Welcome to the Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society

The UK Hardy Plant Society (HPS) was formed in 1957 to foster interest in hardy herbaceous plants on the widest possible scale. The aims of the society are to give its members information about the wealth of both well and little known plants, and to ensure that all worthy plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution.  In the Somerset Local Group, we provide information and activities at a local level for Hardy Plant Society members to promote the aims of the society.
This is accomplished by organising a programme of meetings, visits and publishing a local newsletter.  (Please see the Programme of Events page for full details of forthcoming events.)
Membership of the local group is open to anyone who is member of the Hardy Plant Society nationally. You can find details of how to join on the Membership page.
This website is maintained by the HPS Somerset Group.

Our next lecture: 
Saturday 14 March 2015

West Monkton Village Hall, 10:30am for 11:00am

Peter Lindley
(Hidden Valley Nursery) - "Around the World in 80 Plants"

And here's a date for your 2015 diary:

The nurseries attending will be:
Avon Bulbs, Blooming Hill Plants, Desert to Jungle, Dorset Perennials, Elworthy Cottage Plants, Hill Top Nursery, Ian & Teresa Moss, In Clover, Long Acre Plants, Mill Cottage Plants, Millwood Plants, Moor Plants, Pennard Plants, Picket Lane Nursery, Roseland House Nursery, and Wild Thyme Plants.

Plant of the Month
Ypsilandra thibetica

How rare it is to come across a completely new plant from an unfamiliar genus. Ypsilandra thibetica is just such a novelty, at least to me it is, or was.  A couple of years ago, at a Plant Fair I snapped it up from the stand of a small west-country nursery. 

Checking it out on-line I learned that it is a relatively recent introduction from China.  There it grows on sloping sites in the shade. It has strap-like, evergreen leaves about 30cm (12ins) long. In February it produces large, almost fluffy, plumes of cream flowers with just a hint of lilac, and a delicate perfume that fills the garden. The flowers slowly fade through lilac to buff, always remaining attractive. It has, apparently, been growing successfully in the Cloister Garth of Chester Cathedral since 2007, in the long-cultivated, well-drained, sandy loam, where it seems to endure deep frosts. 

A propagator at heart, I plan to plant clumps of Ypsilandra in my new shady, semi-woodland site amongst the birches, the Hydrangea serrata and ferns. And of course, to sell it from the nursery.  Such a marvellous find deserves a much wider audience.

Sally Gregson

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