Hardy Geranium Group
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About the Group
The Hardy Geranium Group was formed in 1974 when interest in the plants was booming. There are now approx. 110 species and 600 cultivars in British gardens. They range in height from a few cm. to 1m. and in colour from white through pink, mauve and pale blue to deep magenta, violet and blue. There is a geranium for every site in the garden: hot and sunny or dry shade. Margery Fish famously said “When in doubt, plant a geranium.”
We are still the only association dedicated solely to this large family of garden-worthy plants, which have been voted the Hardy Plant Society’s favourite flowers. Our members provide advice and information about the plants to gardeners, nurserymen and journalists in the UK and abroad. Membership is open to all members of the HPS and we welcome those who are not specialists but would like to know more.
We produce two newsletters a year in Spring and Autumn, host an annual AGM and Geranium Day at different venues around the UK, and organise a geranium and erodium seed exchange each year (free to members). The seed list is usually sent out in November. You can find full information below on how to join at the beginning of the 'Further Information' section.
Geranium Day 2022
Geranium Day 2022, and our AGM, will be held at Stillingfleet, just south of York. We are delighted that Vanessa Cook of Stillingfleet Lodge nurseries will be our speaker. The nursery specialises in Hardy Geraniums as well as stocking an abundance of many other beautiful plants. In the afternoon we will be visiting Stillingfleet Lodge's gardens, described by RHS Gardens as 'Worth a long journey to visit' and by Gardens Illustrated as 'One of the best cottage gardens'. The event is of course open to non-HGG members – all are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there! Please complete and return the booking form to reserve your place.
We hosted three very enjoyable zoom talks in 2021 from: Julie Ritchie of Hoo House nursery on ‘Geraniums and Friends’, which included many helpful suggestions on planting associations; Sue Clarke on ‘A National Geranium Collection and How to Start One’, about her national collections of G. renardii and G. sylvaticum; and Robin Parer, who owns the largest geranium nursery in North America and gave us a fascinating tour of geraniums worldwide.
Geranium Day 2021
Geranium Day 2021 was held on Saturday 26th June at Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire in the morning, then at Trevor Hards’ beautiful garden in Clophill in the afternoon. The wealth of colour packed into Trevor’s borders was inspiring – a truly amazing amount of geraniums and other plants packed into them to tantalise and delight.
Geranium Day 2020
We were all set to visit Sue Clarke’s wonderful garden at Wrenbury in Cheshire. Sadly, though, the event had to be cancelled because of covid. The good news is you can visit Sue’s garden by appointment. Please see below for information about Plant Heritage (NCCPG) National Collections of hardy geraniums.
2019 Geranium Day Report
On a bright sunny June day Tricia Newton, our chairwoman, welcomed HGG members and friends to our 45th anniversary celebrations at South Petherton and East Lambrook Manor. There were lots of plants for sale, especially geraniums; we enjoyed excellent presentations from Andrew Norton, a previous owner of East Lambrook Manor, and Mike Werkmeister, the current owner. Our visit to East Lambrook Manor gardens in the afternoon certainly lived up to expectations. A good time was had by all!
How can you join?
Subscriptions are renewable on 1st January. The subscription of a member joining after 1st October is valid until the end of the following year.
U.K. members: £7.00 p.a. This covers up to two people at the same address.
Please note that this is in addition to the National HPS subscription.
Overseas members: £9.00 p.a. to be paid with the main HPS subscription unless members have a UK sterling bank account.
Full details on how to join are on our membership application form. If you have any queries, please contact Tricia Newton, the Hardy Geranium Group's interim membership secretary - email@example.com or 07799 177507.
New members will receive a free copy of the latest newsletter and an e-copy of 'Geranium People', a booklet by Margaret Stone, a former HGG chairman, about many of the people who have introduced geraniums or had geraniums named after them.
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) National Collections of hardy geraniums are held by:
Susan Clarke, Wren's Nest, Wrenbury Heath Road,Wrenbury, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8EQ (map)
Geranium sylvaticum and renardii.
Open by appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
From Nantwich town centre follow A530 towards Whitchurch. At Sound School on R take 1st R onto Wrenbury Heath Rd.
Margaret Stone, Brockamin, Old Hills, Callow End, Worcs. WR2 4TQ. (map)
Geranium x cantabrigiense, macrorrhizum and sanguineum.
Open by appointment February-October.
½ mile S of village. Pull into Old Hills car-park; walk towards houses, keeping right.
Joan Taylor, Silverwood House, Gardeners Lane, Romsey, Hants. SO51 6AD (map)
Open by appointment.
Take A3090 to Romsey. At top of hill take left turn into Gardeners Lane.
Silverwood House is on the left, beyond bend, approx. 1 km
Anthony Nichols JP, The New Barn, 92 Newbold Road, Desford, Leicestershire, LE9 9GS (map)
Open by appointment.
Follow signs to Tropical Birdland, Desford from J22 M1. Follow Newbold Road – New Barn is on right hand side inside old farmyard for Gables Farm. 7 miles from Leicester city centre and train station, with decent bus links to Market Bosworth.