The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a non-profit volunteer organization for beginning, experienced, amateur and professional gardeners. Founded in 1985 and dedicated to the promotion of hardy herbaceous perennials, the society now has nearly 2,000 members throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
HPSO provides a wide variety of activities and benefits to its members including:
The history of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon started in the 1970s, when Marvin Black, a Seattle horticulturist, on a gardeners exploration of England, discovered Great Britains Hardy Plant Society. Marvin was impressed with the organizations possibilities and turned to his gardening friends for support in organizing the first American Hardy Plant Society. In June of 1980, this group sponsored the first Pacific Northwest Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend at Edmonds Community College.
Eventually, a group of Oregonians, tired of traveling to Seattle for garden events, met with Marvin to plan the beginnings of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. HPSO has subsequently inspired the development of several other gardening groups. Throughout the years many dedicated volunteers have been responsible for building and continuing the missions of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.
The mission of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is to encourage interest in herbaceous perennial plants by:
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