TV gardener Christine Walkden has launched a plant conservation project for Plant Heritage called The Plant Guardian, aimed at anyone who would like to get involved in garden plant conservation but doesn’t have the space or time to own a National Plant Collection.
If anyone has a rare or threatened plant in their garden they can sign up as a Plant Guardian, so that there is a formal record of the plant. The plant can then be propagated to ensure its future conservation.
So far, the charity has discovered some very rare, old cultivars that were thought to have disappeared which can now be reproduced and hopefully added to National Collections for safe keeping.
Walkden said: "This is an ideal opportunity for the man in the street to ensure we save rare plants so that future generations can enjoy and appreciate treasures of the plant world as we have."
Since launching the scheme the charity has had plants registered including some rare lavender plants by Tim Upson, recently appointed new RHS director of horticulture.
He registered Lavandula dentata var. candicans ‘Agadir’ which he collected from Morocco. His other Plant Guardian, Lavandula angustiifolia ‘Nana atropurpurea’ has only one other RHS Plantfinder listing with National Collection Holder, Simon Charlesworth.