About us

The Hebe Society was founded in 1985 and is a British Registered Charity. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, New Zealand Alpine Garden Society and Tatton Garden Society. Most members are in the British Isles, but some are in the rest of Europe, North America and New Zealand.

Although initially formed for those interested in hebes, the Society now supports the cultivation and conservation of all New Zealand plants.

Starter Pack
New members receive:
– recent copies of ‘Hebe News’
– bibliography of books on hebes and other New Zealand plants
– a hebe cultivation booklet

Society activities include

Cuttings exchange
Assisting identification and encouraging correct naming
Registration of new cultivars

National Collections at Plumpton College, East Sussex and Threshfield, North Yorkshire
Other collections are at: Victoria Park, Haywards Heath and Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Cheshire
Exhibits at the Arley Garden Festival, Cheshire (in June)

Spring meeting and AGM
Encouragement of local groups
Garden open days

Three magazines a year
Other publications

Who’s Who

President – Chris Brickell
Vice President – Lawrie Metcalf
Membership Secretary
Recorder & Registrar
Editor & WebmasterTony Hayter
Collections Co-ordinator
Trade Growers

Committee Members
Gary and Maria Firth
Arthur and Diana Packham
Steve Harding


We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society

We are affiliated to the New Zealand Alpine Garden Society

We are affiliated to the Tatton Garden Society


Our magazine ‘Hebe News’ is published three times a year
Cumulative index to ‘Hebe News’, this is now available on-line

Bibliography of books on hebes and other New Zealand plants
Booklet on the cultivation of hebes and parahebes

A Bibliography of Hebe, Heliohebe and Parahebe Species and Cultivar Names from Selected Early Botanical, Horticultural and Gardening Periodicals


Previous Hebe Society websites were at:

Registered Charity No 801398