Medal sweep for National Plant Collection exhibitors at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Prestigious Floral Awards for Hogarth Hostas (Best Plant Heritage Exhibit) and Peter Beales Roses (Best Rose Exhibit)

National Collection Holders exhibitors scoop 17 Gold, 7 Silver-Gilt, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals in total. This includes 1 Gold, 3 Silver-Gilt, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in the Plant Heritage Zone of the Floral Marquee.

Three first-time National Plant Collection exhibitors, with their displays of Echium (from the Macaronesian Islands), Hakonechloa cultivars and Fuchsia (bred by James Lye), were please to receive 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal respectively at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. In total, 31 Medals were awarded to Plant Heritage’s National Collection Holders for their displays.

Jonathan Hogarth, who exhibited his National Collection of Small and Miniature Hosta for the first time at Hampton Court in 2015 has won a Gold medal and a Floral Award for Best Plant Heritage Exhibit. Upon receiving the award from the hands of the Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sue Biggs, Jonathan said “Being recognised for the second time as the Best Plant Heritage exhibit title is such an honour”.

Sarah Quarterman, CEO at plant conservation charity Plant Heritage said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the success of our National Plant Collection Holders and their innovative displays at this year’s Show. National Plant Collection Holders play a vital role in conserving the diversity of cultivated plants in the UK and we’re thrilled that their enthusiasm has been recognised.”

As well as having the opportunity to meet National Collection Holders, visitors to the Plant Heritage zone at this year’s Show are able to visit the charity’s Seed Shop and to learn about the charity's Missing Genera campaign, with a selection of plants on display, such as Ginkgo and Verbena which are currently not represented within National Plant Collections. The charity is calling on anyone with a passion for plants to learn more about the campaign and support its work as well as encouraging people to bring together a National Plant Collection of their own.

This year the Plant Heritage zone is found at the centre of the Floral Marquee from 5th to 10th July.

Plant Heritage would like to congratulate:

Gold – Brookfield Plants – Hosta, David Austin Roses, Dibleys Nurseries – Streptocarpus, Downderry Nursery - Lavandula, Every Picture Tells a Story (Aechmea, Billbergia, Neoregelia), Fibrex Nurseries – Hedera and Pelargonium, Hart Canna – Canna, Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants - Tropical & temperate carnivorous plants (Drosera), Hogarth Hostas - small & miniature Hosta, Mickfield Hostas - Hosta, National Dahlia Collection - Dahlia, Peter Beales Roses - Old fashioned & contemporary roses, Plantagogo - Heuchera, x Heucherella & Tiarella, T3 Plants – Abutilon, Tale Valley Nursery – Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis, Tynings Climbers - Passiflora, Thunbergia, Mandevilla & Jasminum

Silver-Gilt - Bowdens - Hosta, Hoyland Plant Centre - Agapanthus, Tulbaghia, Anne Milner & Sarah Cook, Iris introduced by Arthur J Bliss and Sir Cedric Morris , Gary Firth - Myrtaceae (Tribe Myrteae), Barry Clarke - Rubus spp., The Botanic Nursery - Digitalis, W & S Lockyer - Primula auricula (Doubles)

Silver - Brookfield Plants - Hemerocallis cultivars with the RHS AGM, Echium World - Echium from the Macaronesian Islands, Hillview Hardy Plants - Acanthus, Philip Oostenbrink - Hakonechloa macra  & cultivars

Bronze - Floyds Climbers & Clematis – Clematis koreana & hybrids, Harper & Debbage - Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye, The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Cornus


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