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Saturday March 06 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

The Future of Horticulture

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rhs wisley july 2010-359I think most of you who know me and/or read my blogs know that I'm quite passionate about the horticultural industry and I always encourage my customers to learn new skills in their garden.  In Victorian times we had so much knowledge and many skills we were world leaders in the horticultural industry.  These skills were being passed down the generations, sadly both World War 1 & 2  took many lives and with them the vast horticultural knowledge and skills we had disappeared. 

I am so pleased to read in the RHS magazine that the RHS has recently begun to lobby the government for the first time regarding this industry and as such children in England could be taking gardening lessons at school from September 2014.  The proposed changes could apply to children in both primary and secondary schools who could learn how to cultivate plants for practical purposes whether that is for food or for decorative displays.  

There is also linked to this a distinct lack of careers advice for school leavers for this industry which means that many school leaves either don't consider that horticulture is an option or it is seen as an industry to enter if you have failed at school. I know we can't change everything overnight, it saddens me that some people feel that horticulture is a dead end job but where would we be without crops for food, trees for timber and of course every plant in existence allows us humans to breath and exist.  

I am so pleased that there may indeed be a few organisations out there lobbying for our industry, well done to those that have put horticulture on the agenda and I will play my small part to encourage my team to continue to learn every day as I will and also my customers to pick up a trowel and have a go!

Please, if you feel as I do about our wonderful industry share this article on Facebook or Twitter, contact me and give me your thoughts and opinions and if you have children talk to them about their options which could include horticulture.


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Is Prince Harry taking after his father for green fingers?

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helicopterseedsYes, you read it right Prince Harry, it seems, has applied to the RHS to exhibit in Central Avenue of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

Details are still to be confirmed but it appears the garden has been commissioned by the children’s charity Sentebale which was founded by Prince Harry. It is thought that B&Q will be sponsoring the garden and Prince Harry will be having help from a former Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Jinny Bloom.

Rumours abound that Harry has a passion for Tulips and Begonias, an interesting concept considering some of his latest media altercations and his passion for the Army Air Corps. It’s great for horticulture that someone his age who is third in line to the throne is getting involved, it can only be a positive thing....although I am finding it difficult picturing him planning his garden whilst in Afghanistan!


Latest Update 5 February 2013:

The garden that has been desiged by Jinny Blom with input from Harry while he was serving in Afghanistan is to feature the hearts and crown motif on a stone terrace which was Princess Diana's favourite motif.  It will include Trifolium repens 'William' which is said to be a tribute to his brother and he has requested forget-me-nots. 

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RHS Malvern -v- RHS Chelsea

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Following a survey conducted by Which? Gardening Magazine it appears the RHS Malvern Spring Show is preferred over the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show by its readers.  People have said a huge plus for it was it being in a 'lovely location' at the Three Counties Showground at the foot of the Malvern Hills.  Other draws were its ease of access and parking, the excellent variety of products on sale, reasonably priced plants to buy, porter and creche facility all scored high.  

So if you have never been, now is the time to give it a try!!

Take a look at the RHS website here.

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2012 - A Strange Year!

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flooded-daffodilsI have to admit that 2012 was a pretty strange year and I don't think that I am the only one who thinks that. It has been classed as the second wettest on record yet we saw hosepipe bans in the southern parts of England. We also saw a few other things that would impact our industry for example, an increase in VAT, proposed relaxation in the laws covering building extensions and domestic rear gardens and the government imposed yet more spending cuts which threaten our public spaces making them at greater risk of decline.
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Just a thought

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christmastreeIf you haven’t bought your Christmas cards yet or are in need of some inspiration for the gardener in your family and are looking for a charity to support this Christmas, please do consider Perennial the Gardener’s Royal Benevolent Society.   Established in 1839 it is a national charity for those people who have worked or are working in the horticultural industry and are facing difficult times including illness and financial difficulty.  
They sell cards and gifts and here is the link to their shop http://shop.perennial.org.uk/home.asp  please take a few minutes to have a look around and see if anything catches your eye!
Thank you :) 
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