Pride of Exmouth flower joins prestigious collection

PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 03 July 2017

Exmouth in Bloom's Carol Rowe, with April Marjoram, presents an example of Pride of Exmouth to Ursula Key-Davies, curator of the National Pelargonium Collection.

Exmouth in Bloom's Carol Rowe, with April Marjoram, presents an example of Pride of Exmouth to Ursula Key-Davies, curator of the National Pelargonium Collection.

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A flower created in and named for Exmouth has taken its place in the nation’s most prestigious collection of plants of its type.

An example of Pride of Exmouth, a rosebud pelargonium, has been presented to Ursula Key-Davis, curator of the National Pelargonium Collection, by Exmouth in Bloom member Carol Rowe, who grows the plants from cuttings.

The presentation, which took place at the National Geranium and Pelargonium show held at RHS Rosemoor, was arranged after April Marjoram, a member of Exmouth Local History Group, contacted Derek Lee, archivist for the National Pelargonium and Geranium Society, and discovered that the National Collection did not have a Pride of Exmouth.

Records show that Pride of Exmouth was first raised by a Mrs Hitchen of Salterton Road, and was first shown at a geranium and pelargonium show held at Kew Gardens in 1926.


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