1 March 2013
Yearbook for 2013 was published on 28 February 2013.
Heathers 10 has been distributed to all members, with the Spring 2013 Bulletin.
7 December 2012
Award for Hardy heathers from the northern hemisphere
The Garden Media Guild’s awards announced on 29 November included the award of Reference Book of the Year to Hardy heathers from the northern hemisphere by Dr Charles Nelson. The judges’ comments were:
‘Given the vast library of horticultural reference works, it is an almighty challenge to produce one that adds something new while remaining accessible and yet attractive to handle and read. The winner stood out as indisputably important in covering a group of plants that are much loved by gardeners, whilst being an authoritative work of reference that will maintain its relevance for years to come.’
Hardy heathers from the northern hemisphere was published in December 2011 by Kew Publishing.
11 February 2012
New yearbook published: Heathers 9
The Society’s annual yearbook was posted to member yesterday.
For information about its contents see the Yearbook page on this website.
The cover photograph of seedlings of ling (Calluna vulgaris) was taken by one of our Swedish members, Sten-Börje Sörensson.
15 December 2011
New monograph on Hardy heathers published
Kew Publishing has announced the publication of the Botanical Magazine Monograph on Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere Calluna, Daboecia and Erica, written by Dr Charles Nelson and illustrated with colour plates by Christabel King, Wendy Walsh, Deborah Lambkin and Brita Johansson, and line drawings by Joanna Langhorne and Stella Ross-Craig.
15 October 2011
A strange variant of bell heather was found by Dr John Wright on Sandford Heath in Dorset a few years ago and it has just been given a name: ‘Sandford Heritage’ (registered no. E.2011.02).
This also happens to be the name of a community heritage programme in the Sandford area – it has the by-line “Cordite, Clay & Calluna”!
For more on its excellent work, and for pictures of the local heathers, which include the Dorset heath Erica ciliaris, go to the Project’s website.
13 September 2011
The Heather Society announces a new list of 100 recommended heathers.
For the new list go to the Recommended Heathers page.
11 September 2011
The Heather Society’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, Cumbria. Mr Richard Bowater was elected Honorary Secretary in place of Mrs Jean Preston (formerly Mrs Jean Julian) who retires after serving in the post since the Autumn of 2001.
28 August 2011
The Irish garden September 2011 issue contains an article on the Connemara garden of our stalwart members, Susie and Alan Kay – “With their garden sitting just a few hundred metres from the Atlantic Ocean in Co. Galway, Susie and Alan Kay worked with nature and especially heathers. [Gerry Daly, Editor]
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8 July 2011 (revised 13 July 2011)
Gold medal for “Heathers in Harmony” at RHS Hampton Court Palace Show
The British Heather Growers Association garden at the Hampton Court Show designed by Will Quarmby has gained a GOLD MEDAL in the Best Small Gardens section, and also was rewarded as one of the Most Creative gardens at the Show.
Monty Don (in conversation with Alys Fowler, while sitting in the “Heathers in Harmony” garden: transcript from BBC2 tv):
“I was walking past here the other day, and stopped in my tracks on this garden. I thought: That’s lovely, because, I thought – it’s heathers – I don’t really like heathers. And I had to reassess, sort of in a second, my whole world view of a whole order of plants and how they could be used, And, d’you know, that’s a gift: you cannot ask for more than that when you go and see a show.”
Chris Beardshaw (also as he was in the “Heathers in Harmony” garden: transcript from BBC2 tv)
“Heathers in a garden may be slightly unusual sight here at Hampton Court. They have been out of fashion for many years, and that is why this green wall of winter-flowering heathers is such a wonderful sight. These are plants which are very adventurous. They don’t mind tumbling over rock-faces and in scree, and so they are perfect candidates for this style of gardening. If vertical gardening is set to revolutionize winter-flowering heathers, then the subtle use of the Daboecia as an edging plant in place of plants like the rosemary, the lavender and the thyme – as long as you have an acid soil rich in organic matter – then why not employ these wonderful candidates to tickle your ankles as you walk through the garden path.”
25 May 2011
Perfect for Pollinators: Royal Horticultural Society’s list
Britain’s beleaguered bees and other pollinating insects are set to benefit from a new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) campaign. The charity is launching the ‘RHS Perfect for Pollinators’ list to help gardeners select plants that will play a role in addressing the decline of certain insects. The RHS will be working with the trade to provide point-of-sale material and make the logo available for the trade to use.
The ‘RHS Perfect for Pollinators’ label was developed when writer and broadcaster Sarah Raven approached the charity with the innovative idea of flagging up to gardeners plants most suitable for pollinators. The RHS had been working on a research project looking at plants for bugs and was excited by Sarah’s idea that a label might get the public and trade more involved.
For the list of plants that are perfect for pollinators, go to the RHS website.
The heathers included in it, and their seasons, are
winter heath (Erica carnea): late winter / spring
Irish heath (Erica erigena): late winter / spring
Darley Dale heath (Erica × darleyensis): late winter / spring
bell heather (Erica cinerea): summer
Cornish heath (Erica vagans): summer / autumn
ling or Scotch heath (Calluna vulgaris): summer / autumn
Society’s Premier Award to Erica x darleyensis ‘Lucie’ publicized in Horticulture week 11 February 2011.
20 April 2010
Heather on a Norwegian postage stamp