s list of plants (click to download and open): Image Requests – Feb 2021

Timothy Walker – Probably the Best Plants in the World

Timothy Walker – ‘Euphorbias: Probably the Best Plants in the World’

20th February at 11am

Timothy Walker is a lively and entertaining speaker; very enjoyable to listen to, yet full of useful information at the same time.  He is the former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden, which houses one of the National Collections of hardy euphorbias.  

I’m sure no HPS member needs to be convinced of the value of spurges as garden plants for every situation.  Timothy’s talk will explain some of the natural history of euphorbias and their botany, along with details of some of the most desirable species and cultivars, and suggest some planting combinations we can try in our own gardens.

SHPS members will be sent the joining link near to the talk.

Joining for Guests only:
Step 1: Please send £4 by bank transfer to:

  • Sort code 60-03-27
  • Account no 46429956 (Nat West Bridgwater)
  • Name (for verification): HARDY PLANT SOCIETY (SOMERSET GROUP)
  • Reference: The first four characters of your surname following by ZOOM02 e.g. HODG ZOOM02

Step 2: Use the form below to notify us of your payment so we can then add your email onto the invitation list. You will then be sent the zoom link a couple of days prior to the meeting.


Membership Fees Are Due

What a lovely sight this morning, waking to a covering of snow. So much brighter than the rainy days. You should have received your newsletter, membership form and booking form by now. If not please let me know. Please note that the cost of the first self-drive trip to Ashington and Pulham Rectory is £10 per person. 

Can I remind you that the membership fee is due on 1st January and as we will not meet in person in February I would be grateful if you would pay via online banking if at all possible. This will save you postage and save me queuing at my local post office which is now only open two mornings a week.  

Several members have asked if they need to complete the renewal form.  The renewal forms are useful to keep your details up to date but if you pay by standing order or bank transfer then an email to say that your details have not changed is acceptable. 

Caroline, Chairman and Membership Secretary