Busy day

April 1st.  SE Coordinators meeting at Vincent Square

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meeting with the RHS about the Plant Heritage marquee at Hampton Court

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a chance to visit the RHS Spring Show at the Westminster Halls

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and an invitation to hear Kate Bradbury talk about climate change and biodiversity at the Lindley Library, a foolishly hectic schedule, albeit highly enjoyable.

Gill and I always enjoy meeting with our members and supporters, so a meeting with the Collections’ Coordinators from the South East was an ideal opportunity to hear the latest about the Collections in the area and to update them on news from National Office.

It’s always easier to discuss plans face to face, especially when doing the design for our display at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, so a follow on meeting with the RHS sorted out some of the more technical details of our stand.

Then hello to National Plant Collection Holders displaying at the Spring Show when they could snatch a moment between advising and selling to the public.  Marcel Floyd, new Collection Holder of Clematis koreana was there with a display of plants, all with the most delicate blooms.  Clematis macropetala ‘Wesselton’ and Clematis ‘Avalanche’ shown here.

Clematis macropetala 'Wesselton'Clematis 'Avalanche'

Other delights; Ron Scamps display of Narcissus.IMG_2771

Narcissus competition

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Pelargoniums on Fibrex’s stand; a pretty cultivar P. ‘Our Flynn’ and an exquisitely delicate species P. cordifolium var. rubrocinctum

Pelargonium 'Our Flynn'Pelargonium cordifolium var. rubrocinctum

Some learning on Hoyland Plants Agapanthus stand – the stages of seedling development

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Colourful sprays on the London Plant Heritage display

Erica australis from Richmond Park

Erica australis from Richmond Park

Unfortunately Kate was delayed and I had to get back to Guildford for book group – couldn’t miss that as it was my suggestion up for discussion – so I missed the talk.  For more information about future talks follow the link to the RHS website.  In May it’s Stewart McPherson talking about the tepuis of Venezuela.

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