Downderry launches German lavender collection

Simon Charlesworth
Simon Charlesworth

German garden centre Dehner is establishing a lavender collection at their Floral Park in Rain am Lech using Downderry Nursery’s Scientific National Plant Collection as its source.

Kent-based Downderry Nursery owner Simon Charlesworth breeds and grows lavender.

A part of his breeding stock is grown for the German market by Helix Plants chief executive Hans Muller. The lavender have been tested for hardiness in various locations in Germany and for the last four years marketed under the Downderry Nursery brand through the 100-centre Dehner Garden Centre chain.

Now the Downderry Lavender collection is to become part of the German plant collections network, and part of the German ornamentals genebank. Dehner plans to showcase the Downderry sourced lavender, with its great diversity of form and colour, to the public in its 30,000m² floral garden at their headquarters in Rain am Lech from 2014.

Charlesworth, Muller, German agriculture ministry head Dr. Ingo Braune, Dehner plant procurement chief Wolfgang Graeser, German Horticultural Society president Karl Zwermann, collections project manager Bettina de la Chevallerie and others launched the project at IPM Essen on 29 January.

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