Plants for the Future is an RHS initiative aimed at amateur and hobby breeders who would like to know more about bringing new plants to the market.
Plants for the Future (workshop two) will be held at the Hillside Event Centre, RHS Garden Wisley on 19 November 2015 from 10am until 2.30pm.
The workshop will help breeders understand the available routes to market, learn how to avoid any pitfalls, and hear from other breeders who have successfully managed to get their new plants out there.
The aim of the initiative is to enable more breeders to get more plant varieties onto the market and so help the horticultural industry as a whole.
Sarah Cook, RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee Vice Chair, National Collection Holder for Sir Cedric Morris Iris introductions and RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Gold medal winner, said: "It is important to help amateur/hobby breeders to bring their new introductions to market, both for their own fulfilment, and for the benefit of UK horticulture in general. The RHS can help by being an enabler in this process, allowing plant breeders to fully understand their options."
Last year’s event saw 100 people meet to listen to talks and engage in discussion to see how the RHS can act as an enabler to new plant breeders and bring introductions to a wider audience. A steering group was also formed to put together a roadmap for the amateur plant breeder to understand how new plants get from discovery to the garden centre. The roadmap will be published by autumn 2015.