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Covid 19 update - 'Think Local' - where to buy plants from local National Collection Holders and independent nurseries

3rd April, 2020

Plant Heritage is following official government and NHS advice on Coronavirus (Covid 19). The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is our top priority, hence all our staff are now working from home, and most volunteer activities have been stopped for now. Forthcoming events have been cancelled, all updated on our website.

Our work continues and plants won't stop growing because we have been asked to stay at home. Whether you are staying at home and social distancing, or self isolating, we would like to encourage people to enjoy plants and gardening if you can. Although there aren't the usual events, shows and plant fairs at the moment you can keep in touch with plant news by following our social media - twitter, facebook and instagram.

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. Here is a list of those offering mail order, but please check their websites first as some may not be able to offer mail order currently.

“Think Local” – a campaign to support local nurseries and growers

With the cancellation of plant fairs, it is clear that the local nurseries and growers will not have a chance to sell their plants. Large garden centres and commercial suppliers are also suffering as we have seen on the news. Plant Heritage would like to assist the local nurseries and growers who normally support our fairs, by offering to list their details on the website so that members and others can find out where to buy plants safely online or by local delivery. See local group pages for local nursery listings which will be added soon.

Other ways to find local nurseries include:

Independent Nurseries

RHS Nursery listing

Gardeners World nursery listing

Candide

Please keep safe and look after yourselves, with best wishes from Plant Heritage.

Conserving the diversity of garden plants

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