Tresco Gardens Curator Promoting Scilly At Conference

tresco flower count 2014The curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens will promote Scilly at a gardening conference in Ireland this weekend.

Mike Nelhams has been invited to talk at the Kells Bay Gardens in Kerry during an event focused on the southern hemisphere plants and trees we’re famous for here on our islands.

Mike’s presentation will describe the history of the gardens and the plant collections contained there.

He’ll be talking alongside Lord Longford, a tree expert who has written the definitive guide to Remarkable Trees of the World and Seamus O’Brien, who recorded the history of the great plant collectors of the Victorian age.

The event will also help boost the Tresco Estate plant stock.

Mike will bring back seeds from the visiting garden representatives in exchange for seeds from Scilly.

He says he’s looking forward to seeing how the Irish have grown some impressive New Zealand Kauris, now the tallest trees in Ireland.

It’s a type that had been growing on Tresco but got flattened in the 1987 hurricane. But Mike says one the Queen Mother planted in the Abbey Gardens in 1985, which is now around 60ft tall, is “doing very well.”