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Hillier Celebration


Hillier’s are known, certainly in the South of England, for their magnificent garden and arboretum near Winchester, Hampshire and a chain of garden centres. They are more widely known for their large, award-winning exhibit in the Grand Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year, they will be competing to win their 69th consecutive Gold Medal with an impressive display of plants, reflecting the history of plant-hunting and growing at the firm. Now a new book ‘Hillier, The Plants, The People, The Passion’ celebrates 150 years of this famous firm. It charts the development of the family and their progress from agricultural labourers to the world-famous Nursery they are today. Amongst students and keen gardeners, Hillier’s are also known for their Manual of Trees and Shrubs. This indispensable reference work on hardy plants was first published in 1971 and the latest edition has just been published. It includes 1500 new plants and, for the first time, the plant names have been harmonised with the RHS Plant Finder to reduce the chance of mis-identification.

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This story was published on: 17/04/2014

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