ProVaR News

September 2014

Country living reports on the work of Peter Moore

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Stephanie Donaldson from Country Living Magazine has visited Peter Moore and written about his efforts in maintaining the National Collection of Buddleja at Longstock Park and also his breeding work to improve the Genus.

Peter Moore is a member and strong supporter of ProVaR with a wide selection of his breeding available to ProVaR grower members. Our thanks to Country Living for the use of their article Country Living Magazine and to Stephanie Donaldson its Author.

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May 2014

“Plant of the Year 2014” at Chelsea Flower Show

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Last Monday Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’ won Plant of the Year 2014 at Chelsea Flower Show. The award is selected by members of RHS Plant Committees, from more than 40 entrants. Displayed in the Great Pavilion at the Show, the finalists represent most plant groups from seasonal bedding through to houseplants and climbers.

The Hydrangea was bred in Kyoto by young plantsman Ryoji Irie and named for his fiancé who has since become his wife. Irie is also responsible for the breeding of Hydrangeas Forever, Peppermint and Together which are already listed in the ProVaR offers.

ProVaR breeder member Plantipp BV is responsible for the introduction and royalty management of the Hydrangea in Europe and North America. For details of this or any of the other Hydrangeas mention please contact Peter van Rijssen peter@plantipp.eu

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May 2014

Genesis Plant Marketing Ltd views on Essentially Derived Varieties (EDVs) in the trade

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In response to some comments circulating in the trade re EDVs, Genesis Plant Marketing Ltd are offering their views on how the EDV rules apply to plants in the trade.

Please note these are the views of Genesis Plant Marketing Ltd and not necessarily those of ProVaR or its breeder members.

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May 2014

Hebe Purple Shamrock - a plant for all seasons!

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Discovered in the late 1990s by Doug Thompson, as a sport of Hebe ‘Mrs Winder’, this compact hardy variegated Hebe was one of the first of the many variegated winter foliage varieties.

During the winter this plant really comes to the fore with its glowing purple foliage.

A superb patio or border plant which associates well with a wide range of other plants.

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February 2014

Hebe varieties from Lowaters Nursery

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Hebe are a fantastic topical plant for early sales, the foliage varieties are at their peak in February, March and April when few other plants are strutting their stuff! A diverse group of plants with a range of foliage colours, sizes and flower colours providing a variety to suit any palette and taste.

Lowaters Nursery have been at the forefront of developing this Genus for many years. A range of our varieties are available through ProVaR to compliment your range of early season plants, as well as Summer flowering Shrubs!

Take a look at the range available in ProVaR with several breeders offering varieties - these are available under one license and offer our growers the perfect way to start with this fantastic Genus.

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January 2014

Hydrangea Peppermint liners available

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A bi-coloured mophead free-flowering Hydrangea from Japan, which blooms very easily and freely on strong stems, and is hardy. A fantastic pink and cream or blue and cream colour combination. In contrast to many bi-coloured Hydrangeas, this cultivar has a very strong root system. Bred by Irie from Japan.

Unrooted cuttings (URC) can be obtained from DJ Hendriksen in The Netherlands in quantities of 1000+. www.djhendriksen.nl

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November 2013

Caryopteris `Hint of Gold' Blaze of colour in Holland

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Bred by Peter Catt of Liss Forest Nursery. Caryopteris `Hint of Gold\' has flowered very impressively in the specialist trials in the RHS Boskoop Garden.

It was a difficult autumn 2012, hard winter and growing conditions through spring and summer just as variable and stressful as UK but `Hint of Gold' has burst through all of that.

Yet more new innovative varieties of Caryopteris are being developed by Peter Catt based on his strategy of breeding interspecific hybrids - watch this space.

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March 2013

Lowaters Nursery wins Nursery Stock Grower of the Year 2013

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We are proud to announce that ProVaR member Lowaters nursery have won the prestigious title of Nursery Stock Grower of the Year 2013.

This was awarded for their commitment to growing plants responsibly with a commitment to making the business sustainable for the future.

At the Ceremony Peter Moore (bredbypetermoore.co.uk) also received a commendation for his new Choisya Royal Lace in the category of Best New Nursery Stock Plant.

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March 2013

Peter van Rijssen elected to board of Royal Dutch Horticultural Society (KVBC)

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ProVaR is delighted to announce that Peter van Rijssen from Plantipp and a Director of ProVaR has been appointed to the board of the KVBC.

The organisation is involved in plant trials and assessments throughout the Netherlands, publishes books and takes responsibility for the Dutch plant collections. They initiated the Euro trials as well which see plants tested by committees across Europe in different locations to get a broad picture of how they perform.

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February 2013

Plants For Europe Limited celebrates ten years

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On February 12, Plants For Europe Limited will celebrate ten years of trading. Established by Graham Spencer in 2003, Plants For Europe has now grown to be the leading independent plant breeders’ agent serving the European market. What started as an idea over a cup of coffee has now turned into a successful business, representing the finest new varieties from breeders around the world.

Plants For Europe now represents more than 180 varieties of plants from more than 40 breeders. The range of plants is huge, from Ajuga to Zantedeschia, and includes patio plants, perennials, shrubs, climbing plants, herbs and cut flower varieties. PFE’s breeder clients are based worldwide, in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, US, Canada, Australia and the Far East – and plants are licensed to growers across the European Union, as well as to other major markets worldwide. Ten varieties are available through ProVaR.

In the future, Graham expects the business to continue to expand. “2012 was an excellent year for us, with significant growth in turnover. We anticipate that growth in the next two to five years will continue at a steady pace, driven both by increasing sales of existing varieties and also by new varieties coming into the market that our breeders and licensees have in development.”

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February 2013

Sarcococca Winter Gem praised by Roy Lancaster

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This highly desirable New Christmas Box is a dense evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves and delicious sweetly fragrant flowers which illuminate the Winter garden with their heady perfume, these are deep red in bud, opening white. Excellent in sun or shade this hybrid combines the best characteristic of its parents and is an idea for border or Patio pot.

Reason for hybridizing - many of the species & cultivars available in Garden Centres in 2 or 3 litre pots are often only 2-3 shoots and can take some time to get established .

Sarcococca ‘Winter Gem’. was first shown at the HTA National Plant show at Stoneleigh in 2011 by New Place Nurseries and is a hybrid between humilis X hookeriana Purple Stems

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October 2012

More Buddleja by Michael Dirr

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Butterfly bushes are taking over the world. A July 2011 garden visit to England provided the impetus to cobble this story together.

Peter Moore’s contributions Let’s visit Longstock Park’s Moore, a veteran plant breeder (50 years in the ‘Queen of Hearts’: gray-green large leaves, subtend pink-rose flowers, still under trial in 2011. Moore is the curator of the national collection of Buddleia in England. He has access to many unusual species to incorporate unique characteristics. The collection is impressive and overwhelming for there are so many beautiful cultivars.

It’s safe to speculate that Buddleia breeding has a vibrant future and the elusive true red will someday appear as well as more cold-hardy, reliable yellow- and orange-flowered introductions. Many gardeners are still attached to grandmother’s ‘Black Knight’ and ‘Royal Red’. The butterfly bush world is moving at the speed of light. Hop on board for an incredible experience.

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September 2012

ProVaR member wins medals at Plantarium

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ProVaR is please to announce that Plantipp Bv, who are both members and Directors of the organisation received a staggering 12 gold medals at the Plantarium Show in Boskoop recently.

To achieve this many medals at such a highly regarded show is testament to the quality and range of new varieties that are protected through Plantipp. Congratulations from us all!

Some of these plants are already available for ProVaR licensees and we hope in the future to be able to offer more.

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July 2012

The sad death of a great Plantsman, Graham Hutchins

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It was with great sadness that I heard of Graham Hutchins death. Having visited him at his County Park Nursery just outside Hornchurch last October I was truly amazed at the huge range of interesting and rare plants from all over the world that he has collected since the opening of the nursery in 1955. From being a general nursery initially, it began to specialise in trees and shrubs from New Zealand and Australia from 1977 onwards after many visits to these countries collecting different species, at a time when travel was not as easy as it is today. Grahams plant knowledge within Australasian plants was almost encyclopaedic and many visitors have been amazed by not just species but entire Genus they had never previously encountered, the nursery often appeared chaotic with an unceasing onslaught of fox burrows, Graham however could always find the gem that he had promised lurking amongst the many other delights that his collections held.

From these and other plants Graham made numerous crosses resulting in the introduction of over 300 new plants, some of which have received the RHS Award of Garden Merit as well as being sent to Kew, Wisley, Windsor and other botanical gardens around the World. The legacy that Graham leaves behind in gardens is in many cases not attributed to him as the plants were introduced without plant breeders rights and with little or no recognition of his contribution. Such plants as Hebe Red Edge and Hebe Pascal are amongst the most widely grown within the Genus and find their origins at County Park Nursery.

We are fortunate enough to have a number of these within the ProVaR portfolio of plants and with the knowledge that more are likely to be added to in the future, from work that had already commenced and that will be continued by his grandson Paul, I know that these will prove to be a fitting legacy to a true plant hunter and nurseryman.

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December 2011

ProVaR elects it’s third Chairman

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At last week’s AGM ProVaR directors voted in John Hedger as the new chairman, taking over from Charles Carr.

Charles has consolidated ProVaR’s position in the industry including the addition of CNB and Kordes as International Breeder members. During his tenure he has contributed considerable time and knowledge in developing the website, which raises ProVaR’s profile immensely. John will continue to strengthen the organisation’s role in promoting and licensing new plant varieties, with the aim of increasing the portfolio of plants available to ProVaR members from existing and new breeder members.

ProVaR offers a unique range of over 170 plants to its members which can all be licensed under one simple system with two royalty returns a year. John is a director at New Place Nurseries in Sussex.

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December 2011

ProVaR director receives IPPS rosebowl

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John Hedger of New Place Nurseries has been awarded the rosebowl at this year’s IPPS conference in Edinburgh by Abi Rayment.

The rosebowl is awarded annually by the current IPPS president, to the person whom they feel has best exemplified the IPPS motto of seeking and sharing, and who has done the most to promote the interests of IPPS and of professionalism in plant propagation and production or ornamental horticulture.

John has always encouraged his staff to attend IPPS events, and has hosted several area meetings at New Place Nurseries over the years.

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October 2011

Display Garden Created at Scottish Agricultural College

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In 2009 while at the annual IPPS conference in Ireland a demonstration planting of ProVar plants was seen at Fitzgerald Nurseries, Kilkenny. It was felt that a similar area at Auchincruive gardens would fit well with the re-development of the gardens and show students and the general public some of the new shrub varieties available at garden centres or for use in design projects

Two assignments given to HND2 Horticulture students were to plan the planting and information posters for the collection. Kenneth Hutcheson and Lachlan McNee prepared a planting plan which they decided would be better done as a mixed border rather than just displaying the plants in rows. Rosie Burgon and Annie Whitehead prepared posters to explain what ProVar is, features of some of the plants in the collection and background about some of the breeders and nurseries who have introduced the plants.

The planting was carried out in May 2011 and although we complained about a poor, wet summer in the West of Scotland it was an excellent growing season to get the plants established.

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October 2011

Abelia Hopleys AGM recognised

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We are delighted to announce the long awaited award from the RHS of the Award of Garden Merit for this superb variety of Abelia, which is at last finding its true markets around the world.

During the recent Four Oaks Show at Manchester in early September well known plants man Chris Sanders (Chairman of the RHS Woody Trials Panel) presented the Award of Garden Merit for Abelia Hopleys. As the RHS does not normally perform any presentation with the AGM’s this was an exciting occasion in recognition of both the plant and it's origins

Abelia is a Genus which is growing in popularity with many recent introductions and it is good to see that this variety stood up so well in the trials. Plant material is becoming more widely available with good supplied of young plant material available through 2011.

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July 2011

Peter Moore Story

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In a recent article published by Commercial Greenhouse Grower the story of how Peter Moore became a successful plant breeder was told.

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July 2011

Graham Hutchins Coprosma Breeding

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A very variable tree or shrub, mainly found wild on coastal cliffs or forests of the Pacific Islands including New Zealand.

The species may be prostrate or erect with glossy opposite leaves and a broad interpetiolate stipule with several denticles. Many different forms are in cultivation often with variegated leaves. Female plants with clusters of pea sized orange - red fruits can be very showy. These fruits are fleshy each with 2 seeds, edible and sweet but with little flavour.

Four seedlings were raised at County Park Nursery from C. repens County Pary Purple, 3 male forms and one female. All were improvements on the parents. C. repens Pacific Night (hutpac) was the most glossy with a neat erect habit. Clusters of small funnel shaped flowers with four stamens are not showy. Easy to grow, young or soft grown plants are hardy to about -5 degrees. Established plants to about -7 or 8 degrees.

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February 2011

Peter Moore wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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ProVaR breeder member Peter Moore won the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Grower of the Year Awards in London last week. Some 500 professionals from across UK production horticulture attended the event held at London\'s Lancaster Hotel, which was hosted by TV's Paul Ross.

During his speech Peter was clearly delighted to receive the award and thanked ProVaR for all the assistance that they had given him in promoting his breeding work and also announced the establishment of a charitable trust that will collect royalties from his plants and give the monies to charity in the future. Peter humorously described his ageing process "In recent months I’ve chronicled my rapid decline into crumble old age. My failing eye sight, hearing and decaying mouth are signs I won’t see 60 again."

ProVaR currently offers 7 of Peter's plants including the newly released Buddleja 'Pink Pagoda'. More new varieties are due to be added for the 2011-12 season.

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July 2010

Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ reigns supreme at the HTA National Plant Show

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ProVaR are proud to announce that Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ from Allensmore Nurseries has been crowned the ‘best in show’ at the New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show, the first plants only show to be held on behalf of the industry at Stoneleigh Park. To view the article please follow the link to HTA National Plant Show. The New Plant Awards were sponsored by ProVaR

Chair of judges David Clark adds, “With such fantastic leaf detail and vivid orange flowers Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ stood out as a great impulse buy plant. This versatile repeat flowering plant can be used in hanging baskets and containers and will no doubt have wide appeal to gardeners.”

ProVar were delighted to have the opportunity to support the National Plant show and found it a stimulating event with a broad range of visitors both from the UK and abroad, it was especially pleasing to be able to welcome current and future ProVaR members onto the stand. We look forwards to seeing you all again next year for an even better show!

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May 2010

Graham Hutchins - a lifetime of Plants

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Graham Hutchins from County Park Nursery in Essex has been working with plants all his life, Through his travels and breeding work he has been able to make many new introductions to the UK. ProVaR are lucky enough to list some of these amongst the plants that we represent.

At the age of 80 Graham is still working hard and recent introductions include Coprosma Pacific Night (hutpac) a stunning variety with deep purple glossy, almost mirror like foliage which has been a great addition and has been instrumental in the recent popularity of the genus.

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May 2010

ProVaR Plants at the HTA National Plant Show

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ProVaR have been given the opportunity to put on a display of our protected varieties at the HTA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh in June. This is a fantastic opportunity for growers and Garden Centres to view our range of plants which this year includes 3 new Breeders: Plants for Europe, CNB Greenteam and Kordes Jugpflantzen. We have also provided the award for the Best New Plant in the 'New Plants' competition.

It is exciting to have a plants only show at this time of year which we hope will provide an excellent meeting place for the whole trade with a key focus on plants. We look forwards to welcoming breeders, growers and retailers onto our stand at what promises to be an exciting few days. We strongly believe that it will give us the perfect platform to show of our fantastic varieties to the widest audience of interested 'plantsmen' in the UK.

ProVaR represents 171 protected plants from 17 breeders, one of the widest collections of varieties available for license to UK growers from a single catalogue. This year we will be adding 30 extra varieties to the offer. hope that all our growers will be able to visit the stand to see the wide range we have available.

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December 2009

Plants for Europe join ProVaR

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The directors of ProVaR are delighted to welcome Graham Spencer - Plants for Europe as the latest 'Breeder Member' of ProVaR. He brings a range of new plants which will enhance our offering to UK growers.

“Plants For Europe is very pleased to have joined ProVaR. Graham Spencer, company director, said: ‘PFE has joined ProVaR so that selected non-exclusive varieties from the PFE portfolio can be licensed by growers through the ProVaR organisation. It allows us to reach many smaller and medium sized growers effectively and will give greater access to these varieties – which will certainly increase royalty revenue for the breeders.’ From 2010-11, growers will be able to obtain licenses for ten exciting varieties from PFE through ProVaR, including varieties of Cytisus, Lysimachia, Phlox, Phygelius, Prunella and Pulmonaria. These are all first class plants that are deserving of a wider audience.”

It is exciting to see the ProVaR portfolio growing each year and we are pleased to welcome another well known member of the new plant community into the organisation. For more information see the Plants for Europe Web Site

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September 2009

Peter Catt recieves another Plantarium Medal

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The Hampshire based plant breeder and ProVaR President has received a Silver Medal for his new Perovskia \'Lacey Blue\' at the Plantarium show in Boskoop. This follows on from his previous successes including last years Bronze and Silver medals for 2 new Caryopteris introductions.

The silver-green, deeply indented foliage of this “Russian Sage” terminates in large spikes of silver-blue buds which deepen as the sky-blue flowers open. The plants grows to approximately 60cm. Pruning after flowering will produce a second flush later in the season.

This striking variety will be available to ProVaR growers in the 2010 offers.

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May 2009

Cotinus Dusky Maiden praised

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Cotinus Dusky Maiden has recently received great praise from Graham Rice in his Blog - Graham is a renowned plantsman, RHS Comitee member and floral judge as well as being the author of several books. So it is praise indeed. The full blog can be viewed Graham Rice's new plant blog

Peter Moore is productive breeder based at Longstock Park Nurseries in Hampshire and over the years has produced many stunning garden plants. These can be viewed on his website. Bred by Peter Moore

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March 2009

ProVaR at Contact 2009 - 'Working together for future growth'

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ProVaR had a stand at the contact conference again this year as a sponsor with our show stand displayed in the bar area. The theme of the conference this year was working together for future growth, this sums up much of what we are aiming to achieve. This was a stimulating event with many positive messages to take away despite the negative financial environment.

On the Friday morning there was a full session chaired by Neil Alcock of Seiont Nurseries regarding new plants, he was able to outline his personal interest in new varieties and showcased some of the new plants that the ALP group are currently working together on. Pat Fitzgerald spoke about looking at how plants are used and the new spaces that are being created by our culture with the majority of people living in towns now we need to target urban planting schemes and 'think outside the box'

Tim Clapp from Wyevale Garden Centres also talked about new plants and felt that many have lost their way! He suggested that limited numbers of co-ordinated plant introductions would benefit growers and retailers alike with the opportunity to raise a marketing budget that would hit magazines and all the garden centres in a combined effort - Rose Flower Carpet was used as an example of what can be achieved. For more information see Neil Alcocks blog.

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November 2008

New Chairman for ProVaR

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At last week’s AGM ProVaR directors voted in Charles Carr as the new chairman, taking over from Patrick Fairweather. Thanks were given to Patrick for all his hard work in establishing ProVaR and his positive contribution.

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October 2008

Caryopteris ‘Sterling Silver’ is awarded a silver medal at Plantarium 08

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This new silver leaved, blue flowered Cayopteris is being launched by Liss Forest Nursery. Due to enter the 2009/10 offers brochure of ProVaR, material will be available to ProVaR licensees from next summer.

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October 2008

Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ wins Bronze medal at Plantarium 08

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This new cultivar of Caryopteris from Liss Forest Nursery was awarded a bronze medal at Plantarium 2008. With extra large yellow leaves and long spikes of blue flowers, this is a delightful addition to the autumn shrub range. Material available through ProVaR for sales from 2009

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October 2008

ProVaR EXHIBITS AT SOUTH REGIONAL GROWERS SHOW

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ProVaR made it’s first visit to the South West Regional Growers Show to publicise it’s plants and showcase new varieties to a South West audience.

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September 2008

ProVaR Breeder & Plants recieve Acclaim

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A recent article in the financial times higlighted the work of national collection holder and plant breeder Peter Moore.

Many of Peters plants are available through ProVaR and the article also prised the dwarf varieties available from John Woods Nurseries, these are also available to ProVaR licensees.

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July 2008

ProVaR at Woking Show 2008

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ProVaR attended the 2008 Woking Show for the first time on 9th July. Regardless of a wild, wet day, interest was shown in the new plants displayed on the stand. This was an excellent opportunity to show of our range of old favoirites and brand new varieties to a broad cross section of the industry, lanscapers, Garden Centre Buyers and Nurserymen.

Thanks to everyone who visited the stand, we would welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing you at some of the other shows this year.

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June 2008

ProVaR WELCOMES FIRST DUTCH BREEDER

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ProVaR is pleased to announce that Plantipp BV have joined as a breeder member, initially making Leucothoe ‘Curly Red’ available to our growers.

Plantipp are a specialist royalty management company representing a wide range of plant breeders from around the world. Their plants regularly win Gold & Silver medals at shows such as the Plantarium in Boskoop.

This now enables ProVaR to offer plants from 13 breeders or agents spanning over 140 varieties of protected plants.

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September 2007

ProVaR proudly announce new Web Site

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Protected Varieties Ltd. (ProVaR) are delighted to announce the launch of their new web site. This has been designed to give clear information about our plants, the range available and descriptions to the trade and public. A full growers directory is coupled with listings of who grows each variety to make sourcing the new plants easy for Garden Centres and in time we hope to be able to add a Garden Centre directory to direct the public to their nearest stockist.

The site has been funded by the HDC and developed by subfusion.

For further information please contact Wendy Staniforth on 01483 476251 or E mail sales@protected-varieties.co.uk

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