HPS of NE -- CT Chapter

Hardy Plant Society of New England — Connecticut Chapter

We are a group of Plant Enthusiasts dedicated to “Grow Beyond the Zone” through Education, Sharing & Cultivating.

The HARDY PLANT SOCIETY (HPS) of New England, Connecticut Chapter is a friendly and informal gathering of plant lovers.

The stated purpose of HARDY PLANT SOCIETY is to cultivate and promote interest in plants that are hardy in New England, from the tiniest herbaceous plants to giant trees and all between. As our membership draws from a broad range of interests, the exchange of ideas and knowledge among our group is dynamic!

HPS holds a monthly series of evening lectures or workshops, a private garden tour & a finishing “Meet the Nursery Owner(s) &Their Gardens Picnic”  from September to June. (We take July & August to concentrate on our own gardens!!) These meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month except November and December when the meetings are held on the third Wednesday.  A “coffee hour” precedes the meetings. The December meeting also includes a holiday celebration.  At meetings there is often a raffle and/or auction of donated plants.

We love to share our knowledge of horticulture with all it’s trials and tribulations…  join us as we interact with our speakers and members before, during & after the presentation.  Our meetings are very interactive & we enjoy each others company in a small group setting.

Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker scheduled for 7:30 PM.  Members whose last names begin with A-M are asked to bring goodies in September.  Members with initials N-Z will be asked to bring goodies in October and then the two groups will alternate each month.  Our dedicated hostess, Kathy,  prepares coffee & hot water for tea to enjoy with the repast our members share each month.

Directions for all regular meetings: The Solomon Welles House, Wethersfield, CT       From the Silas Deane Highway (Route 99) turn East on Nott Street.  The house is located at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State Street.  The street address is 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT.               From I 91, take exit 26 and follow signs to Motor Vehicle Department. The house is just beyond the MVD building at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State Street.

There is a circular drive in front of the house and people may stop there to unload anything that they are bringing to the meeting. There are two handicapped spaces to the left of the house off this semicircle. To get to the main parking area, you must follow the driveway around the left side of the house to the area below and behind it. A pathway leads to the house from the parking area and you may enter the house from either the front door or the side kitchen door.

For further information about the Hardy Plant Society —  Please Contact:

Leslie Shields, President
25 Johnson Ave.
Plainville CT 06062
860 747 8175


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