The Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society is one of 40 local groups active in the UK. It offers a very wide range of gardening activities to its members. We have meetings from September to April on the first Saturday of the month and we have a variety of entertaining and informative lectures from local and national speakers. (Exception to Saturday meetings is January and October 2020 when we meet on the second Saturday). Many of the speakers have nurseries and bring plants for sale at the meetings, many of the plants are unusual. The group also sells specialised garden sundries at a competitive price at these meetings. Refreshments are also available at the meetings. The News and Events Page contains regular updates about the group and other gardening groups/societies. The Group also produces three Newsletters a year which include details of the activities, reports on talks and other relevant information.
During the summer we organise visits to gardens and nurseries usually by coach. These trips are very popular.
The group is committed to plant conservation and is involved in the Scheme run by National HPS. We recently started a seed exchange scheme where members donate saved seeds which are packaged and can be bought at meetings. Please note that our main fund raising event of the year is the Plant Fair which in May 2020 will be held in The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds. The Fair will be held on Sunday 10th May 2020 commencing at 10.00a.m until 2.00p.m. This will be an indoor event with other specialist suppliers in attendance and of course entry is free.
If you are interested in plants and gardening and are looking for a gardening club or group in the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire area then why not come along to one of our meetings. The group covers Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.
Our visits, programme, and plant sale details can be found on our Programme page. Visits include a trip to gardens in Drinkstone, Suffolk in June 2020, followed by trips to Chenies Manor in July 2020, and finally Feeringbury Hall, Essex, in August 2020. We are hoping a have a car-sharing trip to a local garden (Details to follow). This looks like another great year for the Group.
We also have a scheme where some members have offered to open their gardens by appointment to members of the local group. We have a fairly large membership and the members have varying degrees of gardening experience and plant knowledge..
We look forward to anyone with an interest in ’hardy plants’ to join us either as a visitor to a meeting or as a member.
Happy and successful gardening for 2020.