Plant Collections

Fuchsia cvs. (introduced by James Lye)

This collection is formed of a collection of Victorian fuchsias which were introduced between 1869 and 1901 by James Lye. This plant collection was granted National Plant Collection status by Plant Heritage in November 2012.

We exhibited this National Plant Collection at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (which was rebranded in 2019 as RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival) in:

  • 2017 – Received a Silver Award for an exhibit of Fuchsias
  • 2016 – Received a Bronze Award for an exhibit of Fuchsias

We are currently developing two new collections


We are currently in the early stages of building this collection and received some initial advice and guidance from the Plant Heritage Conservation team, which we are now taking on board and look forward to submitting our initial proposal soon.


In 2020 we put forward an initial proposal for a collection of Sisyrinchium to Plant Heritage’s Plant Conservation Committee and have received some advice and further guidance and look forward to developing our plant collection further and submitting a formal application for collection status soon.

Can you help?

If you can help us in sourcing plants, are aware of any literature or information regarding these plant genus that you believe may be of help or any other information, please contact us.

About Plant Heritage

Plant Heritage, formerly known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), was established in 1978. One of its principal aims was to conserve our horticultural heritage by keeping living examples of all garden-worthy plants in National Plant Collections®.

Plant Heritage via its Plant Conservation Committee awards National Plant Collection status to plant collections throughout the United Kingdom.

Please visit Plant Heritage for more information about the organisation, how you can join and support their conservation work, join a local group and find out more about the 650 National Plant Collections®.