AGM & Members Weekend – Harrogate 2017

Many thanks to our Yorkshire group for the wonderful 2017 AGM, based in Harrogate, with some excellent garden visits and talks.  Particular thanks go to Richard Laurence, Cathryn Denby, Dean Lockwood, Simon Crawford and Ruth Wood. Plus many thanks to Pat Cooke from Floral Tours for organising the event. The weekend kicked off with a very successful …

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Debut Daffodil Festival puts Scotland’s Backhouse Daffodils on the map

2017, the year of Scotland's History, Heritage and Archaeology, was the perfect time to launch Scotland’s first Daffodil Festival. It was held on 15-16 April at Backhouse Rossie Estate in Fife. It was a great success with visitors enjoying woodland walks, an egg hunt, artisan stalls, talks, planting demonstrations, nine-hole putting and, of course, the …

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Love your rose Collections on Valentine’s Day

We have 11 National Plant Collections of Rosa, spanning the UK from Edinburgh to Hampshire.  From old English roses to Scottish and Japanese roses, rambling, shrub and ancient Gallica roses – there’s a Collection to woo all lovers of the nation’s favourite flower.  Wherever you live, why not plan some visits to see them this summer? …

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Plant Heritage at Borde Hill Gardens

The sun shone on our first national Plant Heritage event this year, held at Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath in Sussex, described as  ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’ by Country Life magazine. Huge thanks to the generous Eleni Stephenson-Clarke of Borde Hill Gardens, our hostess, to our Sussex Group committee, and for the support from NFU …

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Bressingham Gardens

At the AGM weekend in Norfolk, Bressingham Gardens provided a contrast to the visit to The Harralds, but proved equally fascinating, with interesting vistas throughout.  The garden was first developed by Alan Bloom (1906-2005), and opened to the public in 1962, showing the new concept of using perennials in island beds.  These island beds are still evident today …

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Autumnal colours at Savill Garden

Despite persistent rain  a highly informative talk was given by Mark Flanagan, Keeper of the Gardens, at a recent visit by the Surrey Group to Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. The Crown Estate, which includes Savill Garden along with the adjacent Valley gardens, holds 9 National Plant Collections ranging from Rhododendron spp. to Prunus incisa.  Savill Garden …

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Autumn Delights by the London Group

The London Group have again put on a colourful display at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, displaying a wide variety of plants donated by individual and corporate members.  The kaleidoscope of colours from the orange/red colours of Autumn to the purple Asters resulted in a well deserved Silver-Gilt Flora award.  See photos below. Congratulations to the National Collection holders at the …

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