Fall Study Day, October 25, 2014

Saturday October 25, 2014:   9:30am* – 3pm
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

*Remember to allow time to sort out the parking meters
Members pre-registered $40; non-members pre-registered $45
To register for the Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members pre-paid) and $45 (all tickets at the door), made out to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, to Gillian Collins 2154 West 37th Avenue Vancouver BC V6M 1N8. (Info: 604.266.7667). If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by Friday October 17 which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry.



Bleddyn and Sue Wynn Jones, Crûg Farm Plants, UK




Crûg Farm Plants, run by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones, is an unique nursery based on the edge of Snowdonia near Caernarfon in North Wales. Covering almost 20 acres, it has an outstanding and unrivalled selection of plants, many of which have not been cultivated in the West before. For many years (since the early 1990’s) Bleddyn and Sue have travelled the world in the Far East, Middle East, and Asia collecting seed for propagation and introduction into cultivation, often accompanied by fellow-plant collector and friend Dan Hinkley.


To quote a note on the nursery website –

“Originally we ran it as a beef farm, but ever since its transition to a nursery in 1991, Crûg has become a Mecca for extraordinary plants. Initially originating from our own breeding programme, the emphasis has shifted to introducing new and wondrous plants from our annual sorties to remote corners of the globe.”

The nursery specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials, climbers and shrubs, and hundreds of the plants on offer are propagated from over 16,000 seed and plant collections gathered on over 60 expeditions by the Wynn-Joneses.

Sue and Bleddyn spend up to three months every year on plant hunting expeditions to remote corners of the Asia, The Americas and of late Europe. Their collections are much sought after around the world and the nursery has become a Mecca for keen gardeners. They have provided plants for many prestigious clients including several award-winning Flower Show gardens especially RHS Chelsea, also supplying National Trust collections and not least Her Majesty The Queen’s own gardens. As well as their own award winning Chelsea exhibits, scooping the prestigious Presidents Award on their first display there, a feat that has never been achieved before. This with numerous RHS Gold Medals for their outstanding displays places them at the top of their tree.

Their exploits have been the subject of many lectures delivered by Bleddyn over the years, limited to the more prestigious venues due to their limited time resulting from his hands on approach to their work. To date the venues have been in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan, UK and USA (including The Royal Oaks Society), as well as the annual lecture at The Linnean Society in London, for the IDS.

Their work in the field has been approached from a professional perspective, recording their finds/discoveries meticulously. These have included many projects in conjunction with authoritative organisations within the host countries, resulting in many discoveries of new species to science as well as the discovery of a new genus. For this work Bleddyn has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at The University of Wales at Bangor.

 There will be two talks:

 “Plant Hunting in Vietnam”

For the first talk Bleddyn and Sue will talk about their plant hunting expeditions. In the afternoon Bleddyn will give a second talk:

“Polygonatum, Disporum and like minded plants”


will cover their collecting, growing and cultivating of this group of plants, with a strong emphasis on the conditions in which they are found growing in the wild. Mainly collected from Asia, but Bleddyn and Sue have also collected Maianthemum in Central America.

To read about Bleddyn and Sue’s seed collecting trips and the plants they have available at the nursery visit the Crûg Farm Plants website.

Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries, PA, USA

 “Perennial Plant Strategies: The Art and Science of Creating Stable and Aesthetic Plant Combinations”

Claudia WestClaudia West grew up in a family-owned landscape nursery business specializing in garden design and perennial, woody, and cut flower production. She has a Master of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She uses her extensive background in horticulture, ecological landscaping, and environmental restoration as a consultant in her current role at North Creek Nurseries.



  Dan Long, Brushwood Nursery, GA, USA

“Grow Up! Using Vines and Climbers in the Landscape”

WDan Longhether you’re planning an expansive suburban landscape or looking for that special patio plant, there’s a place for vines in the landscape. Dan will discuss the use of vines in formal and natural garden settings with an emphasis on clematis. Learn about an amazing array of vines both classic and new suited to a wide variety of growing conditions in all colors of the rainbow. Many new clematis hybrids will be featured.

Dan Long has been teaching and lecturing for years at organizations like Longwood Gardens and The New York Botanical Garden. He is the owner of Brushwood Nursery a mail order nursery specializing in vines and climbers.  Brushwood Nursery website can be visited at gardenvines.com.