Linda Heywood’s (Echium World) Echium spp., & cvs., from the Macaronesian Islands, will feature plants, pollinators and people, showcasing the ‘Hive 5 Project’.
The display from Kristopher Harper (Harper & Debbage) will highlight the Fuchsia cultivars bred by James Lye between 1869 and 1901.
Philip Oostenbrink’s Collection of Hakonechloa macra & cvs. or Japanese Forest Grass, is a plant native to Japan, originating from the Hakone mountains. This Collection started off on a small balcony, and now has 17 cultivars displayed in a private office garden in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent.
Further National Plant Collections exhibiting at this year’s show will include:
• The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Cornus
• Brookfield Plants - Hemerocallis with the RHS AGM
• Jonathan Hogarth - Hosta (small & miniature)
• Anne Milner - Iris (Arthur J Bliss) and Sarah Cook – Iris (Sir Cedric Morris Introductions)
• Dr Gary & Maria Firth - Myrtaceae (Tribe Myrteae)
• Barry Clarke - Rubus spp.
The charity will also be highlighting its Missing Genera campaign, with a selection of plants on display, such as Ginkgo biloba and Verbena which are currently not represented within National Plant Collections. The charity is calling on anyone with a passion for plants to learn more about the campaign and to encourage people to bring together a National Plant Collection of their own.
Sarah Quarterman, chief executive at Plant Heritage said: "We’re really looking forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible to Plant Heritage zone at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Our zone promises to be an educational and inspiring display to help visitors to learn more about the state of the nation’s plants, including our Missing Genera campaign, as well as about our National Plant Collections and their importance in conserving the diversity of cultivated plants in the UK. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate our Collection Holder’s hard work and efforts all under one roof this year though their wonderful displays."