If you don't think you have a rare plant, but would like to be a Plant Guardian, here are some ideas of how to find one, which you can then register:
Join Plant Heritage and get involved with your local group
Gardeners are friendly and generous and you will find the people in your local PH group are no exception; if you are looking for rare plants they will often be able to help you and may be able to work out what that unknown plant in your border is too.
Local Group Plant Fairs
Most of our Groups hold plant fairs and sales that are listed in under our events. These are great places to buy new plants, and to hunt for rarities – if you aren’t sure there will be someone on hand to give you advise about what is less common.
The Plant Exchange Scheme
Many Local Groups also participate in the annual Plant Exchange. Members and Collection Holders submit lists of rare plants they have to spare and also plants they would like. Ask at your next meeting to find out more.
Small specialist nurseries and National Collection Holders
Many smaller nurseries will specialise in one particular type of plant, and it is here that you are likely to find rarities, not in your local DIY superstore! National Collection Holders will sometimes sell plants, and they will be able to give you a good idea if the plant you have fallen for is rare. You can find details of all the National Plant Collections in our Directory as well as on our website. Members recieve a copy of the Directory when they join, or you can buy it in our online shop
The RHS Plant Finder
Every year the RHS compile a publication called the RHS Plant Finder. This is the bible for small nurseries, and for those trying to source a specific species or cultivar, or something less common. It can be searched online or you can buy the book version to keep in the car, so you can visit specialist nurseries and hunt for plants whenever you are out.