Welcome to this special edition of Horticulture Week which celebrates the 175th anniversary of the founding of our forerunner, The Gardeners' Chronicle, with a look back at the history of professional horticulture in the UK.
Fifty years on from his first article in these pages, Geoff Dixon surveys the evolution of British horticulture since World War Two
The first edition of Horticulture Week forerunner The Gardeners' Chronicle was published on 2 January 1841. Here we reproduce the leading article from that edition, setting out the "principal subjects" the journal was intended to embrace.
In 1904, James Veitch & Sons sent EH Wilson to China to hunt for seeds of the lampshade poppy, Meconopsis integrifolia. Here is The Gardeners' Chronicle report.
In a 1931 lecture to the Institute of Landscape Architects, founder member Edward White warned fellow members they must cut their cloth to fit tougher times.
In July 1851, as the Great Exhibition drew to a close, Joseph Paxton called for his Crystal Palace to become a permanent garden under glass to improve Londoners' health. As part of Horticulture Week's 175th birthday celebrations, we republish Paxton's call from our forerunner, The Gardeners' Chronicle.
Continuing our 175th anniversary celebrations, here is our pick of adverts from early editions of The Gardeners' Chronicle -- including a Joseph Paxton-patented glasshouse.
On 21 August 1841, Charles Darwin wrote to Horticulture Week forerunner The Gardeners' Chronicle about "the humble-bees which bore holes in flowers" following a reader's complaint about damage to his bean crop. Continuing celebrations of our 175th anniversary, here we republish Darwin's letter
Illustrations of known species accompanied a report in The Gardeners' Chronicle in 1901 on a Lily conference in Chiswick.
One month after the outbreak of war in 1914 The Gardeners' Chronicle hailed steps being taken to build food security at home and urged no let up in 'wise action now'
As World War Two drew to a close, The Gardeners' Chronicle made a plea for peace memorials from educational facilities set among trees and flowers to rest gardens or rose gardens to remember those never to return.
In 1937, WJC Lawrence and J Newell described the results of their experiments to determine the best composts in The Gardeners' Chronicle.
In 1961, Gardeners' Chronicle hailed the advent of garden centres in Britain which was set to encourage many more to garden.
Philanthropy in the 19th century enabled pre-welfare state pensions for gardeners, says Matthew Biggs.
In April 1964, Gardeners' Chronicle marked the centenary of Hillier Nurseries, one of the many family businesses that have played a vital role in shaping the industry.
Writing in Horticulture Week in 1991, nurseryman John Ravenscroft lamented the impact of compulsory competitive tendering on amenity horticulture.
In 1961, Eton College head groundsman WH Bowles looked back at the revolution in sports ground maintenance, from the 'horse and buggy age' to the 'jet age'.
The founders of The Gardeners’ Chronicle (left to right): botanist John Lindley; printer William Bradbury; arts patron Charles Wentworth Dilke; and landscape gardener Joseph Paxton