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HPS NW Group Silver Gilt success at Chorley FS, 29-31 July 2022

Congratulations to Louise Edge and the HPS NW team for a superb planting display and information bureau which earned a Silver gilt award.

Special thanks to our lead designer Jess Ogden and all-round plantswoman Beccy Saunders for an inspirational arrangement based on 'Gardening with nature'. This included interpretations of naturalistic planting (left) and ornamental planting (right). The bureau provided ideas on environmentally-friendly gardening, information about growing popular perennials and what the society offers to its members.

2022 Talks and Visits

Guests welcome. Please note the talks on 17 January and 21 February will be via ZOOM only.
Monday 17 January 2022
7:30pm '50 plants that changed the course of history' Bill Laws
Friday 11th - Sunday 13th February
Lytham Hall
  'Snowdrop Event including talks by Moorcroft Ceramics and Guided Walks' Moorcroft website
Monday 21 February 2022
7:30pm 'Ornamental grasses and small trees'
George Lockwood
Sunday 6 March 2022
Hazelwood Farm, Silverdale
Please note change of date

1-4pm 'Visit to the Plant Heritage National Collection of Hepaticas' Cost £4 (Plant Heritage members free) See Poster
Monday 14 March 2022
Samlesbury War Memorial Hall
Please note change of date
7 for 7:30pm 'AGM, free Hotpot Supper and Quiz'  
Monday 25 April 2022
Samlesbury War Memorial Hall
7 for 7:30pm 'Classic Roses, History and Cultivation'
Catherine Penny
(NGS Open day 26 June)
Saturday 14 May 2022
From Samlesbury War Memorial Hall
dep 10am back 5pm Coach trip to Ness Botanic Gardens (sign up at next meeting or via Joanne)
Cost: £20 pp (coach and entry to garden - 30 seats available)
Monday 16 May 2022
Samlesbury War Memorial Hall
7 for 7:30pm 'Alpines for troughs and raised beds' Neil and Sue Huntley
Sunday 12 June 2022 2:30-4:30pm Visit to Elizabeth & Michael Giles's garden, Claughton-on-Brock, PR3 0PD Sat Nav is a guide only. Details via Mary.
Refreshments available.
Friday-Sunday 29-31 July 2022 10am-5pm each day Chorley FS: We will be exhibiting in the amateur societies' marquee
Monday 19 September 2022 Samlesbury War Memorial Hall 7 for 7:30pm 'Gardens Well Worth A Visit' Judith Popley
Saturday 8 October 2022   Coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum
email from Mary 25/7/22 advises.
Please book via Joanne.
Cost: Members £20;
Non-members £25.
Optional land train £6 (book in advance). This takes you round the grounds and memorials with a pre-recorded commentary.
Monday 17 October 2022 Samlesbury War Memorial Hall 7 for 7:30pm 'Wildlife Friendly Gardening' Martin Fish
Monday 21 November 2022 Samlesbury War Memorial Hall 7 for 7:30pm 'Prolonging Autumn Colour' Marguerite Hughes
Monday 12 December 2022 Samlesbury War Memorial Hall 7 for 7:30pm 'Swags and Wreaths'
(Xmas Social - Jacob's join)
Sara Barrow

Chairman's Welcome

A warm welcome to the North West Group of the Hardy Plant Society. We are a vibrant and friendly community, enthusiastic about gardening with hardy herbaceous plants. Members of our Group are attracted mainly from Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Furness in Cumbria. See HPS local groups.

We have a series of talks and garden visits throughout the year, to which members, prospective members and visitors - of all ages and levels of experience - are always welcome. This year we have an outstanding list of speakers. We meet starting at 7:15 for 7:30pm at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, PR5 0UY, (near the Samlesbury Hotel on the A59, from the M6 junction 31 towards Clitheroe). Good plants and other items are usually on sale, and there are some superb raffle prizes to be won. See  our programme, map and directions. Why not come along and find out for yourself?

 Louise Edge


Other HPS Groups hosting Zoom talks in 2022

Please click 'For Members' to access a calendar of Zoom talks on the National HPS website being shared by Local and Specialist Groups. Last on:

Wednesday April 27th 7.30pm ‘Fifty shades of green’ Razvan Chisu Monmouthshire Group

Zoom events will resume in autumn


Plant Heritage Zoom talks

Last on: National AGM 2022 & talk by Sarah Cook
April 28th
(Prior to AGM)
National Collection of Cedric Morris Irises: Plants, stories and people - Never a dull moment Sarah Cook Book here  
NGS Zoom talks

          See for more information.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022

       BBC Schedules

Selection of images                                                                                     

          For full list see Gallery


Samlesbury Hall: Border adopted by HPS North West Group

There is no entry charge now at Samlesbury Hall except on event days. There is a coffee shop, restaurant and waffle shop plus an adventure play area for youngsters, farm animals and a bee centre. Come and see our borders.


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