Fusion: Deakin Exhibits Online

The pursuit of new varieties

Law, Somner Pty. Ltd. seed merchants and nurserymen : [catalogue]

Amongst the eight-page coloured section in the middle of the catalogue is a double page spread featuring ‘The Hurst Collection of New Flowers for 1938.’ Plants featured are the Chrysanthemum ‘Golden Crown,’ Salvia ‘Blaze of Fire,’ Nemesia ‘Brightness,’ Primula Stellata ‘Samuel Ryder,’ and Russell Lupins.

Russell Lupins are described as the ‘The sensation of the Horticultural World. Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold medal, June, 1937,’ and, ‘the most sensational introduction for many years. The finest strain of perennial Lupins in the world.’

To successfully propagate a new variety of plant and release it commercially was and still is a significant pursuit of many nursery professionals. Since 1987, the commercial and creative interests of the propagator have been protected by the plant breeder’s rights scheme (PBR) that is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It is a specific form of Intellectual Property (IP) that allows breeders to register their variety of plant.2