Plant Heritage celebrates young horticulturists at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Plant Heritage is celebrating young people in horticulture at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year with stunning exhibits from young designers and its youngest ever National Collection Holder.
The charity is delighted to be showcasing an exhibit by Jamie Capern, who at 19 runs the National Plant Collection® of Thunbergia with Tynings Climbers owners Jane Lindsay and Toni O’Connor. He is exhibiting for the first time and will be at the show along with Jane and Toni who are keen to share their passion for plant collecting with more young people. Speaking about the exhibit Jane Lindsay said: “We really hope that Jamie will inspire other teenagers and young horticulturalists to take up plant conservation and plant collecting. National Collection Holders have a wealth of experience between them and we would love to share this and impart our knowledge to others.”


Jamie will be exhibiting plants from the Collection as well as launching two new cultivars at the show.
Harry Baldwin, who is a 22 year old trainee on placement with the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, Hampshire is designing his first ever show garden in the Plant Heritage marquee. It will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hillier’s this year by building a reconstruction of Sir Harold Hillier’s private garden from the 1950’s. The display will feature a selection of the National Collection of Hillier raised and cultivated plants, giving the public the opportunity to glimpse into the extraordinary history behind the plants themselves and the Hillier family.


Speaking on his opportunity to exhibit Harry said: “To be able to display at the largest flower show in the world is by all means a fantastic opportunity, and one I am sure not to forget! The last six months has been one big roller-coaster ride, from trying to source the right plants, to redrawing the design a hundred times. It’s all finally coming together and is about to get very exciting.”
A number of plants from the charity’s recently launched Plant Guardian Scheme will be on display in the marquee throughout the show, including a rare Canna which has been registered into the scheme by Wicor Primary School, Hampshire. The school was one of the first in the country to re-write its curriculum to put horticulture and gardening onto the timetable. Specialising in Canna, they were delighted to be given a threatened Canna ‘Chouchou’ by National Collection Holder, Keith Hayward, on a visit to his Collection earlier this year.


Practical demonstrations and mini-workshops will be running throughout the week from the Potting Bench, and a timetable will be on display in the marquee. As usual, Collection Holders will be on hand to help visitors with advice and expert cultivation tips, and they will have some rare and special plants available to purchase.
The ever popular Seed Shop is returning with over 4,400 packets of rare and unusual seeds donated by members, and a fantastic selection from celebrities such as Brian May, Diarmuid Gavin, and modern day plant hunter and kidnap victim, Tom Hart Dyke. A minimum donation of £1.50 is requested and all proceeds go to the charity.

The National Plant Collections in the marquee this year are:

Asclepias & Gomphocarpus
Barry Clarke
Myrtaceae (Tribe Myrteae)
Dr’s Gary and Maria Firth
Calendula spp.
Bristol Zoological Gardens
A Celebration of Devon National Plant Collections®
Devon members, Mike and Edna Squires
Rhodohypoxis & x Rhodoxis
Tale Valley Nursery
Jane Lindsay, Toni O’Connor and Jamie Capern, Tynings Climbers
Aechmea, Billbergia & Neoregelia
Don Billington
Dibleys Nurseries
Hilliers (plants raised by)
Harry Baldwin, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens


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