Horticulture Group

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

David Atkinson


Welcome to the SCI Horticulture Group page. We bring together those interested in horticulture from across the industry; from those carrying out research on horticultural plants to those responsible for producing fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants for sale. Horticulture is among the most varied of our activities, as it brings together science from the molecular to the whole plant and crop levels, ways of producing food and ornamental crops at significant scales both using mechanisation and people skills, product storage, packaging, delivery systems and both direct and online selling. This range of activities requires co-operation with across a range of science societies and professional bodies, and with the many groups who make up SCI. We are thus interested in making links and are happy to hear both from those who would like to join us as members of the group and those who would be keen to co-operate with us.

Education Review Programme

SCI's Horticulture Group is conducting a cross-sector review of higher education within plant-related courses to determine whether the current provision meets the needs of the industry. If you are interested in participating in future activities and providing your input, please take a moment to complete the short survey.

Complete the short survey

Lords Select Committee Inquiry: The horticultural sector

SCI's Horticulture Group submitted written evidence to the Lords Horticultural Sector Committee Inquiry into the horticultural sector.

Read the Group's evidence

Read the final report from the Lords Committee

Meet the Committee Officers

Dr Alison Foster


Juniper Kiss


In brief

SCI’s Horticulture Group helps to turn horticultural science into business practice, by building links between higher education establishments, botanic gardens, growers and producers of horticultural crops and associated supply companies. We do this through career support as well as holding forums for discussion on issues relevant to the full range of horticulture-related industries, public authorities, academics and other interested parties.

David Miller Award

The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of domestic or overseas travel in connection with their horticulture careers.