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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Experiences of Growing Herbaceous Plants for the Scottish Market

Neil MacRitchie

pp: 119-122


In 1974, after working for 22 years at Windsor Great Park, my parents returned to the Highlands of Scotland and started the nursery known as Highland Liliums. The nursery was started and named with a view to producing virus-resistant strains of hybrid lily. We had liaised with Scottish Horticultural Research Institute at Invergowrie on the propagation and marketing of lilium bulbs raised by Dr. North. Today the lilies are still grown but on a much smaller scale than originally planned.

It didn't take long for us to realise that growing lily bulbs was not going to secure a solid future for us and, over the years, we began to produce other plants. Easier seed-sown items such as bedding plants, alpines, and herbaceous perennials were grown. A small retail operation began which sold these products and soon other stock was bought in to retail.

Development into bigger things took place with the advent of Scotstock Nurseries, marketing co-operative of which Highland Liliums

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