It is with mixed feelings that the family has decided to move the National Collections of Pelargoniums and Hedera on to new home.
As you might be aware, the Pelargonium collection was started in 1958 by Hazel Key followed shortly after by the Hedera Collection and they have both been integral to our way of life ever since, gaining full National Collection status many many years ago.
However, as Ursula, Richard & Angela have approached and in some cases surpassed retirement age and the nursery infrastructure reaches a time when it is no longer about maintenance and more about replacement, we have to think ahead and the future of our two National Collections have been at the forefront of our concern.
Over the past year we have been in discussion with The RHS and thankfully, they have agreed to take on both collections, the Hedera & the Pelargoniums. They will continue to showcase these beautiful plants directly to the public and I for one, am excited to see how the collections will be integrated into the 5 RHS Gardens.
Although we are sad to see the collections move on we are also relieved that they have a future, somewhere where there is the willingness, the expertise and the resources to carry on the good work that has been our privilege and joy for so many years.
The Collections are already in the process of moving to the RHS but we have grown one last full Pelargonium Collection for you to view free of charge here at the nursery this year. This will be the last time this extraordinary collection of plants, the largest of its kind in the world, will be viewed together under one roof.
The National Collection of Pelargoniums opens in May, though we suggest to take full advantage of the Collection you should come any time from the end of May to early August to see it at its best.
Nursery open hours are currently Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 10am to 4pm. We will be open over the second May Bank Holiday weekend. Weekend dates for June will be published soon.
Heather & Richard Godard-Key, Ursula Key-Davis & Angela Tandy