Congratulations are definitely in order for the Oregon-based Rogerson Clematis Collection, which was recently awarded National Collection status. It’s quite an honor:
The Rogerson Clematis Collection, the most comprehensive gathering of the genus clematis in the United States, has recently been granted National Collection status by the North American Plant Collections Consortium. Located at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, Ore., the Rogerson Collection has amassed over 650 species and cultivars of clematis, including a recent gift from Poland of rare and previously unavailable cultivars from the late clematis breeder Brother Stefan Franczak. The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, promoting education and high standards of plant collections management. The NAPCC is administered by the American Public Garden Association.
Read more at the collection’s Web site. We’ll be carrying an article by Mike Darcy with even more information about this in the Febraury issue of Digger, out later this month.