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Welcome to Matthew Biggs, Val Bourne, Carol Klein and Matthew Wilson - our HPS Ambassadors 


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 25th March 2017

Diamond Anniversary – Annual Lecture Day and Annual General Meeting

The Norfolk and Suffolk Group invite you to join us in celebrating 60 years of the Hardy Plant Society.  The celebrations will be held in Norfolk, in the Jubilee Building at our flagship agricultural college, Easton and Otley College.  The full day of activities will include national presenter Matthew Biggs, and local garden celebrity Alan Gray; local media presence, a hot home-cooked lunch, a variety of purchasing opportunities, and a bespoke celebration cake as well as the AGM.  This is an opportunity to meet members from around the country, and have your say about the running of the Society.

Saturday 1st April 2017

Open to the Public

Primrose Day

The Western Counties Group would like to invite you to join them for a Primrose Day on the 1st April 2017 at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall, Worcestershire. The day will comprise of talks by Caroline Stone and Penny Jones, both National Collection Holders. There will be opportunities to buy plants from them as well as a members' plant stall. After lunch Olive Mason invites us to visit her garden at Dial Park which is just a 5 minute walk away. The talks will commence at 10.15, with plants sales from 9.15, and we anticipate ending the day's events at 4.00. The cost of tickets is £12 for HPS members and £15 for non-members.
Tickets now Sold Out !

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 National 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

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




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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