Rare plant of the month, March 2021 – Rosa ‘Sir Winston Churchill’

When John Moore was looking for plants named for Churchill College’s namesake, Sir Winston Churchill, he never imagined the search would take him to the far side of the planet.  Rosa 'Sir Winston Churchill' Churchill College, Cambridge is the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Winston Churchill and holds the archive of his papers. Included in these are …

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National Collections and Threatened Plants work recognised in new government report

“Plant Heritage’s National Plant Collections contain, among other internationally significant socio-economically and culturally valuable resource, 2,395 taxa in seven Annex 1 genera across 14 locations (Plant Heritage 2018). In the past year these increased by 512 taxa at three locations newly registered within the scheme. Unpublished data (2011-2018) held within Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plants Project (Seymour 2012) …

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Rare plant of the month – October 2018

Fragaria vesca var. muricata The story behind this strange fruit comes from Dianne Nichol-Brown, who with husband David, is holder of the National Collection of Fragaria vesca. Also known as the Plymouth strawberry, Fragaria vesca var. muricata, originated in damp woodlands around Plymouth in Devon, and has a long history, encompassing names such as Tradescant, Stearn …

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Rare plant of the month – June 2018

Athyrium filix-femina 'Acrocladon' - a fern lost and found The British Pteridological Society (BPS) is an eminent scientific society, involved in the study and research of ferns. Among them, are group of plantsmen also involved in work with fern cultivars. Julian Reed (National collection holder of Polypodium) is one of them and while talking about finding the …

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