The Hardy Plant Society Kent Group

We are the Kent Group of the Hardy Plant Society www.hardy-plant.org.uk   We love growing plants and talking about them, and usually meet at various events which are organised throughout the year. In these uncertain times we have had to adapt.

In normal circumstances we hold monthly meetings from September to April, usually on the last Sunday of each month, for members and their guests. The main feature of each meeting is an illustrated talk by a well-known national or local expert. These cover a wide range of subjects related to plants and gardens and are held at different locations across the county. Past speakers have included Fergus Garrett, Val Bourne, Bob Brown, Rosy Hardy and Graham Gough.  Additional features of our meetings are:  plant sales table, for members to sell their surplus plants and, of course, buy plants; plant displays, raffle, and tea with delicious homemade cake to round off the afternoon.

Currently we are arranging talks via Zoom and held our first one in October, with Adam Pasco as speaker.  We hope to continue with these regularly during the winter months.  Members can also ‘attend’ occasional coffee and chat mornings, again via Zoom, for an informal natter.

Other regular events would normally include visits to members’ gardens, private gardens and nurseries, also workshops on various topics – recent ones have included willow weaving, plant identification and Christmas wreath-making.  We also usually hold social events for members, including a Christmas Party and, in summer, a Garden Tea Party, as well as organising coach trips to gardens in other parts of the country.    

Sadly, all of these are on hold for now, but we are planning to offer ‘By Appointment Only’ visits to some of our members’ gardens.  These visits will be restricted to six people, including the garden owner (or as specified by Government Guidelines at the time), and will be arranged directly with the garden owners at a mutually convenient time.  So far, we hope to have snowdrop visits in February, with visits to other gardens during spring and summer.

In addition, all members receive our quarterly newsletter, either in PDF format or as a paper copy, which includes details of all our activities, and members’ articles.

You don’t have to be a plant ‘anorak’, or have expert knowledge, in order to join the Kent Group; we all share an enthusiasm for plants and gardening, enjoy finding out more about plants, and meeting lots of like-minded people.