Not just for jam

Rubus fruticosus 'Loch Maree'

Blackberries and raspberries are the most commonly known species in the genus Rubus and this Hampton Court display shows the variety of form and habit using plants from all over the world; China has more than 300 species and more are being discovered every year. 

Barry Clarke  has been growing Rubus since the mid 90s.  In 2005 he travelled to China to research and collect plants and he collaborates with other enthusiasts to extend the varieties in his National Plant Collection.  This contains 150 species and about 20 hybrids and showcases their uses as winter colour, groundcover and of course jam.

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  1. I have the toughest time identifying nearby blackberries … wish I could have a closer look at that worldwide display of yours!

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