Welcome to the Hardy Plant Society East Yorkshire Group Website


The Hardy Plant Society, founded in 1957, is an organisation for people who are passionate about perennial plants; the aim of the Society is to encourage interest and expertise in growing hardy perennials. There are over 45 affiliated local groups across the UK.

Interested in visiting or joining us?

The East Yorkshire Group of the HPS is a friendly bunch of nearly 100 members, all gardening enthusiasts with varied levels of expertise from expert to complete novice.  We enjoy meeting monthly to listen to a varied range of expert speakers; we also visit beautiful gardens throughout the year. At our meetings there is usually a raffle, members bring along a variety of plants for sale and refreshments (tea/coffee etc.) is included at the end of each meeting to allow members to socialise.  We are always happy to welcome visitors to our meetings; you are assured of a warm welcome so if you would be interested in coming along, please email us as outlined in the ‘Contact Us and How to Join Us’ section below.

If you would like to become a member please email us as outlined in the ‘Contact Us and How to Join Us’ section. In order to be a member of the East Yorks group you will also need to join the HPS (www.hardy-plant.org.uk). This will enable you to access the seed bank maintained by the HPS and you will receive the HPS newsletter too.

Our members contribute to a regular and informative News Bulletin we produce ourselves. We will have a section added to the website that will make previous editions of the News Bulletin available to you – coming soon. For now, if you would like a previous edition, please email us at: eastyorkshardyplants@gmail.com .

You can see what we have planned for the remainder of 2022 by scrolling down to the ‘Programme’ section below.

For our Members

Welcome to the website for the East Yorkshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society!

The site is still quite new; if you have any suggestions, or would like us to consider adding in additional items, please do let us know.  You can email us at: eastyorkshardyplants@gmail.com.

You can view all the site sections by scrolling down this page; eventually most pages will have separate sections as tabs at the top of this page. Below you will find this year’s speaker programme, the names of the current committee and some links that could be helpful; eventually we will have a library of pictures you will be able to access for your personal use. 

What is a “Hardy Perennial”?

The main HPS website has an excellent section detailing what exactly a ‘hardy’ plant is and what we can do to understand our garden more fully thus improving the success and vigour of our plants.  Please click through to the HPS site for further details:


Other Items of Interest

In this section you will be able to access items that may be of interest such as talks from other groups, visits, open garden information and so forth – keep coming back for the latest updates!


We have another exciting programme of events planned this year; all the meetings will be held at Lund Village Hall, Lund East Yorks. YO25 9TF.

Thursday March 3 at 7.30pm. Vicky Fox: “Heucheras Tiarellas and their allies”. Vicky holds a national collection and is a breeder of Heuchera and their allies. A gold medal winner at prestigious shows including RHS Chelsea. There will be plants for sale.

Thursday April 7 at 7.30pm. Brian Whitton: “Corydalis – From mountain to garden”. Brian is a retired lecturer from Durham university who specialises in growing and propagating corydalis for the garden. There will be plants for sale.

Thursday May 5 (or 12 if elections) at 7.30pm. Hannah Wilson: “Biodiversity: challenging perceptions of Begonias”. Hannah is currently undertaking a PHD based at Edinburgh Botanic and in recent times has contributed to a major work on plants in Papua New Guinea including the Begoniacea.

Thursday June 9 at 7.30pm. this meeting is a little later than usual due to Queen’s Jubilee. Gail Harland: “Paeonies: Wild and Tame”. Gail is a freelance writer and photographer and is author of many horticultural and avian subject; the  HPS booklet on Paeonies being one.

Sunday July at 2.30pm. Paul Gooderham: “Selecting plants for cultivation and market”. Paul has carried on the development work that was formerly done by Blooms of Bressingham in bringing new plants to market.

August will be a garden visit – watch this space for more details.

Thursday September 1 at 7.30pm. Martin Walker: “A field, a fork and a barrow full of ideas”. Martin is a professional horticulturist, a three-time Chelsea Gold medallist and was head gardener of the internationally famous York Gate garden in Adel and will discuss how to get to grips with a new garden.

Thursday October 6 at 7.30pm. Troy Scott Smith: “Sissinghurst: A re-vitalisation of Vita”. Troy is the Head Gardener at Sissinghurst. The team undertook a 7-year project to recreate the garden as designed by Vita.

Thursday November 3 at 7.30pm. Kevin Pratt: “Woody plants that merit attention”. Kevin has lectured for over 30 years and has previously held the NCCPG collection of Fritillaria. He writes and has appeared on Gardener’s World.

December 2 at 7.30pm. Home grown: our usual quiz together with short presentations, chat and good company.

News Bulletin

The current and previous editions of the monthly news bulletins from 2021 are to be included as PDFs for the next update of the site. As we are now having face to face meetings, we will go back to 4 bulletins yearly.


The Committee for 2021 (as elected at the AGM in March 2021) is as follows:

Chairman: Eileen

Secretary: Peter

Membership: Janet

Treasurer: Sheila

Newsletter/Speakers: Eileen

Website: Cate

Committee Members: Lenore, Keith, Nicola and Sue

Invited Observers: Deirdre and Rita


With the next website update you will be able to view our current Constitution; in the meantime should you wish to have a copy of the Constitution, please email us.

Useful Links

Below we have added some links that you may find of interest; please let us know if there are other links you would like us to consider adding.

Hardy Plant Society (HPS): www.hardy-plant.org.uk

HPS Seed Distribution: www.hardy-plant.org.uk/about-plants/seed

English Heritage: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

National Garden Scheme: http://www.ngs.org.uk

National Trust: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Royal Horticultural Society:  http://www.rhs.org.uk

RHS Plant Finder: http://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/publications/plant-finder

Plant Heritage: http://www.plantheritage.org.uk

Yorkshire Arboretum: http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org


We will have a library of pictures you will be able to access for your personal use.  Please note that copyright will remain with the owner.  Please also note if you upload any material, then only upload photos where you own the copyright or those copied from the HPS library.

Contact Us and How to Join Us

For general enquiries, please email: eastyorkshardyplants@gmail.com

For web enquiries, please email: eastyorkshardyplants@gmail.com

If you would like to join us, please use this same email address and one of the committee will reply with the appropriate form.

Please note this email address is checked regularly as commitments allow. We will get back to you but please give us a little time!

Privacy Policy

This site adheres to the Privacy Policy of the Hardy Plant Society. A copy of the policy can be found at this link: www.hardy-plant.org.uk/privacy-policy

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The photo for the spring season was taken by ES of Cyclamen coum.

Note re viewing PDFs

Please note that some of the content in the site can only be viewed as a PDF. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat software to do this, please click on this link to download (Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, free PDF viewer download).