14Feb New National Plant Collection of Fuchsia cultivars for Plant Heritage - Fuchsia cvs. (introduced by James Lye)

Plant conservation charity Plant Heritage has announced the formation of a new national collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by the Victorian plantsman James Lye.

The collection is held by Norfolk based Kristopher Harper, who started researching the fuchsias that are attributed to Lye in 2009. 

Kristopher has collected 28 cultivars which he has sourced from nursery stock and private collections within the UK, but plans to widen this search to Europe and America.

Lye was a renowned Victorian fuchsia grower and show stalwart.

Over time 70 cultivars have been lost and Harper is currently looking for two specific cultivars, ‘Nellie’ and ‘James Welch.’

He said: "I feel sure that a number of these plants may still be growing in private gardens, admired by their owners who are unaware of their true identity or importance. Have a closer look!"

He is keen to discover more about the Victorian plantsman, the cultivars he introduced and the people they are attributed to.

Plant Heritage – Leading plant conservation charity, Plant Heritage is delighted to welcome a National Collection of Fuchsia cvs. Introduced by the Victorian Plantsman, James Lye.

To view the full Press Release, click n the link below [PDF] (14 February 2013)

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