A French invitation

Before Hampton Court week kicks off, here’s a belated blog post about France’s biggest plant fair, the Journées des Plantes de Courson. A little over a month ago now, Mercy and I were kindly invited by Plant Heritage’s French counterpart the CCVS to hold a joint stand with them at the spring edition of Courson:

From L to R: Franklin Picard (vice-president), Régis Juvigny (deputy secretary), myself and Mercy glowing in the sun, Luc Vandevelde (board member), Françoise Lenoble-Prédine (CCVS president), Sophie Le Berre (PR officer) and Agnès Cazaux (board member)

As the spring edition takes place immediately before the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there were less English nurseries than in autumn , but still plenty to see with exhibitors from Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands. 35 CCVS collections were represented at Courson, from carnivorous plants to Dahlia, Brugmansia or asiatic Rubus:


The theme of this edition was « Plant diversity », with the aim of raising awareness on the dangers of the proposed European Commission regulation on plant reproductive material (PRM). An animated round table was held on the Friday, with an expert from the European Commission (Diana Charels), French and English nurserymen.
French nurserymen association Plantes et Culture had designed a garden using 50 cardboard boxes for their 25 members ; one box containing plants available now, and the second containing plants that would be available if the regulation was approved. This was a very visual way of highlighting the potential loss of diversity:

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Here are a few images of French collection holders’ displays:

And some of the interesting plants that were on offer…

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The autumn edition of the Journée des Plantes will be held from October 17th to October 19th. Plant Heritage has been officially invited again, so I look forward to seeing some of you there…à bientôt!

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