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Garden Podcast: Cathy Rollinson, Hardy Plant Society


On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

Cathy Rollinson is the Chairman of the Hardy Plant Society.

On this episode Cathy chats with Peter Donegan about the criticisms, demise of some and the rise of garden groups and society’s. We get into the Hardy Plant Society, Cathy, why it exists and just what you can expect to get from paying just 17 pound per annum membership – a rediculous amount considering the benefits. But that’s not all…..

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Cathy Rollinson lives in Surrey and gardens on chalk in a frost pocket. In her working life, she was a management consultant and chairman of a number of NHS bodies and a housing association.

The Hardy Plant Society was founded by 4 leading nurserymen in 1957 to promote the cultivation of hardy herbaceous perennial plants, the HPS is a national charity which now has over 7000 members in the UK and abroad. Members can join local groups spread around the country and meet others who share an enthusiasm for plants. Other special interest groups focus on particular plant groups. There are expert speakers; visits to gardens and nurseries; plant sales and fairs with plants grown by members. Plants in danger of disappearing from cultivation are grown and spread through the conservation scheme. The seed distribution has over 2000 varieties available donated by members, many not available elsewhere. Exhibits at local and national shows show the wide range of herbaceous plants hardy in this country.


I also refer to The Guardian article Are plant societies on the verge of extinction? by Robbie Blackhall-Miles


  • Members receive two editions a year of ‘The Hardy Plant’, as well as three newsletters.
  • Membership costs £17 per year (or £19 for 2 people at the same address)
  • Students can join for a reduced fee of £10.

The Hardy Plant Society
15 Basepoint Business Centre
Crab Apple Way
WR11 1GP
t. 01386 710317

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