Welcome to the

Hardy Plant Society


The Hardy Plant Society is dedicated to promoting plant knowledge, fostering communities, enhancing well-being, championing the environment, and facilitating research and partnerships. Our members find relaxation, happiness, and joy in gardening.

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Supporting the

Hardy Plant Society


By supporting the HPS, you’re joining a movement that believes in the joy of plants and the goal of sharing that joy as widely as possible. You’re advocating for a charity where knowledge about these amazing organisms is shared, where communities come together over the love of gardening, and where every individual recognises the therapeutic and environmental benefits of plants.


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Why join the

Hardy Plant Society?


The HPS has activities for every plants person and gardener


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Meet like-minded individuals
Meet other members in a local group for talks, plant sales and conversation. Most groups meet monthly during the winter, and also organise trips and online events
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Learn from others
Members have access to the latest plant articles and news within our two magazines The Hardy Plant and The Newsletter. Members will have full access to our plant library and the option to receive Cornucopia too.
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Help our world
Choose to take part in our Conservation Scheme to preserve and propagate less well known plants. Members also benefit from our Seed Distribution Scheme providing access to hundreds of seeds from growers around the country.
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Member benefits
As part of the HPS, you will be able to ask for plant advice, attend a talk, go to a plant sale. Members or non-members can apply for bursary funding.

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I would be lost without the HPS and the people I have met through the society. The knowledge I have gained both by talking to fellow members and speakers is incalculable. The meetings are usually a place of joy for me. From R.B. in Lincolnshire
The HPS has completely changed the way I approach gardening, opening me up to plants I never knew existed and had never thought of growing. All my friends who have benefited from all the plants I have grown over the years would I am sure, like to thank you for all your hard work. From T.M. in Powys
Our group has excellent talks which touch on plants other than hardy perennials which I always enjoy. I have learnt a great deal which has enhanced my time in the garden and my love and appreciation of plants. I enjoy the Journals and am very happy to be an HPS member. From J. T. in Rutland.
The HPS meetings are something that I look forward to every month, with the possibilities for purchasing interesting plants, visiting gardens and enjoying the company of other keen gardeners is very enjoyable, especially as I live on my own. It is a real pleasure. From J. H. in Sussex
My garden wouldn’t be what it is now without my enriching forty-year membership of the HPS. It has been central to my gardening life – discovering plants, making friends, memorable outings, trips and Autumn weekends. From A. P. in Essex
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    Local Groups


    Meet other gardeners at one of our many local groups. Local groups meet regularly and arrange an annual calendar of speakers, visits, plant sales and other activities.


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    The Hardy Plant Society

    Conservation Scheme


    Our national Conservation Scheme aims to identify and preserve some of the plants in danger of being lost. Volunteer members of the scheme grow the plants in a variety of places across the country and report back on how well the plants have grown for them. They also propagate the plants and pass them round so it’s a good way of getting your hands on a rare plant.




    The Hardy Plant Society

    Conservation Scheme


    Our national Conservation Scheme aims to identify and preserve some of the plants in danger of being lost. Volunteer members of the scheme grow the plants in a variety of places across the country and report back on how well the plants have grown for them. They also propagate the plants and pass them round so it’s a good way of getting your hands on a rare plant.




    The Hardy Plant Society

    Official Publications


    The HPS produces three periodicals during the year, and has a range of booklets available. Members receive a year's worth of The Journal and the Newsletter as part of their membership. Cornucopia has an additional fee, as do the booklets.


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    The Hardy Plant
    The Hardy Plant is published twice a year and sent free to members, bringing articles from experts such as Bob Brown and Val Bourne. Each edition provides a wealth of knowledge into plants and gardening, with all the content being original and exclusive to the HPS.
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    The Newsletter
    The Newsletter is where all the news within the HPS is published. It is published 3 times a year and includes news for members, events, updates from our President and Chair, articles, competitions and introductions to people to who run the HPS.
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    Cornucopia
    Published twice a year, Cornucopia is a digest of articles from the newsletters of HPS local and specialist groups. Anyone, including non-members, may subscribe.

    The Hardy Plant Society

    Booklets


    The society publishes a series of booklets you can buy to extend your knowledge of your favourite hardy plants. From Border Phlox to Pulmonarias, these booklets provide detailed insights from expert authors. Visit our shop to get yours.