These pages are an attempt to record the work that I have been doing over the last few years. I obtained Heritage Collection status in 2008, but some of the older planting took place about 1970 by an earlier Curator. The Collection is housed in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, financed by the Friends and maintained by a small group of Friends.
Many plants were planted during the restoration period. Unfortunately many were wrongly named by the suppliers. This and an article by Roy Lancaster in the RHS Journal in December 2013 prompted me to check out the labelling of the Collection. Many groups of 3, were found to be of mixed planting. These errors have now been corrected and new labels fitted. The data base has also been updated and now shows the correct name and the location of each group of plants.
I am propagating some cuttings of a new cultivar, developed in Canada, called S. hookeriana var. humilis ‘Sarsid 2’. The name coming from Sarcococca and Sidhu, The name of the nursery which raised the plants. These will take a few years to grow on before planting out in the Garden. So far seven of the original 9 cuttings have rooted and have been potted on. However they are not showing any new growth even after 12 months.
I have obtained a small plant of another new cultivar, S. hookeriana var. hookeriana ‘Ghorepani’. This will be added to the Collection when I have bulked it up. This plant was publicized by Roy Lancaster in the RHS journal in December 2013. It was discovered and named by Chris Grey Wilson. I have since obtained two more ‘Ghorepani’ plants through the internet. These are large enough to plant out in the Garden.
Some of the plants of S. wallichii have been grown from seed supplied by the plant collector and have a plant collector’s number.(PCN). Some of the other plants have PCN attached.
A new plant name has appeared, but not a new plant, called Sarcococca conzattii. Any one have details.
Another new name has been generated by Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crug-farm. It is called Sarcococca bleddynii. He found plants on an expedition to the mountains of northern Vietnam. It will not be available for general sale for another three years or so. The photograph of the fully grown plant looked very much like S. confusa. The leaves looked longer and narrower than S. confusa, it has black berries.