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The home of the National Plant Collections®

Dahlia 'Gallery Pablo' PBR

Why conserve cultivated plants?

When it's gone it's gone. Over decades and sometimes centuries, our nation's dedicated gardeners have bred and cared for a rich diversity of garden plants. The genetic heritage contained in these living organisms can only be preserved by active gardeners.

A nation of growers

We are a nation of gardeners so let's live up to our reputation. From public gardens to small back yards there are rare plants that need saving.

The lost garden of Britain

When production of garden plants is commercially streamlined we risk losing the most precious cultivars. Let's save these plants by growing and sharing them.

Cultural and social history

Pests, diseases and changes of fashion mean plants can simply disappear. We may help medicinal cures or disease resistance by saving garden plants.

Why does this matter?

We know and love the plants from our nation's stories, poems and paintings. Let's make sure future generations get to appreciate them as much as we do.

Plant Heritage aims to conserve the diversity of our garden plants

We are the only national charity to ensure the cultivated plants we grow now will be available to future generations for cultural, medical, culinary and aesthetic use. We do this through the National Plant Collection scheme, our Plant Guardians and our local group network.

Support us

Help us sustain the amazing diversity of our garden plants, through the National Plant Collections, by making a donation today.

Become a member

Support our conservation work, with access to rare and unusual plants, by taking out a membership for only £36 a year.

Plant Heritage at Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

New video from Plant Heritage exhibited at RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show

Tune in to see some of the 650 National Plant Collections, and discover how you could help save the UK’s garden plants

Did you know that a National Plant Collection home to 4-5,000 cacti from South America can be admired in Aberdeenshire, or that noted physiologist Sir Michael Foster’s historic collection of irises, kept by his great, great granddaughter can be seen in Suffolk? Or, that you can see over 50 types of eucalyptus tree in Kent?

National Plant Collections offering mail order

National Collection Holders conserve rare cultivars within their collections. You can purchase unique and unusual plants from those that offer mail order, plus get expert advice from them all.  See 'find out more' for those offering mail order but please check their websites first as some may not be able to offer mail order currently.

Threatened Plant of the Year 2020!

Entries are now open for our new Threatened Plant of the Year competition. 

Do you have an unusual plant to enter? We would love to hear all about it.

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Conserving the diversity of garden plants

eg: plant genus, common name, county, collection holder name.