Registered Charity No.  2226802                                                                        Founded  1900

Patron:  Alan Titchmarsh   MBE, VMH, DL

General Secretary:  Graeme Hollingdale


Hello and welcome to our website


If you want to find out more about Sweet Peas and Lathyrus Species, this is the right place for it.  The National Sweet Pea Society is the premier charity dedicated to these wonderful flowers.  You will find lots about our history, achievements, events, hints and inspiration for growing Sweet Peas and Lathyrus Species, in fact, a complete overview of our purpose and activities.  You will also find information on membership and our shop.


Special Note - Friday 16 November 2018.

The Autumn Bulletin, 2019 Exhibitions Schedule and Classification List are being posted to all members today. if you are a Society member and do not receive your postal pack before Saturday 24th please contact the Membership Secretary, Tom Atherton, preferably by email.

Revised entry forms for the 2019 exhibitions will be posted well in advance of the shows.


Enquiries about Membership should be made to our Membership Secretary, Tom Atherton,

email: and for other matters to our General Secretary, Graeme Hollingdale  email:


The position of Merchandising Secretary has now been taken over by Jane Atherton who will now handle all orders.  The Order Form includes her contact details.


This is part of the Shop Display at Chorley Show.

Two additional articles from the 2018 Annual have been added and may be viewed on the Members page.


They are a report on the award to the Society of the Prestigious RHS Holford Medal and the report on the 2017 Wem Show which was incomplete in the Annual.


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About Us

The objects of the Society are to disseminate knowledge of Sweet Peas and other Lathyrus species, to encourage, improve and extend the cultivation of these flowers by means of scientific trials, the holding of exhibitions and displays, by publications and other activities.



 If you want to grow better Sweet Peas you should consider joining the National Sweet Pea Society.  Here are some of the benefits of becoming a member: You will receive, free, all the Society’s annual publications and you will be able to turn to experts for helpful advice and a ready response to your queries.


The shop sells a range of gifts, books and accessories.

A full price list is provided






Hints on Growing

This section describes the various species available and provides guidance on germination, growing on and care


A selection of popular varieties, old and new



Diary Dates

Events organised by the National Society, inculuding a link to National Shows and also by Affiliated Societies

The opinions expressed by contributors to this website are their own and may not necessarily coincide with the opinions of the Society or the Webmaster.

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