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PO Box 7400, Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156, Australia.

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We educate and support community groups and gardeners looking to grow, save, and share seeds.

Thank you for growing with us.

When seeds are in our bank, they are protected. When seeds are growing in your garden, they thrive.

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We steward a collection of 20,000+ rare and heirloom varieties in a seed bank at our Iowa headquarters.

Donated to SSE in 2004, Wick’s lima has a long history of being grown and shared as far back as the 1930s in West Virginia.

Since 1975, we have grown, saved, and shared heirloom seeds and led a movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties. At the heart of our organization is a seed bank that houses a collection of 20,000+ rare, open-pollinated varieties. With gardeners like you, we can get these seeds where they belong—in gardens and on tables everywhere, for generations to come.

Through our catalog and online store, we get varieties out of our seed bank and growing. Sales support our nonprofit work.

We have introduced fortnightly virtual talks from our National Plant Collection Holders covering fascinating subjects from irises and roses to peonies. Booking is available via www.plantheritage.org.uk/events and is open to all. More online talks will be planned for the future too.

Plant Heritage has over 650 National Plant Collections across the UK, and each Collection Holder conserves rare cultivars within their collections. We helped our 400+ Collection Holders to maintain their collections and promoted those that offered mail-order during lockdown. We also supported local nurseries and growers (who normally attend our plant fairs) with our campaign ‘Think Local’.

Instead of the real plant display we had planned, we took part in the first ever RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show. For this we created a video introduced by our President Alan Titchmarsh, highlighting the stories of four National Plant Collections.

Our immediate priority was to reach out to our members, and as lockdown was extended, we became more creative in doing so. We increased the frequency of our communications through e-newsletters, letters, and social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and we also found that members kept in touch with each other via email, WhatsApp or Facebook groups and Zoom.

Plant Heritage has, like many other charities and organisations across the world, been affected by Covid-19. All events and major shows have sadly been cancelled or postponed, meaning our members have not been able to host meetings, talks, garden visits or plant sales since March. But the work of Plant Heritage continues and plants won’t stop growing because of lockdown. We have continued to encourage people to enjoy plants and gardening if they can, such as promoting our National Plant Collection Holders who were able to offer mail-order of plants during lockdown.

We are now offering our seed shop (which is usually at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival in July) online. Have a look at www.plantheritage.org.uk/shop to find some unusual seeds to try growing!

Plant Heritage members are passionate about plants, and some members set-up mini, social distanced, plant sales from their driveways. Plant Heritage Guernsey offered telephone plant sales for the first time.