The Hardy Plant Society Kent Group

We are the Kent Group of the national Hardy Plant Society www.hardy-plant.org.uk   We love growing hardy plants of all types, learning about them, and seeing them in gardens and nurseries.

In normal circumstances we hold monthly meetings from September to November, and from January to April, usually on the last Sunday afternoon of the month, for members and their guests. Our venue changes from month to month, as Kent is a large county and our members are spread across it. The main feature of each meeting is an illustrated talk by a well-known expert, on a wide range of aspects of gardening with hardy plants. Past speakers have included Fergus Garrett, Val Bourne, Bob Brown, Rosy Hardy and Graham Gough.  We usually have a plant sales table (always very popular!), plant displays, raffle, and tea with delicious homemade cake to round off the afternoon.

We have resumed indoor meetings for most of the year, but have decided to continue with Zoom online meetings for January and February 2022.  We also have informal Zoom ‘coffee and chat’ sessions from time to time, to enable members to keep in touch (especially if they are unable to come to our indoor meetings).

Throughout the year we arrange a number of outdoor meetings for our members. These are mostly visits to members’ gardens, private gardens and nurseries, at the best time of year to enjoy their special qualities. We also have a summer garden party for members, and a Christmas party in December. We have also held workshops in the past on practical subjects such as propagation, willow weaving, plant identification and Christmas wreath-making.  (We hope to resume these in the future.) When the Covid situation stabilises, we also hope to organise further short holidays to other parts of the country to see gardens of interest.    

We hope to have snowdrop visits in February 2022, with visits to other gardens during spring and summer 2022.

In addition, all members receive our quarterly full-colour newsletter, either via email or on paper, which includes details of all our activities, and interesting articles by members.

Everyone is welcome to join the Kent group, to enjoy sharing enthusiasm for hardy plants and gardening, to improve knowledge and to meet lots of like-minded people.