We love plants! We like looking at them, growing them and talking about them.

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Summer’s here!

Summer has arrived – a time to enjoy our own gardens and travel further afield to see what other gardeners are doing.

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Garden Tea Party

A very popular members-only event where we have an opportunity to spend an afternoon in a delightful garden, chat with friends old and new and enjoy a delicious homemade tea.


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Garden visit in Rochester

Hidden behind the historic Restoration House is a large garden with many features, including a box parterre, herbaceous border, lawns and a pond. Lots for our members to see.

Garden Tea Party

Our annual get together in a beautiful garden, chatting to friends, buying plants, working our brains with a quiz, enjoying a homemade tea with music playing in the background. Fab!

HPS Kent Top 30

Kent Group members have voted for their Top 5 can’t-do-without plants and we have compiled a list of the Group’s favourite Top 30.
Follow the countdown on our blog.

Garden visit in Ash

This is a members only visit in August to a fellow member’s garden. We will see many unusual shrubs, trees and perennials together with more tender pot plants and succulents.

Garden Visit in Sandwich

This is a members only visit to an unusual garden. Described by its owner as an exotic jungle paradise full of fabulous foliage, we look forward to seeing some great plants.

30th Anniversary

In March 1988 100 members laid the foundations for the Kent Group of the Hardy Plant Society. 30 years later, we’re still going strong with a fantastic range of activities.

September meeting

Marina Christopher is returning to talk to us about plants we can grow to attract pollinators to our garden throughout the season. We look forward to hearing about this interesting topic.

October meeting

This will be the culmination of our 30th Anniversary celebration. We will be welcoming Bob Brown to talk to us in his own inimitable style and enjoying a delicious homemade tea.

You cannot be serious!

Read all about HPS Kent Group’s ‘Top 30 Couldn’t-Do-Without Plants’, a list that we are compiling to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Find out just how hard it is to choose.

Garden Visit in fordwich

This is a members only visit in May to a delightful garden on the banks of the River Stour. If you’d like to come on visits like this find out how to join us here.

Plant Identification

Gill Regan is holding a workshop for members in her beautiful garden to try to explain the mysteries of plant identification for the many non-botanists among us.

National Events

There’s lots happening on the HPS national stage. Find out all about events throughout the UK in 2018, interesting articles on a variety of plants and all about the special interest groups we can join.

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what’s great about us?


We love plants and they are the focus of all our activities. Members have a very wide range of interest from well-known plants to the rare and exotic, particular genera or plants for specific conditions. We also can’t resist propagating our plants so members can often swap or buy many plants that are difficult to find elsewhere.


Gardening is usually something of a solitary occupation so belonging to a society like ours gives us the opportunity to meet other like-minded people to share our love of plants. Some of us are experts, some are beginners and most of us are somewhere in between but we are all keen to learn more and to share the knowledge we gather.


We arrange events throughout the year. From September to April we have monthly meetings with a talk, plant display, plant, sundries and book sales and seed swap. In all but the depths of winter we organize visits to gardens large and small. We also have our own plant fair and area groups often arrange other informal events.


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