RHS must share its true essence, says director at IoH conference

The RHS must find ways to take the "obsession" for horticulture of its members and supporters, and share a sense of what it is that so captivates us, its director of science and learning Simon Thornton-Wood told the IoH conference at Askham Bryan College, York, on 18 and 19 September.

Using horticultural "leading light" Roy Lancaster as his model of a great communicator, Thornton-Wood said Lancaster's knowledge could be "somewhat intimidating" but that his ability to deliver and share his knowledge in an accessible and inspiring way was something the RHS needed to replicate.

Questioning fixed views about what constitutes horticulture, Thornton-Wood said the RHS needed a "different sense of what horticulture is about" and to develop a sense that "others may be able to teach us something".


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