Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group)

Middlesex Group

of the Hardy Plant Society


Welcome to the website of the Hardy Plant Society, Middlesex Group, one of the local groups of the national Hardy Plant Society.  We are a friendly group - both of experienced gardeners and enthusiastic newcomers - but we all share an interest in hardy, herbaceous, perennials and enjoy discovering more about how to grow and display these beautiful and varied plants in our gardens.

We meet regularly, usually on the first Monday on every month at Field End Junior School, Field End Road, Eastcote. We have a varied Programme of Speakers, as well as plants for sale at our meetings. We also visit gardens, shows and other places of horticultural interest and we organise three Public Plant Sales each year. You can find out more on the Trips and Plant Sales page.

New members are always assured of a warm welcome, so why not come along and join us?

We are social! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Hardy Plant Society - Southern Counties Group Facebook page  www.facebook.com/HPSMiddlesex

instagram www.instagram.com/hpsmiddlesex

email  hello@hpsmiddlesex.org.uk

Latest News

Julie RitchieJulie Ritchie finished our series of talks in 2019. Julie is from Hoo House Nursery in Gloucestershire which offers over 900 varieties of alpines and perennials.

Julie had a list of seventy-two plants focusing on Penstemons and other summer sun lovers.

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Everyone is welcome.

Tickets are now on sale for Passionate About Plants 2020 which will take place on Saturday 4th April at Brunel University, Uxbridge.

We have an exciting line up of TV celebrity speakers and specialist nurseries. Purchase tickets and find out more here

You can download the latest newsletter here: Newsletter_January_2020.pdf.


Due to COVID-19 we are very sorry to announce the CANCELLATION of Passionate About Plants, Saturday 4 April 2020.  All ticket purchases will be refunded.

We organise a varied programme of trips to gardens, shows, and nurseries. You can see pictures from our previous trips on our picture gallery.

Payments: Contact the treasurer if you have a query. Payments can be made through Paypal or cheque payable to HPS Middlesex www.hpsmiddlesex.org.uk

You can find our booking policy at the foot of this page. Keep checking the website or our Facebook Page to keep up to date.

Here is what we've organised for 2020 so far:


Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants Whitchurch Hampshire - RG287FA

HCT Transport £10.50 each plus £1 tip cash to driver  (max 15 people)
Pick-Ups: Hillingdon and Ickenham as above 9.30/9.45, Ruislip, St Martins approach.
£6 entrance and guided tour of the Nursery incl tea/coffee and biscuits. Visit the nursery shop to purchase plants

Wed 1st July 2020
Hever Castle and Gardens

Coach £18    Group entrance to Castle and Gardens £13.50    Total £31.30 
Pick-Ups: 09.30 am Ruislip St. Martin's Approach, 09.45 am Ickenham Library  (possibly Hatch End depending on demand)
Return 4 pm

Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Daisy Roots Hertfordshire

Annie Godfrey will give you a private tour of her nursery and you can purchase plants.
HCT Transport £7.50 each plus £1 cash to driver (max 15 people)  Entrance £5 guided tour incl. coffee/tea/biscuits   (payment as above)  
Pick-Ups: Hillingdon and Ickenham as above 9.30/9.45, Ruislip, St Martins approach.

Read our Bookings Policy

"This Constitution was not adopted on 4 March 2019 and therefore will be revisited and reviewed by HPS Middlesex Group members and its Committee over the forthcoming year."


Prada Rustica Dec prize

Prada Rustica -‘love stone, create stone’

I started hand-crafting ‘stone-effect’ planters as a relaxing, therapeutic venture for myself and a fundraising initiative for my then school-aged daughter to fund a charitable challenge to build school out-buildings in Africa. Unexpectedly, the planters proved so popular, planted-up with my own planting combinations, I had to continue to make them; thus my small business, ‘PradaRustica’, was born. I now sell from home or at local markets and fairs.

For me the planters reflect the rugged Lakeland stone walls and traditional stone troughs of my native Cumbria as well as the iconic Italian tufa stone buildings of ancient Rome and the elegant tufa stone features which still adorn the classical gardens of Italy, the country where my husband’s grandfather originated. These influences have inspired my love of stone and my love to ‘create stone’, needless to say on a much smaller scale! Indeed, you may already know about the similar materials I use to create a form of ‘hyper-tufa’, probably made most famous by Geoff Hamilton for his viewers to ‘have a go’ at creating their own Alpine troughs.

I create my planters to attain a traditional, natural stone-effect, at a fraction of the cost of real stone, which I then plant-up with my own planting combinations. These include my own favourite Alpines and hardy plants, which I admire for defying the harshest of times, together with the fleeting beauty of seasonal plants which simply live for the moment.

My small business venture therefore started as a short-term fundraising and therapeutic adventure, but has turned into the long-term small business of ‘PradaRustica’ which continues to give therapeutic value and charitable donations. Each unique planter has been designed and individually hand-crafted by me to resemble natural stone, creating a blend of elegant form and traditional rustic country-style. Having already been ‘cured’ for 28 days the planters are created to weather outdoors over time or to provide a naturalistic indoor planter. The porous material provides excellent aeration and drainage for plants to thrive in a naturalistic environment.

As the newly elected Secretary of HPSMG, I look forward to meeting you all and becoming more involved in the Society. I will be joining the HPSMG at Eastcote House Gardens on a neighbouring stall on Saturday, 8 June. If you would like any further information regarding my planters, please do not hesitate to take a look at my website or contact me direct on 020 8866 6292 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brenda Prada - HPSMG Group Secretary