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?

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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.


Poster FinalWe are pleased to announce that Passionate About Plants 2020 will take place on Saturday 4th April at Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Passionate About Plants is HPS Middlesex's biannual flagship event where we offer an exciting day of celebrity gardening speakers and unusual plants for sale from specialist nurseries. For 2020, we have moved the event to a new venue at Brunel University which will give us more space and enable us to provide a better experience.

We have four TV Gardening Celebrity Speakers - Nick Bailey, Katie Rushworth, Toby Buckland and Andy McIndoe - read more about them below. We will also have plants for sale from several specialist nurseries, including Daisy Roots, Moore and Moore, Pineview Plants, Edulis, Home Farm Plants, The Plant Specialist and our very own HPS Middlesex.

The day starts from 8.15am through to 4.45pm and you are asked to take your seats by 9.15am for the start of the celebrity talks.

The venue is fully accessible. There are over 1,000 free parking spaces and it is also easily reachable by public transport by a short bus ride (U2, U3 and U7) from Uxbridge tube station (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines). More information on getting to Brunel University is available here.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are now available to buy for the event at £29.50 through the secure ticketing site, Ticketsource, using the link below or through the dedicated booking line on 0333 666 3366


Members are also able to take advantage of an Early Bird discount price of £27.50 at our September meeting.

Nick Bailey web 95Nick Bailey 

Nick is best known as a presenter on BBC's Gardeners' World but he is also a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker and was a former Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden. His second book ‘365 Days of Colour in your Garden’ was published in 2015 and has been an Amazon best seller ever since. He has designed and managed gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia and created his first Main Avenue Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2016 for which he received a Silver Gilt Medal.

Optimized Katie Rushworth2 copyKatie Rushworth 

Katie is part of the successful presenting/gardening team from ITV’s Love Your Garden. Now in its ninth series the show is proving very popular with the primetime audience. Katie is a fun northern girl from Yorkshire and has been self employed as a gardener and garden designer for over 6 years - running her own business The Queen of Spades. Her enthusiasm for gardening comes across clearly for all to see on the ITV show. She has excellent plant knowledge and a great eye for design, function and beauty.

Toby picToby Buckland 

Best known for presenting BBC Gardeners’ World and coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Toby also writes regularly for Amateur Gardening magazine and has penned five gardening books, including Flowers: Planning & Planting for Year-Round Colour. He is known for his horticultural insight, irreverence and passion for plants - the love of which he shares at his annual Garden Festival at Powderham Castle and every Sunday on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Devon.

Andy McIndoeAndy McIndoe 

With over 40 years' experience Andy McIndoe is a regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio. He lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad and leads gardening tours. During his long career with Hillier Nurseries he was responsible for the development of the Company’s chain of garden centres and for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture.

Here are the well deserved winners of our 2018 Photo Competition. The subject this year was "Creative and Innovative Containers'.

1st Place - Jothy Rainbow

Taken at RHS Chatsworth this year, Jothy liked the quirkiness of the composition.

2nd Place - Maureen Murphy

This photo was taken at the Old Vicarage at East Ruston, the garden of designers Alan Grey and Graham Robeson in September this year. Maureen was amazed at  how they managed to complement the border of the succulent with the pot.

3rd Place - Bob Weeks

Bob took this photo outside his allotment shed using a pair of old boots and his wife's succulents. A great way to recycle!

Jothy 1st Maureen 2nd Bob 3rd

jute bagHPS Middlesex is pleased to offer environmentally friendly Jute Bags for sale at only £4. These sturdy bags have good carrying handles and measure 30cm by 29cm by 20cm. They are an ideal size, not only for carrying your plants and garden equipment, but also your shopping and many other items. 

You can purchase a bag at any of our evening meetings.