Garden Lovers Treated to Rare glimpse of Suffolk Plant Collection

We are treating garden lovers in Suffolk to an opportunity to visit a unique garden, home to the National Plant Collection of Dianthus (Malmaison), based in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The Collection, owned by Jim Marshall, is looking absolutely stunning at present and will open on Thursday 3rd and Sunday 12th July from 11am to 5pm at Hullwood Barn, Bolton lane, Shelley, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5RE. Refreshments will be available; guided tours will take place throughout the day as well as practical demonstrations on growing Dianthus. Plants from Jim’s Collection will be on sale. Donations from the day are being donated to Plant Heritage.


Speaking before the Open day Plant Heritage President, Alan Titchmarsh, said: “This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for garden lovers in Suffolk to discover some of the beautiful and diverse plants held in their local National Plant Collections.
“Plant conservation is as much about passing on the knowledge as it is about growing the plant. This is the first time the Collections will be opening solely in support of the charity.” he added.
Jim will be on hand to answer queries throughout the day, so whether you’re 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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