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?
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Julie 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.
Membership of the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group offers you a number of benefits:
The opportunity to meet other keen gardeners, with a special interest in hardy perennials. Our members include both experienced gardeners and new enthusiasts so you’ll have the chance both to learn from others and to share tips and expertise
A programme of events, including an evening programme of speakers on a wide variety of topics and visits to Members’ gardens
The chance to buy plants from our speakers and the Group at our meetings at very reasonable prices. We also have seeds, cards and other sundries for sale
Access to our trips to gardens, RHS shows and other places of horticultural interest (at an additional cost)
Regular newsletters to keep you up to date and with information on new trips and activities
You can join the Middlesex Group for only £9 (annual single membership) or £13 (annual joint membership for a couple at the same address).
These are the ways you can join us:
Join Online (payment via PayPal with Debit/Credit Card)
Join Online (payment via Online Banking)
Download and complete the application form and pay by cheque
Members of the HPS Middlesex Group are also required to join the national Hardy Plant Society. Annual membership costs £17 a year or £19 for two members at the same address.
As a member of the Hardy Plant Society you will be able to:
- Donate to or request seed from the national Seed Distribution. There is a list of nearly 2000 varieties, many not readily available elsewhere.
- Support the Conservation Scheme by growing plants which are at risk of disappearing.
- Boost your plant knowledge and access our online library and advisory service.
- Receive five national publications a year, two editions of our flagship Journal “The Hardy Plant” and three editions of the national newsletter.
- Join any of the special interest groups.
To find out more and to join, go to the UK Hardy Plant Society website
You'll also find HPS Middlesex at a number of Shows and Fairs.
Pinner Village Show - Saturday 14th September 11.30am - 5pm
Find HPS Middlesex at the Pinner Village Show selling a wide range of unusual - and not so unusual plants - at very reasonable prices. The Show is a community event organised by the Rotary Club of Pinner and offers a range of stalls and entertainment. It takes place in Pinner Memorial Park, Chapel Lane, Pinner HA5 1BA.
This will be the last chance to buy plants before next year's plant sales, so if you're looking for new plants for the garden, do go along. You can also find out more about us and what we offer.
Chenies Manor Plant Fair - Sunday 14th July 2019
Eastcote House Gardens Summer Picnic - Saturday 8th June 2019
We also took part in the Eastcote House Gardens Summer Picnic on Saturday June 8th. Although the day was rather blustery to begin with, the sun came out and we had a good day, talking to lots of people about our Group and the Hardy Plant Society, handing out seed and selling lots of plants. We had a lot of interest in what we do and it was a very enjoyable day.
We organise a varied programme of trips to gardens, shows and nurseries.
Thursday 20th June 2019David Austin Roses, Wolverhampton
This is probably the most beautiful rose garden in the world. Over 700 different varieties of roses are planted in two acres, divided into smaller areas each with its own style, including the Long Garden, the Victorian walled Garden and the Renaissance Garden.
You have a choice of either an entrance ticket and a guided tour with a cream tea for £19.50 or £30 including lunch. Tea/coffee is included and everyone will get a David Austin voucher. The cost of the coach is £21.
Pick ups from Ruislip (9.30 am), Ickenham (9.40 am) and Hillingdon (9.50 am).
Wednesday 25th September 2019
A day’s trip to Chartwell, the family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, now owned by the National Trust. Churchill drew his inspiration from Chartwell and the hillside gardens, lakes and kitchen garden reflect his love of nature and the landscape, whilst the rooms remain very much as they were.
Entrance to the House and Gardens is free for National Trust members. Entrance is £15.50 for non members to the whole property or £14 for a Group of more than 15, if we have enough people. Entrance to the garden and studio only is £7.20 or £6.50 for a Group. Entrance payable on the day.
The cost of the coach is £19. Pickups from Ruislip, Ickenham and Uxbridge and, if there is sufficient demand, from Hatch End.
Read our Bookings Policy here
Here is our Programme of Speakers for 2020. Find more information about Where We Meet.
|Monday 3rd February||
2020 AGM and Social Evening
Speaker: Paul Richardson, Hillingdon Green Spaces and Hillingdon in Bloom
|Monday 2nd March||
Darren Rudge: ‘Teabags, Bras and Tights’
Known as “the Laughing Gardener”, with a novel and inspirational approach to gardening issues and problems from over 30 years’ experience in horticulture. He is a BBC garden broadcaster and radio presenter and a multi-award winning garden designer.
|Saturday 4th April
8.15 am to 4.45 pm
PAPS - Passionate About Plants, Saturday 4 April 2020
Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH
|Monday 11th May||
Colin Oakes: ‘Digging for Victory’
As an Archaeologist by profession and a blue badge guide, Colin is well established and skilled to give us a fascinating talk.
|Monday 1st June||
Tom Coles: ‘Water in Your Garden’
Horticultural Lecturer at Writtle College, writer and broadcaster. Tom’s talk will include looking at traditional and contemporary usage of water in the garden, including maintenance.
|July / August||No Meetings|
|Monday 7th September||
Dr Brenda Harold: ‘How Plants Control Animals’
Brenda is a qualified Botanist and retired University Lecturer. Talking with us about the fascinating topic of how plants defend themselves, both physically and chemically, from herbivores and how occasionally they become carnivores! And intriguingly how plants use animals to carry their pollen and seeds.
|Monday 5th October||
Bob Brown: ‘Plants Grow in Dirt’
Bob spends much of his time going around the world looking for new things to bring back to his own nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers. He will bring and share with us his incredible knowledge on plants and also some of his own plants for sale.
|Monday 2nd November||
David Hurrion: ‘The World of Plants in Our Back Gardens’
David is a trained teacher, an Associate Editor for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, an expert commentator and extensive plant discoverer.
|Monday 7th December||
Val Bourne: ‘Roses and Peonies’: A Marriage Made in Heaven
Val is an award-winning garden writer, organic gardener and Lecturer. Her talk will follow the history of peony breeding and their use as companion plants for roses.