Looking for lilies

One of Plant Heritage’s newest Collection Holders, Madeleine Tinson  is looking for help to track down plants missing from her Collection.

Mylnefield lilies were bred by Chris North in the 1960s and 70s at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) at Invergowrie in Scotland. The name Mylnefield comes from the farm where the Institute was built. The SCRI have worked with Madeleine to establish the Collection.  The lilies were bred specifically to tolerate the Scottish climate and are not easily grown in the South; and Madeleine believes that this, and the ever-encroaching lily beetle are to blame for their decline. The plants are getting more difficult to source as time goes by, and it is possible that some are already lost from cultivation.  There are two National Plant Collections currently held, with the other one being at Branklyn Gardens; and material is exchanged between the two.

There are currently 4 plants that are being sought by Madeleine Tinson: Lilium  ‘Adonis’, ‘Invergowrie’, ‘Eureka’ and ‘Pandora’.

It would be a tragedy if this part of Scottish heritage was lost forever, can you help? If you have any information, please do contact Madeleine via our website (link above)

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