National Plant Collections Everywhere!

We were thrilled to receive an RHS Gold Medal for the Plant Heritage display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021, imaginatively designed by Collection Holder and garden designer Jackie Currie.

Plant Heritage display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

‘National Plant Collections Everywhere!’ included plants from collections that look great in autumn, arranged in three areas: a Home for Houseplants, a Potted Paradise, and a Suburban Jungle. This showed the range of plant groups in National Plant Collections and the variety of places in which they can be held. We hope that this will have inspired visitors to the show to consider starting a National Plant Collection.

Alan Titchmarsh, President of Plant Heritage, visited the display and chatted about the planting (seen talking to Jackie Currie in image number four); Lord Benyon, the Minister for Biosecurity (second image) and Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Undersecretary to DEFRA (third image) visited the display too, talking to Collection Holder Andrew Gaunt and the team. We were delighted to see Chelsea pensioners too.

A number of Collection Holders from around the country generously lent plants for the display, with Jackie and her team from Euphorbia Design creating magic with a stunning display full of plants. We were delighted to show some collections for their very first time at RHS Chelsea Flower Show too.

Clockwise from the top: Pot paradise: Salvia oxyphora Dark Form, Penstemon smallii ‘Violet Dusk’, Nerine ‘Salmon Supreme’. Suburban Jungle: Canna x ehemanii, Hedychium deceptum, Solenostemon ‘Lord Falmouth’

During the show week numerous pictures and selfies were taken by the public, with the bright colours of the Hedychium, Canna and Solenostemon in the suburban jungle being the most popular. The unusual range of salvias, penstemons and nerines created great inspiration in the potted paradise; whilst the home for houseplants showed unusual spider plants, Peperomia, Streptocarpus, Neoregalia, a delicate Crassula tableau, all looked over by a majestic Aspidistra.

We are indebted to the generosity of everyone who helped:

Jackie, Lorraine, Steve and Jonathon on the design, build and transport; Helen and Julia on labels; Jackie, Steve, David, Jean, Julia and Katie on the breakdown; Keith and Phillip too.

All the fantastic volunteers who helped tirelessly during the show week, talking to the public and helping with seeds

Burpee Europe for their sponsorship; Melcourt for the compost, bark and grit; Burgon & Ball for the indoor and hanging pots; Van Arnhem nursery for helping with plants; Rugs of Petworth for the special rug and cushion; Greenjjam Nursery for Penstemon; Rob Evans for Dahlia; Jackies’ special plants; Jim’s cut flowers and Gillian’s Aeonium

To all the National Collection Holders who contributed:

Andrew Gaunt for the Hedychium, Sussex

Keith, Keith & Christine for the Canna, Surrey

Mark Darwell from Temple Newsam Park, Leeds City Council for the Solenostemon

Ed Brown, Cotswold Garden Flowers for the Nerine, Worcestershire

Lyndsey & John Pink, and Nigel Hewish of Kingston Maurward college for the Salvia

Sally Williams for the Peperomia, Derbyshire

Sam Green from Coventry, and Mercy Morris for the Chlorophytum (Spider Plants)

Amanda Whittaker for the delicate Crassula tableau

Philip Oostenbrink for the Aspidistra

Dibley Nurseries for the Streptocarpus

Don Billington for the Neoregalia

Thanks to the shows team at the RHS too.

With thanks to all, from Gill and the Plant Heritage team.

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