David Way

David Way

We have recently heard the sad news that David Way died on 9 October. He was one of our founder members and did a great deal to guide us to become the successful group we have been over the last 30 years. It was he who started organizing garden tours and we are still visiting gardens outside the county boundary today. David was generous with his wide knowledge and encouraged us with his enthusiasm for gardens, plants and the people who grow them. He is one of the people to whom we refer when talking about our plants, “Oh, I first had that from David Way”. How better to remember someone than that?

There will, of course, be a full obituary in the Winter Newsletter.

 

 

30th Anniversary – let’s celebrate

30th Anniversary – let’s celebrate

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.

 

It’s our 30th Anniversary – let’s celebrate!

 

The featured image is Phlox paniculata ‘Mother of Pearl’, courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society Image Library.

 

30 years and still going strong

why not come and join us

Gwladys Tonge

Gwladys Tonge

We have heard that Gwladys  Tonge, a very long-standing member of the The Hardy Plant Society, has died at the age of 97. (more…)

Snowdrop time again

Snowdrop time again

Galanthophiles are coming out of hibernation ready to attend at least some of the many events planned all over the country and a few quite close to home. Are you tempted to join them? (more…)