Month: October 2014

Royal Chartership of The Institute of Horticulture

What a momentous day it was. Horticulture has now got a Royal Charter in the form of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. I am immensely proud of this achievement by the institute for what it means to me and my industry. The celebrations were held in Hatfield House and pictured above are some of my industry colleagues posing. -Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ward, http://www.gingerhorticulture.co.uk I heard about the Institute when I studied my BTEC and RHS qualifications over a decade ago. Through winning their Young Horticulturist of The Year competition in 2002 I won a travel bursary which I used visiting New Zealand and a years free membership. To be honest with you I let my membership lapse until recently a few years ago I rejoined. Under the guide of it’s then president Leigh Morris, I noticed a more proactive trend especially with its online presence. More and more of its members are actually much younger than when I remember joining years ago and it’s a great way to network and get support. They even …

Green fingered blogging

I’m Rocky and I’m a horticulturist based in Northamptonshire. I’m entering into the blogging world for the first time with the aim to be brief, engaging and informative about my ventures working within the horticultural industry, the plants I come across and the people I meet along the way. Like plants it will be rather organic and will no doubt change and develop as time goes on. Thanks for visiting and I am looking to write more very soon.