An update on the 2015 Review

What is the 2015 Review? Over time the requirements of the National Plant Collections Scheme have changed. This means that the older Collections were assessed differently when they joined, and which can be unfair to new applicants. In addition, many Collections have changed in composition over the years. This has sometimes caused confusion for visitors, members…

Referee Assessment of Plant Genera

Since September, the refereeing process of genera with cultivars established as Critical in Cultivation by the TPP has been gaining momentum. We are reviewing and testing the assessment process as we go, and widening the feedback methods, beyond the original online format (paper copy, in person, by phone) is proving far more beneficial to our…

New National Plant Collections – Dec 2015

We were delighted to have an unprecedented number of new Collections approved at the latest PCC meeting in early December – 13 in total! Here is the full list: Allium spp., cvs. and hybrids (excl. A. cepa, A. porrum and A. sativum) – Jackie Currie, Surrey Betula – Stone Lane Gardens, Devon. Scientific Collection status. Chrysanthemum Hardy DISPERSED – Judy Barker (main…

Call for annual reports

It’s that time of the year again when we ask for Annual Reports for your National Collections. We would love to hear about any developments to your collection(s), exciting projects that you have been involved with or shows that you have attended. You can also take this opportunity to request help from us, whether it is regarding…

Plants for the Future – an initiative for anyone interested in plant breeding

The RHS Plants for the Future initiative was started in 2014, in order to bring together amateur and professional plant breeders, growers, National Collection Holders and plant licensing companies and discuss the issues around introducing new plants to new market. A first workshop was organised in November 2014 by Collection Holders and RHS Committee members Sarah Cook and Jim Marshall. A…

PlantNetwork survey

PlantNetwork is the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections. Individual members are also welcome to join. The charity organises conferences, training days and provides resources on topics such as recording, plant health, legislation or conservation. Whether you are a member or not, PlantNetwork would like to hear your thoughts on how…