National Collections

The Channel Islands National Collections Co-ordinator is Jennifer Seth-Smith, a committee member of the Guernsey group.

There are three National Collections in the Channel Islands.  There is a further collection of Jovibarba, which Peter Bastion had been looking after in Jersey.  These Jovibarba have been brought over to Guernsey and have been cleaned and re-potted by Chris Chatfield. He usually has some available at our plant sales and it is hoped that with time, they will regain their National Collection status.


Alnus Jersey trees for life

Cordyline australis Fauvic Nurseries Ltd.


The Guernsey collection of Nerines was recognised as a National Collection in December 2017.  The report in the Guernsey Press can be downloaded below.

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Helleborus argutifolius, the holly-leaved hellebore, or Corsican hellebore are out now, but will continue to flower for another few months. They will tolerate full sun and self seed.

This cream Poinsettia flower was cut for this ikebana arrangement on 4th December. It is still looking beautiful after five weeks and probably has some time still to go. I had no idea that they were such successful cut flowers.

Myrobalan, or more formally, Prunus cerasifera, is one of the first trees to blossom and is an ancestor of the domestic plum. This one is at the bottom of Rohais de Haut, but there is another in Le Friquet and another on the left, driving out of town in La Charotterie. I have tried without ...success to photograph them all!

Iberis sempervirens 'Appen-etz' is also known as 'Candytuft'. It is usually out at the end of the year and lasts well into spring with its pure white flowers that the bees love.

Pelargonium 'Solent Waves' is an old variety, but it has been outside in the garden for several years in an old pot and is flowering now despite the strong winds.