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Throughout the year Hardy Plant Society local and specialist groups host a variety of events. All our events are listed here: most of them are for members, but those open to everyone, member or not, are flagged "Open to the Public". They usually include lectures by well-known gardening figures.

Those for members include the Annual Lecture Day, often a residential weekend in the autumn, garden visits and study days. An event is a good way to meet members from other groups, or none, hear speakers who may not be able to come to your group and learn from experts and fellow-members.



Saturday 14th April

Open to the Public

Middlesex Group
Passionate About Plants
The presentations are from 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. but doors open at 8.30 a.m.
Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 2LX
Speakers: Annie Godfrey, Frances Tophill, Adam Frost, Nick Hamilton



9th June

Open to the public

Essex Group
Lecture Day
‘Fronds, Foliage and The Far East’
with Bob Brown, Julian Sutton and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones

at The Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 1WY

Bob’s talk will be all about ferns. Julian’s talk is entitled ‘Adventures with Fancy Foliage’ and Bleddyn’s talk will be on his 2017 plant hunting trip to North Vietnam.


22nd July 2018

Hampshire Group

‘East to West’ – and something in between! 

with Dan Hinkley, Timothy Walker and Diane Clement

The Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, Whitenap Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5SY






Saturday 25th March 2017



HPS AGM & Annual Lecture Day celebrating our Diamond Jubilee
Easton College 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
The event not to be missed for a variety of reasons, is the AGM, Lecture Day and 60th celebrations.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Group were asked to host this as the HPS was inaugurated in Norfolk in 1957 by Alan Bloom.
Speakers are Matthew Biggs and Alan Gray
See Norfolk and Suffolk group page for full details

Saturday 1st April 2017

Open to the public

Primrose Day
Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall 9-15 am - 4-00 pm
Hosted by the Western Counties Group
The day will comprise of primrose themed talks by Caroline Stone and Penny Jones. There will be opportunities to buy plants from them as well as a members' plant stall. After Lunch Olive Mason has invited us to visit her gardenat Dial Park which is just a 5 minute walk away.
£12-00 for HPS members and £15 for non-members

Saturday 6th May 2017

Open to the Public

‘The Magic of Plants’

with Bunny Guinness, Troy Scott-Smith, Val Bourne, Marina Christopher.
Leeds Beckett University (Headingley Campus), LS16 5LF.

West Yorkshire Group

Saturday 6th May 2017

Shade & Woodland Plants Group

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be in Kent: a short AGM will be followed by a talk from Keith Wiley of Wildside Garden and Nursery.
There will be plant sales, a rare plant auction and a visit to the woodland garden at The Warrens

Sunday 14th May 2017

Open to the Public

Peony Group

Peony Study Day 

AGM, lecture Jeanine Lemmens of Graefswinning, Nieuwerkerken, Belgium.
Visit to Phedar Nursery(SK6 3DS) and The Chadkirk Estate(SK6 3LB).

High Lane Village Hall, Windlehurst Road, High Lane, Nr Stockport, SK6 8AB
For full details please visit the Peony Group page

Saturday 17th June 2017

Hardy Geranium Group

The Geranium Day will be held in Nottinghamshire on Saturday June 17th 2017. The speaker will be Dr. Andrew Ward and we shall be visiting Norwell Nurseries. Visit the Hardy Geranium Group page for more.

30th September 2017

‘Hardy Plants in a Changing Environment’

A Lecture Day hosted by the East Yorkshire Group

  • Lizzie Balmforth – ‘Planting Combinations at Mt St John’
  • Prof. Alastair Fitter - ‘When will it Flower? Phenology in a Changing Climate’
  • Dr John Grimshaw – ‘What is a Perennial?’
  • Matthew Wilson - ‘New gardening; How to Garden in a Changing Climate'
Bishop Burton College, Bishop Burton, HU17 8QG

14th​ October

Open to the Public



Berkshire Group
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Hardy Plant Society

10.15    TIMOTHY WALKER: BORDERING ON INSANITY -  This talk looks exclusively at the herbaceous border and covers the principles and practicalities to be adopted when trying to create a border that is interesting all year round.
1.30    JULIAN SUTTON: THE BOTANICAL GARDENER - Portraits of plants for the garden, with snippets of science attached. Julian is very well known for his talks on all plant species, and is well travelled.

Door open at 9.30am, St Peter's Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY

Plants and award winning preserves for sale, Refreshments and light lunch included

Price of ticket £13, available via the Secretary at

Please note:
Events organised by HPS groups often include visits to the gardens of ordinary members. Visitors will obviously need to take care as there may be uneven paths, spiky plants and other everyday hazards. Members attend all HPS events at their own risk.

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