National Plant Societies

Here we offer a list of many other plant societies in the UK. Although all societies invite you to join, most have web sites containing loads of useful information that anyone, member or not, can access. Those who join will have access to additional information and activities.

Click on a society title to open a new browser window in which the society’s web site will load. All links and information were correct and tested at the time of compilation of the list but the Group cannot accept responsibility for any external web sites.


Hardy Plant Society

We love hardy perennials for their variety, colours, shapes, sizes and longevity. We help each other to grow them better, to try different species and we exchange and spread information about them.

Alpine Garden Society

A society for all those interested in alpine plants, passionate about sharing cultivation knowledge and dedicated to the conservation of alpine plants and their habitats.


Australasian Plant Society

A group of gardeners, amateur and professional, linked by a love of growing plants from Australia, New Zealand and surrounding islands.

British Cactus and Succulent Society

Discover the beauty of cacti and other succulents with the BCSS! Whether you are an expert grower or a novice – or are just thinking of starting up the hobby – the Society will guide you all the way.

British Clematis Society

The British Clematis Society (BCS) exists to promote the cultivation and preservation of clematis. In particular, it aims to encourage all gardeners to grow and enjoy clematis – with the emphasis being on enjoy !

British Conifer Society

The British Conifer Society is a hub for anyone with an interest in conifers, a blend of both nurserymen and enthusiasts.

British Fuchsia Society

The British Fuchsia Society has been promoting, growing and enjoying fuchsias sine 1939.

British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society

The Society aims to increase knowledge about Hosta and Hemerocallis (daylilies), foster interest in the cultivation of Hosta and Hemerocallis and preserve the history of Hosta and Hemerocallis.

British Iris Society

A society for anyone who admires irises and wishes to further their knowledge of the genus. The society doesn’t have a website so the link in its name will open an email window pre-addressed to its membership contact. Membership costs £14 a year (in 2019) for which members receive twice-yearly newsletters, a yearbook and access to libraries of digital images and reference as well as the opportunity to participate in a seed scheme and to receive help on growing and breeding iris.

British Pteridological Society

The Objects of the Society are to promote all aspects of pteridology by encouraging the appreciation, conservation, cultivation and scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts. The international membership includes those interested in gardening, natural history and botany, both amateur and professional. It is a friendly society run on a voluntary basis.

British National Carnation Society

So what is the British National Carnation Society all about?  In a word: Culture.  No, not that sort of culture – but culture in the sense of growing, growing the flowers of the three main types of Dianthus – Pinks, Border Carnations and Perpetual-flowering Carnations.

British Streptocarpus Society

The Society was formed in September 1999 especially for Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose) growers with small, medium or large collections.  The current membership is just over 550.  We welcome new members with a wide range of growing knowledge and experience. Members range from beginners with a few plants on their windowsills to expert growers with many years of experience. We are happy to help new members to increase their expertise and enjoyment of streptocarpus growing.

Carniverous Plant Society

The Carnivorous Plant Society is a registered Charity, founded in 1978 with the aim of bringing together all those interested in carnivorous plants, both beginners and experts. Membership is open to all individuals and institutions, both amateur and professional.

Cottage Garden Society

The Cottage Garden Society (CGS) is an informal and friendly society of about 3,000 members in many countries, though most are based in the UK. It brings together amateurs and professionals who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening.

Cyclamen Society

The Cyclamen Society is a charity, registered in the United Kingdom. (Registration number 1172732). The society aims to educate people worldwide about Cyclamen and to this end it has had published the seminal work about cyclamen, the Genus Cyclamen. It has also published country guides to Cyclamen both in English and other languages to promote knowledge and understanding, as well as various leaflets to aid cultivation.

Delphinium Society

The Delphinium Society was established in 1928, to promote the growing of delphiniums and larkspur by means of educational, instructional and advisory services to our members.

European Boxwood and Topiary Society

The European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS) is committed to encourage the appreciation, cultivation and knowledge of Boxwood and Topiary and to further extend both historic and scientific research in the subject.

Fritillaria Group

This is a special interest group within the Alpine Garden Society. Membership of the Group stands at about 290 with representation from most of Europe and countries as far as Japan, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Most members are keen gardeners who love growing fritillaries.

Heather Society

The Heather Society extends a very warm welcome to everyone entering the world of heathers, especially to newcomers who have recently developed an interest in these attractive shrubs.

Hebe Society

The Hebe Society was founded in 1985 and is a British Registered Charity. Most members are in the British Isles, but some are in the rest of Europe, North America and New Zealand. Although initially formed for those interested in hebes, the Society now supports the cultivation and conservation of all New Zealand plants.

Herb Society

In 1927 Hilda Leyel founded the Society of Herbalists, which would later become the Herb Society, with the aim of supporting the practice of herbal medicine in Britain.

Historic Roses Group

The Historic Roses Group was founded over a quarter of a century ago in 1990 by members of the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) particularly interested in older roses of historical importance. These include species (wild) roses and their hybrids, rare or unusual roses, and those no longer widely grown.

Japanese Garden Society

Founded in 1993, the Japanese Garden Society brings together people interested in the gardens of Japan and Japanese gardens in the UK. It welcomes amateurs and professionals, garden lovers and garden designers who are interested in Japanese gardens and who wish to share their interests with other like-minded people.

Mammillaria Society

The Society focuses on the largest genus of the Cactus family, Mammillaria, and its allied genera and seeks to support enthusiasts in growing these lovely plants and, in particular, to help with their conservation.

Maple Society

At last a society has been formed to cater for and foster interest in this delightful, versatile genus. Founded by Doug Goodyer, Superintendent at Hever Castle, its objects are to encourage the cultivation of maples, enable members to learn from each other about their propagation, cultivation, introduction and identification, and facilitate the study of the botany, uses and cultural needs of maples.

Mediterranean Garden Society

The Mediterranean Garden Society is a non-profit-making association founded in Greece with members in 38 countries. Climate change is with us and there will be an increasing need for change in the way that we design our gardens in the UK. The objective of the UK branch now is to provide MGS members not only with the knowledge of how to prepare for change but also to be part of a community that helps to define what change is needed.

Mediterranean Plants and Gardens

Mediterranean Plants and Gardens is a not-for-profit association for people with particular interest in the plants of Mediterranean climate zones. It embraces concepts of sustainable gardening such as matching plant species intelligently to their environment and giving particular attention to economical use of water.

National Auricula and Primula Society – Northern Section

The National Auricula and Primula Society (Northern Section), is the oldest of the National Society Sections being formed in 1873 and shortly to celebrate its 150th Anniversary.

National Dahlia Society

The world’s largest all-dahlia society, the National Dahlia Society was formed in 1881 and for over a century has given unbroken service to gardeners interested in this wonderful flower.  Now a registered charity, it seeks to promote the dahlia by means of exhibitions (shows), trials and conferences.  

National Sweet Pea Society

The Society’s aims to disseminate knowledge of Sweet Peas and other Lathyrus species and to encourage, improve and extend the cultivation of these flowers by means of scientific trials, exhibitions and displays, by publications and other activities.

National Vegetable Society

Society for enthusiasts who want to advance, gain knowledge, give advice and enjoy growing and/or exhibiting vegetables

Nerine and Amaryllid Society

The society, which was originally formed as The Nerine Society with sole interest in Nerines, has now extended its field of interest to include other plants within the family of Amaryllidaceae, such as Agapanthus, Alliums, Daffodils, Hippeastrum and Snowdrops. The Society aims to cater for all levels of interest and knowledge, from the professional to the amateur, for those with a large collection of plants and for those who simply like to admire.

Orchid Society of Great Britain

The Orchid Society of Great Britain is a club for anyone who grows orchids, whether on a windowsill or professionally, providing a place for members to meet socially, to show their orchids, acquire new ones, and to learn about them with lectures, a journal, a library, exhibiting at shows and cultural advice.

Plant Heritage

The world’s leading cultivated plant conservation charity, bringing together the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists and the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners. Helping to safeguard our unique garden flora across Britain and Ireland through conservation projects, including the National Plant Collections,Threatened Plants Programme and our Plant Guardians.

Rose Society UK

When the former Royal National Rose Society went into administration in 2017, a group got together to continue the RNRS shows under a new regime and The Rose Society UK was born. Although the new Society doesn’t have the resources of the old one to run trials, it is supporting the re-establishment of international trials and as well as its shows activity is committed to helping everyone to grow and enjoy roses.

Saxifrage Society

The Aims of The Saxifrage Society are to encourage the cultivation of saxifrages in gardens and an enjoyment of them in the wild.

Scottish Rock Garden Club

The Club for people who love plants. Plant enthusiasts join together from around the world to share and enjoy a love of plants, amateur or professional, beginner or expert. Small garden, large garden, bog garden, woodland garden, raised beds, troughs. Dwarf herbaceous, bulbs corms and tubers,trees, shrubs, cacti, succulents, orchids. And not just for Scots!