Hello & Welcome
My name is David Simpson and I am an enthusiastic gardener from Cheltenham in the beautiful Cotswold countryside of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. I am not a Botanist, and have no formal horticultural training or qualifications, but I have been gardening for over 50 years and have learned a lot along the way. I am a long serving supporter of Plant Heritage, the world’s leading garden plant conservation and research charity. Their mission is conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles and conserving the diversity of garden plants. Plant Heritage is the accreditation body for the National Plant Collection Scheme, responsible for cultivated plant conservation. It is also responsible for the Threatened Plants Project, the only research project investigating the availability of cultivated plants in the UK. Plant Heritage was formerly known as The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG).
This website will document my journey as a National Plant Collection Holder (NPCH) of Tradescantia virginiana species and cultivars, and the much larger group of cultivated and selected hybrids known as Tradescantia Andersoniana Group.
Hardy Tradescantias are very common in British gardens but are generally limited to 5 or 6 cultivars such as ‘Concord Grape’, ‘Innocence’, ‘Purewell Giant’, ‘Blue & Gold’, ‘Carmine Glow’ and ‘Osprey’. These have become the most popular cultivars for the nursery trade to sell, but there is so much more to the humble spiderwort, and I hope you take the time to explore the beauty and variety of this remarkable species. It has a rich and interesting history and I hope you will follow my journey.