Importing plant material from UK to California

Charlotte WillnerApril 30, 2013

Hi folks,

I'm wondering if any of you have successfully (and legally!) brought plants into California from the United Kingdom? We're visiting a lot of the great British gardens this summer and I'd like to bring home some Claire Austin iris corms as a souvenir for the garden.

I know this will be some level of hassle, and I'm willing to go through the whole rigmarole at the airport, customs, etc. -- has anybody done this who could advise on what forms I'll need to fill out etc?

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Calif has very strict laws about letting any kinds of plants into this state,even if you are here in the states,and come to calif,you're subject to search and seizure,and they don't care what it cost you,or where it came from.

Unless it's change over the last few years,this is how it was when we traveled to the east coast etc.

I'm sure someone here has been in and out of the country more recently and may have more updated info.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 6:26PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

It is better(easier)to have the UK nursery ship it to your home. They know what is required and have the license to do it. California spends millions eradicating pests that have been brought home by travelers overseas. Al

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

A few years ago I brought back, from my daughter's garden in Oregon, a small plastic bag of dirt with 4 or 5 lily of the valley plants in it.
It set off the alarms in the Portland airport and they took it far away from me and searched for the cause. Not finding a cause they gave it back to me (!!!) and when I was planting it, I found a 2" rock in the dirt that they had missed.
Through all this, no one said a word about importing a plant to California. (Or a radioactive rock- HA!) Min

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 11:42PM
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