Plant Guardians

Bergenia ciliata ‘Patricia Furness’

Named by Alan Furness of Hexham for his wife, this cultivar originated in the garden of Randle Blair Cooke (1880-1973), Kilbryde, Corbridge. Mr Cooke gardened at Kilbryde for some 50+ years, and maintained a notable collection of Rhododendron with some 130 specimens. Many of his plants are said to have been relocated to Moorbank Botanic Garden in Newcastle which subsequently closed in 2013.

Threat Status: Threatened In Cultivation As assessed by the Plant Heritage Threatened Plants Programme. For more details see

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