RHS representatives are to meet with members of the HTA amenity supplier group to discuss the possibility of creating an equivalent to the Award of Garden Merit programme for plants used in landscaping projects.
Wyevale Nurseries marketing director Doug Reade called for the creation of a scheme to test plants that are “good in the landscape” as part of a programme of measures to help growers meet challenges in the amenity market.
“Plants that perform in landscape schemes are very different to garden plants,” said Reade at the HTA’s annual conference.
The idea was presented to a meeting of the amenity group in recent weeks. RHS director general Andrew Colquhoun, who attended the HTA conference session, said he would be interested to talk about RHS involvement.
The amenity supplier group is one of three new sub-committees of the HTA ornamental committee. The others are the retail supplier group and the technical committee.
The amenity group said other measures, including a simplification of the national plant scheme, are needed.
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