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 …

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Rare plant of the month – Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Weston’

We are currently finalising the annual re-registration of Plant Guardian plants, which usually sees an influx of new registrations, some of which are plants shared through our annual Plant Exchange.   We are delighted to include an additional 95 new registrations, with 72 new rare plants being added to the scheme.   Sadly though, this year has seen a loss of 41 registrations from the scheme, which perhaps indicates what a …

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Rare plant of the month – August 2021

We have recently celebrated the Winner of the Threatened Plant of the Year competition with the judges' choice awarded to Camellia × williamsii "Yesterday”.  The judges were won over by the charismatic blooms of this rare Camellia, along with its breeding, by Gillian Carlyon. The story of how it was found in the garden of a Plant …

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The Plant Exchange 2021 – allowing members to give and receive, rare and unusual garden plants in an uncertain year

When the Plant Heritage AGM in April 2020 went online and the Plant Exchange, which normally happens alongside the AGM, inevitably couldn’t go ahead, offers of plants were kept on hold in the hope of being back to normal and in Durham for the 2021 AGM. As we know, circumstances didn’t allow for this, with …

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Rare plant of the month – June 2021

Cultivar names are not always what they seem …. unravelling the mystery of Dahlia 'Little Tiger'. This story begins with a glamorous Plant Exchange orphan, adopted as ‘Little Tiger’ and appearing to be eligible for our Plant Guardian conservation scheme. However, this very photogenic dahlia required a closer look into its origins. Upon further enquiries …

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Rare plant of the month, March 2021 – Rosa ‘Sir Winston Churchill’

When John Moore was looking for plants named for Churchill College’s namesake, Sir Winston Churchill, he never imagined the search would take him to the far side of the planet.  Rosa 'Sir Winston Churchill' Churchill College, Cambridge is the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Winston Churchill and holds the archive of his papers. Included in these are …

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Rare plant of the month – October 2018

Fragaria vesca var. muricata The story behind this strange fruit comes from Dianne Nichol-Brown, who with husband David, is holder of the National Collection of Fragaria vesca. Also known as the Plymouth strawberry, Fragaria vesca var. muricata, originated in damp woodlands around Plymouth in Devon, and has a long history, encompassing names such as Tradescant, Stearn …

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Rare plant of the month – June 2018

Athyrium filix-femina 'Acrocladon' - a fern lost and found The British Pteridological Society (BPS) is an eminent scientific society, involved in the study and research of ferns. Among them, are group of plantsmen also involved in work with fern cultivars. Julian Reed (National collection holder of Polypodium) is one of them and while talking about finding the …

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