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Silver Medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2017

Harper and Debbage is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Silver for our second exhibit of our Plant Heritage, National Plant Collection of Fuchsia Cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (4th to 9th July) 2017.

Our concept this year was to exhibit some of the Fuchsias from the collection in a simple display and provide a range of interpretation panels highlighting key facts about James Lye, including his family (a number of his cultivars are named after his daughters), His career at Clyffe Hall and some of the awards he received for exhibiting his fuchsias, We have also been able to locate a number of colour plates of his Fuchsia introductions from 1877 to 1880, which are also displayed.

We are highlighting a previously unknown fuchsia introduced by James Lye. Which was found listed in an article about New Fuchsias in the ‘Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener’ published in October 1899. Which describes the cultivar as follows:

Fuchsia ‘Lye’s Marvellous’
Tube and Sepals: Reddish Carmine.
Corolla: Violet Purple.

Please see our National Collection blog for further details about this article and an image of Lye’s Marvellous’.

We have put a selection of photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/harperdebbage/photos

Links:
Royal Horticultural Society
Plant Heritage
British Fuchsia Society

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Bronze Medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2016

For the first time we exhibited a floral display of our Plant Heritage, National Plant collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July (5th – 10th) 2016.

Our concept for our first ever RHS Show exhibit was to display some of the National Plant Collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye, on a traditional tiered staging in Victorian clay pots. We were keen to display the plants in a natural (untrained) habit, in different stages of flower so that visitors could see how the fuchsias would grow if untrained and that there is a succession of flowering once the plants starts to flowers.

The display also provided information about the fact that the flowers and berries of fuchsias are edible, for this we also used F. procumbens which is an unusual mat-forming fuchsia specie, which has small, heart-shaped leaves and solitary, erect, pale orange flowers, with reflexed sepals which are deep purple with a green base, and the usual stamens with blue pollen.
Our main interpretation panel (which is on the side of our display) highlighted three key areas, James Lye, Edible Fuchsias and Fuchsia History.
We also launched 2 new fuchsias at the Show.

F. ‘David Clifford’ which is named after our owners grandfather, and
F. ‘Gunton Park’ which is named after the ancestral home of Lord Suffield (the Harbord Family), from 1676 to 1979.

We have put a selection of photos are on our Facebook page

Our first exhibit received a Bronze Medal.

Links:
Royal Horticultural Society
Plant Heritage
British Fuchsia Society

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Royal Norfolk Show 2015 – Floral Bronze Medal

Royal Norfolk Show success – The Collection staged its first ever judged horticultural display at the Royal Norfolk Show, which was held on the 1st & 2nd of July.

The display was built on the 30th of June, with the help of Jordan Allison, a student from Easton and Otley College, ahead of judging which took place on the morning of the 1st of July. The display received a ‘Floral Bronze Medal’.

[The full press release is available here] (7 July 2015)