There are developments to Harlow Carr in the pub and hotel area, the new Chatsworth Flower Show, the new Bridgewater Garden in Salford and at Hyde Hall a redesign of the thatched restaurant area, with removal of farm buildings to make way for another new restaurant, education centre and glasshouse, plus a circular fruit and vegetable garden.
After this impressive and far-reaching presentation, one of the society's currently favoured designers exclaimed: "How exciting this all is." I was more subdued and had the comments in mind from a Scottish and another Birmingham member, along with those from several allotmenteers and specialist society members, who had asked: "What does the society offer us, apart from the monthly The Garden magazine?"
The "village square" meeting area at Wisley and the Y-front development underline the steady shift towards offering a leisure day out. Large garden centres are, of course, moving in the same direction and I cannot help but wonder who is to help and cater for the home gardener.
Steve and Val Bradley, staffing advisory desks at several provincial flower shows, report a steady demand for answers to really basic gardening questions. There appears to be a need for pretty well year-round how-to workshops on basic gardening practices at public gardens and plant retailers.
A leading landscape company is trying to recruit a new partner but is finding potential recruits with good plant and horticultural knowledge difficult to find. Last year the RHS had more than a dozen members of staff earning more than £70,000 a year. How many of them are trained, practising and championing horticulturists?
Peter Seabrook is a gardening writer and broadcaster