Epithets

The Garden Library at RHS Garden Wisley is hosting a rare opportunity to see original botanical artworks on loan from the Cyclamen Society. The twenty five portraits on display feature in the recently published Genus Cyclamen: Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture  edited by Brian Mathew which also has on its cover this digital image of a …

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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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Around the world in 15 metres

Worldwide Conservation was the tall order brief for our central feature given to garden designer Claudia de Yong - and all in a garden 15 metres long.  After months of research into the plants and sourcing them, Claudia and Mick meticulously assembled the garden and created 5 interlocking roundels, each one representing a different continent. …

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“Everything comes in threes”

Being members of the Iris family, IRIDIACEAE, crocus flower parts are arranged in groups of three;  six tepals and three or six branched styles.  Slightly more than 1/3 of the 120 or so species are autumnal flowering with the remaining 2/3 being spring flowering (vernal).  And National Collection Holder David Stephens mirrors this numeric charasteristic by holding his …

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