Rare plant of the month: April 2017

Hepatica transsilvanica 'Blumenstadt Erfurt' Welcome to the second in our series of blogs about rare plants growing with Plant Guardians in gardens around the UK. Plants in the genus Hepatica are found across the northern hemisphere from Central Europe to Asia, Japan, North America and Canada. They belong in the Ranunculaceae family. Flowering early, from February …

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Late

I couldn't walk the Hartland Peninsula without paying a visit to Westcountry Nurseries to see the National Plant Collection of Lupinus.  When I arranged this visit with Sarah Conibear in February it seemed to be perfect timing to see the Collection coming into bloom ready for the upcoming shows. But as we all know - …

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Plants, animals and people

You might remember Gillian's article earlier this year, "Measuring the Marigolds" on the Dispersed National Collection of Calendula. To celebrate the Bronze Medal awarded to the display at Hampton Court Flower Show in July, a social event was organised a month ago at Bristol Zoo Gardens: Representatives of the community groups growing Calendula across Bristol (schools, community gardens, youth groups, …

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