Royal plant seeds on sale at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Visitors to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year will have the opportunity to take home seeds from the Highgrove Estate as well as a number of celebrities’ gardens thanks to the Plant Heritage Seed Shop.
 
Now in its seventh year the ever popular Seed Shop has a staggering selection of over 5,000 packets of seeds which, for the first time, include Geranium pratense seeds harvested from the gardens at Highgrove, home to Plant Heritage Patron and owner of two National Collections, Hosta (large & giant leaved)and Fagus, The Prince of Wales.
 
Visitors to the shop will be able to snap up some stunning Salvia patens seeds, donated byIrish garden designer and television personality, Diarmuid Gavin, as well as a selection of seeds kindly donated by Queen guitarist, Brian May.

 

 
Modern day plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke, has provided a massive selection of seeds from his own World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, Kent; including the amazing Ecballium elaterium (squirting cucumber) which, as its name suggests, ejects its seeds over 30ft.

 

 
Visitors to the Shop will be able to discover a huge number of rare and threatened seeds as well as plants from cultivated source material of endangered wild plants. Other rare plants include a selection from Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire; alliums, lilies and gladioli, including Gladiolus flannaganii, more commonly known as the Suicide Lilly due to the danger of collecting it from its cliff-top habitat.
 
The seed team, led by Janet Wright and June James, spend the entire year sourcing seeds from members, National Plant Collection Holders and botanic gardens. The seed packets are available for a minimum donation of £1.50 to Plant Heritage, and has so far generated over £17,000 for the charity.
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