Nottingham Hardy Plant Society

The Nottingham Group of the Hardy Plant Society is an active group with about 120 members. They organise a programme of winter talks featuring noted plants-people, some with a national profile at St.Paul’s Church,Boundary Road, West Bridgford NG2 7DB – see the full programme below.

In summer we organise coach outings for members. They have their own Botanic Garden in Wollaton Park which is open on Sunday afternoons from April to September.  Groups can book private visits. For more information see the website at


Here are some of the forthcoming events, check West Bridgford Wire event calendar each month too…


Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month from September until April in
St Paul’s Church Hall, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7DB at 7.30 p.m.
An interesting and varied programme of guest speakers is arranged. Meetings are free for members of the Nottingham Group.

The church is very close to the Loughborough Road end of Boundary Road. There is a dedicated car park (with two disabled parking bays) and additional close parking on Willow Road which runs down the side of the church (turn right off Boundary Road if approaching from the Loughborough Road end). Bus routes 8 or 9 travel along Boundary Road. Bus route 10 stops at the top of Greythorn Drive about 9 minutes walk from the church.
Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month from September until April in
St Paul’s Church Hall, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7DB at 7.30 p.m.
An interesting and varied programme of guest speakers is arranged. Meetings are free for members of the Nottingham Group.
Visitors are very welcome. Non-members pay £3.00 admission.
Free refreshments are served at the end the meeting and we encourage members to stay to meet and talk gardening with fellow members.

14 November 2014
Helen Picton ‘Daisy Days’
Helen is part of the third generation of the family-run business ‘The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries’ set up in 1906 and specialising in breeding and growing Michaelmas Daisies (autumn flowering Asters). The nursery was established by Ernest Ballard and bought by Percy Picton when Ballard died in 1952. Paul, Percy’s son, joined him in the 1960’s and, having gained a First in Botany at the University of Reading, Helen is now part of this distinguished enterprise.
We are very excited to be able to include her on our schedule of lectures.
12 December 2014
Christmas Party
As well as the usual food, drink and chat, some members of Nottingham HPS will be giving short talks or presentations on “My Favourite Plant”.
The event will be opened by Maurice Flynn, newsreader from the BBC’s East Midlands Today, gardener and plantsman.
9th January 2015 Julie Ritchie ‘Winter into Spring’
Julie is half of the team who run Hoo House Nursery near Tewkesbury, one of the select group of good nurseries in Gloucestershire. Those who attended last year’s AGM at Pershore College will have been tempted by her plant stall, offering a wide range of perennials and alpines, grown in the open and conditioned for garden success. Julie raises plants too, usually bearing the name of Ritchie family members.

 13 February Diane Clement ‘A Garden for All Seasons’
Diane is a superb gardener, growing cyclamen, galanthus, hepaticas and many other Hardy Plants in her garden in the West Midlands. She writes the ‘Midlands Gardener’s Diary’ for the Alpine Garden Society which is a wonderful record of the process of raising many different types of plants from seed. Diane is also Director of the Seed Exchange.
This talk concentrates on her own garden, brought to life by her excellent photography.

 13 March Tom Mitchell ‘Where the Wild Things Are’
Tom studied Biology at Cambridge to PhD level and dreamed of becoming a plant hunter. Instead he spent 14 miserable years as a City Banker before leaving to set up Evolution Plants in Bradford-on-Avon. His mission is to seek out and introduce to cultivation the widest possible range of temperate plant species, growing them from seed collected in the wild. His ambition is to inspire enthusiasm for better, more interesting and more exciting garden plants. You can read about his exploits and discoveries in his contributions to ‘The English Garden’ magazine.
His talk will be a personal selection of wild plants that are great for use in gardens.
 19 April Dr Patrick Harding ‘Stories About Plants’
Patrick, Naturalist and Author, enjoyed over 25 years as a university lecturer in Sheffield, but also worked more widely in adult and continuing education. He is now a freelance broadcaster and author, having written 8 books and appears on such programmes as ‘The Flying Gardener’ and ‘Richard and Judy’!As a botanist, he is interested in Britain’s wild flowers and native trees. He is especially concerned with the scientific basis behind the medicinal (and other) uses of plants, a topic covered in his book ‘Patrick’s Florilegium’ He will entertain us with the secret lives of plants in this delightful talk.