Plant Heritage working with Japanese association

Plant conservation charity Plant Heritage, has been showcasing its pioneering national plant collection scheme to the Japan Association of Botanical Gardens. The JABG approached the charity looking to learn more about the scheme in order to set up a similar model in Japan.

The charity helped to set up a two week study tour, beginning with a visit to the Plant Heritage marquee at the Hampton Court flower on 5th July, and finishing with a meeting at RHS Wisley Gardens.

They also visited small private collections, as well as collections held at bigger public gardens and botanic gardens. A final meeting with the Plant Heritage conservation team at RHS Wisley Gardens gave the JABG the opportunity to discuss the details and logistics of running the national plant collection scheme and to ask any questions they wanted.

Penny Jones holds the national plant collection of Japanese cultivars of Primula sieboldii with her husband Melvyn in Devon. She said: “One of the best days I have had in a long time. Mr Torii and Ms Ohki were lovely and I have learnt so much.?

Plant Heritage conservation manager Mercy Morris said: “Everyone at Plant Heritage is delighted to be honoured in this way. Japan has a long and important horticultural history which has had a strong influence on the plants we grow in the UK and Ireland.

?We are very keen to encourage the growth of a similar organisation in Japan, and look forward to exchanging expertise and innovation in the future.”

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