HARDY PLANT SOCIETY
Welcome to the website of the Hardy Plant Society Dorset Group. We are a Group of gardening enthusiasts, of all levels of expertise, who enjoy listening to excellent speakers regularly, growing and buying plants, and visiting beautiful gardens and nurseries. We welcome new members and visitors to all our events. The Group
We are one of the regional groups of the Hardy Plant Society, whose aims include stimulating interest in growing hardy perennials. In fact last year, 2018, we celebrated our 20th anniversary year since we were formed, by 21 members breaking away from the Hampshire Group in 1998.
For photos and write up of previous meetings click here.
Our Coronavirus Photo Competition
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE A SPEAKER MEETING IN
MARCH 2020 AS WE ARE HOSTING THE NATIONAL HARDY PLANT SOCIETY'S LECTURE DAY AND A.G.M.
This will be a ticketed event, at the Allendale Community Centre,
Wimborne, on Saturday March 28th 2020.
Our speakers will be Keith Wiley and Mat Reese.
This event, in its entirety, has now been postponed until the
5th September 2020 due to recent events. National will be contacting ticket holders offering them to transfer to the new date or for a refund.
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus, I am afraid we have had to
cancel this meeting. We shall keep you up-to-date with any
further changes that may need to be made
Our next talk will be on Saturday, 25th April. Doors Open at 2.00 pm.
of the Botanic Nursery, is coming to speak about
"Terry's Favourites - Peonies, Hollyhocks and Foxgloves”.
The Botanic nursery was founded by Terry and Mary Baker in 1976,
when Terry, a garden designer, found that he needed to propagate
many of the plants he wished to use. There has been a nursery
on the site - a two-acre walled garden close to Stonor School - since
1904. The soil is a limestone brash, so the nursery is strong on
lime-tolerant hardy plants. Foxgloves are a speciality, and Terry
holds the National Collection of digitalis
At the end of May, the nursery holds its Foxglove Week, a chance
for those who missed the Chelsea display to see the collection,
with guided tours that outline some of the history of the plants.
Terry creates planting schemes to show how they can be best
used, both in the nursery beds and the adjoining garden.
The latter was originally stock plants for cuttings but is gradually
becoming more of a display area.