Membership of the HPS Galanthus Group is open to all members of the Hardy Plant Society who are interested in learning about snowdrops, growing and propagating them and by attending the events, includes the opportunity of acquiring new ones!
Subscriptions are due by the 1st January each year – £5 single per year, £6 for two people at one address or £8 per address for those overseas.
The subscription of a new member joining after 30th September is valid until the end of the following year. Two newsletters are produced per year – members are invited to contribute to these!
All members, especially our overseas members are welcome to attend the annual Study Day (space permitting!). It moves around the UK each year allowing us to explore and visit different gardens which are organised for the afternoon of the study day. The morning includes two lectures and a members’ plant sale which is always popular! If possible, we try to organise garden visits for the preceding and succeeding days so you can make a weekend of it.
For the last couple of years, we’ve arranged a Snowdrop Supper on the prior Sat. evening, a sociable occasion to share with like-minded friends!
The HPS Galanthus booklet is available here at a price of £5.50 for members and £7.50 for non-members.
AGM & Study Day, Sunday February 11th, 2024
Our 13th Study Day and AGM will be held at Stalham High School, NR12 9DG (map)
There will be refreshments on arrival from 8.30am and members’ plant sales at 9am. The AGM will start at 10-00am and be followed by two talks.
Brian Ellis, Norfolk plantsman and incurable galanthophile will speak on “Snowdrops and a Norfolk Connection”. Johan Mens, from northern Belgium will then give us an insight into the snowdrops he specialises in….”Some Belgian Snowdrops…. and my first efforts on hybridising!”
The afternoon visit will be to East Ruston Old Vicarage (NR12 9HN) (map) with arrival from 1.30pm. Tea/coffee and cake will be available there.
The preceding evening there will be a Snowdrop Supper at Hevingham Village Hall, (NR10 5NL), (map) a sociable occasion with much snowdrop talk and a lovely atmosphere!
The Supper and the Study Day are for members only and must be booked in advance.
AGM & Study Day, Sunday February 12th, 2023
Our 12th Study Day and AGM was held at King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall near Banbury. The homemade morning refreshments were much enjoyed and the Members’ plant sales were as popular as ever. Following the AGM (when Lyn Miles became the new chairman, taking over from Gill Hadland), we enjoyed two talks.
Emma Thick, the Deputy Head Gardener at Thenford and snowdrop ‘Immortal’ introduced us to ‘The Snowdrops at Thenford’ ahead of our afternoon visit.
Anne Repnow then treated us to her fabulous photos of ‘More Snowdrops from Anne’s Garden’. (Anne came over from Germany in 2020 to speak at Tuxford and then presented an excellent Zoom talk in February 2021).
The afternoon visit was to Thenford Gardens and Arboretum, RB Snowdrops had a sales table there – more buying opportunities! The very successful day ended with tea, cake and farewells.
Since Feb ’21 we have arranged 11 zoom lectures watched by large audiences.
Five more have been arranged between Oct. ’23 and Feb ’24. Please see below for details. All at 7.30pm UK time.
The zooms are FREE for Galanthus Group members to watch, £3 for HPS members not in the group and £7.50 for anyone else. A recording of both Janet Benjafield’s and John Lonsdale’s talks may be available for a short time.
- Monday 16th October 2023 – Janet Benjafield (UK) – “To Blewbury and Beyond”
- Thursday 2nd November 2023 – John Lonsdale (USA) – “Following the Pilgrims – Snowdrops and Companion Plants in the NE USA “
- Wednesday 24th January 2024 – Ross & Helen Barbour (UK) – “Snowdrops Need Friends Too!”
- Tuesday 6th February 2024 – Callum Halstead (UK) – “Cambo and its Snowdrops”
- Thursday 29th February 2024 – Jimi Blake (Ireland) – “My Snowdrop Obsession at Huntingbrook Gardens”
For more details or to join the group, please contact the membership secretary: