Labels and data tags

In recent years, a few collections have begun to label their plants with near field communications (NFC) tags. These are small stickers that can be programmed to link to a specific web page. They are ‘read’ by using smartphone readers which are on most new phones – if passed close to the tag, the phone …

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Workshops for collection holders – Winter 2019/20

We are able to provide these workshops free for collection holders thanks to the Esmee Fairbairn funding  awarded in 2018. Book your place by email as soon as possible, to: collections@plantheritage.org.uk Any remaining places after the booking dates below, will be made available to Plant Heritage members, and will also be free. Botanic Drawing - 12 …

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FruitID – the community catalogue for fruit identification

FruitID – the website for tree fruit identification Some of you will certainly know FruitID, but whether holder of a National Plant Collection, owner of an orchard or simply some fruit trees, you may be interested in discovering the extraordinary work being done by FruitID, and the free-to-all website created to identify tree fruit in …

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Growing Media Workshop – looking at advances in sustainable and conservation options

Around 30 National Collection holders joined by members of Plant Heritage attended a Growing Media Workshop at RHS Wisley on 19th September 2018 Jim Marshall and Paul Alexander organised the workshop to focus exclusively on growing media and the issues surrounding the industry today, including the use of, and alternatives for peat based growing media.  …

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Have you found all of these yet?

Just a quick thought! I do this every day, researching reports for Collection Holders (and Plant Heritage Groups, botanic or historic gardens)... but did you know about all of these plant collections you can check online? Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Horticultural Society Gardens and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/multisite/multisite3.php Tick the boxes to search …

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Water management and temporary bans on hoses

Given the extremely dry and hot weather we have been experiencing recently, we thought it would be useful to remind you that National Plant Collections are exempt from temporary bans on using hose pipes under restrictions on water use. The exemption for watering National Plant Collections is explained in the Water Use Order 2010, p …

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