Plant Heritage wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Chatsworth for display highlighted plants missing from National Collections

Leading conservation charity for cultivated plants, Plant Heritage, has been awarded a Silver-Gilt medal by the RHS for its display in the Connoisseur zone at the first ever RHS Chatsworth show.

Gill Groombridge who runs Membership and Shows for the charity, led a team of dedicated volunteers from the charity’s local groups across the region, and further afield to create the stunning display, which aims to inspire curiosity in visitors to this specialist area of the show and allow them to find out about the conservation work of the charity.

The display features ten missing plant groups which currently are not represented within National Plant Collections and asks visitors to consider what their plant passions are and whether they can help conserve them by starting a Collection of one of these plants.

President of Plant Heritage, Alan Titchmarsh said

"I am delighed that Plant Heritage have been awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for their display at RHS Chatsworth Show. It is a fine way of highlighting the valuable work they do in preserving and promoting our garden plants.”

CEO Sarah Quarterman said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a Silver-Gilt for our display which our incredible volunteers helped to create. Through our Missing Genera campaign, we hope to raise awareness of the need for cultivated plant conservation. We’re looking forward to reaching out to more people at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and inspiring show visitors to come and say hello and learn more about our work.”

Visitors to the Plant Heritage display will also have the chance to offer a name for a new Dahlia bred by Mark Twyning of the National Dahlia Collection in Cornwall. The dainty pink and white single has dark foliage and is best described as a patio type Dahlia, approximately 2’6’’ tall.

Images (top to bottom):
• Gill Groombridge, Membership & Shows at Plant Heritage, with president of the charity, Alan Titchmarsh and some of the fantastic volunteers: Richard Laurence, Ian Hunt, Jean Mills and George Feltrup.
• Missing Genera display (plant groups currently missing from National Collections)
• President of Plant Heritage, Alan Titchmarsh, speaking to Gill Groombridge, Membership & Shows at the Plant Heritage display.
• The display
• Unnamed pink single Dahlia

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