Hardy Plant Society collecting seeds for redistribution
The Hardy Plant Society (HPS) is seeking contributions of seeds for its free seed distribution scheme. Members of the public are invited to apply to join the Hardy Plant Society. They can then collect and send in the seeds of hardy plants from their own gardens. These are then sorted and redistributed on request by volunteers to other gardeners, with leftover seeds donated to gardening charities and schools in January.
Last year the society sent more than 40,000 packets of seeds, and 2,000 named varieties, to 18 countries, including several rare and hard-to-find plants.
Chair of the Hardy Plant Society, Cathy Rollinson, said: ‘We have a proud heritage at the HPS of promoting and sharing seeds from garden-worthy perennials which might otherwise have fallen out of favour or been subject to the fickle finger of fashion. The seed scheme is a great way to ensure that good plants remain in cultivation for generations to come.’
Seeds can be ordered from the HPS’ online list from November–January. Seeds are free but there is a £5 admin charge.
To find out more, including advice on seed collection and how to donate seeds, visit the HPS website
Seed donations should be sent in by 31 October.