RHS Survey on Honey Fungus

The RHS has launched the Honey Fungus Hunt, a web-based survey to encourage members of the public to submit records of honey fungus in UK parks and gardens. Honey fungus is the common name of several species of fungi within the genus Armillaria. Honey fungus spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the…

International Congress for Conservation Biology: is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?

The 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology was held from July 23rd to 27th in Cartagena, Colombia. A session entitled “Tackling over-collection of wild plants – is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?” included the six talks listed below: Lauren Gardiner (Conservation Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew): The stamp-collector’s dream: are private horticultural collections species’ saviours or drivers…

New issue of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter

The new issue (Issue 5) of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter edited by HORTAX is available to download from this link: http://www.hortax.org.uk/cpt-newsletter Articles include: Information of the launch of new taxonomic journal, the Journal of Cultivated Plant Diversity. Recent changes to International cultivar registrars (ICRAs) New editions of the Lists of Names of Woody Plants and Perennials…

Free workshop on Phytophtora

Please find below an invitation to a free workshop on Phytophthora organised as part of the Phytothreats prokect. On behalf of the Phyto-threats project (‘Global threats from Phytophthora species; Understanding drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice’: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/phytothreats) I would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder workshop to be held at…

Free Workshops

We have a number of upcoming workshops for Collection Holders: SEED WORKSHOP: 15 Sept 10am-12.30pm at RHS Wisley, Surrey PHOTOGRAPHY: 28 Sept 10am-3.30pm at Holehird Gardens, Cumbria HERBARIUM: 16 Nov 10am-3.30pm at RHS Wisley, Surrey We also currently arranging workshops in Micropropagation, Botanical Art, Plant records and Plant Health, and will keep you informed when these are finalised. To book a place on…

Rare plant of the month blog series

Have you noticed our new series of posts featuring rare plants that have been registered into the Plant Guardian scheme? The first four posts can be accessed via these links: June 2017: Lathyrus belinensis May 2017: Phlox stolonifera ‘Violet Vere‘ April 2017: Hepatica transsilvanica ‘Blumenstadt Erfurt’ March 2017: Lambertia formosa Do let know us if there are any plants that…