Peter Seabrook is a gardening writer and broadcaster.
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.
Parham Park Limited West Sussex
Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill Wembley, London (Greater)
Head Gardener - Live In
Adlington Hall and Gardens Adlington, England
Lords of the Manor Hotel Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham
English Heritage Worcester, Worcestershire