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

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See the exciting programme of events that we have organized at locations across Kent.

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Find articles, photographs and information on the plants and gardens we enjoy.

Summer’s over!

Summer is always a busy time for Hardy Planters and this year’s weather has certainly kept us on our toes.
Now we have autumn, many peoples’ favourite season, and a new lecture season to look forward to.

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30th Anniversary Celebration Lecture and Tea

A talk, Plants That Grow in Dirt, by Bob Brown
followed by a home made tea

Sunday 28 October 2018, 2.30pm
Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn

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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.

November meeting

Ben Potterton from Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery in Norfolk will be talking to us. Some members made a memorable visit to the nursery and wildlife garden in 2014.

Members’ Christmas Party

Members come together to celebrate the festive season with talks, displays and a quiz. And, of course, there will be delicious food and a chance to chat to friends.

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.

January meeting

Cambridge University Botanic Garden holds the National Collection of Tulipa species so this will be a chance to find out about these fascinating, unusual and beautiful plants.

February meeting

We all want good plants for our gardens that are healthy and have lots of flowers with good colour. Luckily, there are people developing such plants and bringing them to market.

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.

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.

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. We also have our own plant fair and area groups often arrange other informal events.


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