New Introductions 2016-2017

Introductions primarily from our own wild seed collections divided into 4 sections.

We can only apologise for not being in a position to add our 2017 additions.


This is due to an IT problem starting from converting our plant database programme from Windows XP. After spending months (we started July 2016) the programme manufacturers announced they were not able to fully update. Leaving us by that time (February 2017) to sort it out ourselves. Inevitably we have had to find an IT expert to work side by side with us, but it has taken a long time as we had so many commitments away from home this year. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (August), but far too late to add 2017 information.


We can but apologise and look forward to making up for lost time in 2018. Meanwhile you may or may not be pleased to learn that we have a full calendar planned for more collecting.

Welcome to our 2016 list hope we can tempt you with plenty of our old favourites as well as some exciting new plants that we have searched out on our travels.

Our first bit of news is that we have converted all of our composts to peat free. We have not been happy with the ‘composted’ bark we were using this past season, hence moving suppliers the peat free option came up. All seems to be going well with it to date, in fact I can honestly state that what we have potted in it is looking better than ever. Just hope our customer base feel so as well, or well enough to bear the additional expense.

There has been little chance of us standing still with what has been going on here in 2015. The year started well with the birth of our sixth grandchild. January into February had Sue and I in Colombia for our first winter/early spring expedition. It was exhilarating, we were able to travel much further afield than we had previously, as the mountainous areas become safer to travel. We are looking forward to working ever closer with the Colombian institutes, such as the Medellin Botanic Gardens whom we met up with. Consequently we were absent from the RHS February Show at Vincent Square. We are finding it increasingly expensive participating in the London shows, while re-branding the RHS February Show as a potato event hardly encourages our type of customer base to visit. A long standing speaking engagement and a last minute change of date, meant that we missed going to Fota near Cork last spring, no such problem this coming year. We were pleasantly surprised at the level of interest at the Tregrehan Garden Rare Plant Fair, in Cornwall. Hopefully this will become an annual event for us, as well as the Cornwall Garden Society show in April.
Poor Sue went through the wars having to have a rush hysterectomy in June, after some timely results revealed future risks. This naturally took the wind out of her sails, forcing her to take it easy for quite some time. At least my housekeeping skills have been honed as a result. Pleased to announce that she is fighting fit six months on. It seemed a good time to present her with a replacement puppy, to replace Lahlu who finally gave up her fight not long after our return from Colombia. By contrast Ming-Mah is jet black and very lively.

Moving fast forward to the autumn, the Murabilia Show in Lucca Italy is a real highlight. Where we are meeting more and more contacts who want our plants in their gardens. We had a fabulously successful autumn collecting trip, which took us to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Conforming with CBD we contacted the Chinese authorities for permission to collect in Hong Kong. While in Taiwan we worked the entire time there on joint collections with the Taiwan National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung. This was very rewarding all round as we were able to help them every bit as much as they helped us. Hopefully we can publish the new Sarcococca from there soon, as we will be offering it. Japan despite only having time for a brief visit, was equally productive. As we were running out of so many seed grown collections, but also finding hitherto elusive and shy-fruiting ones too. Luckily it was a good year for seed.

Please note our OPENING HOURS reflecting the need to open our gates earlier in the day for visitors staying locally. As always all the details of our opening hours are on the left hand panel of this site. For those of our customers who are unable to visit the nursery we are offering an online shopping experience, with deliveries throughout the UK and EU, from . Where there are search facilities by many criteria (i.e. colour), as well as by plant name, while indicating availability, pot sizes and prices. Our new carrier, DelSol (APC) offer an overnight fragile service, which should have your plants delivered in fresh condition before 5.30pm the following day to dispatch (UK). Unfortunately since the demise of City Link none of the national carriers will accept anything over 1.2m tall, unless on a pallet then it is still only 2m. Our carriage charges are by the box, (volume not weight) hence please consider ordering enough plants to fill a box, rather than one plant as the carriage charge would be the same. There is no minimum charge for the plants purchased. For additional queries on plant availability etc contact Sue at . We try our best to reply to any queries, a brief e-mail can be the surest way of a prompt reply. For any other information click onto the appropriate tabs on this page, where there is additional information on our events, accommodation and some seasonal plantings.

Collector’s References

These combination of initials and numbers are accession numbers that are assigned to collections we and others gather from wild populations from all over the world. These are assigned to each collection as they are made to enable interested parties to track their origins.

B&L       C.D. Brickell & A.C. Leslie
BSWJ     Bleddyn & Sue Wynn-Jones
BWJ       Bleddyn Wynn-Jones
CWJ       Finlay Colley & Bleddyn Wynn-Jones
DJH       Daniel J. Hinkley (followed by country and year code)
EDHCH   Eric Hammond China 1997
FMWJ    A. Floden, T. Mitchell & B. Wynn-Jones, Vietnam 2011
GWJ      Sally Goddard, B. & S. Wynn-Jones
GUIZ      Guizhou Expedition (1985)
HWJ       Crûg-Heronswood Joint Expeditions, Vietnam
HWJCM  Crûg-Heronswood Joint Expedition, E. Nepal 1995
HWJK     Crûg-Heronswood Joint Expedition, E. Nepal 2002
KR          Keith Rushforth
KWJ       Crûg-World of Ferns Joint Expedition Vietnam 2007
MF          Maurice Foster
PBR       Pascal Bruggeman
RH          M. Rickard & R. Hayward
RWJ       Crûg-Rickard’s Ferns Joint Expedition to Taiwan 2003
SEP        Swedish Expedition to Pakistan
WJC       Crûg-Rare Plants Ireland Joint Expedition Sikkim 2013
WWJ       Peter Wharton & Bleddyn Wynn-Jones, Vietnam 2006-7
Yu          Tse-tsun Yu



aff.   affinity to (bearing a similarity to)
cf.  compare to
etc  additional collections available
f.   forma
sp.   species
ssp.   subspecies
×   hybrid
v. variety


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