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Article in the Summer 2019 issue of the Devon Plant Heritage Newsletter.
This article by Caroline Stone was the result of her visit to the Nerine Festival in October 2018.  Please click on the link below for a few photos and a lovely article on her visit to Candie Gardens.  Please note that the Festival has been moved to Guernsey Gardens this autumn.
Radio: Tattie Thompson was on the Jenny Kendall-Tobias show on Friday, 6th September at about 9:40am, followed at 11:00am by Mike Austen the apple expert from Brogdale. Tattie was talking about the plants, which will be available at the Plant Stall at Sausmarez Manor Farmers' Market on Saturday, 7th September.  Mike was talking about the apple identification which was available at the St Andrew's Parish Church Apple Fair on Sunday, 8th September.  Click on this link to listen again to this interview on BBC Radio Guernsey. The recording will be available for four weeks. For further instructions on how to listen after the event, click on the link below. 
Giant Plant Sale: The Giant Plant Sale on Bank Holiday Monday, 27
th May was a huge success and we sold 13% more than last year in glorious weather.  The funds raised were a record and will be used to cover the cost of moving from Bellefleur to the new glasshouse space at Guernsey Gardens.
Move to Guernsey Gardens from 1st April, 2019
PHG have completed the move to Guernsey Gardens. Our future will be secure for the next three years and we expect to continue there for the foreseeable future.  The collection of Jovibarbas has arrived here from Jersey and Chris Chatfield of Guernsey Gardens has already cleaned up much of the main collection.  However more work is required before it will be available for display. 
Article in the Nerine and Amaryllid Society Journal March 2019
This issue has part one of two articles on the Guernsey visit of several members of the Nerine and Amaryllid Society in October 2018.  Please click on the link below for lots of photos and a charming article on their successful visit.
Gift of a Suzuki van
Fusion Systems Limited have kindly given us a Suzuki van, which has now had our logos affixed, including our website and Facebook page information. The keys were handed over on Friday, 22nd February by Mr Alan Rowe, the Managing Director of Fusion Systems Limited. Andrew Lanoe, one of our committee members, was instrumental in organising this gift and it will really help us, particularly when we are transporting plants for our various sales.
National Collection status
The Nerine collection has been awarded National Collection status.  For more information and the Guernsey Press article, please click on the National Collections tab above.  The Nerine Festival was moved in 2018 and was in the Upper glasshouse in Lower Candie Gardens.
We have been given several collections of Nerines by Guernsey residents and they are being kept separate so that they can be identified on flowering.  Click on the link below for more information on the Guernsey Lily.
Caparne Iris
The Caparne Iris have been multiplying well, with some still available at future plant sales. The varieties which have been potted up are 'Queen Flavia', 'Empress', 'Prince Victor', 'King Christian', 'The Bride' and 'Dorothea'.  Some of the corms have been given to the Walled Kitchen Garden and Castle Cornet for suitable dry, sunny areas.

Puddling: In June 2016, a group from PHG visited Edmondsham House, where the Head Gardener, Andrew Haynes, showed us how to transplant our new plant purchases into our gardens. He has a fascinating method, which really works in practice and persuades the roots of your new purchase to go down for sustenance and water.  The most difficult thing is to keep your watering can away for two weeks.  For his complete article, which is thoroughly recommended, click on the link below.

Link to Puddling Article

Facebook: Look at our Facebook page for current news and photos under the name Plant Heritage Guernsey.  There are daily photos during the Nerine Festival and photos from Members' gardens and around Guernsey at least every couple of days.  You do not need to be on Facebook to look at our posts, so click on this link: Facebook

Camellias: Several of the camellias planted by PHG in the grounds of Government House were badly damaged by a falling pine in the March 2013 snowstorms.  They were severely pruned at the time and are beginning to recover, but still have not flowered in 2019.  Keep a look out on our Facebook page for more information.
Snails and slugs: We sometimes have wet and mild winters, which mean that many of our gardens are inundated with snails and slugs.  So we have put together a list of herbaceous plants that we have in our gardens, that are not being eaten by these creatures.  Click on the link below for a full list and keep it in your handbag or wallet; it is incredibly useful.

Click here to download Nerine article 2019

click here to download Amaryllid Society article 2019

click here to download information on the Guernsey Lily

click here to download snails and slugs file

click here to download listen again instructions