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The biodiversity hotspot as evolutionary hot-bed: spectacular radiation of Erica in the Cape Floristic Region

An interesting technical article on The biodiversity hotspot as evolutionary hot-bed: spectacular radiation of Erica in the Cape Floristic Region. Click link here

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Erica cinerea 'Creepy Crawly' and SSSI

The Heather Society would like to point out that removing plant material from any SSSI [Site of Special Scientific Interest] in the UK is NOT permitted without a licence from the relevant authority.

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2016 Silver-Gilt for the Heather Society Display Hampton Court

Congratulations! The Heather Society display led by Forest Edge Nurseries, has gained a Silver-Gilt Flora Medal for a display of heathers staged in the Floral Marquee at this year’s show. The show continues until Sunday 10 July and the award-winning…

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Happy 100th Birthday Albert

The Heather Society congratulates Albert Turner on his 100th birthday. Albert introduced Erica arborea ‘Albert’s Gold’, an attractive and widely grown tree heath.

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Diary of Propagating an unusual Bell Heather – THE STORY OF ERICA CINEREA ‘MOLLY ROSE’

Read a recent article published in International Rock Gardener May 2016 magazine regarding the propagation of Erica cinera 'Molly Rose'. Chick here for article.

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Summer 2016 Bulletin published

Log into the members area 'Bulletin' section to read the latest Summer 2016 bulletin.

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Nikolai Astrup’s paintings at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Eileen Petterssen has written from Norway to share this photograph with her many heather friends in the Society. The picture is of fellow Norwegian Nikolai Astrup, who was such a prestigious artist that, in 1925, his village, wanting to honour…

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Spring 2016 Bulletin & Photographic Competition

Log into the members area 'Bulletin' section to read the latest Spring 2016 bulletin and see how to enter the exciting Heather Society Photographic competition.

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Cinderella heathlands

"Herriza - the Cinderella heathlands of the Straits of Gibraltar. A short video about heathland at the southern extremity of the Iberian Peninsula, featuring Erica australis (Spanish heath) and Calluna vulgaris (ling)." The video is presented by Professor Fernando Ojeda,…

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Erica cinerea 'Anne Berry' name correction

The spelling of the cultivar name is here corrected, as permitted under the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (8th edition, 2009), Article 35.3, to correct the unintentional mistake ("Ann Berry") in the original spelling. See Erica cinerea 'Anne…

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Members - Old Bulletins added

Check out the Bulletins section of the members area. We are adding the old editions of the bulletins from when they were first published in 1967. So far we are up to 1977, but the rest will be added as…

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Bulletin email - did you see it?

The Society has sent emails to its membership regarding access to the Autumn Bulletin. As you know, we have decided to make the Bulletin an online document for those of you who have internet(email) access to reduce costs to the…

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To burn peat or not, an interesting article on its impact

An article on the contoversial subject of preservation of peatlands by Jamie Doward in the Observer, Peatlands burn as gamekeepers create landscape fit for grouse-shooting. Climate change experts say burning heather to increase bird yields is a threat to protected…

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2015 Silver-Gilt for the Heather Society Display Hampton Court

Congratulations! The Heather Society display led by Forest Edge Nurseries, has gained a Silver-Gilt Flora Medal for a display of heathers staged in the Floral Marquee at this year’s show. The show continues until Sunday 05 July and the award-winning…

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Genome studies on Erica

A group of botanists, including Dr Ana Kuppler and other members of The Heather Society, have just published a paper (online) reporting recent investigations of Erica lusitanica: see the Spring Bulletin for their request for assistance with obtaining samples of…

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Molly Hall - Youngest person to have an article published in our Yearbook

Many congratulations to Molly Hall in getting her article on a Diary of propagating an unusual heather: Erica cinerea 'Molly Rose' published. Molly was 12 when she wrote the article, making her the youngest person to get an article published…

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"All About Plants" - RHS Wisley Saturday 20 & Sunday 21st June

Join The Heather Society at this event and receive a "Free Heather 6-Pack worth £9.99" (Membership only £20). Reduced Entre Fee to this event for existing members The RHS have offered Society members, who are not RHS members, a reduced…

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Silver Flora Medal for heathers at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Congratulations! Forest Edge Nurseries has gained a Silver Flora Medal for a display of heathers staged in the Floral Marquee at this year’s show. The show continues until Sunday 13 July and the award-winning display of heathers is at site…

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Back-issues of the Society’s yearbooks now available

Back-issues of the Society’s yearbooks, from 1963 up to and including Heathers 7 (2010), are now available on Biodiversity Heritage Library The Heather Society gratefully acknowledges the co-operation of the Librarian and library staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,…

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Heathers at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

According to plans released on the internet, among the show gardens, one – Homebase in association with the Alzheimer Society – includes a “heather-clad arbour provides somewhere to shelter, cook together as a family and enjoy views of the garden.”…

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Yearbook for 2014 was published on 14 February 2014

Heathers 11 has been distributed to all members, with the Spring 2014 Bulletin.

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Silver-Gilt medal for heathers at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Congratulations! Forest Edge Nurseries has gained a silver-gilt flora medal for a display of heathers staged in the Floral Marquee at this year’s show. The show continues until Sunday 14 July and the award-winning display of heathers is at site…

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Yearbook for 2013 was published on 28 February 2013

Heathers 10 has been distributed to all members, with the Spring 2013 Bulletin.

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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…

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Yearbook for 2012 was published on 10 February 2012

The Society’s annual yearbook was posted to member yesterday. For information about its contents see the Yearbook Heathers 9. The cover photograph of seedlings of ling (Calluna vulgaris) was taken by one of our Swedish members, Sten-Börje Sörensson.

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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…

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A newly named heather marks a community heritage project in Dorset.

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…

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100 recommended heathers announcement

The Heather Society announces a new list of 100 recommended heathers. For the new list go to the Recommended Heathers page.

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The Heather Society’s Annual General Meeting

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…

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The Irish garden September 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…

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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.…

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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…

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Heather on a Norwegian postage stamp

A Norwegian stamp, for European mail, issued on 20 Aril 2010, depicts ling (Calluna vulgaris).

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