Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
11:54 AM 26th April 2020

National Plant Collection Holders Offer Mail Order During Lockdown

There are over 650 National Plant Collections across the UK, containing 95,000 garden plants from miniature orchids to mighty oaks.

Pelargonium 'Australian Mystery'. Credit Plant Heritage
Pelargonium 'Australian Mystery'. Credit Plant Heritage
Now, many of Plant Heritage’s 400+ collection holders are offering mail order, allowing the public to safely buy unique and unusual garden plants to enjoy in their gardens, despite the current restrictions in place and without leaving their homes. Those who buy a plant from a National Collection Holder will also have the opportunity to get expert advice on how to care for their new plant(s) from the collection holder too.

Some of those offering mail order include:

Hare Spring Cottage Garden Plants in North Yorkshire (Camassia & Sidalcea collections)
Hoyland Plant Centre in South Yorkshire (Agapanthus, Clivia & Tulbaghia collections)
Hawthornes Nursery in Lancashire (Clematis)

To see a full list of Collection Holders offering mail order, visit: Simply search via county, plant genus or common name to find your nearest collection, but check their websites to ensure they are offering mail order.

Agapanthus ‘Black Magic’, is one of the many plants that can still be bought during lockdown from Hoyland Plant Centre

Agapanthus 'Black Magic'. Credit Hoyland Nurseries
Agapanthus 'Black Magic'. Credit Hoyland Nurseries
Vicki Cooke, Plant Conservation Manager, Plant Heritage explains:
“With the cancellation of plant fairs, our annual Plant Exchange and other shows, we are keen to help collection holders, local nurseries and growers who normally support us by supplying rare and interesting plants for such events. As many of us are now based at home, if you have a space for plants, you can safely buy them from many of our collection holders and independent nurseries, and get expert advice too! You can help us save the nation’s garden plants by keeping as broad a range as possible growing in your gardens, and now you have the chance to get something new and unusual as well.”

National Plant Collections are living plant libraries, showcasing the amazing diversity of our nation’s cultivated plants. They are created, and curated, by individuals or organisations who are passionate about protecting the diversity of the nation’s rich flora. New collections are recognised every year, with 28 new collections accredited in 2019.

Plant Heritage is the only national charity working to ensure that cultivated plants are cared for and nurtured, so that future generations can enjoy rare plants as much as we currently do. This is made possible via its National Plant Collection Scheme, Plant Guardians, local groups and members.

To find out more about Plant Heritage, its National Plant Collections or for information about how to become a Collection Holder, Plant Guardian or member, visit