Local Group

Magnolia 'Genie'

Welcome to the Essex Group pages.  We are a small but enthusiastic group in a county with some 10 National Plant Collections -  from shade loving perennials to Heritage Fruit Trees. We run Spring and Autumn Plant Fairs at RHS Hyde Hall. Read on to find out more.


We generally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 10.00 - 12.00 in the Café at RHS Hyde Hall. 

The spring and autumn plant fairs are a main focus of activity;  our members can also help to conserve rare plants through the Plant Guardian Scheme and the Annual Plant Exchange.


If you are interested in becoming a member, contributing to our plant fairs and helping secure the future of threatened plants and support our National Collection Holders, please get in touch with us (see contacts below) or come to one of our Coffee Mornings. 

Just drop us a line if you want to attend so we can confirm the date and venue and look out for you.

Our Events

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Our collections

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Chairman and Plant Fairs Organiser
Richard Wollaston
Secretary/Newsletter Editor
Karen Sparrow
Treasurer and Membership
Ron Coutts

eg: plant genus, common name, county, collection holder name.