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

Southern Counties victory in the Surrey Horticultural Federation Annual Quiz.

On November 5th we had two teams and several supporters participating in the SHF Quiz. This year we won the first prize and the runners up prize. The winning team were Anthea Sokell, Gayle Leader and Sylvia McDaniel who won the silver trophy and £30 for our group. The runners up were Anne Grabaskey, Janet Simpson and Cathy Rollinson and Sandra Hartley won the audience prize. This is the second consecutive year we have won the trophy. Well done to all of them.

In the photo you can see the SHF president, Daphne Foulsham, also a HPS member, presenting the team with the trophy. 

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The other photo shows all the Southern Counties Group members who won prizes 

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Dates for 2023-24

We have updated the Members' programme and public programme with details of our programme from now till April 2024. Hope to see you at one of the talks!  We've also put up some photos from the Suffolk Three Day trip this summer.

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

We have a Gallery for a lovely selection of photos.