Kevin Hughes of Heale House Nursery will talk on the ‘Stars of the Spring Garden’ and Troy Scott Smith, head gardener of Sissinghurst, will speak on ‘Revitalising Vita’.
Hughes said: "In an age when British gardens and horticulture are in decline the HPS stands out as a bastion of plant enthusiasts like no other. The membership is friendly and welcoming, willing to share their passion for plants and the plants too. HPS members love plants for themselves and create arguably the most interesting gardens. They have inherited the best British horticultural tradition as passed down by gardening greats such as Geoffrey Hamilton and Geoffrey Smith. New members will never feel left out and will come away with new friends, new plants and bags of enthusiasm."
There are specialist interest groups within the HPS which cater for fans of Galanthus, Hardy Geranium, Peony, Pulmonaria, Ranunculaceae, Shade and Woodland Plants, Variegated Plants and also Half Hardy plants.
The Society offers support to students in the form of the Kenneth Black Legacy which makes small bursaries for study away from the usual college base and also offers specific grants to aid with horticultural projects, trips and plant hunts.
Chair Cathy Rollinson said: "The Annual Lecture Day is an opportunity for HPS members from all over the country to come together and indulge their interest in plants. This year, over 150 members will meet in Reigate to hear Kevin Hughes’ expert recommendations for the best plants for Spring and also Sissinghurst’s new head gardener on his plans for this iconic garden."