National collection of silver saxifraga to be officially opened at Waterperry Gardens next week

Waterperry Gardens' Silver Saxifraga (section Ligulatae, species & cultivars) collection which was awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage earlier this year, will be officially opened next week.

Andrew Duffey, regional director of the NFU, has been invited to open the collection.

Waterperry has a long tradition of growing alpine saxifrages dating back to the 1930’s when it was a horticultural school run by Beatrix Havergal. Valarie Finnis continued to maintain the collection in the 1950’s and 60’s and was later taken over by Adrian Young, who is the curator of the saxifrage garden today.

Adrian was first awarded National Collection status back in 1980 for the Kabschia Saxifraga collection and is overjoyed at the second award. The Silver Saxifraga collection is housed in two 30’ raised beds, which were constructed last year and filled with 10 tonnes of Canadian Tufa rock by the renowned landscape gardener Tim Roberts.

Adrian has planted over 300 Saxifraga in the two beds, many of them directly into the rock: "I’m delighted the Silver Saxifrage collection has been awarded National Collection status, it’s a great reward for the hard work".

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