Silver-gilt for Plant Heritage at RHS Chelsea, plus 13 Gold medals and 7 Silver-gilts for National Collection Holders




Designed and built in just six weeks, the Plant Heritage display was created by garden designer and National Plant Collection Holder Jackie Currie and her colleague Lorraine Smith from Euphorbia Design, along with Plant Heritage’s Shows Manager, Gill Groombridge. ‘The heart of Plant Heritage’ demonstrated the breadth of National Plant Collections, with show-stopping alliums from Jackie's own collection (including the unusual Allium 'Ostara', below), historic roses from National Trust's Mottisfont Abbey, and a range of lavender from Downderry Nursery.


A centrepiece of woodland planting lay beneath a stunning Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' (Harp Strings),representing the acers at Westonbirt Arboretum, and included brunneras, hostas, ferns, omphalodes and epimediums. A total of twenty-five National Plant Collections were represented in the display, with plants generously donated. It was a fitting celebration of the charity's 40th anniversary, and a reminder that its work
to conserve garden plants remains as vital as ever today.

National Collection Holders are passionate plantsmen and women, and their expertise and dedication was reflected by the 21 medals awarded to them at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.