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Seeds collected from mountains and forests in the Far Eastern region of Russia will take four years to become a plant at Howick Hall in North Northumberland. Rare varieties of rhododendron could take 10 years.
Robert Jamieson, head gardener at the Hall, told of his adventures in an excellent slideshow to Berwick Probus Club.
He joined the gardening team at Howick in 1984, the year in which Lord Howick set up a now world famous arboretum there with a wonderful collection.
From 2001 Mr Jamieson has embarked on worldwide journeys to collect seeds of different species. Countries visited include Russia, China, Japan, the United States, India, New Zealand, and recently British Columbia. He explained the hard work that goes into manning the visits and checking varieties that will thrive in the Northumberland climate. Detailed reports on the seeds are recorded.
There are now 12,500 living species and the early winter display of snowdrops is remarkable.
Secretary George Martin gave members an update on the car parking problem, which he said had worsened. Almoner Colin Wakeling reported on the survey the club has undertaken.