Events Past

Indoor Meeting: Talk by Mel Collins 'Beware of Gifts'

Written by Linda Hall. Posted in Events Past

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10th March 2018

Mickfield Hostas is a family-based micro business, which has grown out of a collection of the genus Hosta. Check their amazing website for plant combinations and where to position. Watch the mini movies and even sign up for their informative newsletters. They attend many shows – check their website for full details.

They hold the largest Plant Heritage National Collection of Hosta in the UK and offer over 1,000 different species and cultivars for sale, grown peat-free, at their nursery, which is open throughout the season in the village of Mickfield, in Suffolk.

In 2011 they were awarded their first RHS Gold medal at the Malvern Spring Flower Show. Many more awards have followed since.

In 2016, their 40th Anniversary Year, they were awarded gold at Harrogate, Malvern, Hampton Court, Tatton Park, Sandringham and BBC Gardeners World – quite an achievement.

Mel’s talk was very informative and explained Hostas belong to the Hostacae family. Large varieties prefer to be in the ground rather than containers. If hostas are gown in containers she recommended placing the container in a shallow tray of water with a gap between the tray rim and container. It is snails that damage hostas and they cannot swim!

A full write-up will appear in our newsletter later in the year.