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Featured Conservation Plants: June 2013

June 2013:
Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink’

Photograph by kind permission of Judy Barker

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For a second month running, the featured conservation plant is a hardy Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink’ was introduced to the HPS Conservation Scheme by the Hertfordshire group in 2010. It was found and grown in Dulwich Park Winter Garden in London but no further history has been traced so far. Judy Barker, the national collection holder for Chrysanthemum (Korean, Rubellum and hardy spray) provided the Hertfordshire group with two plants. These were propagated during the course of the year and ten strong plants were taken to the annual exchange of conservation plants in October 2010 and passed on to growers in different parts of the country.

In my garden on the Bucks/Herts border in the Chiltern Hills it grows to just under 3ft high and is a bushy, well branched plant, with lovely bright mid pink single flowers with yellow centres. The plant makes a well formed dome but benefits from staking. It flowered towards the end of October 2012, despite the summer, surviving the winter snow and is now growing strongly.

I feel Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink’ deserves its place on the HPS Conservation Scheme as it is only available in two nurseries according to the current edition of the RHS Plant Finder and is a lovely bright addition to the late flower border with the added bonus of making a good cut flower.

The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.

The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.

If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.

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