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The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection received a grant from the Willamette Christmas Association, a nonprofit organization made up of garden clubs and horticulture societies in the Willamette Valley, which is disbanding.

Since 1969, the WCA has presented an annual Greens Show in Salem, the longest running home and holiday show in the Willamette Valley. Through the years they have donated approximately $250,000 to organizations that showcased gardens, trees and projects related to gardening.

The WCA presented a $5,000 check to Nancy Gronowski, president of FRCC on Friday. The funds will be used to expand the gardens at Luscher Farm, which is rapidly becoming a destination for gardeners, horticulturists and clematis aficionados from around the region and across the United States.

“The FRCC board wishes to thank the members of WCA for this generous grant,” Phyllis McCanna, member of FRCC, said.

The Rogerson Clematis Collection is one of the most complete collections of clematis in the Western Hemisphere with approximately 725 taxa and 1,700 individual plants. The collection, begun by Brewster Rogerson in 1971 with an eye to preserving historic clematis as well as the newest varieties, has been located at Luscher Farm since 2005. Approximately 1,300 clematis are in the ground in the display gardens, along with hundreds of companion plants in an acre and a half botanical garden and in a greenhouse.

The collection is under the care of the nonprofit Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, whose mission is to promote and advance the joy of growing the genus clematis through education and the preservation of the collection in its permanent home at Luscher Farm.

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