Lyn Miles

01980 610877/ 07787 852756

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!

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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!

Galanthus Booklet

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The HPS Galanthus booklet is available here at a price of £5.50 for members and £7.50 for non-members.

Coming Up

2025 dates for your diary

Snowdrop Supper plus after-dinner speaker, Saturday, February 8th.

AGM & Study Day, Sunday, February 9th.

The above events plus the garden visits that have been arranged for that weekend will take place in Herefordshire next year and will be for Galanthus Group members only.

Past Events

AGM & Study Day, Sunday, February 11th, 2024

Our 13th Study Day and AGM was held at Stalham High School, NR12 9DG 

Refreshments were offered on arrival from 8.30 am quickly followed by the members’ plant sales at 9 am. Then the AGM followed by two talks. Brian Ellis, Norfolk plantsman and incurable galanthophile spoke on “Snowdrops and a Norfolk Connection”. Johan Mens, from northern Belgium, gave us an insight into the snowdrops he specialises in….” Some Belgian Snowdrops…. and my first efforts on hybridising!” Both superb lectures! The afternoon visit to East Ruston Old Vicarage was much enjoyed as was the tea and cake in the cosy warm tea room. The preceding evening’s Snowdrop Supper at Hevingham Village Hall, was popular, a sociable occasion with much snowdrop talk and a lovely atmosphere! A memorable weekend for The HPS Galanthus Group again!

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.

Online Talks

Since Feb ’21 we have arranged 20 Zoom lectures watched by large audiences, the latest 4 are listed below. 

The zooms are FREE for Galanthus Group members to watch, £3 for HPS members not in the group, and £7.50 for anyone else. All take place at 7:30 p.m. UK time. It may be possible to watch a recording of some of the talks. 

    • Thursday 17th October 2024 – Val Bourne, HPS Vice-President (UK) – “Born to be a Galanthophile”.

    • Monday 4th November 2024 – Gerard van Buiten (Netherlands) – “Roadmap to Galanthia”

    • Tuesday 14th January 2025 – Horst Bäuerlein (Germany) – ” Snowdrops in their Natural Environment and the Results of Selection”

    • Wednesday 5th February 2025Lyn Miles (UK) – “Westcroft and its Snowdrops”


Further Information

For more details or to join the group, please contact the membership secretary:

Lyn Miles
Boscombe Village,

01980 610877

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