Peter Seabrook is a gardening writer and broadcaster.
A long-serving person in the nursery trade, who has won numerous RHS Gold Medals and, incidentally, served the society remarkably well, is now in their sixties and was advised recently that they are too old to judge.
Lobby groups jumping onto fashionable campaigns, often to promote their own interests, can do much more harm than good. Take, for example, the move against black polythene plant pots and containers.
What a great trade this is when one of us needs help. "The Container Revolution" co-operative exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a good example.
While the number of regional flower shows at stately homes and municipal public areas grows, the number of nurseries trading at these events reduces.
British horticultural firms and organisations have not been the best at working together to promote our industry.
Peter Seabrook looks forward to garden centre pepper-tasting weekends.
Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.
The president of the RHS was wise to avoid the traditional comment at the Monday lunch that "this is the best Chelsea show ever".
One of the big retail chains has flower seeds on sale at 25p a packet, while one of the specialist mail-order companies has six nigella plants on offer at £15 plus £4.95 carriage charges.
Leading nurseryman Rowland Smith from Battlesbridge in Essex, speaking to his local church group on bedding plant production, was asked whether he still grows old heritage cultivars.
Driving into the new HTA offices at Chilton is akin to visiting a large country house, with impressive portico, reception area with sparkling, fresh-green and flower-full wonder wall of houseplants and large hall area to ground-floor meeting rooms.
No apology for writing in praise once again of the Monday programme at the Garden Centre Association (GCA) conference, even if the return taxi fare from Edinburgh Airport to St Andrews did cost me £250.
Speaking at the Fleuroselect conference in Germany recently, David Domoney -- in his usual uplifting and inspiring delivery -- focused on how many people are now asset-rich and time-poor.
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