About Us






Vancouver Hardy Plant Group

Welcome to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, founded in 1997.

We are dedicated to the cultivation and study of hardy, herbaceous perennials.

Meetings are held occasionally, when gifted and brilliant speakers are obtainable.

Open gardens are enjoyed by members, a bi-monthly newsletter is published
in which members are encouraged to contribute information, news and articles,
and bus trips to nurseries occur from time to time.

To join, please write or e-mail for an application form to :

Vancouver Hardy Plant Group
Lana Wightman/Bob Sandison
1122 Deep Cove road
North Vancouver, BC V7G 1S3

Click here for correspondence regarding memberships.

Clickhere OR here for regular e-mail correspondence.


Upcoming Events


Calendar Events

Friday Evening
January 17, 2014
Rick Darke
Part I: The High Line
Part II: High Line and Reclaimed Garden Scapes of the World
February 15th, 2014
9:30am – 3:00pm
Cleve West (England)
John Greenlee (California)
Richie Steffen (Washington)
Spring Study Day

Rick Darke

Part I: The High Line
Part II: High Line and Reclaimed Garden Scapes of the World

Friday Evening, January 17, 2014 – 7-9pm
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

$25 members pre-registered and $30 non-members pre-registered
ALL tickets at the door $30.00

PLEASE CALL 604-266-7667 or 604-922-6249.


Rick Darke We are excited to be able to present Rick Darke on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2014 speaking on the High Line, a long-derelict elevated rail line along New York City's West Side that has since become one of 21st Century's most imaginative public spaces. Rick will give one talk on the High Line followed by a second on other High Line-like projects around the world. This is a subject which will be of great interest to both members who have visited New York and walked the High Line, and those who may not have made it yet but hope to.

Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes.

He served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for 20 years, and in 1998 The American Horticultural Society honoured Rick with its Scientific Award, which recognizes individuals "who have enriched horticulture through outstanding and notable research."

Rick Darke Rick first visited the High Line in 2002, when Joshua David and Robert Hammond invited him to see the self-seeded landscape that had taken over the structure. Since then, he has been documenting the landscape as it changes in color and texture throughout the seasons. An internationally recognized expert on grasses, he has visited the High Line with Piet Oudolf, Melissa Fisher and other staff to talk about the roles these unique plants play on the High Line.

Rick’s many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest (Timber Press), In Harmony with Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden (Michael Friedman Publishing), and The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Timber Press). His book The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition (2009 Timber Press) places William Robinson's classic concept of wild gardening in modern ecological context and illustrates its relevance for today's gardeners and landscape stewards.

Rick has an extensive website which documents his many achievements and projects and is definitely worth a look - www.rickdarke.com



Saturday February 15, 2014 – 9:30am* – 3pm
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

*Remember to allow time to sort out the parking meters.

$40 members pre-registered and $45 non-members pre-registered
ALL tickets at the door $50.00

PLEASE CALL 604-266-7667 or 604-922-6249.



Cleve West

Cleve West Cleve West is a landscape designer whose creative use of space and sensitive, imaginative planting have put him at the forefront of contemporary garden design in the UK. Trained by John Brookes in 1990, he started his practice in 1994, since when he has worked in private gardens and public spaces both in Britain and abroad.

Cleve, a RHS Chelsea Garden Show Gold Medal winner, will give us two talks at Spring Study Day February 2014. He has won a total of seven RHS Gold Medals and three awards for innovative garden design and, for two years in succession, he won the coveted Best in Show Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 2011 and 2012.

From award-winning show gardens to private havens, Cleve West has built a reputation for innovative garden landscapes. He is an entertaining lecturer as well as an author and TV presenter. While his design work has won awards, and he is at the top of his profession, he claims his favourite gardening is in his allotment in Bushey Park and recently wrote a book “The Plot” on allotments.

To see some of Cleve’s work visit his website at www.clevewest.com

Cleve West Garden


Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen Richie Steffen is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he oversees the development of the garden, manages the rare plant collections, and is head of acquisitions. He also supervises the Great Plant Picks program. He is a board member of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Hardy Fern Foundation (past-president).

Members will remember the terrific talk "Fabulous Ferns" Richie gave us in February 2013 and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to continue exploring this genus.

Richie is a superb photographer and is building an archival image collection at the Miller Garden. His photos can be seen on the Miller Garden website www.millergarden.org and on the Great Plant Picks website www.greatplantpicks.org

John Greenlee

John Greenlee John Greenlee has been creating grass ecologies in gardens of all sizes all over the world since 1984. He is founder of Greenlee Nursery, the oldest and largest specialty grass nursery on the West Coast.

His designs are featured at such notable public spaces as the San Diego Zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He has also created beautiful meadow gardens in private residences all over California, the U.S., including Hawaii, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Many of his most recent meadow creations can be found adding to the beauty of Napa and Sonoma counties.

To view some of John’s designs visit the website www.greenleeandassociates.com/gallery.html

John Greenlee Designs


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