How would you like to;
Meet up with like minded people to talk plants and gardens?
Go on organised coach trips and visits to gardens near and far?
Be inspired by enthusiastic, knowledgeable speakers
Get involved in seed swaps, plant sales & workshops
Many, many towns and villages throughout the UK have their own Garden or Horticultural Society or Club.
These groups exist to encourage and allow like minded people to get together and share in their love of gardening whilst learning more, meeting and making new friends and, invariably, drinking tea and eating cake at the same time. What's not to love ???
As well as individual local groups, there are a number of national societies, all of which have regional county based groups and specialist groups coordinated by a national body. All these societies welcome beginners and those with greater knowledge alike
I have been a member of the Hardy Plant Society since 2000 and have gained enormous enjoyment from attending monthly lectures, going on coach trips to gardens far and wide and meeting and net working with other members at local and national events.
Your local authority often has a list of the societies and clubs within it's boundaries or you can find out more details on national societies by following the links below
The Hardy Plant Society
HPS are friendly and enthusiastic gardeners and garden lovers of all levels of skill and ability, with a common interest in learning more about perennial plants.
The Alpine Garden Society
The Alpine Garden Society was founded in 1929 with the aim of promoting an interest in all aspects of alpine plants, rock gardening and rock garden plants, in fact any small hardy plants and bulbs, their cultivation in rock gardens and plant conservation in their natural habitats.
The Cottage Garden Society
The Cottage Garden Society (CGS) is an informal and friendly society of about 3,000 members in many countries, though most are based in the UK. It brings together amateurs and professionals who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening.
The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming 'unfashionable'. Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants.
Originally formed to conserve the unique gene pool of cultivated plants; as plants fall out of fashion or are superseded, vital genetic traits could simply vanish, unless they are taken into care and shared with others. If the expertise to grow and propagate them is also lost, our ability to properly conserve our unique garden flora is placed under significant threat.