Focus and Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Edgeworthia, photo by Carol VerhakeFocus and Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders plan garden and nursery visits and workshops of particular interest to enthusiasts of shade gardens, native plants, tender perennials, and winter bloomers. HPS/MAG has over 700 members living across a wide area, so we have also inaugurated geographic Focus Groups to bring programs nearer to members. Focus Group Leaders maintain lists of all members who have indicated they wish to be notified of upcoming events. Smaller groups and informal outings provide opportunities to meet and share with gardeners of similar interests. HPS/MAG membership includes being a member of all SIGs and all members are invited to participate in SIG events. Check the calendar often for listings. You may contact individual SIG leaders for more information, to RSVP for events listed, to share ideas for future events, or to volunteer to help out. Directions to private gardens, supply lists, etc. will be sent to registrants.

HPS relies on volunteers to make these groups work. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in serving as a SIG Leader, or need more information.

SIG Details Contact
Native Plants Learn more about native plants, ecology,  and sustainable design for birds, butterflies and clean water. Margaret Moore, [email protected]
Tender Perennials Hardy plants, tender perennials, annuals, house plants. We love them all. Our most popular event is our annual cuttings exchange, typically the first Saturday of October.  Mary Ann Thomas, [email protected]
Winter Interest A thoughtful design and plant palate can ensure 12 months of interest. Join us in the winter months as we seek the best plants for winter bloom, bark, berries, 
texture, and color.
Sue Slim, [email protected]
Pop-Ups Pop ups are member sponsored events that don’t fall under the categories of our established SIGS. They can include members and nonmembers as participants and take place throughout the year. They must be scheduled with, and cleared, in advance, by Nora Sirbaugh (Vice-President) in order to avoid conflicts with events planned by the SIG leaders, who have first dibs on dates, and with other members planning pop ups. Nora Sirbaugh, [email protected]

 

Interested in starting a new SIG?

Are you interested in a particular aspect of gardening, or live in an area where you'd like to meet other HPS members, but no SIG currently exists? If so, perhaps you would like to form your own Focus or Special Interest Group. HPS/MAG will help you get started by advertising events, and providing ideas, registration and other support. Leaders plan two or more events each year and provide the attendee list and a brief report at the conclusion of each program.

Do you belong to a garden club that is struggling to plan programs, garden tours and other activities? HPS can provide many resources. The only requirement is that each member of the group must be a HPS/MAG member, and all programs are open to the membership. For more information and to learn how to get started, contact [email protected].