Monthly Archives: April 2012

Those magnificient ladies and their amazing seeds …

The office was turned into a Seed Collating Workshop last Friday, when Janet and June (from the PH marquee at HCPFS) came in to collate and label hundreds upon hundreds of seeds all kindly donated from members, Collection Holders and … Continue reading

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Plant Heritage Plant Fair at RHS Hyde Hall

Successful Plant Heritage Plant Fair at RHS Hyde Hall The Essex group of Plant Heritage in conjunction with the RHS National Gardening Week organised a grand Spring Plant Fair at RHS Hyde Hall on 21 and 22 April 2012.  Julia … Continue reading

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The dirt says ‘Hot’

………the label says ‘Not’ I used to work for Procter and Gamble and this was one of their slogans.  Not quite as well known as ‘For hands that do dishes……..’, but it encapsulates the dilemma I  was faced with recently … Continue reading

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Captivating Catasetinae

In January I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Max Hopkinson on his Catasetum collection, at a meeting of our East Midlands Group. The Catasetinae tribe or sub-tribe represents a secondary rank of taxa coming between Family(Orchidaceae) and genus … Continue reading

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Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, Dorset

Steve Griffith, the Curator of Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens in Dorset, kindly gave Joanna a full guided tour of the gardens recently. The gardens were established in 1765 by the first countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for the … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Some of you may know that I have been helping the gardeners here at Loseley Park to label the plants in their wonderful walled garden.  Starting with the rose garden I had a fascinating trip through rose history while researching … Continue reading

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Care in the community

A new project will be starting at Bristol Zoo Gardens as part of the Communities in Nature programme initiated and coordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation. This is a trial run of … Continue reading

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