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

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Spring is definitely here!


The weather’s getting warmer, buds on trees and shrubs are swelling and bursting into life,

bulbs are shooting up fast in a rainbow of colours and at last we can celebrate the spring.

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English Love Affair with Iris

A talk by Sue Marshall

Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden TN27 8NF

Sunday 23 April 2017, 2.30pm


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Mega March Meeting

Our March Meeting was fantastic. Find out all about it – the plant fair, the photographic competition, the amazing talk by Fergus Garrett and the plants in a fabulous display.

April Meeting

Beautiful iris – there’s no flower quite like it and Sue Marshall will tell us about them. Then we’ll have our Seedling Swap. It’s all happening at Smarden Charter Hall on Sunday 23rd April.

February Frolics

Read all about our merry and cheerful meeting where we heard how to get the most out of every patch of our gardens and had the pleasure of seeing an amazing array of members’ plants.

Woodland Group AGM

The HPS Shade and Woodland Plants Group are holding their AGM in Kent in May this year and some of our members are opening their gardens for the event.

HPS Ambassadors

Horticultural ‘Stars’ Matthew Biggs, Val Bourne, Carol Klein and Matthew Wilson have agreed to become Ambassadors and support the HPS in any way they can.

Garden Visit – Ivy Hatch

See some fabulous trees and shrubs, including many rare specimens, in the 15-acre garden and arboretum at White House Farm in Ivy Hatch on Thursday 13 April.

Thenford Gardens

From Shaftesbury in the snow to Thenford on a sunny and spring-like afternoon – now we were headed for Northamptonshire on our second major snowdrop expedition of the year.

Chelsea flower show 2017

Worcestershire Group will represent The Hardy Plant Society at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Plans are well advanced for the stand, which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Society.

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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 enjoy finding out about them, nurturing them and, in some cases, persuading them to grow, and, best of all, appreciating their beauty.


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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