Ex Pershore man Bob Hares honoured for propagation skills

Former Pershore College lecturer and nurseryman Bob Hares has been presented with an award to recognise his propagation skills and encouragement of young horticulturalists.

Hares received The International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) Robert Garner Award at the IPPS annual conference, held in Falmouth, Cornwall last week.

The accolade is only presented every five years to a recipient chosen by the past five IPPS Presidents. It is given to someone in the industry who is at the cutting edge of propagation, and who has helped young people gain craft skills.

Bob Hares trained at Pershore College and RHS Wisley, before returning to Pershore to work in the decorative glasshouse and nursery as well as lecturing. While there he discovered new plants including Ceanothus ‘Zanzibar’, Penstemon ‘Pershore Pink Necklace’ and Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Pershore Fantasia’.

During the last twenty years he has been the RHS advisor within the college and since retiring he has continued to fill his RHS advisory role and run a gardening club at a local primary school.

Former IPPS President Margaret Sheward said she nominated Hares because: All through his career Bob has had a passion for propagation, trying different techniques to get difficult subjects to root. He is a skilled craftsman competent in all disciplines of propagation and over the years has passed this knowledge on to generations of students and gardeners.

For more information on the IPPS conference see the next issue of Horticulture Week magazine.

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