Plant Societies

Plant societies are full of friendly enthusiasts who are keen to share their enjoyment and knowledge of their favourite plants

There are plant societies for almost every plant group you can think of, so whether you love plants for shade, sun, drought, or just have a favourite plant that you can’t live without, there will be a plant society waiting to welcome you with open arms.

These societies play an important role serious business of improving the understanding, cultivation and conservation of a huge range of plants.  Many have websites that offer advice, information and photo collections, as well as members’ areas.

A plant society will give its members, whether amateur or professional, the opportunity to meet each other and share experiences and stories, as well as taking part in the fantastic range of activities available. Each society offers their own members' package, but among these you may be able to:

  • Visit collections and gardens not usually open to the public
  • Gain access to new and unusual varieties through seed- and plant-sharing schemes
  • Meet members in your area through local branches
  • Take part in shows and competitions
  • Receive annual publications and yearbooks
  • Access to expert advice and information
  • Attend talks and demonstrations about your favourite plants
  • Access members’ areas of websites – where you can ask advice and take part in society events

To be able to continue providing all this fabulous information, and take part in shows like this our plant societies need members. So why not think about joining the one that represents your favourite plant? The websites will give you all the details needed for joining and tell you more about each society.

RHS and Plant Society Events

The RHS currently works with more than 40 plant societies, giving everybody the opportunity to take part in plant shows, special events and workshops.  

Many of these plant societies hold shows and exhibitions at one or more of the RHS Gardens. These provide the society with the opportunity to hold competitions, promote displays of plants and photographs, showcase unusual or new species, sell plants, provide workshops and demonstrations and promote their society to visitors.

See a current list of Plant Society events at RHS Gardens on our Event finder.

If you represent a plant society and would like to join the RHS Plant Society list please contact [email protected].

Society name Website
Alpine Garden Society Visit website
Australasian Plants Society  Visit website
British Cactus & Succulent Society Visit website
British Clematis Society Visit website
British Conifer Society Visit website
British Fuchsia Society Visit website
British Hosta & Hemerocallis Society Visit website
British Iris Society Visit website
British Lichen Society Visit website
British Mammillaria Society Visit website
British National Carnation Society Visit website
British Pteridological Society Visit website
British Streptocarpus Society Visit website
Carnivorous Plant Society Visit website
Cottage Garden Society Visit website
Cyclamen Society Visit website
Daffodil Society Visit website
Delphinium Society Visit website
European Boxwood & Topiary Society Visit website
Fritillaria Group Visit website
Hardy Orchid Society Visit website
Hardy Plant Society Visit website
Hebe Society Visit website
Herb Society Visit website
Historic Roses Group Visit website
International Euphorbia Society Visit website
Japanese Garden Society Visit website
Maple Society Visit website
Mediterranean Garden Society Visit website
Mediterranean Plants and Gardens Visit website
National Auricula & Primula Society Visit website
National Chrysanthemum Society Visit website
National Dahlia Society Visit website
National Sweet Pea Society Visit website
National Vegetable Society Visit website
Nerine & Amaryllid Society Visit website
Orchid Society of Great Britain Visit website
Pelargonium & Geranium Society Visit website
Plant Heritage Visit website
RHS Fruit Group Visit website
RHS Herb Group  
RHS Lily Group Visit website
RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group Visit website
Rose Society UK Visit website
Royal National Rose Society Visit website
Saxifrage Society Visit website
Scottish Rock Garden Club Visit website
Sutton Bonsai Society Visit website
Thames Valley Orchid Society Please email
Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society Visit website

Gardening with the RHS

Listen to our award-winning gardening podcasts

Listen now

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.