Monthly Archives: June 2012

Seed Shop Bee

Sewing Bees have developed into ‘Knit and Natter’, ‘Stitch and Bitch’ and now a new variation, the ‘Seed Shop Bee’. Not such a rhythmic title, but equally effective – the idea being to soften a repetitive task with some banter, gossip … Continue reading

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Build-up Friday

Although Build-up for Hampton Court Palace Flower officially starts on June 11th, the last weekend before show opens is when all the magic takes place.  Walking through the Floral Marquee this morning, there were a few plants stacked in Danish … Continue reading

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We have moved

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 and the Plant Heritage marquee has moved to a new position in the showground; just past the bandstand on the avenue leading from Pontoon number 2.  We have a central feature on Worldwide Conservation featuring … Continue reading

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The Laskett

‘They who plant a garden, plant happiness’ The Laskett, Sir Roy Strong’s garden in Herefordshire is the largest private formal garden to be created in England since 1945.  It is open to prebooked parties and Wendy Bentall managed to get … Continue reading

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In the wake of the torch

I first met David and Marjorie Goodchild in 2007 when I had just joined Plant Heritage and our Hampton Court Palace Flower Show exhibit was ‘ROSACEAE’.  To demonstrate the breadth of this plant family the display featured  roses, (obviously) along with … Continue reading

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Plant Heritage at BBC Gardeners World Live Show 2012

Our West Midlands group in conjunction with some National Plant Collection holders produced the Plant Heritage display at the BBC Gardeners World Live Show 2012, held at the NEC Birmingham. A dedicated band of volunteers led by Madeleine Jones helped … Continue reading

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Following the torch

Jacobs Ladders and Sky Pilots, romantic names for Polemonium, type genus for the family POLEMONIACEAE.  Along with three other family members, Collomia, Gilia and Leptodactylon and the beatnik grass, Hakonechloa they make up the quintet of National Collections held by Dianne and … Continue reading

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