One of the aims of the Irish Garden Plant Society is the conservation of Irish Heritage Plants raised in, or with a connection to, Ireland. During 2014 we went through the current Plant Finder to see how many of the 6145 plants listed in Charles Nelsons ‘Heritage of Beauty’ were still in trade. This is a UK based database, but is the simplest way of establishing a benchmark to be measured against in future years.
Excluding the large genera, Malus, Narcissus, Rosa, and Tulipa for now, we checked 2368 plants, and found 559 listed as available or recently so. Many of course are very old cultivars and will no longer be available.
At the same time we have listed all available plants in our newsletters, and have asked members to contact us with what they grow themselves. This has already revealed plants that are not in trade, but are being passed around as good garden plants often are. We have also selected some plants for trial commercial propagation. We are very keen to spread our net wider, and contact as many gardeners, gardens, and nurseries, as possible.
Please look through the attached list, and let us know if you are growing any of the plants listed. It is, and always will be, a work in progress.
If you have a particular interest in any genus, or plants associated with a particular person or garden, please let us know. We will in time develop our database to allow searches for plants specific to people or gardens.
The IGPS will promote Irish Heritage Plants and where they are grown, or are available, through it’s web page and newsletter
Many thanks in advance, Stephen Butler, IGPS Irish Heritage Plant Coordinator, stephencbutlerATgmail.com (Replace the “AT” with an “@”)
Please read the list of Irish Heritage Plants here and contact Stephen if you grow any of them – we are simply anxious to record where they are grown and will only approach you if you have a plant which is extremely rare – that is that it is not listed by any nursery at present.