The Salem Hardy Plant Society was founded in Salem, Oregon and organized in 1997 to: • Promote the culture of hardy plants by providing public information and education • Promote the collection and dissemination of source information about hardy plants and their availability • Foster informal gatherings of the membership including meetings and garden visits • Support community gardening projects • Cooperate with and complement the activities of other horticultural organizations in the Pacific Northwest
Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Dye House at the Mission Mill - 1313 Mill St SE Salem OR. Our membership spans a wide range of backgrounds and knowledge, with professional nurseries and 'backyard' gardeners both represented and we typically have an attendance of between 50 and 80 members and their guests. Regular features of each meeting include a ‘Show, Tell & Ask’ segment, raffles, announcements and edible treats – and when available, the opportunity to buy featured plants from either our speaker or one of our many member nurseries.
The Salem Hardy Plant Society program includes (at no additional fee beyond your annual membership) speakers/presentations related to hardy plants and/or gardening in general from October through May. We take advantage of the later lighting in June, July and August to move our monthly get-togethers outside for informal potlucks and our popular plant exchange. In September we are focused on preparing to host our major annual Plant Sale.
The Salem Hardy Plant Society has a monthly members-only program (typically March through September, weather permitting) where our members invite their fellow members to visit their personal gardens to see what they’ve created ‘in their space’ as well as what hardy plant treasures they’ve found and nurtured – (and they may actually be persuaded to share where they found it!). This program often features stops at our member nursery display gardens as well.
The Salem Hardy Plant Society maintains a tax-exempt (per Internal Revenue Code, section 501c(3)) non-profit, charitable and educational organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of Oregon and governed by a Board of Directors elected by the Society's members.
Additional information on the Society’s organization can be found in the Society’s published Bylaws, which are located in our Membership directory.