DR KEITH HAMMETT
QSM, BSc (Hons), PhD
PLANT BREEDER

PLANT BREEDER
Tel: 09 833 9453
Mob: 0210 227 4251

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PHONE: +64 9 833 9453
MOBILE: +64 0210 227 4251

About

Dianthus

As with Sweet Peas and Dahlias, Keith, as a teenager, grew border carnations and pinks. Forty years ago he introduced a series of border carnations raised from top English seed, to New Zealand. Some of these are still grown by a few enthusiasts. Later he bred and introduced garden pinks, some of which have become industry standards like 'Double North', 'Class Act' and 'Regency'.

dianthas flower heads

Later he bred and introduced garden pinks, some of which have become industry standards like 'Double North', 'Class Act' and 'Regency'.

Dianthus

dianthus "Scent from heaven" series

More recently Annton Nursery in Cambridge introduced the "Scent from Heaven" series. These were bred from laced pink types dating back many centuries. Keith has, with all his plants, aimed to produce lasting value for gardeners. With Dianthus he insists that no selections are made until the plants have been grown through either two summers and a winter or two winters and a summer. This ensures that the plants have grey foliage and a tight compact habit that does not open out as the plants age. Keith refers to these as "Grey Hedgehogs". Repeat flowering is also an important criterion.

We do not offer Dianthus plants direct from this website. They are offered through garden centres throughout New Zealand.

In the North Island contact Annton Nursery, Cambridge by email: Stephen Burton

In the South Island contact Ambrosia Nursery: www.gardeningsolutionz.co.nz

Internationally contact KiwiFlora

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