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 February 2019 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 2019 will be held in The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds. Please note the new venue for 2019. The Fair will be held on Sunday 12th May 2019 commencing at 10.00a.m until 2.00p.m. This will be an indoor event with other specialist suppliers in attendance. We also hope to have mini plant sale in the autumn at one of our regular meetings.
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 also be found on our Programme page. Visits planned for 2019 include a three day residential visit to Kent gardens in June 2019. This will be followed by a day visit to Mortons Nursery (Retford) and Ellicar Gardens on Thursday 11th July 2019. On Sunday 1st September 2019 we will visit Adwell Gardens (near Thame) which is holding a Rare Plants Fair. Finally we are hoping to run a trip to a garden in North Hertfordshire in August 2019. 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 2019.