Podcast: In their own words - the inaugural Plantsmans' Conference at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

The inaugural Plantsmans' Conference this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was a landmark event for all those who attended.

As Roy Lancaster said, "I can't imagine there has been anything like such a gathering in Britain or anywhere in the world before."

Dibley's Nurseries Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue' was chosen overall winner for but for those who attended and heard the 90-second presentations for the 20 plants on the shortlist, it is clear that competition was stiff and passion for the plants ran high. 

Horticulture Week recorded this special event in its entirety so that you can hear the plantsmen and their representatives argue the case for their plants.

In addition, the recordings include an exclusive opportunity to hear Roy Lancaster's selection of his top seven plants, the fascinating stories behind their creation and his reasons for choosing them.

MC for the event was RHS Council member Nigel Colborn.




"Roy Lancaster"

Roy Lancaster's top 7 new plants:


  1.  - Simocalycalycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine'
  2.  - Epimedium davidii (dwarf form)
  3.  - Puya chilensis
  4.  - Erriophorum russeolum
  5.  - Lilium ‘regale'
  6.  - Paphiopedilum olelenatii
  7.  - Polystichum polyplepharum


Plantsman Conference - Part 1

Best New Plant  - shortlist


1 - Digitalis ‘Serendipity'

  • Speaker: Andy McIndoe
  • Breeder: Hillier Nurseries
  • Exhibitor: Hillier Nurseries


2 - Aubergine Scorpio (Solanum melongena)

  • Speaker: Peter Seabroo
  • Breeder: Ben van de Bosch, De Ruiter Seeds
  • Exhibitor: Birmingham City Council


3 - Buddleija Davidii Buzz

  • Speaker: Peter Seabrook
  • Breeder: Thompson & Morgan
  • Exhibitor: The Sun


4 - Gerbera jamesonii ‘Landscape'

  • Speaker: Peter Seabrook
  • Breeder: Florist BV
  • Exhibitor: G & K Whiten


5 - Cypripedium flavum white-flowered

  • Speaker: Johan
  • Breeder: Plant selector: Liz Johnson
  • Exhibitor: McBeans


6 - Dahlia ‘Ian Hislop' - John Wheatley

  • Breeder: national collection
  • Exhibitor: Winchester Growers


7 - Gaura lindheimeri "Ruby Ruby" 

  • Speaker: Rosie Hardy for Warburton Nurseries
  • Breeder: Rosy Hardy
  • Exhibitor: Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants


8 - Geum ‘Totally Tangerine'

  • Speaker: Rosie Hardy
  • Breeder: Tim Crowther of Walberton Nursery
  • Exhibitor: Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants


9 - Heuchara ‘Sugar Plum'

  • Speaker: Vicky Fox
  • Breeder: Dan Heims USA, Terra Nova
  • Exhibitor: Plantagogo.com


10 - Lilium ‘Chelsea'

  • Speaker: Lorraine Hart
  • Breeder: De Jong Lelies
  • Exhibitor: Harts Nursery


11 - Impatiens ‘Masquerade'

  • Speaker: Peter Seabrook
  • Breeder: James Tucker, Stanton Nurseries (Marketed by Ball Colegrave Ltd)
  • Exhibitor: Birmingham City Council


12 - Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Black Beard' ('Yapard')

  • Speaker: Peter Seabrook
  • Breeder: Stephen & Sue Yandell, Rainbows End Nurseries, Cornwall
  • Exhibitor: G & K Whiten


13 - Iris 'Rose de la Vallée'

  • Speaker: Richard Cayeaux
  • Breeder: Richard Cayeux
  • Exhibitor: Cayeux Iris


14 - Iris 'Impressions de Jouy'

  • Speaker: Richard Cayeaux
  • Breeder: Richard Cayeux
  • Exhibitor: Cayeux Iris


Plantsman Conference - Part 2


15 - Nepenthes 'Bill Bailey'

  • Speaker: Roy Lancaster
  • Breeder: Borneo Exotics
  • Exhibitor: Borneo Exotics


16 - Nepenthes spathulata × spectabilis

  • Speaker: Roy Lancaster
  • Breeder: Borneo Exotics
  • Exhibitor: Borneo Exotics


17 - Rosa 'Claire Marshall

  • Speaker: Philip Harkness
  • Breeder: Harkness Roses
  • Exhibitor: Harkness Roses


18 - Rosa 'Princess Anne'

  • Speaker: Michael Marriot
  • Breeder: David Austin
  • Exhibitor: David Austin Roses Ltd


19 - Streptocarpus 'Harlequin Blue'

  • Speaker: Rex Dibley
  • Breeder: Lynne Dibley, Dibleys Nurseries
  • Exhibitor: Dibleys Nurseries


20 - Viola Balconita Series

  • Breeder: David Kerley of Kerley & Co
  • Exhibitor: Class Gardens

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