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. Many of the speakers have nurseries and bring plants for sale at the meetings, many of the plants are unusual. Currently because of the Covid 19 restrictions our first four meetings in 2021 will be ‘Zoom’ Meetings. We are hoping to return to normal meetings at The Weatherley Centre in September 2021 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 2021 will be held in The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds. The Fair will be held on Sunday 9th May 2021 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 are only provisional at present.
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.
Lets hope that 2021 will be a better year and we all look forward to meeting again later in the year. Thankfully in 2020 our gardens became a haven in light of the restrictions imposed to control the Pandemic
Happy and successful gardening for 2021.