At the RHS show yesterday in the Westminster Halls, with sunshine pouring in through the high windows – spring had arrived.
Congratulations to the London Plant Heritage group who won a gold medal for their magnificent display of blooms from members’ gardens.
The RHS used the event to relaunch their Award of Garden Merit (AGM) awarded to plants which are:
excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
of a good constitution
essentially stable in form and colour
reasonably resistant to pests and diseases
All the 8000 or so plants previously holding the AGM were reconsidered and plant societies, nurseries, and retailers were canvassed for their opinions before the new list was compiled. Some 1800 plants were taken out of the system and 2000 added to the list which is available as a download from the RHS website.
Several Collection Holders were at the show – Botanic Nursery, Fibrex, Hoyland Plants Lockyers and Dibleys – and it was good to catch up with them and hear their news. The show runs until 5pm today, 20th February and is free for RHS members.