An enduring thirst for knowledge

Welcome to the first print edition of Horticulture Week in 2016, a year in which we will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of our forerunner, The Gardeners' Chronicle.

We start today by reproducing the first leading article setting out the principal subjects the journal's founders - Joseph Paxton, John Lindley, Charles Wentworth Dilke and William Bradbury - were committed to embracing.

Throughout 2016 the HW team will be digging through the archives (thank you Kew) to bring you their pick of horticultural kit from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the letters of eminent figures such as Charles Darwin, first-hand reports from key moments in horticultural history and much more.

Who knows what Paxton and Lindley might have made of us turning first to Twitter to announce the 175th anniversary of the journal they launched. But while the world in which horticulture operates today would for them be unrecognisable, many of the factors driving the profession remain the same - the thirst for knowledge, an indefatigable drive for technical innovation, the innate understanding of the benefit to society of the sector's many products and, underlying it all, an unstoppable passion for plants.

We will of course continue to look ahead too, starting in this issue with our six-page preview of the key issues for 2016. Finally we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of industry colleagues at the UK Grower Awards and the Garden Retail & Garden Industry Awards in early February - and meeting delegates to the second HW-hosted Garden Retail Summit. For details, go to www.thegrowerawards.co.uk and www.gardenretailawards.com.


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