On Sunday 20 March 1988, 100 members attended the inaugural meeting of the Kent Group of The Hardy Plant Society. Gwladys Tonge, the HPS Chairman at the time, gave a talk on hardy plants in a very small garden and members discussed their future plans, which included garden visits, plant sales, workshops, lecture meetings and Kent Group’s first Garden Tour to gardens in The Netherlands and Belgium!
They laid a fantastic foundation and here we are celebrating our 30th anniversary, still taking part in the same sort of activities and enjoying every one of them to the full. The pleasure we gain from plants, looking at and studying them, growing them and, most importantly, talking about them with fellow members of a group such as ours will, we hope, continue for a very long time.
We have several events planned to celebrate the anniversary so keep an eye out in the newsletter, in your emails and on this website for the latest news.