National Mentha Collection"
(National Mentha Collections
= designated collections of
living mint plants, regulated by Plant Heritage)
Mentha × piperita citrata 'Grapefruit'
End of an
collecting and growing mint plants as the 1980s started and after 10 years of
pots in a courtyard in Lancashire, England, a
move to a mountain cottage in north Wales, with land for the ever increasing
number of pots. My collection was designated a National Plant Collection® by
"Plant Heritage" (or the NCCPG - National Council for the
Conservation of Plants and Gardens, as it was at the time). Thus it stayed for
with me adding plants from different sources, trying to sort out correct names for many, creating
websites and enjoying being outdoors with my plants. After
24 years I decided that the time had come to end the National Collection
status, stop growing all the 150 or so different kinds and just grow those
that I liked the best or could now manage to cope with. Since
my sole " National Mentha Collection" back in 1991, more people have taken it
on and there are now four other National Collections, all in southern England, to carry on the
cultivation work. I will however keep this website going as none of the other
Collections have produced anything similar as yet. If for any reason you would
like to get in contact email me at
d.s.barrett @ btinternet.com, write to 7 Gwelfor, Rhosgadfan, CAERNARFON, LL54
7HA, or ring 01286 831480.
for details of the four other National Mentha Collections, in southern England
What is Plant
Heritage? (NCCPG - National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens)
What is a National Plant Collection® ?
The background picture on
this page is a close-up of a not-yet-flowering shoot of Mentha
citrata 'Grapefruit' or grapefruit mint, which came from Iden
Croft Herbs, although it is also available from other