April 30, 2017

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Comment from the SGD in response to the release of the RHS ‘Gardening in a changing climate’ report -

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Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ available from Hillier Nurseries -

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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Award success at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hultons wins £1.5 million Ordsall Chord landscape contract -

Friday, April 28, 2017

London Stone represented at APL avenue -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Makita expands cordless grounds maintenance power tool range -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Keeping park aesthetics up despite funding being down is easy with Toro -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

LI announces priorities for new business year -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RHS Chelsea garden to feature a Posh Shed -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Urban Marque reigns supreme with Roofing Superstore -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Indoor Garden Design scoops Judges’ Commendation for a third year in a row -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

LazyLawn is a breeze come rain or shine for Rainbow Tots -

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ECHO ASK-RW23D Scissor Head – a safer cut -

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Meet this year’s final eight young horticulturist of the year competitors -

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Exciting new community exhibition opens in Letchworth -

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Husqvarna group celebrate landmark occasion for British robotic manufacturing -

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Action for new species discovered on brink of extinction

Tiny, tropical and delicately beautiful Begonia elachista is an enigma in the world of plant research and conservation. Today all at once it officially becomes the newest of its kind known to science; the smallest identified species of Begonia on the planet and recorded as critically endangered – in the name of tourism. The race is on to provide protection and hope for the future, starting with horticultural and scientific research at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

In the wild, Begonia elachista is only known to inhabit a single limestone cave mouth within a national park in central Peru. But, this is not a safe haven for the recently discovered botanical gem. As the Peruvian park authorities prepare to construct a new tourist route to the cave, RBGE tropical biodiversity research scientist Peter Moonlight is collaborating with partners in Peru and the USA to put in place a strategy for a more secure future for this vulnerable but important rarity.

He explained: “Everyone has heard of Begonias and many people tend to associate them with hanging baskets and bedding schemes for public parks. Indeed, with some harshness, Monty Don has labelled them ‘repulsively ugly’. The truth is much more exciting. Begonia is currently the fastest growing plant genus we have. More species have been published in that genus than in any other in the past decade and there are now 1,840 accepted species.”

As publication of the research paper by the European Journal of Taxonomy has drawn closer, there has been a new glimmer of hope. In the last few days the only captive living plant of this species has slowly started to flower in the research houses at RBGE. This could mark a small but incredibly important turning point in the story of Begonia elachista and help secure its future outside its threatened natural habitat.

Peter Moonlight concluded: “As a leading centre of research into Begonia and other key tropical plant families, RBGE is working to discover, study and secure the future of tropical plants and ecosystems for the next generation. Many are still poorly understood although they play a critical role in tropical ecosystems and are of great importance as environmental indicator species. In many cases they also have a strong role to play in the horticultural sector and as a food source, medicine or other products of benefit.  The species discovery programme at RBGE gives previous hidden gems – including Begonia elachista a voice on the global conservation stage.”

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