A Passion for Heucheras

In March we welcomed Vicky Fox who gave a lively & entertaining talk on how a childhood reluctance to help in her family's nursery business was transformed into establishing with her husband Richard the highly successful Plantagogo business. They hold national collections of heuchera, tiarella & heucherella, breed beautiful new varieties and have entered Chelsea Flower Show 9 years, winning a gold medal every time. They brought with them a fine selection of their plants as you can see from the photos. Vicky also gave us tips on pest control & growing these versatile plants which come in more shapes sizes & colours than we'd ever imagined! We're probably all familiar with the traditional varieties, but Vicky showed us small, tall & trailing ones in a fabulous range of colours, also giving an insight into how they breed & hybridise to achieve this. The couple's enthusiasm & work ethic to achieve all this without any staff (roping in family help for special occasions) was quite amazing. Sylvia Nun's vase of mixed flowers won the monthly competition (below) & Rosalie Allden was second with her hellebores.