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Group News

Dr Alison Foster on the chemistry of change

Dr Alison Foster

SCI member Dr Alison Foster explains why she changed career path from chemistry to horticulture.

Plants to the rescue - Mental and psychological supporters in the recession conference papers

plants in office

Organised by SCI’s Horticulture Group, Plants to the Rescue was held on 30 September at SCI HQ, London and had over 80 delegates in attendance.

Jordi Bordonaba – growing through SCI

Jordi Bordonaba

Now a member of the Horticulture Group, Jordi tells us about the work he does for SCI

Plants to the Rescue

plants in city

The objective of Plants to the Rescue, a conference organised by the SCI Horticulture Group on 30 September 2009, was to demonstrate and discuss the enormous value of plants in supporting human 'well-being'.

From Field to Fork: How to improve the quality of fruits and vegetables


The Horticulture Group, in conjunction with young postgraduate students from the Plant Science Laboratory at Cranfield University, is running 'From Field to Fork: How to improve the quality of fruits and vegetables'.

Visits that cultivate knowledge

Wiltshire gardens

On 15 July 2009, the Horticulture Group joined the Bristol and South West Regional Group and the South West Growers Group for a visit to Home Covert Gardens and Arboretum.

Horticultural coir


Following the Group’s Annual General Meeting on 25 September 2009 at SCI Headquarters in London, Tom de Vesci talked about the sustainability of harvesting peat for growing media in horticulture and the use of coir as an alternative.

The future is not what it used to be

oil drums

William Hudson, is a member of the Horticulture Group and has been involved with horticulture for many years. He has developed specific expertise with innovative soft fruit production systems and an astute view of the ways in which existing food distribution and marketing systems have damaged British production.

Highgrove House wows members

Highgrove gardens

On 17 July 2008, 50 members toured the gardens at Highgrove House, organised by SCI’s Horticulture Group.

Horticultural business meets knowledge transfer

horticulture diagram

The well-established knowledge transfer (KT) strengths of most reputable British universities are not always apparent to all industry sectors, despite the fact that they are major contributors to the country’s economy.