About the HPS

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In December 1956 Alan Bloom called a meeting with Arthur Hellyer, Will Ingwersen and John Sambrook to discuss the formation of a society to promote knowledge and appreciation of hardy herbaceous perennials.

The first meeting was in March 1957 and 30 people attended.

And so, the Hardy Plant Society was formed with Alan Bloom as the first Chairman. The first outing was to Bressingham of course.

In 1963, the Society proposed the formation of Special Interest Groups for more in depth exchange of information and expertise for specific plant families. Each has its independent group and programme of talks and visits. 

The Society is for people who love hardy perennials for their variety, colours, shapes, sizes and longevity. We help each other to grow them better, to try different species and we exchange and spread information about them.

Some are experts, like our President Roy Lancaster, the renowned plant explorer, but most of us are just keen gardeners and plant lovers, keen to learn and get more enjoyment out of our gardens.

Current Special Interest Groups are

  • Galanthus (snowdrops)
  • Half Hardy Plants
  • Geraniums
  • Peony
  • Pulmonaria
  • Ranunculaceae
  • Shade and Woodland
  • Variegated Plants

The HPS was an influential force behind the publication of The RHS Plant Finder.

Members now receive copies of the Newsletter, published three times a year, and the Journal, published twice per year.

The National website is a rich source of information on meetings, shows, plant fairs, open gardens, articles, expert advice, an image library.

Join the HPS

Join National HPS here https://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/meet-us-at/join-us

Members of the national Hardy Plant Society are given automatic membership of the HPS Monmouthshire Group and reduced entrance charges on confirmation of their HPS membership number. 

Visitors to our group meetings are also very welcome. We are a friendly lot and if you enjoy the talks, perhaps you will join HPS too.  

For more information on HPS                            




Privacy of Personal Data
as held by The HPS Monmouthshire Group

  • The Group supports the Hardy Plant Society (HPS) but, as with all other local and specialist HPS groups around the country, is not a subsidiary of it.
  • ‘Personal data’ means any information relating to a person from which that person could be identified, either directly or indirectly.
  • We hold securely some personal data for what we understand to be lawful and Legitimate Interests under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • This information, primarily your name, email address and membership number (if applicable) is used to send updates about the group, keep track of attendance at meetings and process/reconcile subscription renewals.
  • For members only, the information is shared also with national HPS. The information is not shared with any other organisation.
  • If at any time you would like to view, change or delete the personal information the Monmouthshire Group holds about you, please send an email to monmouthshirehps@gmail.com with ‘Personal Information’ as the subject line. Alternatively, contact the Secretary by phone or at one of the meetings.

• Secretary: Jacqui Warren 01873 880031

The Constitution

The constitution of the Monmouthshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society 1. STATUS:

A group of members of The Hardy Plant Society (registered Charity No: 208080 hereinafter “the HPS”) and registered with the HPS. The Group is a body independent of the HPS save for affiliation through Registration with the Society. As such it has no power or authority to bind the HPS or to enter into any contract on behalf of the Society except as may be expressly authorised by the HPS Executive Committee from time to time. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the Group is not a registered charity

2. NAME:

The name of the Group shall be The HPS Monmouthshire Group and this title shall be dependent upon continuing registration with the HPS. If registration is withdrawn, the Group shall delete the name “The Hardy Plant Society” (HPS) from its title immediately.

The Group shall, at all time, comply with the registration requirements as notified from time

to time by the HPS.
To further the objects of the HPS on a local basis.


Only fully paid-up members of the HPS may become members of the Group. Each member shall be entitled to one vote at any General Meeting. Each member shall receive a copy of the Group Constitution.

a) All members shall pay an annual sum as recommended by the Committee and

approved at a general meeting of members.

b) Annual subscriptions shall become due on January 1st. 7. FINANCE:

  1. a)  Funds belonging to the Group shall be deposited in a banking account held in the name of the Group.
  2. b)  Cheques drawn on the account shall be signed in accordance with a resolution approved by the Group Committee.
  3. c)  The financial year of the Group shall end on 31 December.
  4. d)  Annual accounts shall be prepared, examined by an independent person, andsubmitted for approval of members at the Annual General Meeting.


a) The following honorary Officers of the Group shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting: Chairman, (Vice Chairman), Secretary and Treasurer. In addition there will be a minimum of two but a maximum of five other elected Committee members.

b) The persons so elected shall form the Management Committee of the Group.

c) All officers and other members of the committee shall seek re-election annually. The Chairman shall be eligible for re-election each year, subject to serving a maximum of three years (extendable, if necessary, to a maximum of five consecutive years).

d) No individual may hold, at the same time, more than one of the posts of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

e) Nominations for Officers and members of the Committee must be received by the Secretary in writing, together with confirmation of the Nominee’s consent.

f) A quorum for Committee meetings shall be 3 elected members of whom one must be an elected Officer.

g) The Committee has the power to co-opt members to serve until the following AGM when they may stand for election.

h) The Annual General Meeting may also if it thinks fit, elect a President. 9. GENERAL MEETINGS (Annual or Extraordinary):

a) At least 21 days notice of any General Meeting shall be given to all members specifying the business of the meeting.

b) At General Meetings, decisions shall be by simple majority with the Chairman having a casting vote.

c) A quorum at General Meetings shall be 10% of the current paid-up membership.

d) An Annual General Meeting of all paid-up members of the Group shall be held once in each calendar year, within three months of the end of the financial year to transact the following business:

i) To receive and adopt the Minutes of the last AGM.
ii) To receive the annual reports from Officers of the Group.
iii) To receive and adopt the Annual Accounts of the preceding financial year.

iv) To transact any other business of which at least 21 days notice has been given.page2image32264320page2image32274880

v) To deal with any special matter which the Committee may wish to bring before the members and to receive suggestions from the members for consideration by the Committee.

vi) To elect the Officers and other Committee members.

vii) To elect an auditor/examiner.

e) An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Group may be called at any time and shall be called within 40 days of receipt by the Secretary of a requisition, in writing, signed by not less than 10 members stating the purpose for which the meeting is requested and setting out the resolutions which are to be proposed thereat. No other business shall be transacted at the meeting.


a) The Constitution may be altered only at a General Meeting of the Group of which due notice has been given and which specifies the proposed alterations and of which a copy has been supplied to the HPS Group Co-ordinator.

b) A motion to amend the Constitution shall require a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast.


a) A motion to dissolve the Group shall require an Extraordinary General Meeting of which not less than 21 days notice shall have been given to all members. Such motion shall incorporate specific proposals for the distribution of the surplus assets of the Group after settlement of all liabilities. Such distribution shall be to the HPS or such other horticultural registered charity as approved by the Group Members.

b) A motion to dissolve the Group shall require a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast.

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