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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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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Cartmel

In my family, Cartmel in Cumbria, has long been associated with sensory delights, being the home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, a favourite with my boys and always provided by their grandmother on our trips North.  But after a recent trip to this area I can assure you that all your senses will have a treat with …

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