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Ornamental Plant Collections Association Inc.
In 1983-84 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne carried out a survey of plant cultivars growing in Victoria. As part of the survey a list was made of tree and shrub cultivars from Victorian nursery catalogues since 1855. This list contained dramati cally more plants than are now available. Reasons for the decline include changes in fashion, difficulty of propagation and the disappearance of poor cultivars.
In England, the National Council for Preservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) started the National Collections movement to bring together comprehensive reference collections of important groups of plants in order to conserve the wealth of cultivated plant material in existence and to make decisions about priorities for plant preservation.
Concerned about the loss of significant cultivated plants in Victoria, the Royal Botanic Gardens established an Ornamental Plant Collections Association (OPCA), based on the model of the NCCPG. The OPCA hope to promote the exchange of information betwe en professional botanists and horti-culturalists and those plant collectors and gardeners who are devoted to the study of particular groups of plants.
The inaugural meeting was held in August 1986, with six initial collections. In 1996, the Associations reached nearly seventy collections of both introduced and native genera. These are mainly located in Victoria bit increasing interest has been shown from interstate.
The genera include Abutilon, Acer, Agapanthus, Betula, Boronia, Bouvardia, Calluna, Camellia, Cistus, Clematis, Cornus, Correa, Crocus, Darwinia, Epacris, Escallonia, Eucalyptus, Gladiolus, Hakea, Heli-anthemum, Helleborus, Hydrangea, Iris, Lachenal ia, Lavendula, Liquidambar, Magnolia, Malus, Melaleuca, Nelumbo, Nymphaea, Olearia, Paeonia, Pelargonium, Populus, Primula, Prunus, Quercus, Rhododendron, Robinia, Rosa, Salvia, Schizophragma, Tasmannia, Telopea, Viburnum, Viola, Wisteria, Zieria.
The Association, and the names and addresses of those holding these collections, can be contacted at:Royal Botanic Gardens,
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