Garden Lovers Treated to Rare glimpse of West Sussex National Plant Collection

Plant Heritage is treating garden lovers in West Sussex to an opportunity to visit a unique garden, home to the National Plant Collection of Hedychium (ornamental gingers) near Chichester, West Sussex.
The Collection, owned by Andrew Gaunt, will open on Saturday 6th September from 9.30am to 5pm at 107 First Avenue, Almodington, Chichester, PO20 7LQ. Entrance is free although donations to Plant Heritage and  the Collection would be gratefully accepted. Refreshments and home-made cakes will be available and plants from the Collection will be on sale.
Speaking before the Open day Plant Heritage President, Alan Titchmarsh, commented that “This open day is a fantastic opportunity for garden lovers in West Susexto 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.” he added.
Andrew 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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