Southern Counties Group

of the Hardy Plant Society

Southern Counties Group

of the Hardy Plant Society


Welcome to the website of the Hardy Plant Society, Southern Counties Group, one of the local groups of the national Hardy Plant Society.  We welcome new members of all ages and gardening experience, from beginners to experts: all you need is to love plants and gardens.  Our particular interest is hardy herbaceous perennials, though our talks cover many aspects of plants and gardens. 

The main feature of our meetings during the winter months is a talk by a well-known or local expert.  Come along as a visitor and you’ll be made very welcome: if you love plants as much as we do, we’re sure you’ll want to join the Group.

During the summer months our members enjoy a programme of garden visits.  Find out more on the About Us page.

Hardy Plant Society - Southern Counties Group Facebook page 

Old Barn Hall in Bookham where we meet

Old Barn Hall

What's New / Coming Up


We have updated the Members' programme with details of our fledgling programme for 2021.  We currently have lectures (likely to be via Zoom) scheduled for January, February and April and options for visiting gardens in February - both subject to NGS and national Covid rules in force at the time.  Our AGM will be over Zoom on 13th March.  In May we are hoping to run a plant sale, June 27th is Bookham Open Gardens, and in early July there is a 3 day coach trip to Gardens of Shropshire planned.  Currently planning possible garden visits in June, July and August.  Watch out for new activities being added.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact our membership secretary on

We have a Gallery for a lovely selection of photos.  As well as garden visits, we will feature a 'Lockdown Gallery' of photos from our members each month - the November ones are now up.  We have also added photos of the gardens being visited in July.

For members, we have now started an occasional  'Plant of the month' section.