10 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic gardeners

As a result of Black Lives Matter protests, many sectors have looked inward on diversity - the protests provided the urgency and spotlight that was needed on the lack of representation in horticulture.

Juliet Sargent - image: SGD

Here we list 10 pioneering BAME gardeners, plus the RHS's new diversity and inclusion manager, who is to start a series of programmes with under-represented groups in August 2020. 

Wayne Amiel: National Gardens Scheme gardeners and BBC Gardener's World best garden winner.

Arit Anderson: Gardener's World, Garden Rescue and Chelsea Flower Show TV presenter and garden designer.

Danny Clarke: First black gardener to be given a TV show, The Instant Garden in 2015.

Tayshan Hayden-Smith: Founder Grow2Know. Next generation black gardener. https://www.facebook.com/Grow2Know/

Flo Headlam: First black Gardener's World TV presenter and garden designer.

Wesley Kerr OBE: Broadcaster, writer, horticulturist and historian, Royal Parks board member.

Juliet Sargeant: First black garden designer and gold medallist at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2016 Modern Slavery Garden). Former Society of Garden Designers chair (2013).

Advolly Richmond: Garden historian. She has supported Zehra Zaida, who wrote an article campaigning for recognition of historic black garden figure John Ystumllyn.

Cleve West: Garden designer and author including of the new Garden of Vegan.

James Wong: Ethnobotanist and broadcaster.

  • New RHS diversity and inclusion officer has been appointed (name TBA - starts 1 August).

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