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 Tregrehan Rare Plant fair 
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Post Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
A week or so ago we attended the most wonderful plant fair at Tregrehan Gardens here are a few shots of the day.

The plant fair opened at 10.00 a.m so bang on 9.30 a.m we were in there trawling the stalls Jimi Blake and Derek Halpin, who had flew in from Ireland, just beating us into the fair......nice to meet you guys!

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The first port of call was Tom Hudson's Tregrehan stall to grab me a Polygonatum vietnamensis
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The above picture is Jimi's......have you ever seen anything so nice?

I did recommend it to one or two other friends on the day resulting in the small amount for sale being sold quite quickly.

This is Mark Fillan and his very fine stall of rarities

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Andy Pearson from Palmtraders

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Chad stripey and John had some lovely plants for sale here talking with Clive Shilton (centre) owner of Hardy Exotics Sonchus Palmensis winged its way back to Loughborugh as well as a few other plants.

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Burncoose

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I bought a Grass Tree and a few Jovellana from Treseders

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Ben Candlin and his wonderful aroid stall, below, nice to meet you Ben

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Jimi Blake just scoots out of shot

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This is Barracotts below I snapped up a nice 5ft high Pseudopanax crassifolius "Trifoliata" here :mrgreen:

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Paul Spracklin with Andy

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These guys probably own the best two "gardens" in the UK Tom Hudson left (Tregrehan) and Neil Armstrong (Tremenheeere) it looks like some under counter dealing going on here. :wink:

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Magnolia macrophylla

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Its always a pleasure to walk round Tregrehan with our friends Lucien, Laura, Alice and Lucien parents Carol and Cliff a great day!
Also a mention to Mike Clifford and Springy from the other forums nice to meet you too.

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This is Remko (brown shirt) and his friends from The Netherlands and Belgium packing in as much as possible nice to meet you guys.

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This is what it looks like after hours after everyone had packed up and gone just Crugs stall remaining and they were actually stopping at Tregrehan so no rush back to North Wales

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After our tour round the gardens , anther thread needed, we left with Derek and Jimi first in last out... :lol:




gardens to be continued


Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:32 pm
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Post Re: Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
Haha, great!
It was very nice meeting you guys as well!!

At one,....no at several occasions we had to tell people the stuff behind our cars was not for sale,....and to please carry on walking to the fair itself, haha!

We're doing you guys a favor though,...testing all that stuff out; If it's hardy for us,......it's damn well bone hardy for you guys, haha!

See you next year!
Cheers,
Remko.

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Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:57 pm
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Wow!

It looks like plant heaven :)

Just a shame that it is so far away from me.

I can enjoy looking at your photos though Kev.


Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:35 am
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Post Re: Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
Nice pics kev, I had a long chat with clive shilton last month when down cornwall & visited his nursery..certainly a character!.


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Post Re: Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
The Polygonatum looks amazing. Does anyone have a clue what conditions it prefers/tolerates?

I see from this discussion, about the same photo by Jimi Blake, that some people think this is P. kingianum and that the "other" species is properly known as P. vietnamicum.

I'd have no idea. Let the debate begin :wink: .

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Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:12 am
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David Matzdorf wrote:
The Polygonatum looks amazing. Does anyone have a clue what conditions it prefers/tolerates?



What I can tell you is that if you have snails or slugs forget it. Mine disappeared overnight, never to return.

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Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:39 am
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Post Re: Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
Remko thanks for testing much appreciated.... :lol:

Adam glad you liked the shots its good to share whats going on down south with interested members here on GOTE

David the Polygonatum was growing indoors in a humid shade house the stems have fab markings not so as yet on our small plants.
Sorry to hear Paul and thanks for the heads up.


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Post Re: Tregrehan Rare Plant fair
Great pictures, Kev. Good to meet you and Jackie.

I can't help much with the naming of the Polygonatum, but the names kingianum, huanum and vietnamicum seem to be interchangeable for quite a few plants in cultivation... For what it's worth, Bleddwyn from Crug says the Tregrehan plant is Polygonatum vietnamicum. Whatever it's called, I'm a little gutted I missed out on nabbing a plant as I've been coveting it for the past few years!

I grow quite a lot of different Polygonatum here and slugs can be a nightmare with several of them.

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