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Garden Visit in East Farleigh

Timbers, East Farleigh

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2pm

A  visit for members only to a beautiful spring garden.

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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

Sue is the owner of Iris of Sissinghurst, a specialist nursery dealing only in iris, and will give us the benefit of her long experience. This will be followed by our Seedling Swap.

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Garden Visit in Ivy Hatch

White House Farm, Ivy Hatch, Ightham

Thursday 13 April 2017, 1.30pm

A  visit for members only to a garden with collections of trees and shrubs.

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Garden Visit in East Sutton

Boyton Court, East Sutton

Saturday 25 March 2017, 1.00pm

A return visit for members only to a stunning garden.

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Special Spring Meeting

Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2QT

Sunday 19 March 2017 from 11am

Our very popular Spring Meeting combines an indoor plant fair and photographic competition with our usual lecture meeting. The talk, entitled ‘Exotic Gardening’, is by Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter in East Sussex.

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Spring indoor plant fair

Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2QT

Sunday 19 March 2017 from 11am

It’s time once again for our very popular Spring Indoor Plant Fair where you can browse and buy from nurseries in the comfort of a warm hall. Come and find something special.

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Succession Planting

a talk by Steve Edney

Lower Hardres Village Hall, CT4 5NP

Sunday 26 February 2017, 2.30pm

Steve will show how to plant to have something beautiful to look at throughout the year.

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The Olympic Park

a talk by Alistair Bayford

Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR

Sunday 29 January 2017, 2.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been opened to the public and we will find out how it looks after the games and plans for the future.

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Members' Christmas Party

Tunstall Village Memorial Hall, ME10 1YZ

Sunday 11 December 2016, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Time once again for Kent Group members to get together and have fun!

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Less Familiar Trees and Shrubs

a talk by Kevin Hughes

Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR

Sunday 27 November 2016, 2.30pm

Want something a little more unusual to pep up your garden? Come and find out some of the possibilities.

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Ferns for the Garden

a talk by Jude Lawton

Lower Hardres Village Hall, CT4 5NP

Sunday 30 October 2016, 2.30pm

Find out about these fascinating plants, which add wonderful texture to the garden.

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autumn fireworks

a talk by Annie Godfrey

Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR

Sunday 25 September 2016, 2.30pm

Come and hear from an expert all about these lovely autumn-flowering plants.

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garden visit in acrise

Mounts Court Farmhouse, Acrise, near Folkestone

Wednesday 24 August 2016, 10.30am

A not-to-be-missed opportunity, for members only, to see this stunning garden.

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garden tea party

West Court Lodge, Postling, near Hythe

Saturday 6 August 2016, 2 – 5pm

A delicious home-made tea and the chance to spend the afternoon in two lovely gardens and to chat with friends.

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garden visit in herne

Hawe Farmhouse, Herne, near Herne Bay

Wednesday 13 July 2016, 2.30pm

A visit for members only to a beautiful mature garden with herbaceous borders and roses and clematis scrambling over trellis and up trees.

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garden visit in east sutton

Boyton Court, East Sutton

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 10.30am and 2.00pm

A return visit for members only to a garden with spectacular views over the Weald.

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garden visit in elsted

Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery, Elmsted

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 10am

A visit for members only to a garden with unusual plants amongst cottage garden flowers.

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Beervelde Park Plant Fair

Beervelde Park, Ghent, Belgium

Saturday 7 May 2016

A day trip to the amazing Spring Plant Fair in Beervelde, where the 50-acre estate is a beautiful setting for the 200 exhibitors.

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April meeting

Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR

Sunday 24 April 2016, 2.30pm

‘Spring-Flowering Perennials’ a talk by Rosy Hardy from the well-known nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. This will be followed by our Seedling Swap.

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Garden Visit in Newington

Witch Hazel Nursery, Newington

Saturday 9 April 2016, 10.30am

The nursery specialises in Hamamelis and contains one of the three National Plant Collections as well as many other woody plants.

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spring indoor plant fair

Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2QT

Sunday 20 March 2016 from 11am

It’s time once again for our very popular Spring Indoor Plant Fair where you can browse and buy from nurseries in the comfort of a warm hall. Come and find something special.

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special spring meeting

Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2QT

Sunday 20 March 2016 from 11am

Our very popular Spring Meeting combines an indoor plant fair and photographic competition with our usual lecture meeting. The talk, entitled ‘Plant Hunting in Colombia’, is by Bleddyn Wynne-Jones, well-known plantsman from Crûg Farm Plants.

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plant fair

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1PL

Sunday 28 February 2016, 11am to 4pm

Specialist nurseries will be selling unusual varieties of both snowdrops and hellebores as well as many other spring bulbs, shrubs and perennials.

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SNOWDROP & HELLEBORE EXTRAVAGANZA

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1PL

Sunday 28 February 2016, 11am to 4pm

Everything you need to cheer up the dull February days – a lovely garden, a plant fair and an interesting lecture.

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Over the Garden Gate – Unhinged! Members of the 2015 Chelsea Team Lower Hardres Village Hall, CT4 5NP Sunday 24 January 2016, 2.30pm Come and see how our clever and determined Chelsea Team won a Silver Gilt Medal at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. Find out more.
Members’ Christmas Party Sunday 13 December 2015, 10.00 for 10.30am to 4.30pm Tunstall Village Memorial Hall, Kent ME10 1YZ This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. We are returning to Tunstall once again for our Christmas Party, which has become an important and very enjoyable event in our calendar. Find out more.
Autumn Flowers of the Peloponnese by Joe Sharman Kings Hill Community Centre, Kings Hill ME19 4LG Sunday 29 November 2015, 2.30pm The first rains of autumn have a striking effect on the flora of the Peloponnese. We look forward to welcoming keen plantsman and HPS member, Joe Sharman to talk to us. Find out more
North American Plants in British Gardens by Keith Ferguson Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden TN27 8NF Sunday 25 October 2015, 2.30pm Keith is a professional botanist who worked at Kew. He has travelled widely, especially in the USA, and will tell us about some of the plants he has seen which we can grow in our gardens. Find out more
Beervelde Park, Ghent, Belgium Saturday 10 October 2015 We have organized a trip to the Autumn Plant Fair at Beervelde in Belgium. It’s a very long day but it will be well worth it. Find out more.
Autumn Event Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR Saturday 19 September 2015, from 11.00am Please note this meeting is on a Saturday. As in 2014 our Autumn Plant Fair will be combined with our September members’ meeting. Find out more.
Indoor Plant Fair – Headcorn Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR Saturday 19 September 2015, 11am to 1.30pm The plant fair is open to the public with an admission charge of £2. It is part of a special Autumn Event. Find out more.
Garden Visit – Bicknor Placketts Hole, Bicknor, Nr. Sittingbourne Wednesday 9 September 2015, 2.00pm This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. A members’ visit to a beautiful garden with many unusual plants, shrubs and trees. Find out more.
Garden Visit – Claygate Wheelgate Nursery and Garden, Claygate Wednesday 5 August 2015, 2.00pm This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. This relatively new garden has been created within the last eight years and includes a gravel garden with potted tender perennials, a cottage garden and herbaceous borders. Find out more.
Plant Fair and Garden Open – Knowle Hill Farm Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe, Near Maidstone ME17 1ES Sunday 26 July 2015, 11am to 5pm This event open to the public.      Admission £4.00 HPS Members £3.50 This event will combine a plant fair, garden open and flower show in the beautiful setting of Elizabeth Cairns’ garden at Ulcombe. Find out more.
Garden Visit – Harrietsham The Martins, Harrietsham Tuesday 7 July 2015 This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. A second visit in 2015 to this ¼-acre garden surrounded by open fields and farmland will show further delights to those seen in February. Find out more.
Garden Visit – Horsmonden Cacketts Farmhouse, Horsmonden Wednesday 3 June 2015, 2.30pm This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. Wonderful views over the Weald of Kent are just one of the delights in this 1½-acre garden that includes a woodland gaden with unusual plants. Find out more.
Kent Group is going to Chelsea! The Flower Show NOT the Football Club! Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 May 2015 The title of our exhibit will be ‘Over the Garden Gate’, an HPS member’s garden from propagation to sales. You can find out how plans are progressing, see lots of photos and see how members are getting involved. Find out more.
Woodland Gems by Andrew Ward, Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR Sunday 26 April 2015, 2.30pm Andrew Ward owns Norwell Nurseries, a small nursery specializing in choice and unusual herbaceous perennials, based around a one-acre plantsman’s garden. Members on the Garden Tour in 2012 were lucky enough to visit the garden and nursery and know what a treat we have in store. Find out more
Garden Visit – Lenham The Warren, Lenham Sunday 12 April 2015, 11.00am This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. The Warren is a garden of about 1½ acres developed over the last 28 years with the many plants arranged mainly in island beds. Find out more.
Indoor Plant Fair Lenham Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, near Maidstone ME17 2QT Sunday 29 March 2015, 11.30am to 2pm This event is open to the public.       Admission £2. It’s time once again for our very popular Spring Indoor Plant Fair where you can browse and buy from nurseries in the comfort of a warm hall. Come and find something special. Find out more.
Special Spring Meeting Lenham Community Centre, Lenham, near Maidstone ME17 2QT Sunday 29 March 2015, from 11.30am Our very popular Spring Meeting combines an indoor plant fair and photographic competition with our usual lecture meeting. The talk, entitled ‘Payback’ is by Bob Brown, well-known plantsman from Cotswold Garden Flowers. Find out more.
Snowdrop & Hellebore Extravaganza 2015 Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1PL Sunday 22 February 2015, 11am to 4pm This event is open to the public                           Admission £6 HPS Members £5.50 Everything you need to cheer up the dull February days: a plant fair, beautiful gardens, plant displays and a talk ‘Snowdrops – in the right place at the right time’ by Val Bourne at 12 noon. Find out more.
Snowdrop & Hellebore Extravaganza 2015 Plant Fair Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1PL Sunday 22 February 2015, 11am to 4pm This event is open to the public                              Admission £6     HPS Members £5.50 Specialist nurseries will be selling unusual varieties of both snowdrops and hellebores as well as many other spring bulbs, shrubs and perennials. Find out more.
Garden Visit – Harrietsham The Martins, Harrietsham Tuesday 17 February 2015, 2.00pm This event is for members only and must be pre-booked. Although a ¼-acre garden may not be large, Harris and Annie Howland’s garden, in which they have worked for over 30 years, is very well stocked. Find out more.
More Past Events The following past events are in a slightly different format but they are all here and will give a good indication of the sort of events we organize.

Journées des plantes – Beervelde

Journées des plantes
Beervelde Parc, near Gent
Saturday 10 October 2015

Plans are being made for a trip to Beervelde again in October.
We’ll bring you more details as soon as we have them.

Indoor Plant Fair – Headcorn

Saturday 20 September 2014, 11am to 1.30pm
Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn TN27 9NR

Specialist nurseries and Hardy Plant Society members will be selling unusual plants.
Come and see what you can find!

Autumn Event

Saturday 19 September 2014
Headcorn Village Hall TN27 9NR
Plant Fair 11.00am to 1.30pm
Talk 2.00pm

Delicious lunch served.
Refreshments available throughout the day.

Kent Group is going to Chelsea!

The Flower Show NOT the Football Club!
Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 May 2015

The title of our exhibit will be ‘Over the Garden Gate’, an HPS member’s garden from propagation to sales. The idea is to showcase the acquisitiveness of a typical member

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