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Clematis Collections

Japan holds the largest collection of clematis with an extensive permanent display at the Tsukuba Botanical Garden at Tsukuba Science City, Tokyo. The Botanic Garden was opened in 1983 and extends to 36 acres.

In 1992 France established a national collection of clematis at the famous Bagatelle Garden in Paris under the auspices of the City of Paris. The present collection of 173 clematis will increase in number and contains a wide range of species and cultivars, as well as conservatory clematis. This garden is open throughout the year and is situated at Avenue de l'Hippodrome, 75116, Paris.

In Germany there is a clematis collection at the Botanical Garden of Dortmund. Address: Botanicher Garten, Dortmund-Brunninghausen, Germany. This garden is open throughout the year.

In Italy the marvellous Villa Taranto at Pallanza on Lake Maggiore holds a small collection of clematis.

The United Kingdom has three national collections of clematis but two are not readily available to the public. A third is open to the public at Treasures of Tenbury, Tenbury Wells, Worcs., WR15 8HZ. In addition to many private collections, a focal point for all clematarians is the beautiful Sissinghurst Gardens of the National Trust. The Sissinghurst Castle Garden is situated at Sissinghurst, near Cranbrook, Kent and is open 2nd April-15th October. For visitors passing through London there is an interesting collection held in one of the London squares - Eccleston Square, behind Victoria Station. In Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh holds a collection at its main and associated gardens.

In Ireland there is a collection at the National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin.

In the USA three collections are well-established. 1. A collection was started in 1983 at the Jane Watson Irwin Garden of the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Park, Bronx, New York. 2. A collection at the United States National Arboretum in Washington 25, DC. 3. An expanding collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

See: Howells, J. 1996. The Rose and The Clematis as Good Companions. P.196.



There are a large number of private collections worldwide.

In France the Bagatelle Garden holds a collection of roses and clematis.

In the United Kingdom an ambitious joint project between the Royal National Rose Society and the British Clematis Society has led to more than 200 clematis growing with roses at the former's garden, St Albans, Hertfordshire. This garden is readily accessible by road as it is situated near the junction of the M1 and M25 motorways. A massive expansion of this garden is planned for the year 2000 when it is hoped to extend the rose and clematis collection as well as to include a clematis display garden. This new garden will be open throughout the year. The address is as follows: The Royal National Rose Society, Chiswell Green, St albans, Herts., AL2 3NR. The Royal Horticultural Society has a fine collection of roses and clematis as its Hyde Hall branch at Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET. The garden is open from March to October. A private collection, open to the public, is at Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA. It is open 1st April-30th September. Here there is a magnificent collection of old roses and clematis against the backdrop of a beautiful medieval building.

In Ireland, at Grove Gardens, Fordstown, Kells, County Meath, there is a display of 400 clematis and 500 roses. The garden is only open on the following dates: weekends, 17th March-31st May and weekdays, 1st June-31st October.

See: Howells, J. 1996. The Rose and The Clematis as Good Companions. P.197

UK National Clematis Collections

The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd, Domarie Vineries, Les SauvagÈes, St Sampson, Guernsey. No. of species & cultivars. 310.

Clematis (atragene group)
M. Oviatt-Ham, Ely House, Green Street, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, CB4 51A.
No. of species: 16. No. of cultivars: 46.

Clematis (herbaceous)
M. Brown, Clematis Corner, 15 Plough Close, Shillingford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 7EX. No. of species: 17. No. of cultivars: 36.

Clematis (ssp, texensis, viticella & herbaceous)
Treasures of Tenbury Ltd., Burford House Gardens, Burford House, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. WR15 8HQ.
No. of species & cultivars: 300.

Clematis montana & chrysocoma
D. Bradshaw, J. Bradshaw & Son, Busheyfields Nursery, Herne, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LJ.
1 mile Canterbury side of Herne on A291.
No. of species & cultivars: 30 approx.

Clematis orientalis
C.R. Sanders, Bridgemere Nurseries Ltd, Bridgemere, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 7QB.

Clematis texensis (hybrids)
Mr & Mrs J. Hudson, The Mill, 21 Mill Lane, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2HB.
On A39 4 miles W. Bridgwater. Turn opp. Rose & Crown. 200 yds at end of rd.
No. of species: 1. No. of cultivars 6 + hybrids.

See: N.C.C.P.G. DIRECTORY. 1999.

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