What is #PledgeAPlant?
Sharing our botanical heritage, building memories, making connections. Like lots of other gardeners, many of the plants I grow have come from family and friends over the years – a cutting from this, a bit of seed from that, a root from something else. Gardeners have a generosity of spirit that means you rarely come away from a garden visit empty handed.
These plants are connections to memories of people, places and events through your life – living echoes of sentences and punctuation marks in our lives.
Wandering around my own garden I meet the everlasting pea given to me by my late grandmother, who sparked my interest in gardening. The honeysuckle is a cutting from my mother’s favourite highly-scented form, which in turn came from Uncle Bill in Suffolk (he apparently found it in a local wood). The white-flowered wood crane’s-bill came from the Highgrove shop on the wonderful day we launched the Coronation Meadows project, and the crab-apple tree I grew from pips collected that came from the one in the lane on the farm where I grew up.
All our garden plants ultimately trace their heritage back to the wild somewhere in the world, and many come from the treasure trove of our own floral tapestry. A popular white-flowered greater-knapweed comes from single plant discovered on a Pershore road verge in 1980; one of the best double heathers, called ‘Radnor’, was discovered on the hills above that Welsh town; whilst the most popular variety of bloody crane’s-bill, a lovely pale pink form called ‘Striatum’, was found on Walney Island in the 18th century.
Some of the things that we cherish the most – like plants, plant names and plant folklore - are passed down through the generations. We want to encourage this giving of garden plants and celebrate the heritage of our wild flowers in gardens.
#PledgeAPlant is a commitment to give a cutting, division or seed of a special plant from your own garden to someone else. It may be a niece or nephew, a mother or father, a son or daughter, or a friend or colleague, anyone that you think will love receiving a special plant from you.
You could pledge to give:
- Some seed, such as welsh poppy, foxglove or columbine, in a little hand-made packet
- A division of your favourite perennial, maybe meadow crane’s-bill, celandines or chamomile
- Some bulbs of fritillary, bluebell, ramsons or snowdrop in an attractive pot
- A bit of root of lily-of-the-valley, wood anemone or yellow iris
We’re inviting you to make your #PledgeAPlant on social media (@love_plants on Twitter, or on Plantlife International on Facebook), using the PledgeAPlant hashtag and telling us what plant you’re giving from your garden and why. If you want to include a photo that would be great.
And of course, you can also pledge to support Plantlife in a variety of ways to help them care for our wildflowers and keep the colour in the countryside.