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Group News

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.

Growing Success

people and plant

Growing Success: Horticultural Business Perspectives was held to promote the benefits of knowledge transfer to the horticultural business community and specifically to increase awareness of the UK government-sponsored Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

Topsoil: sugary success you can't beet

sugar processing plant

In today’s commodities markets, sugar has started to peak as renewed enthusiasm in stock and commodities takes hold.

Designing to adapt

Nigel Kirby

Writtle College's Nigel Kirby considers how UK garden design should respond to climate change

Kew Gardens - Behind the Scenes


Most readers will be familiar with Kew's public face; its plant collection; its historic buildings and glasshouses as well as modern additions. Some will be familiar with its place in the history of the Empire; sneaking rubber out of Brazil to create the plantations of Malaya and quinine to keep the Raj functioning. Members of SCI 's Horticulture Group were treated to a look behind the scenes to see some of the activities that are less obvious to the average visitor.