An average of a 1000 new accessions are grown from seed from our own expeditions mounted in collaboration other botanic gardens and universities around the world. The Nursery has a range of facilities and experienced staff that ensure the highest possible germination rate.


Vegetative propagation

The Nursery is also responsible for ensuring the survival of the established plants in the main garden and outstations. Much of this is undertaken by vegetative propagation to ensure that exactly the same plant is maintained. Cuttings and grafting material is harvested throughout the year and rooted using specialist facilities such as mist and fogging unit.




Difficult to root species are propagated by Micropropagation, using buds grown in special sterile conditions. This technique is also useful for the historic Rhododendron collection.