Winterbourne Botanic Garden, part of the University of Birmingham, and holders of two National Plant Collections was the venue for the Western Region Coordinators’ meeting.  As we had done in the South West, we used this opportunity to do some training on the new application system for National Collections.


It was good to meet the people behind the names. 
Back row, Alun Whitehead, Phil Clarke, Lloyd Kenyon, John Williams, Simon Gullilver, Hongi Eyre-Walker. 
Front row, Margaret Stone, Mercy Morris, Jill Whitehead, Sarah and Ingrid Millington.


and of course get the opportunity to have a quick look at the Collections in the garden.  The Iris unguicularis are in pots in a green house and the Anthemis are planted out into the garden.

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Winterbourne House is a beautiful Arts and Craft villa built for the Nettlefolds (of Guest, Keen & Nettlefold, GKN) in 1903.  The garden was inspired by the writings of Gertrude Jekyll and in 2008 was Grade II listed by English Heritage. 


Even in winter, as I found in March last year, the structure of the garden shines out and there is a lovely tea room to retreat to if it rains. Well worth a visit.

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