The Institute of Horticultural Research merges with three former experimental horticulture stations, Efford, Kirton and Stockbridge House, to form Horticulture Research International (HRI). A component of this re-organisation was the closure of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute site
The RHS takes over the running of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show started in 1990 by Network Southeast.
Mr and Mrs Dick Robinson give RHS Hyde Hall, in Essex to the Society.
An unusual stand of trees is discovered in Wollemi National Park within 200 kilometres of Sydney, Australia. The trees are found to represent an entirely new genus and species, Wollemia nobilis, in the Araucariaceae.
York Gate garden near Leeds is bequeathed to the Royal Gardeners Benevolent Society. It continues to be thought of as one of the best small gardens in Britain.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Urban Parks Programme established to fund the restoration of historic parks. Over four years, under the stewardship of Stewart Harding, £185m is awarded for restoration work to 200 public parks.
Monsanto introduces Roundup Ready soybean seed, the first genetically modified herbicide tolerant agricultural crop.
The Landscape Institute is granted a Royal Charte; and the Koro Field Topmaker is introduced to renovate sports turf surfaces.
An inquiry by the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons brings the plight of parks which have suffered from years of underfunding to the forefront. Its final report recommends the establishment of a national agency for parks.
All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group is founded with the assistance of industry figures including the late Pete Weston in his role as editor of HW.
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