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[PRESS RELEASE] The Royal Horticultural Society today announced the appointment of Jim Gardiner as Director of Horticulture. Jim Gardiner will have overall responsibility for the policy and management of horticultural standards, oversee the RHS plant committees and the Society’s plant trials programme, and fulfil an ambassadorial role for the organisation. Jim will retain his responsibilities as Chief Curator of the Society. For 22 years of a 40 year career in horticulture Jim has worked as a curator at the RHS. He trained at Askham Bryan College, the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden and Savill Gardens and prior to joining the Society held curatorial posts at the City of Liverpool Botanic Garden and the Sir Harold Hillier Garden & Arboretum. Jim has published on a wide variety of horticultural subjects, regularly lectures in the UK and abroad and is President of the Magnolia Society International. Giles Coode-Adams, RHS President, said, “Jim Gardiner is one of the most highly regarded plantsmen in the country, with an international reputation. His appointment to this new post reflects the fact that horticultural excellence sits at the heart of the Society’s mission to inspire everyone to garden. Jim will act as a champion for plantsmanship for the RHS, and ensure we build on success already achieved at our award-winning gardens.” Jim Gardiner said, “I have learnt an enormous amount at the RHS. I’m delighted to take on a role that gives me the opportunity to share that knowledge, together with a passion for plants, with colleagues across the organisation and throughout the gardening world.”
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