Welcome to the latest e-news, with stories and updates from the Plant Heritage team at National Office. We would like to say a warm welcome to all of our new members who have recently joined us. We hope you enjoy reading the e-news and would love to hear your comments (good or bad!), or if there’s something you would like us to cover in future editions. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Plant Heritage
New National Plant Collections
We are delighted to welcome nine new National Plant Collections:
Aloe and Gasteria (hybrids raised by Peter Brandham), Historic Collection
Epiphyllum (hybrids raised by Eric Hodkinson), Historic Collection, both in Derbyshire - hailed as a mecca for cacti lovers, Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery add these to their existing collections
Agapanthus (pre-2005 cultivars), Horticultural Collection in Gloucestershire -protecting the particularly vulnerable cultivars from pre-2005
The Guernsey Nerine Collection, Horticultural Collection - the Guernsey group of Plant Heritage has been nurturing a significant collection of the "Guernsey Lily"
Buxus (spp. and cvs. of Europe, NW Africa and Asia), Reference Collection, Hampshire - perhaps attempts to control box blight are not as futile as we think
Francoa, Horticultural Collection in Hampshire - a rarely grown evergreen perennial that's perfect the shady, more difficult areas of the garden
llex, Reference Collection in Hampshire - a great day out, Highfield Hollies grows Ilex of all sizes and varieties
Malus (Welsh cultivars), Reference Collection in Wales - a veritable Welsh treasure, this orchard grows apples of either Welsh origin or a long-standing tradition of being grown there
Helleborus (Harvington Hybrids), Horticultural Collection in Worcestershire - Webbs Garden Centre pays tribute to local breeders of stellar hellebores, the Nunns
More information on these new collections will be available on the news section of the website soon and also in the spring Journal: www.nccpg.com/About-us/News.aspx
Don't miss out on the AGM & Members' Weekend in Dorset - 27-29 April 2018
We have had a terrific response so far and are extending the booking deadline to 20 February to fill the last remaining couple of rooms.
Download the brochure to see the full itinerary and booking form. To book please contact national office on 01483 447540 or email@example.com.
Thank you to all the members who have already booked their places.
We will be staying in the historic market town of Wareham at the heart of the Isle of Purbeck in beautiful Dorset. There is plenty to do in the area and the weekend includes visits to several delightful Dorset gardens, including Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
Don’t miss out on the great plant swap
The Plant Exchange is a good way to acquire hard-to-find plants for free and support conservation in the process. Members across the nation have been busy propagating plants to share in the exchange, many of them rare and unusual.
You will have the opportunity before the deadline at the end of February, to bid for plants being offered, via your Plant Exchange Co-ordinator. If you have not been contacted, or your area does not currently have a coordinator for the Plant Exchange, please email Lucy Pitman or call on 01483 447540.
Groups will then collect plants from the National AGM and Members' Weekend on 27-29 April 2018 in Wareham, Dorset and distribute them to their new owners.
Workshops now open to our members
You may already know that we run a popular workshop programme that is free for Collection Holders. We are opening up some of our workshops to members for a nominal fee and hope to be able to make more opportunities for our members to attend workshops in the future. There is an opportunity below to attend a workshop on plant health and also some feedback from a recent workshop on botanical drawing.
Plant Health workshop
Book by 28 March for a Plant Health workshop with lunch included in Ponteland Northumberland on 19 Apr 2018.
The full day workshop is kindly organised by our North East group and includes talks from:
Andrew Kirkwood, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA):
The Work of the Plant Health Inspectorate
Pests and Diseases Coming Our Way
Katy Hayden, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh:
Keeping Clean for Conservation: Biosecurity at Botanic Gardens
The workshop is free to Collection Holders, but places are available to members for £15. To book please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 March.
Beautiful botanic drawings
We have had very positive feedback from our first botanical drawing workshop which took place Sheffield Botanical Gardens on 8 February.
The workshop was led by artist Sue Vize SBA and focused on a study of tulips.
One attendee said:
"Thank you for the opportunity to meet so many plant enthusiasts like myself and learn so much about art at the same time.
Sue was such an encouraging teacher and exceptionally talented in her own right. My drawing is the best by miles that I have ever achieved."
We are very impressed with the standard of pictures we've seen so far. Huge thanks to Sue Vize for sharing her expertise and talent. We hope to run similar workshops for more members in the future. Watch this space.
A golden start to shows season for National Plant Collections
National Plant Collection holders got off to a great start at the RHS Early Spring Plant Fair at the Lawrence and Lindley Halls in Westminster this week, with gold medal winning displays from Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Cyclamen) and Ottershaw Cacti (Haworthia, Gasteria and Astroloba).
Next up, the Yorkshire group will have a stand at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 26 to 29 and the Worcestershire group will be at the Malvern Spring Festival from May 10 to 13, with a display featuring plants of seasonal interest (many from local members) representing National Collections from around the UK. Helpers are always welcome for either the spring or autumn festival; please contact Margaret Stone at email@example.com.
Find out what more we have planned for shows season in the spring issue of The Journal.
We're looking for Trustees
Are you looking for an opportunity to give something back through volunteering as a charity trustee? We are looking for two Trustees to join the board of Plant Heritage in 2018. We are particularly looking for Trustees with experience in PR and Journalism, Fundraising and other key areas.
Application forms and role descriptions are available on our website. Applicants are invited to complete the short application form and return it to the Chief Executive, Sarah Quarterman, by Monday 12th March.
The Board of Trustees are looking for a volunteer with experience of writing minutes of meetings, and preferably some understanding of charity governance, to support the smooth working of the Board and Council governance arrangements.
The time commitment would be 15-20 days a year, to cover 4 Board and 3 Council meetings including preparation, attendance and drafting/agreeing minutes. Meetings occur either in Surrey or London. For more information please email Sarah Quarterman.
What new National Plant Collections would you like to see?
Our conservation team are in the process of reviewing the potential plant groups to highlight in this year's Missing Genera campaign to find plant groups currently missing from National Plant Collections.
The campaign, which we launched in 2016, has so far been successful in helping us recruit new collections and cast our conservation net wider. We have our first collection of Gingkoas a result and other missing plant groups are at proposal stage.
If there's a particular plant group you'd like to see a National Collection of, one that is currently not represented in National Collections, it would be lovely to hear your ideas. We can't promise to use them all, but do email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26 February.
Find out more about our Missing Genera campaign on the website.
Coming up in the next few months...
There are plenty of early spring plants to go and visit over the next few months and many opportunities to enjoy fascinating talks from plantsmen and purchase hard-to-find plants from plant sales. Here are a selection from around the UK.
OPEN DAYS TO VIEW NATIONAL PLANT COLLECTIONS
Helleborus, Hazles Cross Farm Nursery, Staffordshire
Hyacinthus orientalis, Mr A K Shipp, Cambridgeshire
Corydalis, Prof Brian A Whitton, Co Durham
Saxifraga, Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire
Corydalis, Prof Brian A Whitton, Co Durham
Malus & Pyrus (Scottish heritage apples & pears), Malus (Scottish cider apples & Tidnor Wood collection), C Drummond-Herdman, Megginch Castle, Perth & Kinross
Heuchera, × Heucherella & Tiarella, Mr & Mrs D R Fox, Plantagogo in Cheshire
Muscari, Mr R J T Hobbs, Norfolk
Scotland's Daffodil Festival, Backhouse Heritage & Education Centre at Rossie Estate in Fife
Primula auricula (Border), Drointon Nurseries in Yorkshire
Juglans & Pterocarya, Mr I Bond, Gloucestershire
17 & 22 April
Nothofagus, NTS Crarae Garden, Argyll & Bute
Camellia reticulata cvs. & hybrids, The Honorable EAH Boscawen, Cornwall
Epimedium, Mr Roger Hammond, Essex
TALKS & EVENTS
Talk: ‘Alpines and bulbs - from mountain to market’ by Rob Potterton, of Pottertons Nursery, North Wales
7 March 10.45am
Talk: 'Plant breeding developments in the ornamental garden' by Tom Sharples, horticultural manager at Suttons; also plants for sale, Devon
Talk: ‘The Secret World of Violets’ by Clive Groves, of Groves Nurseries, the National Collection Holder, Dorset
Talk: ‘The Dorothy Clive garden’ by Kathryn Robey, the curator of the garden, Shropshire
Talk: ‘Margaret Owen – The Patch’ by Jim Almond, Warwickshire
Talk: ‘Snowdrops: Why all the fuss?’ by Alan Briggs, Cambridgeshire
Talk: ‘Plantsman’s choice’ by Colin Ward, of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, East Midlands
Talk: ‘Hellebores and companion plants’ by Glenis Dyer, of Elm Close Garden, Gloucestershire
Talk: ‘Cowden Castle Japanese garden history and restoration’ by Kate White, the head gardener, North East
Spring meeting and talk: ‘Designing with plants at Great Dixter’ by Fergus Garrett, the head gardener, Sussex
Talk by Vicky Fox from Plantagogo, National Collection Holder for Heuchera, x Heucherella and Tiarella, Staffordshire
Talk: ‘The effect of climate change on our gardens and wildlife’ by Dr Michael Keith-Lucas, Surrey
Talk: 'Pulmonarias' by Margaret Stone, who is revising the HPS Pulmonaria book, Worcestershire
15 March 7.30pm
Talk: ‘National Collection of Meconopsis at Holehird Gardens’ by Pat Murphy, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Talk: ‘Hardy exotics and creating microclimates’ by Colin Ward, of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, Herts & Beds
Talk: ‘Gardening trends over the past 40 years - what next?’ by Diana Guy, former chairman of East Dorset
18 March 10am-3pm
Plant fair at Tavistock, Bedford Square, PL19 0AQ, Devon
Talk: ‘National Collection of Rhododendrons at Brodick Castle’ by Tim Keyworth, the head gardener, Ayr and Arran
Talk: ‘Hepaticas: the Ashwood Story’ by Sam Hopes, who works at the nursery, Suffolk
24 March 1pm
Propagation event: at The Salutation in Sandwich, led by Steve Edney, the head gardener, Kent
28 March 7.30pm
Talk: ‘Cyclamen and Hepatica – jewels of the garden’ by Diane Clement, Cheshire
Talk: ‘Sweet peas – all you need to know about growing them and Lathyrus species’ by Tom Atherton, National Sweet Pea Society, North Wales
8 April 10am-3pm
Plant fair at South Molton Pannier Market, EX36 3AB, Devon
Talk: ‘Walled Gardens’ by Richard Rallings, of Mynd Hardy Plants, Staffordshire
Talk: ‘Alliums for your garden from April to September’ by Jackie Currie, the National Collection Holder, Surrey
10 April 7.30pm
Talk: ‘Some West Coast garden favourites’ by Maurice Wilkins, former head gardener at NTS Arduaine Garden, South East Scotland
Event: 'Garden shrubs and trees' - members are invited to bring live material for discussion, Worcestershire
Talk: ‘The wild garden’ by Colin Varndell, Dorset photographer and naturalist, Dorset
Talk: ‘Shady Characters: rare and less common shade loving plants’ by Andrew Ward, of Norwell Nurseries, Shropshire
Talk: ‘My Chelsea garden experience’ by Rosy Hardy, of Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, Warwickshire
Talk: ‘Plant Histories and how they arrived in Britain’ by Andrew Sankey, garden lecturer and consultant, Cambridgeshire
Talk: ‘Minimum effort for maximum effect’ by Mary Payne, MBE, horticulturalist and lecturer, Gloucestershire
Talk: ‘The Georgian gardener’ by Michael Brown, the historian (come in Georgian costume if you dare), North East
15 April 11am
Gala: 'To the ends of the Earth; plant conservation and plant hunting' with speakers Timothy Walker, the botanist, and Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum at RBG Kew, plus plant sales, Norfolk
15 April 10am-4pm
Plant fair at Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, EX13 7ET, Devon
Talk: ‘Plants of the Drakensberg’ by Ian and Carol Bainbridge, Ayr and Arran
Talk: ‘How National Collections work and how to set one up’ by Judy Barker, hardy Chrysanthemum Collection Holder, Herts & Beds
Talk: ‘William Morris – the designer’s garden’ by Alan Edmondson, the garden designer. Plus seedling swap, Dorset East
21-22 April 10am-4pm
Essex group plant fair: RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET
Spring plant fair at Arley Hall with specialist nurseries and members’ plant stall, Cheshire
22 April 10am-2pm
Plant fair at Totnes Civic Hall, TQ9 5SF, Devon
25 April 7.30pm
Talk: ‘Daylilies – the poor man’s orchid’ by Mark Zenick, specialist Hemerocallis nurseryman, Cheshire
Talk: ‘28 to 360 acres: the delights and possibilities of RHS Garden Hyde Hall’ by Robert Brett, the curator, Suffolk