Hardy Plant Society Seed Distribution
One of the benefits of being a member of the Hardy Plant Society is the opportunity to join in with the Hardy Plant Society Seed Distribution Scheme. What I wasn’t aware of until recently is that this wonderful perk is also available to non-members like myself.
Who are they?
The Hardy Plant Society are exactly what they sound like. They’re a group of volunteers who are particularly well organised and have been going for over half a century. They are dedicated to promoting the benefits of using hardy plants in the garden and celebrating the wide variety this offers. They organise local and national meetings for members wanting to learn more.
Find out more on their website.
How the scheme works
Members of the society collect and donate seed during the year and once they’ve been received the society sends out a seed list in November and publishes this list on their website. This year there were over 2000 different seeds listed which is truly amazing.
You submit 20 preferred seeds with 10 substitutes should your initial options run out. All you pay is £5 postage.
You can then request Random Sets which are packets of 25 named seeds gathered from the seeds that are left once all the other orders have been filled. That’s just an additional £2.50!
So for £7.50, I have received 45 packets of seed to play with this year. That’s just 17p a packet.
Members of the society get their orders filled first so they’re more likely to get what they’ve requested. Also, if they donate 5 packets of seed to the scheme they can choose an additional 10 packets to order.
How did I do this year?
|Bupleurum longifolium ex ‘Bronze Beauty’|
|Eryngium bourgatii ex ‘Picos Amethyst’|
|Rosa glauca ambig||Received|
|Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ex ‘Album’||Received|
|Podophyllim peltatum var annulare|
So, out of my 20 first choice options I received 11. I had 5 out of my 10 substitutes and also received 3 extras to make up the 20. These were Angelica sylvestris ex ‘Vicar’s Mead’, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora and, Delphinium ex Belladonna Group.
The seeds I received from the Random Set are listed below.
|Iris ensata ex ‘Fortune’|
|Trollius chinensis ex ‘Golden Queen’|
|Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca ex ‘Moon Dance’|
|Thalictrum minus ex ‘Aldiantifolium’|
|Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica hort.|
Sisyrinchium californicum ex Brachypus Group
|Narcissus mixed 2016 introductions|
|Malva moschata f. alba|
|Lavatera trimestris ex ‘Ruby Regis’|
|Ligularia ex ‘Britt Marie Crawford’|
|Fritillaria imperialis ex ‘Lutea’|
|Incarvillea delavayi pink flowers|
|Geranium ex Silver Cloak Group|
The benefit of a Random Set is you get another 25 packets. There may have been lots of the 2000-strong list that didn’t make it into your top 35 selections but you’d be happy to get nonetheless. The downside will always be that there may be some plants that don’t match the conditions you have in your garden. For example, I’ll be looking to give away the Ligularia and Primula seeds to someone with a damper plot. I also have a lot of Stipa tenuissima and Helleborus foetidus in the garden so I’ll pass these on too.
Would I do it again?
Definitely! Although I may run out of both greenhouse space and garden space.