many countries there are groups that organise the
creation and maintenance of plant collections,
for conservation purposes. Originally, plant collections
were developed within the confines of botanic gardens,
as part of basic botanical and taxanomical research.
However, the growing importance of hybridisation
and, more recently, cultivar development has meant
that increasingly this responsibility has moved
into the public arena. Today, the formality of
these arrangements and the degree of support they
obtain from government varies from place to place.
the United Kingdom, the world's leading plant
collections group, the National Council for the
Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) organises
National Plant Collections® throughout
the country. In 1999 the NCCPG celebrated its 21st
anniversary and the fact that it now oversees some
600 National Plant Collections®.
Elsewhere in the world other groups
carry out similar roles. In Australia, the Ornamental
Plant Collections Association (OPCA) maintains
some 70+ collections. In France, Le
Conservatoire des Collections Végétales
Specialisées (CCVS) organises some 130+
collections. In the USA there are two organisations
at work: The Northern American Plant Collections
Consortium (NAPCC), formed through the AABGA, focuses
on National Collections within institutions and
the North American Plant Preservation Council (NAAPPC)
on Collections held by individuals and within commerce.
In addition to the existing schemes,
individuals and groups are helping to develop similar
approaches elsewhere in the world. In Poland, Dr.
T. J. Nowak, from Wroclaw Botanic Garden is striving
to protect original stock from what remains of
the country's historic gardens. Last, but by no
means least, similar schemes are under development
in Belgium, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.
The importance of Clematis as a
genus is reflected in all of the schemes, normally
by a discrete collection of some part of the Clematis
Plant Collections® in the United Kingdom
NCCPG organises National Plant Collections®
in the United Kingdom. In their words, their
volunteer membership, the NCCPG seeks to conserve,
document, promote and make available Britain's
great biodiversity of garden plants for the
benefit of horticulture, education and science"
collections are held by a mix of dedicated
individuals and organisations and are organised
by genus. Most collections can be viewed
by members of the public. Further details
of these and other collections can be found in
the National Plant Collections® Directory,
which can be obtained from the NCCPG, The Stable
Courtyard, RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking, Surrey,
GU23 6QP, Tel: 01483 211465.
are well represented amongst the National Plant
Collections; and the
current collections are outlined below. All National
Plant Collections; are open to the public
but some, due to location or size, have restricted
access and you will have to write to the collection
holder to make arrangements for your visit. Although opening times are shown, these may vary and are subject to the holders rights to change at short notice and active confirmation should be sought before making any journey. The BCS does not accept any responsibility for the information shown on this page and reference should be made to t
Clematis - Herbaceous
- Mr. M. Brown, past Chairman of
the British Clematis Society,
Corner", 15 Plough Close, Shillingford,
Oxfordshire, OX10 7EX.
- No. of species:17 No. of cultivars:
- Open Wed & Sun throughout June, July and August.
Clematis - Montana
- Mrs. V. Le May Nevill-Parry,
By The Way, Lodge Drove,
Wiltshire, SP5 2NH.
- No. of species & cultivars:
Open: Only by prior appointment throughout May
for groups, individuals at
times as well by appointment. Plants for sale and refreshments by
arrangement for groups of 10+.
Entry: See website
- Harko Biesheuvel, Manager, Longstock Park Nursery, Longstock, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6EH.
Tel. 01264 810894 Fax. 01264 810924
No. of species: 1 No. of cultivars: 38
Open: All year Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays 11.00am - 5.00pm (4.00pm November - February)
NC throughout acre garden & nursery.
Opening Times Tues & Wed 1-6pm, April to Sept & by appt
Entry Adults £3; Child Free. Parking nearby. 75% disabled access.
Directions: Garden in Chacewater (4 miles W Truro) at Truro end of main st.
The Hawthornes, Marsh Road,
Hesketh Bank , Preston, Lancashire, PR4 6XT
56 different cultivars and a few species + plus own seedlings
Telephone: 01772 812379
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Plant Conservation Association of Australia
OPCA celebrated its 10th Anniversary
in 1999. It was formed using the UK's NCCPG as
a guide, with the primary aim of searching out,
identifying and propagating some of the many plants
once available in the horticultural trade, but
now lost or growing 'hidden' in old gardens. Most
of the 70+ registered Collections are based in
Victoria, but interest is growing inter-state.
OPCA is based at the Royal Botanic
Gardens, Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
3141. Telephone: (03) 650 5639. Fax: (03) 655 2350
- Mr. Neil Richardson, Mountflora
Nursery, Navigators Road, Yendon, Vic 3357
- Tel: (03) 5334 7645. Fax: (03)
Clematis - Large Flowered Hybrids
- Carole Scholes, Carole's Garden
Clematis Nursery, 94 Bungower Road, Somerville,
- Tel: (03) 5977 9277.
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Français des Collections Végétales
The CCVS is the French equivalent
of the UK's NCCPG, setting very stringent conditions
for its collection holders. It is based at 84 Rue
de Grenelle, 75007 Paris.
Tel: 01-44-39-78-84. Fax: 01-44-39-78-85
- Mairie de Paris, Direction des
Parcs, Jardins & Espaces Verts, 1, Av. Gordon
Bennett, 75016 Paris.
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