Jade Vine 2018
A Jade vine, donated to Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington, by Kew Gardens in 2008, has come into flower.
The Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), which originates from the rainforests of the Philippines, was given to The Walled Gardens of Cannington with an aim of being used for the common good in scientific research, education, conservation and development of botanic gardens. It is located within the Botanical Glasshouse in the Tropical Zone, which is kept at 22ºc during the day and 20ºc at night. Other gardens that have a Jade vine include Kew, the Eden Project and Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden. The Walled Gardens of Cannington is helping the conservation effort as the Jade vine is endangered in its native country due to habitat destruction.
The Jade vine always causes a stir when it comes into flower. Its stunning colouring gives it an almost unreal quality. We promise visitors that we haven’t sprayed it that colour!! It is pollinated by bats so a lovely time to view it is in the early evening light, when it is appears to almost glow.