Become a Fuchsia Detective….. During 2018 we are hunting for the lost fuchsias that were introduced by one of England’s most important Victorian Fuchsia growers, exhibitor and hybridiser Mr James Lye, from Market Lavington, Wiltshire. James introduced many fuchsia cultivars but only a small number of these have survived over the years, with all […]
The group of Fuchsias an engraving of which appears at fig. 39 (used as this posts image), represents a collection of nine specimens raised and exhibited by that well-known cultivator, Mr. James Lye, of Clyffe Hall Gardens, Market Lavington, at an exhibition held in Bath in September last, and which recieved the 1st prize in […]
In the build-up to RHS Hampton we were contacted by BBC Researchers, who wanted to film our exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as we were first time exhibitors. On the Wednesday before Press Day we were contacted to be informed that we were going to be filmed on Press Day and that the […]
We are looking for old Nursery Catalogues and Horticultural Publications from the 1850’s to the 1970’s to assist with our research into James Lye and his Fuchsias. If you have any Nursery Catalogues and Horticultural Publications that you would consider donating to our archive, or you would be happy to send us information from copies you have, please contact us.
By chance we met with the garden designer Jane Bailey, of Jane Bailey Garden Design, at the Suffolk Plant Heritage Plant Fair in May 2016. We discussed suitable fuchsias for the garden she was designing for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where the majority of plants had to have an edible element to them and […]
For the first time we exhibited a floral display of our Plant Heritage, National Plant collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July (5th – 10th) 2016. Our concept for our first ever RHS Show exhibit was to display some of the National […]
This is a popular plant fair held in the stunning grounds of Helmingham Hall, with the offer of a wide selection of plants and garden products from over 40 exhibitors and attracts well over 1000 visitors. This was the first plant fair we have attended to promote our National Plant Collection. The journey from home to […]
We always knew James was buried in Market Lavington churchyard, from the parish burial register (deposited at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre) but extensive searches of the graveyard had failed to locate his grave. We learnt that recently a book containing positional information for some burials had been given to Market Lavington Museum, which may help in locating […]
We are very please to be listed in the 2016 RHS Plant Finder for the very first time and to have three new plant entries listed in this edition. The three new plants entries are: Fuchsias ‘Mrs Grant‘, ‘Mrs J Bright‘ and ‘Winifred Glass‘.
Lye – Feb. 3rd at Sunnyside, Easterton, James Lye (for many years a faithful servant to the late Hon. Mrs. Hay, Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington), aged 75 years – Funeral at Market Lavington, Friday, 3pm. From: The Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette, February 14, 1906. p.g.94.