The collections are
owned and maintained by a broad spectrum of garden enthusiasts ranging from large institutions,
colleges and local authorities to nurseries, gardens and a large number of
individual gardeners. These are
all linked by one common purpose: to develop comprehensive, well-researched Collections of
living plants, to conserve the genetic stability of named cultivars but variability of
species, and to protect them against the vagaries of fashion, disease and extinction, thus
ensuring the availability of an abundant variety of plant material both for today and for
A National Mentha
Collection, or, a National Plant Collection® of Mentha, is a
collection of living plants botanically classified together within the genus Mentha.
To ordinary gardeners and herb growers, to cooks and chefs, to herbalists,
these are usually known as mints.
There are four National Mentha Collections at the moment: one in Devon, one in Kent and
one West Sussex and one in Gwynedd. Each Collection is different, to some extent, reflecting the
preferences, growing conditions, facilities available and other interests of the
The contact details of
all four Mentha Collections can be found on the National
is the NCCPG?
is Plant Heritage?