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Spring is advancing apace!

The speed with which the season is advancing is amazing and there are so many plants to enjoy,
Let’s hope for some lovely days to make the most of the rest of the spring.

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Garden Visit in Fordwich

Tuesday 1 May


Take a look at the latest news and upcoming events

HPS Kent Top 30

We’ve started the countdown with Number 30. There will be one a day until we reveal Number 1, when we’ll find out which plant Kent Group members have voted their favourite.

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.

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.

April meeting

Kevin Hughes will bring us his Stars of Spring Gardens, which will include many new and unusual plants. The talk will be followed by our very popular Seedling Swap.

Shaftesbury Snowdrops

In Shaftesbury something amazing happens each year in February when townsfolk and visitors come to enjoy the snowdrops that have been planted all over the town.

We went west

Four Kent Group snowdrop enthusiasts set off westwards for the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival Study, Sale and Social Day but couldn’t resist a stop off on the way.

Welford Park

Three HPS Kent Group members, travelled to the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival, taking a slight detour to see the snowdrops at Welford Park in Berkshire on the way.

A Jolly January Meeting

There was a really lovely friendly atmosphere with lots of members doing what they enjoy doing most – talking about plants. The sales table and the display held some real gems.

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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