RHS Members’ Seed Scheme
One of the benefits of being a member of the RHS is the opportunity to join in with the RHS Members’ Seed Scheme. I’ve done this a few times over the years and it’s a good way of getting some interesting seeds you wouldn’t find so cheaply from the usual seed catalogues.
Find out more about the scheme on their website
How the scheme works
Staff at RHS Wisley collect seed throughout the year and pack them up. So you know that they have been accurately collected from the correct plant and that the plants will have been good examples of their type.
You place your order online from November to March (this year the dates were 1st November 2017 to 31st March). They hope to have completed all orders by the end of April.
You can choose up to 15 items as a ‘first choice’ with five additional selections as backups should your first choices be unavailable. There were over 200 seeds included in this year’s seedlist.
There’s a charge of £8.50 for the seeds and delivery. As you receive 15 packets this only costs you around 57p per packet.
How did I do this year?
This is the list of seeds I requested this year;
- Cephalaria gigantea
- Eryngium amethystinum
- Francoa sonchifolia
- Geranium psilostemon
- Helleborus argutifolius
- Patrinia scabiosifolia
- Phytolacca americana
- Sanguisorba canadensis
- Thalictrum flavum
- Verbascum chaixii
- Veronicastrum virginicum
- Callistemon citrinus
- Cornus kousa
- Carpenteria Californica
- Paeonia delavayi
And these were exactly the ones I received!
It would be sensible to coordinate my orders between the RHS and the Hardy Plant Society as I managed to double order Cephalaria, gigantea, Carpenteria californica and Paeonia delavayi. I must really want to have these in the garden. I also realised that I ordered these a few years back and didn’t do very well in getting them to survive so hopefully, I’ll do better this year.
Would I do it again?
Definitely! Although I may run out of both greenhouse space and garden space.