Activities

Seed List

Growing lilies from seed is a great way to ensure you obtain virus-free stock, increase your bulbs & have a lot of fun in the process. The RHS Lily Group issues a Seed List in January/February each year. With contributions from members around the world, it is widely regarded as one of the most valuable sources of lily seed. Members often have wider interests, so our Seed List includes other Liliaceae, bulbs and lots of perennials too.

Here are some past Seed Lists so that you can see what we have been able to offer in past years:

2017-18 Seedlist

2016-17 Seedlist

For full details please go to the Seed List page.

Bulb Auction

Our Bulb Auction is held every autumn after our AGM. Members donate bulbs which are surplus, or which they have grown specially for the auction. These usually include a good selection of old favourites and items that are unobtainable anywhere else, such as rare species and experimental hybrids.

We try to hold the AGM and Bulb Auction in a different place each year – past venues include Edinburgh, Birmingham, Pershore and London.

Committee member Duncan Coombs auctions a huge bulb of Lilium ciliatum at Edinburgh in 2018

Garden visits

We usually arrange at least one garden visit each year, with particular emphasis on gardens which include lilies and/or related plants. We try to go to a different part of the country each year. This photo shows lilies which were blooming in Fullers Mill Garden, Suffolk during our visit there.

Our 2019 visit is in preparation. Details will appear here when available.

International trips

International trips to see lilies growing in their natural habitat are a fairly new venture for us, with very successful and enjoyable visits to Turkey and Greece already made.

Looking across the Akkus Valley from the Canik Mountains, Turkey
Lilium akkusianum growing in Canik Mountains, Turkey

We are looking into the possibility of a trip to Western America in 2020. Further details will appear here when available. In the meantime, please contact our Secretary if you would be interested in taking part.

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