Rare plants auctioned

Welshampton auction raises £7,000

Welshampton growers
Welshampton growers

Salvia 'Wollerton White',  Strobilanthes atropurpurea 'Lesley Jenkins' and Hosta 'Unduly Graced' were among the star plants auctioned for charity at Welshampton Plant Fair this week.

The salvia - a seedling off Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi' - was donated by Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Wollerton, Market Drayton. Head gardener Andrew Humphris put in a batch of the  pink salvia and out of it came two white seedlings.

Takings topped £7,000 for 40 lots. Rare specimen plants from garden owners, specialist nursery breeding programmes and seven private National Collection holders across North Shropshire and the Cheshire border raised more than £900 towards the total.
More than 3,000 plants sold on the day at the ninth annual plant fair.
The proceeds will be divided between Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michael and All Angels Church in Welshampton.

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