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Hole’s Meadow and the Plant Heritage National Plant Collections® of Monarda and Nepeta held there

The National Plant Collections presently comprise of around 95 taxa (forms) of Monarda and 108 Nepeta.  With a fabulous view looking up to Cawsand  Beacon on the northern edge of Dartmoor, the collections are grown on part of a piece of land called Hole’s Meadow, one of the burgage plots of medieval origin in the village of South Zeal, near Okehampton and within the Dartmoor National Park. These National Plant Collections of Monarda and Nepeta were developed slowly over a number of years, with the original accessions being sourced from a wide variety of excellent nurseries from within the UK and EU as well as with seeds from the US. The Collections were awarded in early 2013 by Plant Heritage*, who also supervise their ongoing status. In order to hold a Collection, as well as other criteria, one has to maintain a minimum of three of each accession. Specialism in Monarda and Nepeta was chosen because they are both bee attractors, thus supporting the bee colonies based in the apiary on the site. When viewed together, the Collections are …