Donations for the Seed Shop

The Seed Shop at Hampton Court is a highly popular fundraising activity which has raised over the past five years over £16,500 for the charity . We are looking for even more donations for 2017. Do you have spare seeds of plants from your National Collection, or other seeds from your garden or allotment? Our volunteers Janet…

Scientific status for two National Collections

Plant Heritage has awarded Scientific Status to two new National Collections®: * Galanthus, held by Margaret and David MacLennan, Cumbria *Aucuba japonica cultivars, held by Linda Eggins, Worcestershire Attaining the award is a rare achievement – there are only 20 Scientific Status Collections from a total of 637 National Collections. Scientific Status is awarded to Collection Holders who are…

2 new chapters of the upcoming BGCI Manual published

Two new chapters of the upcoming BGCI’s Manual on Planning, Developing and Managing Botanic Gardens have been made available here: http://www.bgci.org/news-and-events/news/1361/ Chapters 5 focuses on plant records: accessioning, labelling and management systems. Chapter 6 covers the horticultural management of plant collections: plant sourcing, biosecurity, propagation, establishment and maintenance.

Invasive ant survey

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are asking for help with a survey to help monitor the spread of the invasive garden ant. The invasive garden ant (Lasius neglectus) is a pest species morphologically very similar to the native garden ant. It was first discovered in the UK in 2009 (although has probably been…

Books for sale

The Lindley Library at RHS Wisley has a 2nd hand book sale and recently when I’ve been working there as a volunteer I’ve noticed several specialist monographs just asking to be bought by our specialist National Collection Holders.  As a trial I contacted three different NCHs and they have all been pleased to add to…

Workshop on improving resilience against Phytophthora

The Forestry Commission is organizing a workshop on Thursday 6th October 2016 in York exploring opportunities for reducing Phytophthora risks to the plant trade and natural environment. The workshop will feature pest & disease management experiences; a focus session on nursery accreditation, and science updates. For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/phytothreats The workshop will be held at APHA Plant Health…