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

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spring is on its way!

The snowdrops are in full bloom, the first crocus are showing colour, the perfumed shrubs are beginning to flower and the daffodils are in bud. 

All we need is some sunshine to be able to enjoy them all to the full. There’s lots to look forward to. 

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our next event

Being Head Gardener at Canterbury Cathedral

a talk by Philip Oostenbrink

lower hardres VILLAGE HALL

Near Canterbury, CT4 5NP


SUNDAY 23 FebrUARY 2020, 2.30PM

Take a look at the latest news and upcoming events

January Meeting

Brian Wickenden, an expert on Corydalis, will tell us all about this fascinating plant including its cultivation and how to naturalise it with other garden plants to best effect.

Garden visit in Fawkham

A visit for members only to a beautiful garden to see a wide variety of snowdrops in the middle of the galanthus season, the ideal time to see these harbingers of spring.

February meeting

Find out, from Head Gardener at Canterbury Cathedral, Philip Oostenbrink, all about this beautiful and historic garden. It has many different aspects and is full of unusual plants.

march meeting

Dungeness is a very special place with a unique and fragile community of plants, insects and other wildlife. Heather Silk will tell us about the plants that manage to survive.

garden visit in otterden

There are no neat edges or formal beds in this garden. But there are hundreds of plants, with an emphasis on those for woodland, growing together as if in the wild.

april meeting

We are looking forward to welcoming Joe Sharman back to talk to us about variegation. It occurs in all types of plants and Joe will, we hope, have all the answers.

seedling swap

Don’t forget the Seedling Swap! It’s a chance to give away your surplus seedlings and get something new and exciting in exchange. And it will soon be time to get sowing!

National Events

There’s lots happening on the HPS national stage. Find out about events throughout the UK in 2020, interesting articles and the special interest groups we can join.

hps kent group

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. Our area groups often arrange other informal events where you can meet fellow members.


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