Welcome to the HPS/MAG Member Center!

, thank you for your continuing support of the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group. 
Your membership expires on . To renew your membership, click here.
When renewing online, please take a minute to update your Member Profile.


  • New Gardening Podcast. Starting February 22, Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH's) executive director Vikram Krishnamurthy will be a monthly guest on WDEL's "Del-AWARE" with Allan Loudell talking about all things horticulture in the First State. Vikram will be on air the 4th Friday of each month starting at 11 am to discuss seasonal tips for local gardeners, DCH programs, upcoming events and workshops, how to get involved in local community projects, and much more. He will also be taking calls and answering questions from the public. To listen, tune in to 1150AM / 101.7FM or stream online at wdel.com. You can also join the conversation by calling in at 302-529-1017 or emailing your questions ahead of time to [email protected] using the subject line "Question for Vikram Krishnamurthy." If you miss the live broadcast, listen to the show online anytime at wdel.com/on-demand/del-aware/.
  • How to find open gardens to visit on the Online Member Directory.  Go to "Member Center" click "Member Directory".  To find a garden to visit, click "Open Garden" and click "yes".   Don't forget to call the garden owner to make an appointment to visit their garden.

Volunteers Needed

  • Members Garden Tour, Saturday, June 29.  Greeters are needed for each garden on the tour and help is needed at the reception following the garden tour.  Contact Nora Sirbaugh to volunteer at [email protected].

January 2019 HPS/MAG NewsletterNewsletter 

Our January 2019 Newsletter is available online for you to view. Click here to open the document. Our sincere congratulations to Jim Bobb, our 2018 Member of the Year. And don't miss this month's feature article, A Cape Cod Adventure by Judith Elliott and Nadeen McShane.   


2019 HPS/MAG Board of Directors

Photo by Carol VerhakeThe following members are volunteering their time to lead HPS and bring members a wide variety of trips, lectures, tours and workshops. Welcome Mary Huis, Dawn Freeman, Joanne Patti, and Nancy Stedman who joined the board this year.

President - Sandy Vernick
Vice President - Nora Sirbaugh
Past President - Carol Verhake
Secretary - Mary Huis
Treasurer - Jan Herbster
Membership Chair - Janice Thomas
Programs Chair - Ilona Ontscherenki
Publications Chair - Kathy Yocom
Publicity- Nancy Stedman
Ways & Means - Laura Axel
Members-at-Large -  
(2018-2019) Sharon Anderson, Carol Smith
(2019-2020) Sam Barnett

The nominating committee for 2020 board positions has been formed. Chaired by past president Carol Verhake, the committee includes members Rick Ray, Jane Taylor, Janice Thomas and Sandy Vernick.  If you are interested in a board role or would like to recommend someone for a board position, please contact Carol Verhake at [email protected]

A BIG THANKS to our outgoing Board Members: Carol Dutill, Jim Bobb, Carole Maher and Megan Gallagher.  

Welcome new members! 

Echinacea, photo by Carol VerhakeThe following gardeners and garden lovers joined HPS/MAG in July through early December 2018: 

Carol Alper, Kieran Avis, Lorraine and Mark Bergamo, Linda Boschi, Victoria Buckley and Royal Furer, Robyn Buseman, Janet and Frank Caputo, Rob Cardillo, Ellen Delea and John Williams, Diane Ehrich and Martin Cohen, Kathleen Gagan, Griffin Gannon and Monika Kaminski, Diane Giffels, Dorothy Hankinson, Stephanie Harold, Margery Howe, Mary Beth Hughes, Claire Jones, Suzanne Kersten, Ann Laughlin, Ginny Levy, Janet Mackey, Jeanne May, Teresa and Stephen Mccarthy, Laurie Meyer, Tina Mickley, Irene and Robert Muzslay, Susan Naylor, Robin Pew, Kathleen Price, Brucie Roberts Rapoport, Zane Roskoph, Ed and Debbie Shinn, Tina Stimmler, Su Stout and Kellie Joseph, Mary Szewczyk, Nancy Taylor, Coleman and Susan Townsend, Richard Vaccaro, Craig Wakefield, Louise Woodstock, Julie Zadworniak, and Mary Ann Ziemba.  

We are very happy to have you as members. Thank you for your support of HPS/MAG. 

HPS Members Directory and Seed Exchange Catalog Paperless Options

Photo by Carol VerhakeCurrently at the HPS website, after logging in to the Member Center, members can look up individual members alphabetically in the Member Directory. There is also an option to do an advanced search by name or location.

In the past, HPS printed a Membership Directory, distributed in March. In discussions about the value of a paper copy to our members, HPS has decided to offer the option of declining a printed directory in lieu of viewing the directory online at the HPS website.

To indicate your publication choices, login on the home page, www.hardyplant.org, and click Member Center in the top bar. On the drop-down menu, click My Profile, Edit Profile, then scroll to the bottom to choose whether or not you would like to receive a printed copy of the Membership Directory and the Seed Exchange Catalog. 

Members are also asked about publication preferences as you renew online.


Summer shade garden, photo courtesy of Carol Verhake