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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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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RHS Herbarium workshop at Wisley

The Botany and Herbarium department at RHS Wisley recently ran a Herbarium Workshop for Collection holders, hosted by Chris Whitehouse, Keeper of the Herbarium, with Barry Phillips and Mandeep Matharu. The importance of Herbarium samples as a permanent record of a plant and its name was highlighted, shown in some beautiful historical herbarium records. The …

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Showtime

National Collection Holders and volunteers came together this week with staff from Plant Heritage and the RHS to continue planning the 2013 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  The RHS are revamping the show creating three zones so that visitors can focus more easily on their interests.  So we are on the move again and will be …

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A wonderful welcome in Somerset.

Somerset group recently held their annual Collection holders meeting, where Committee members and Collection holders met for lunch to exchange news and updates. The dedication and enthusiasm of everyone was paramount at this warm and friendly event. Some were founder members of Plant Heritage from 1978 so they really will be celebrating our 35th year! …

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