ZOOM Meeting featuring Liz Knowles - "The Extraordinary Flora of Japan"

Jan 10, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm


'The Extraordinary Flora of Japan'

Liz Knowles
In late June 2019 I was part of a small group that visited the Japanese alps of northern Honshu, Hokkaido and Rebun Island. Our guide Hiro Takenouchi introduced us to a wide range of plants that included 6 species of lily, woodland species like Glaucidium palmatum and Paris japonica, ericaceous Diapensia lapponica, Schizocodon soldanelloides and 5 species of rhododendron. So many were familiar garden plants: Cornus kousa and C. controversa, Magnolia kobus, 4 species of commonly grown hydrangea, two garden worthy weigelias, and exquisite colour forms of Rodgersia podophylla and Campanula punctata. Iris ensata or Japanese iris grew in large swaths in a bog, in the mountains we found four species of primula. Thousands of Dicentra peregrina grew on volcanic pumice on Mt Iwate.


Liz Knowles

Liz has been gardening in the Hockley Valley for 45 years. Her one hectare garden comprises several perennial beds, extensive rock and crevice gardens and raised tufa beds. There are also woodland gardens and a grass and pollinator garden.