The Royal Horticultural Society are holding a two day show in central London at the moment (15 and 16 February 2011), and Mark and I decided to both take a day off from work to attend. We haven't attended this particular show before so we were not entirely sure what to expect, however we were not disappointed.
|Iris histrioides 'Katherine Hodgkin'|
However for us the main attraction was the stand of Crug Farm, who supply some very unusual and rare plants. We were particularly interested in various species of Schefflera and Illicium. Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones collect seed for many of their plants from the places such as Vietnam and Taiwan for propagation in North Wales and it was a pleasure to finally get to meet them after having previously only communicated by telephone.
|Mark, Sue Wynn-Jones, Roy Lancaster, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones|
|Schefflera sp. from Guatemala (BSWJ 10449)|
|Their display justifiably won a gold award.|
|Jacques Armand display shows the variety of spring colour that is available.|
Despite the show being held in Central London we made the decision to take the car rather than go by train to allow us to bring home a selection of plants, and despite the heavy traffic this was a good decision as we ended up with quite a full car. As often occurs on plant trips Mark had an uncomfortable journey home with plants sat in his lap (sorry we forgot to take a photo this time).
I can see us being more regular attendees to plant shows in the future.
Royal Horticultural Society
Crug Farm Plants