Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group)

Passionate About Plants

Passionate About plants Picture 1 w400Passionate About Plants is the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group’s flagship event which takes places every two years. We are pleased to announce that our ninth Passionate About Plants will provisionally take place on:

Saturday 4th April 2020 

Information on the celebrity speakers for the day and how to reserve your place and buy tickets will be available shortly, so watch this space or follow us on Facebook. It’s promises to be a great day and demand for tickets is always high, so make sure that you put the date in your diary now.

And, as in previous years, there will also be specialist nurseries selling unusual, hardy plants as well as the opportunity to buy seeds, stone pots and a range of other gardening tools and accessories, so it will be a great day out for all.


Passionate About Plants 2018

Passionate About Plants Picture 2 w400In April 2018, over 300 people came along to hear our celebrity, expert speakers.

We heard from four fantastic speakers, who spoke on a wide range of topics.  Annie Godfrey, from Daisy Roots Nursery, talked about the wide range of plants we could grow in dry, sunny positions. These included ones we probably have already in our gardens as well as ideas for new ones to try. She also entertained us with the story behind Eryngium Giganteum – better known as Miss Wilmott’s Ghost.

We were then treated to a tree masterclass from Frances Tophill, who helped us “Choose Interesting and Effective Trees for the Garden”. Frances gave us ideas on trees to plant in all scenarios – in small, medium and large gardens, for scent and to help clear pollution. She even managed to get us to think again about the much maligned conifer.

Adam Frost encouraged us to look again at our gardens to think about how we make them work for us rather than just following the traditional principles of garden design. He talked about the importance of understanding the conditions in which you are planting as well as getting inspiration from the things that mean the most to you – whatever they may be!

Nick Hamilton, from Barnsdale Nurseries, brought the day to the a close with everything we needed to know – and more - about choosing climbers in “Climbers for All Aspects’. We learnt which plants will perform well in sun and shade and which will thrive with benign neglect. He showed us that there truly is a climber for every position.

There were also a number of nurseries selling a range of specialist and unusual hardy plants: Daisy Roots Nursery; The Plant Specialist; Edulis; Home Farm Plants; and Pineview Plants as well as our very own Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group. The market place was also busy throughout the day with stalls from The Green End, the Rural Activities Garden Centre, Ruislip Horticultural Society, Perry Faron (Bee Specialist), Franchi Seeds and West London Waste.

Everyone said how much they had enjoyed the day and went home pleased with their new purchases and looking forward to 2020.