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Hardy Chrysanthemum Booklet Launch

Hardy Chrysanthemum Booklet Launch 27th October 2018
The launch of the new Hardy Chrysanthemum booklet was held at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick on their Chrysanthemum Open Day.  There are three Plant Heritage dispersed collections of hardy chrysanthemums, one at Hill Close, another by Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries and the third by Judy Barker, the booklet author.  They each hold about 85% of the same cultivars.  Judy was absolutely thrilled to see her research into these plants, which began eighteen years ago, now available to everyone in this booklet.  Find out for yourselves the cultivars that are hardy in the UK.

Judy Barker signing copies of her booklet

Hill Close Gardens

Our host for the day was Rosemary Mitchell, past chair of HPS West Midlands Group and Plant Heritage member. Rosemary along with head gardener of Hill Close Gardens Gary Leaver, are the collection holders for Hill Close Gardens dispersed collection of hardy chrysanthemums. Rosemary is a Trustee of Hill Close Gardens and a plot volunteer.  She has an interest in the chrysanthemums, snowdrops and heritage fruit trees that are grown at Hill Close Gardens.

It was a delight to see the chrysanthemums in full bloom, the back drop provided by Grade II listed Victorian summerhouses.  The chrysanthemums extend the season for Hardy Planters and provide significant colour in the garden when other plants are beginning to die down. There were many chrysanthemums for sale in the plant nursery, propagated by Gary and Rosemary.  Unfortunately by early afternoon it was raining quite heavily but interested members still arrived and ventured outside to have a close look at the chrysanthemums.

Judy Barker, Rosemary Mitchell and Sue Catchpole

The Hardy Chrysanthemum booklet provides all the information required to know and grow these wonderful plants together with an extensive list of cultivars and a huge array of photographs.  The booklet is available through the HPS website at £5.50 for members and £7.50 non-members.

Sue Catchpole
Publications Co-ordinator

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