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A talk by Keith Ferguson
A wide range of more unusual and some well-known perennials, shrubs and climbers. Aberrant British natives like the peloric form of Linaria vulgaris, Hyacinthoides non-scripta var. bracteata, jack-in-the-green primroses and our native Daphne laureola together with other Daphnes. There are Chilean Berberis valdiviana and Crinodendron hookerianum, Asian Berberis jamesiana and Clematis koreana. Old cultivars are not forgotten, with pinks and peonies and the talk would not be complete without specialities Veratrum, Trillium and Galanthus.
Keith trained as a professional botanist, working in the USA and then at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retiring as Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Head of the Pollen Unit after 29 years. A new garden has been created by Keith and his wife at their home in Gloucestershire since moving in 1996.
Both are keen gardeners, plantsmen and members of the Royal Horticultural Society for more than 45 years and the Hardy Plant Society some 40 years. Keith is widely travelled, especially in the USA. He has written regularly for The Hardy Plant over recent years with articles published in The Plantsman, the bulletin of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and in Plant Heritage. He has given talks in Europe and the USA.