Category Archives: National Collections

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 … Continue reading

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Zootime

Bristol Zoo is still in a unique position in that it holds the only dispersed National Plant Collection.  Their Collection of Calendula is held in locations all over the city – schools, community groups and residential centres and this dispersal … Continue reading

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Autumn colours from across the Pond

Tucked between the busy M25 and A3 motorways in Surrey, Painshill Park was created in the 18th century by the Hon. Charles Hamilton, as a fine example of naturalistic landscape. Hamilton was among the first plant enthusiasts to introduce new … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Any colour but blue

This is a good example of why National Plant Collections exist. Dahlias had fallen out of fashion by the time Winchester Growers exhibited their National Collection at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009, the first time in 25 years that Dahlias had been shown … Continue reading

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A family arboretum

When it comes to the horticultural industry, the main news item at the beginning of this month has been the grant of a Royal Chartership to the Institute of Horticulture. On my way to the celebratory event held at Hatfield … Continue reading

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Hostalicious

The Suffolk National Collection Holders meeting was held last week at one of the country’s largest collection of Hostas, near Stowmarket. Local collections news included a Trial of Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’ by NCH Sue Wooster and interesting developments on Sarah … Continue reading

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