We've started this year's seed distribution scheme as usual.  Please send us your seeds as soon as they are ready.
The office is now closed until  28th September. Meanwhile we will try to answer your email enquiries; this may take us longer than usual.

We are continuing as usual with seed donation as the volunteers can receive the seed while observing social distancing. I am considering alternatives to our usual order handling and packing arrangements in case we still need to practise social distancing at the time. However  I cannot guarantee that the ordering and the packing will go ahead.

If it is not possible to go ahead we will not waste the donated seed, but keep it refrigerated until the following year.   I will keep you informed.

Diane Puncheon, Seed Distribution Manager


Seed Distribution

Why does the Hardy Plant Society have a Seed Distribution Scheme?

We are committed to ensuring that garden-worthy perennial plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution. The Seed Distribution Scheme plays a part in this commitment.

Who’s involved in the Scheme?

Members organise and run it with support from the administrative office. The different stages of the distribution are carried out by teams of member volunteers.

How does it work?

Both members and non-members collect seed from plants in their gardens, in the UK or overseas, and donate it to the scheme. Some seed is from familiar favourites, while some is from rare and hard to find plants.

Campanula lactiflora  

Nomocharis aperta  

Seed is donated throughout the summer and autumn, with the donating period ending on October 31st each year. The members of the team then prepare a seed list and circulate it to members with the November newsletter. They publish a descriptive database on this website in November.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for the seed itself, although a charge is made to cover postage and administration.

What’s the size of the Seed Distribution?

In a typical Seed Distribution year we offer over 2,000 named varieties; orders are sent to 18 countries worldwide.

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