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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Rare plant of the month – August

Dahlia 'Little Beeswing' The plants featured on this blog so far have been truly fascinating, however Dahlia ‘Little Beeswing’ has taken us on a quite a journey and has demonstrated the value of the conservation work that Plant Heritage volunteers are quietly working on through the Plant Exchange and Plant Guardians schemes. Dahlia ‘Little Beeswing’, …

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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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