Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shop till you drop

After our trip around the Water Garden, we had the opportunity to visit the Longstock Nursery, home of two National Plant Collections (Buddleja and Clematis viticella) and the Hampshire Group May Plant Fair. Although the season wasn’t right to see the … Continue reading

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Water gardens 2

Nine days earlier we had been at Longstock Water Garden for our exclusive fundraising event and what a difference those few days have made.  Hostas which were only dark purple spikes showing through the soil were now green with unfurling leaves; … Continue reading

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Butterfly Conservation currently has over 34 Nature Reserves, one of them being Magdalen Down just east of Winchester, the venue for the 2013 Plant Heritage AGM.  After a cup of tea, there’s nothing better after a long car journey than … Continue reading

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RHS Herbarium workshop at Wisley

The Botany and Herbarium department at RHS Wisley recently ran a Herbarium Workshop for Collection holders, hosted by Chris Whitehouse, Keeper of the Herbarium, with Barry Phillips and Mandeep Matharu. The importance of Herbarium samples as a permanent record of … Continue reading

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Mount Edgcumbe

A few miles from Antony and across the foot passenger ferry from Portsmouth to Cremyll is another National Collection of Camellia at Mount Edgcumbe.  On our recent walking trip in the area the route took us through the grounds of … Continue reading

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Going, going,…..

…gone.  Only with a silent auction, that doesn’t happen.  Participants write their bid on a sheet of paper and when the auction closes, the highest bid wins. Roses from Catherine Penny made the journey from distant Lancashire and an Agapanthus … Continue reading

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Planting the seed for orchid conservation

Initiated in 2007, the OSSSU project ( was designed to promote seed collecting, storage and research in Latin America and Asia. 25 countries all over the world are now taking part in the project, but despite the existence of a … Continue reading

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