Conservation
Hardy Plant Society Conservation Scheme

NATIONAL CONSERVATION SCHEME FOR LOCAL HPS GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/about-plants/conservation

The Constitution of the Hardy Plant Society contains several charitable objects which are fulfilled by the Aims of the Conservation Scheme. These are

  • to identify perennial plants in need of conservation. Usually, this means plants that have less than four entries in
  • the RHS Plant Finder together with other identified criteria (see below). It could also include those that are deemed worth preserving but are not in the Plant Finder at all.
  • to assess whether the plants identified are worthy of being grown using accepted criteria.
  • to identify growing conditions that encourage the plants to thrive in different parts of the country.
  • to identify suitable propagation techniques for the plants.
  • to propagate and distribute conserved plants to other HPS members, national plant collection-holders, nurseries and the public through Plant Fairs and other means.
  • to provide an educational and research facility by maintaining an up-to-date database on the plants and the techniques used to propagate them. This information is provided mainly through the HPS website to include images wherever possible in order that researchers, the public and HPS members can readily access the information.
  • to provide facilities for giving advice on the culture of Conservation Scheme plants.
  • to cooperate with other bodies having similar or sympathetic aims within and outside the HPS.
  • to raise awareness of the work of the HPS Conservation Scheme within and outside the Society.

BENEFITS for LOCAL GROUPS and INDIVIDUALS

The opportunity to

  • engage in an interesting, sometimes challenging but nevertheless rewarding activity
  • acquire, grow and propagate scarce plants from HPS members in all areas
  • grow-on specimens in a variety of garden locations throughout the country
  • learn more about specific plants by research and by practical propagation
  • do something practical to maintain the bio-diversity of perennial plants
  • distribute knowledge and information acquired to the wider public

The conservation scheme is a great way to get stuck into plants and involved in the work of the HPS so if you are interested and want to find out more, get in touch with your local group coordinator or via the national coordinator by emailing conservation@hardy-plant.org.uk


Conservation in the North West

The North West group has 11 members at present. We meet formally once a year and informally at HPS meetings and other events. We actively participate in plant exchanges with other groups. New members are very welcome. We currently have a vacancy for a local group coordinator. If you are interested, please have a word with one of the NW Committee.
Alphabetical List of all Plants being conserved by HPS NW members
List of plants in HPS Conservation Scheme

Conservation Plant

Image
Notes
  • Arabis alpina subsp. caucasia 'Arctic Joy'
 
  • Added October 2011
  • Aster (now Symphiotrichum) 'Farncombe Lilac'

© Mary Bishop

  • Added October 2011
  • Aster farreri
 
  • NW Group plants have died out in 2011
  • Aster novi-belgii 'Plenty'
http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/home/cons2.jpg
  • Added 2013
  • Aster oolentangiensis 'Orchidee'


© Mary Bishop


Nomenclatural changes:
Jones, A. G. (1983) 'Nomenclatural Changes in Aster (Asteraceae)', Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, vol. 110, Jan - Mar, pp. 39-42 [online]. Available from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2996515 [accessed 22 August 2009].

Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Ohio, USA  
  • Astilbe
    'Sheila Haxton'
   
  • Athamanta vestina turbith
 
  • Added October 2011
  • Bergenia
    'Pugsley's Pink'
   
  • Chrysanthemum 'Apollo'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Chrysanthemum 'Aunt Millicent'
 
  • Added October 2011; >4 in PF
  • Chrysanthemum 'Early Yellow'
 
  • Added October 2011
  • Chrysanthemum 'Cottage Apricot'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Chrysanthemum 'Golden Greeheart'
 
  • Not in Plant Finder
  • Chrysanthemum 'Lady in Pink'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme; weak; poor colour
  • Chrysanthemum 'Ruby Mound'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Chrysanthemum 'Suffolk Pink'
   
  • Crocosmia
    'Vic's Yellow'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (not different from other cultivars; not done well)
  • Erigeron 'Sincerity'

© Alice Cookson
 
  • Erysimum 'Lewis Hart'
 
  • Added in 2011; not in PF
  • Filipendula vulgaris 'Devon Cream'
 
  • Added 2013; not in PF
  • Hebe 'Nantyderry'
 
  • Added 2014
  • Helenium hoopesii 'Riverton Beauty'
 
  • Previously in scheme as 'July Sun'
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Helianthus
    'Shall we Dance'

© Alice Cookson
For latest information on naming this cultivar see The Hardy Plant (2015) Vol, 36, No. 1, pp. 57-58.
  • Removed from conservation scheme; very prolific; other similar cultivars
  • Carry on recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing

 

  • Helleborus 'Galaxy'

© Heather Morris
 
  • Hemerocallis
    'Albany'
 
  • Added October 2010
  • Hemerocallis 'Apple Court Damson'
 
  • Added 2014
  • Hemerocallis
    'Beloved Return'
 
  • Added October 2011; not in PF
  • Hemerocallis
    'Cherry Ripe'
 
  • Added October 2010; not in PF
  • Hemerocallis
    'Helle Berlinerin'

© George Owen
 
  • Heuchera 'Brownfinch'
 
  • Added October 2011
  • Heuchera
    'Burgundy Frost'

© Audrey Dawson
  • Still in conservation scheme but not needed for national exchange
  • Carry on recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Heuchera 'David'


© Alice Cookson

  • Still in conservatioh scheme but not needed for national exchange
  • Carry on recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Heuchera x brizoides 'Snowflakes'
   
  • Hypericum xinordum 'Ysella'
 
  • Added October 2011; not in PF
  • Iris 'Banbury Gem'
 
  • Added October 2011; not in PF
  • Iris 'Deepening Shadows'
 
  • Added October 2010
  • Iris sibirica 'Peter Hewitt'
 
  • Added October 2011; not in PF
  • Iris unguicularis
    'Kilbroney Marble'
   
  • Iris spuria
    'Mrs. Tait'
 
  • Added October 2010
  • Leucanthemun superbum
    'Marion Bilsland'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Lychnis cognata BSWJ4234
 
  • Added October 2011
  • Lychnis x walkeri 'Abbotswood Rose'
 
  • Added 2013
  • Lythrum salicaria 'Prichard's Variety'
   
  • Moltkia doerfleri
 
  • >4 in PF
  • Papaver orientale 'Khedive' AGM
  • Added October 2011 (re-introduction to NW)
  • Origanum
    'Bristol Cross'
 
  • >4 in PF
  • Penstemon 'Oakleigh Gem'
 
  • Added 2013
  • Phlox paniculata
    'Caroline van den Berg'
   
  • Phlox paniculata
    'Grey Lady'

© Alice Cookson


  • Phlox paniculata
    'Milly van Hoboken'

© Alice Cookson
 
  • Phlox 'Terry'
 
  • Added 2013; Not in PF
  • Primula 'Harbinger'
   
  • Pulmonaria
    'Netta Statham'
 
  • Added October 2010
  • Rodgersia podophylla 'Instow'
   
  • Rudbeckia 'Loofahsa Wheaten Gold'
 
  • NW Group plants have died out in 2011
  • Rudbeckia 'Starcadia Razzle Dazzle'


© Alice Cookson

 
  • Schizostylis
    'Peer Gynt'


  • Several HPS NW members are also propagating this plant, generously donated by Jan and Martin Tilley in 2005. We believe that the plant, bought at a local plant sale many years ago, originally came from a trial at RHS Wisley and was subsequently given the name 'Peer Gynt'. It is not in Plant Finder.
  • Solidago 'Ledsham'
 
  • Removed from conservation scheme (>4 entries in PF)
  • Stop recording on data sheets
  • Still propagate for sale and local sharing
  • Tradescantia (Andersoniana Group)
    'In the Navy'
 
  • Added October 2010
  • Veratrum album 'Lorna's Green'
 
  • Added 2014
  • Zantedeschia aethiopica
    'Glencoe'
 
  • Added October 2014

 

Further Conservation Links
. BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International)
. BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) Database of Threatened Plants
. Extinct British and Irish Plants
. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee)
. Met Office (Climate Change)
. Millennium Seed Bank Project
. Nature Watch
. One in five British Species endangered (News item, 9 May '05)
. Plant Heritage/NCCPG (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens)
. Plantlife International
. Plantnetwork: The Plant Collections Network of Britain and Irelend
. Red List
. Red List (UK Vascular Plants)
. RHS Biodiversity in Gardens Conference December 2002
. Species-listing Wiki
. The UK Phenology Network (See also: Hepper, F. N. (1997) 'The flower monitor', The Garden (RHS), 1997, January, pp. 48-49.)
. Theft of Lady's Slipper Orchid, 2004
. Wild about Gardens Discovery Survey 2006 (RHS/The Wildlife Trusts survey on mini-habitats to support wildlife)
Page last updated: 5 Vovember 2017
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