Starting with one ‘lucky dip’ packet of Dierama pulcherrimum seeds from the Cottage Garden Society in 1999, Cathryn Denby's interest in the genus was sparked. The collection began in 2007 with the aim to collect, identify and conserve as many different cultivars and species as possible. Some 55 taxa are held in raised beds, which were once the old cold frames of the family plant nursery in Yorkshire which closed in the early 1980s.
Linda Heywood's Nottinghamshire-based collectionof echiums is focused on species and cultivars from the Macaronesian Islands which includes the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands. She sells plants on her website www.echiumworld.co.uk, at garden shows and at 'The Echium Garden' - a local garden that they re-designed to showcase their collection. By becoming a National Plant Collection, the threatened status of a rare cultivar in the collection, Echium ‘Blue Steeple’, was immediately improved from ‘Endangered in cultivation’ to ‘Vulnerable in cultivation’.
The hardy nerine collection has been established by Exeter-based Steve Eyre in his back garden, which lies within the 3.2ha grounds of Bickham House, where he is head gardener. This is his second collection of Nerine, joining his Collection of Nerine sarniensis cvs which is housed in a series of heated greenhouses and polytunnels.