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Bristol Zoo is still in a unique position in that it holds the only dispersed National Plant Collection.  Their Collection of Calendula is held in locations all over the city – schools, community groups and residential centres and this dispersal over many sites is advantageous for keeping distinct the different cultivars and species in the Collection.  143 more words

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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: 253 more words

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Any colour but blue

This is a good example of why National Plant Collections exist. Dahlias had fallen out of fashion by the time Winchester Growers exhibited their National Collection at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009, the first time in 25 years that Dahlias had been shown at Chelsea, and won a Gold medal and the President’s Special Award for the best Floral exhibit.  305 more words

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The Suffolk National Collection Holders meeting was held last week at one of the country’s largest collection of Hostas, near Stowmarket.
Local collections news included a Trial of… 253 more words

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Measuring the marigolds

Bristol Zoo hold our first dispersed National Plant Collection which they brought this year to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Each flower on the map represents a community group or school which has contributed to the Collection of… 158 more words


Backgarden Conservation

James Lye (1830-1906) achieved fame through his success in developing Fuchsia cultivars capable of being grown in large pyramids – a popular feature of Victorian gardens and exhibitions.  247 more words

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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.  414 more words

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