Garden Lovers Treated to Rare glimpse of Norfolk National Plant Collection

Plant Heritage, is treating garden lovers in Norfolk to an opportunity to visit a unique garden, home to the National Plant Collection of Fuchsia (cultivars introduced by James Lye) in Norwich.
 
The Collection, which is owned by Kristopher Harper, will open on Sunday 7th September from 11am to 4pm at 33 The Ridgeway, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4ND. Entrance is free although donations to Plant Heritage and  the Collection would be gratefully accepted. Refreshments and home-made cakes will be available.
 
Kristopher started collecting and researching fuchsias attributed to the Victorian Fuchsia breeder James Lye in 2009 and has collected 30 cultivars which he has sourced from nursery stock and private collections within the UK. He is keen to discover more about the Victorian plantsman, the cultivars he introduced and the people they are attributed to and is happy for people to approach him if they can help in his search for missing cultivars.
 
Speaking before the Open day Plant Heritage President, Alan Titchmarsh, commented that “This open day is a fantastic opportunity for garden lovers in Norfolkto discover some of the beautiful and diverse plants held in their local National Collections.
 “Plant conservation is as much about passing on the knowledge as it is about growing the plant. This is the first time the Collection will be opening solely in support of the charity.” he added.
 
Kristopher will be on hand to answer queries throughout the day, so whether an absolute beginner or a seasoned plantsman, visitors will be able to take away some valuable advice.
 
The National Plant Collections Scheme is the flagship of Plant Heritage and is the prime mechanism for ensuring the survival of cultivated plant species and cultivars. The Holders are volunteers, be that private individuals working in their back garden or Head Gardeners on a large estate. They are all passionate about their plants and keen to share their knowledge.
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