National Plant Collections in North Wales
"Conservation by Cultivation"

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What is a National Plant Collection?

A National Plant Collection is primarily  a means of garden plant conservation. To collect as many forms within the described plant group, compare, maintain in cultivation, record observations, information and pictures, provide this information and plant material for research, and to propagate and disperse plant material, as facilities allow, is the work of a National Collection Holder. Providing a large collection of closely related living plants for gardeners or enthusiasts to see is a secondary function and is more suited to some types of plants and types of Collection, or locations, than others. Most Collection Holders are however more than willing to show and discuss the object of their unpaid obsession, at their convenience and by appointment. The larger or commercial organisations may provide easier access to view plants, but are unlikely to give a personal tour like the private one-person location. You may or may not find plants to buy at the time of you visit, or by mail order, or they may propagate to order, or have a waiting list. For a fuller explanation of the National Plant Collection scheme click here.

National Plant Collections in North Wales deal with the following genera:

Aronia   Banksia   Clethra   Coriaria   Embothrium   Eucryphia   Eupatorium   Hedera   Laburnum   Magnolia   Paris   Petrocosmea   Polygonatum   Rhapis   Rhododendron   Saintpaulia   Streptocarpus

If the plants you are interested in are not listed above then there may be a Collection in south Wales, or further afield elsewhere in the UK. Go to www.PlantHeritage.org.uk to find out.
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Aronia     chokeberries

Collection Holder: Dr Stuart Sime
Address: Park Cottage, Penley, WREXHAM, LL13 0LS
Telephone: 01978 830126
Email:  sjsime@hotmail.com
Website: none
Viewing: by appointment only.
Entry Fee:  Donations to Plant Heritage
Description: National Collection is in a domestic garden.
Comments: Limited parking, refreshments upon request. Directions when making appointment.

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BanksiaSouth East Australian species

Collection Holder: Mr Robert Blackhall Miles
Address: 10 Goodman Street, LLANBERIS, Gwynedd, LL55 4HL
Telephone: 07545 939666
Email: fossilplants@gmail.com 
Website: http://fossilplants.co.uk - not specific to the Collection
Viewing: by appointment only.
Entry Fee:  Donation towards the upkeep of the Collection
Description: National Collection is in a small domestic garden.
Comments: Best viewed in autumn, winter or early spring.

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Clethra, hardy species and cultivars;  Clethra arborea     lily-of-the-valley tree

Collection Holder: Dr Stuart Sime
Address: Park Cottage, Penley, WREXHAM, LL13 0LS
Telephone: 01978 830126
Email: sjsime@hotmail.com
Website: none
Viewing: by appointment only.
Entry Fee:  Donations to Plant Heritage
Description: National Collection is in a domestic garden.
Comments: Limited parking, refreshments upon request. Directions when making appointment.

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Coriaria

Collection Holder: Crg Farm Plants
Contact: Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones
Address: Crg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, CAERNARFON, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU
Telephone: 01286 670232
Email: info@crug-farm.co.uk 
Website: no Collection webpage; nursery website www.crug-farm.co.uk  
Description: Collection is planted in the gardens.
Opening Times: Ring or check website for current opening times.
Entry Fee: Free
Directions: 2 miles NE Caernarfon off A487, brown-sign-posted from main roads.

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Embothrium

Collection Holder:  The National Trust - Bodnant Gardens
Address:  Bodnant Gardens, Tal y Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE
Telephone:  01492 650460
Email: 
bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website:  Garden website
www.bodnant-garden.co.uk  makes no mention of National Collections.
Description:  National Collection is distributed throughout the gardens.
Opening Times:  See website of phone for details.
Entry Fee:  See website of phone for entry cost details.
Directions:  8 miles South of the Colwyn Bay & Llandudno, on A470. Signposted from Junction 19 on the A55

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Eucryphia       bottle brush

Collection Holder:  The National Trust - Bodnant Gardens
Address:  Bodnant Gardens, Tal y Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE
Telephone:  01492 650460
Email: 
bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website:  Garden website
www.bodnant-garden.co.uk  makes no mention of National Collections.
Description:  National Collection is distributed throughout the gardens.
Opening Times:  See website of phone for details.
Entry Fee:  See website of phone for entry cost details.
Directions:  8 miles South of the Colwyn Bay & Llandudno, on A470. Signposted from Junction 19 on the A55

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Eupatorium      hemp agrimony / Joe Pie weed

Collection Holder: Mrs Jan Miller
Address: Saith Ffynnon Farm, Whitford, HOLYWELL, Flintshire, CH8 9EQ
Telephone: 01352 711198
Email: jan@7wells.org
Website:  Nursery website, lists Eupatorium plants for sale www.7wells.co.uk
Description: National Collection planted in a one acre damp garden with other butterfly plants, plus 8 acres wildflower meadows and ponds.
Viewing: By appointment only. The Collection is best seen in August & September. Open day in September, ring for information.
Entry Fee: Free
Directions: A55, exit for Holywell, following signs for Whitford & trout farm.

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Hedera      ivies

Collection Holder:  The National Trust - Erddig Hall Gardens
Address:  Mr Glyn Smith, Erddig Hall Gardens, WREXHAM, LL13 0YT
Telephone:  01978 355314
Email:  erdigg@nationaltrust.org.uk 
Website:  no Collection webpages. Access information can be found via www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig/ 
Description:  Approximately 100 cultivars displayed  mostly on the walls of a 15 Century Formal Garden with Victorian Additions. Also excellent fruit collection, with annual Apple Day.
Opening Times:  See website or telephone for details.
Entrance Fee:  NT members free to garden, otherwise see website of phone for entry cost details
Directions:  Signposted from A483 or A525, 1 mile south of Wrexham.

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Laburnum

Collection Holder:  The National Trust - Powis Castle
Contact:  Mr David Swanton
Address:  Powis Castle Gardens, WELSHPOOL, SY21 8RF
Telephone:  01938 552952
Email: 
david.swanton@nationaltrust.org.uk  
Website:  no Collection webpage. Access information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/  
Description:  National Collection is dispersed throughout the 25 acre historic garden with richly planted Italianate terraces of 17th Century origin. 
Opening Times:  Please phone 01938 551929 for details
Entry Fee:  Please phone 01938 551929 for details
Directions:  Signposted, 1 mile South Welshpool

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Magnolia species

Collection Holder:  The National Trust
Address:  Bodnant Gardens, Tal y Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE
Telephone:  01492 650460
Email: 
bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website:  Garden website
www.bodnant-garden.co.uk  makes no mention of National Collections.
Description:  National Collection is distributed throughout the gardens.
Opening Times:  See website of phone for details.
Entry Fee:  See website of phone for details.
Directions:  8 miles South of the Colwyn Bay & Llandudno, on A470. Signposted from Junction 19 on the A55

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Mentha    mints

After 24 years at it's home in the mountains of north Wales this National Mentha Collection has passed on the batton to those who have sprung up more recently, in the south of England and whose details can be found at Plant Heritage
The website that was associated with this Collections creator is however still going and can be found at
mentha.info

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Paris

Collection Holder: Crg Farm Plants
Contact: Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones
Address: Crg Farm Plants, near Griffith's Crossing, CAERNARFON, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU
Telephone: 01286 670232
Email: info@crug-farm.co.uk 
Website: no Collection webpage; nursery website www.crug-farm.co.uk  
Description: Collection is planted in the gardens.
Entry Fee: Free
Opening Times: Ring or check website for current opening times.
Directions: 2 miles NE Caernarfon off A487, brown-sign-posted from main roads.

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Petrocosmea    

Collection Holder:  Dibleys Nurseries
Contact:  Rex Dibley
Address:  Dibleys Nurseries, Llanelidan, RUTHIN, Denbighshire, LL15 2LG, 
Telephone:  01978 790677
Email: info@dibleys.com 

Website:  Nursery website
www.dibleys.com
Description:  Kept under lights in the propagation department.
Opening Times:  Ring to arrange to see the Petrocosmea Collection
Entry Fee:  Free
Directions:  On the A525, 4 miles from Ruthin, 14 miles from Wrexham, take the B5429 towards Llanelidan. After 1 miles turn left at the 2nd crossroads and find us in 1 mile

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Polygonatum

Collection Holder: Crg Farm Plants
Contact: Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones
Address: Crg Farm Plants, near Griffith's Crossing, CAERNARFON, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU
Telephone: 01286 670232
Email: info@crug-farm.co.uk 
Website: no Collection webpage; nursery website www.crug-farm.co.uk  
Description: Collection is planted in the gardens.
Entry Fee: Free
Opening Times: Ring or check website for current opening times.
Directions: 2 miles NE Caernarfon off A487, brown-sign-posted from main roads.

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Rhapis  species and cultivars     

Collection Holder:  Mr Keith Andrew
Address:  Gwyndy Bach, Llandrygarn, Tynlon, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3AJ
Telephone:  01407 720651
Email: 
info@kannonchiku.co.uk
Website: 
www.kannonchiku.co.uk
Description:  National Collection includes the rare dwarf forms of named Japanese cultivars known as Kannonchiku in Japan. Subtle variation of leaf shape, colour, texture, and variegation make these truly unique palms.
Visitors: Anytime of year, but by appointment only. 
Entry Fee:  6
Directions:  Take B5109 from Llangefni to Bodedern; cottage 5 miles on left.

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Rhododendron forrestii   and
Rhododendron hybrids from Bodnant Gardens 1927 - 1983

Collection Holder:  The National Trust - Bodnant Gardens
Address:  Bodnant Gardens, Tal y Cafn, COLWYN BAY, Dengighshire, LL28 5RE
Telephone:  01492 650460
Email: 
bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website:  Garden website
www.bodnant-garden.co.uk  makes no mention of National Collections.
Description:  National Collection is distributed throughout the gardens.
Opening Times:  See website of phone for details.
Entry Fee:  See website of phone for details.
Directions:  8 miles South of the Colwyn Bay & Llandudno, on A470. Signposted from Junction 19 on the A55

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Saintpaulia     African violets

Collection Holder:  Dibleys Nurseries
Contact:  Rex Dibley
Address:  Dibleys Nurseries, Llanelidan, RUTHIN, Denbighshire, LL15 2LG, 
Telephone:  01978 790677
Email: info@dibleys.com 
Website:  Nursery website
www.dibleys.com
Description:  Kept under lights in the propagation department.
Opening Times:  Ring to arrange to see the Saintpaulia Collection
Entry Fee:  Free
Directions:  On the A525, 4 miles from Ruthin, 14 miles from Wrexham, take the B5429 towards Llanelidan. After 1 miles turn left at the 2nd crossroads and find us in 1 mile

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Streptocarpus     Cape primroses

Collection Holder:  Dibleys Nurseries
Contact:  Rex Dibley
Address:  Dibleys Nurseries, Llanelidan, RUTHIN, Denbighshire, LL15 2LG, 
Telephone:  01978 790677
Email: info@dibleys.com 
Website:  Nursery website
www.dibleys.com
Description:  
Opening Times:  Ring to arrange to see the Collection.
Entry Fee:  Free
Directions:  On the A525, 4 miles from Ruthin, 14 miles from Wrexham, take the B5429 towards Llanelidan. After 1 miles turn left at the 2nd crossroads and find us in 1 mile

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