Call to gardeners to buy online in specialized nurseries

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Gardeners are invited to shop online with independent UK nurseries in front of the canceled flower displays and closed garden centers.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which had to cancel this year’s Chelsea Flower Show due to a coronavirus, calls on green-fingered heads of households to support producers who may have exhibited at the event.

RHS said thousands of quality plants grown to fill Chelsea’s large 12,000 square meter pavilion, which would have been sold at the end of the show, will remain unsold or be lost if they can’t find a home.

While some large businesses have been inundated with online orders since the foreclosure, the horticultural charity wants gardeners to also support specialty nurseries, many of which have launched or improved their mail order and online services in recent weeks.

The call comes after a warning from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) that hundreds of British businesses are at risk of ruining themselves because the pandemic has closed down garden centers and other outlets at what should be the period busiest of the year for the sector.

Prior to the traditionally busy Easter weekend, RHS launched a dedicated web page listing the award-winning growers so people can order some of the wide range of plants seen at annual flower shows.

Sue Biggs, Managing Director of RHS, said: “Nurseries and specialty growers are the cornerstone of the horticultural industry and their beautiful exhibits at the RHS flower shows are one of the most popular attractions, attracting visitors every year thousands of visitors who leave our shows loaded with plants of all varieties.

“We want to continue to support our nurseries during this incredibly difficult time and make it as easy as possible for our members and show visitors to buy directly from them.”

RHS warns that since the start of the millennium the UK has lost almost half of its specialized and unsupported nurseries during the pandemic, the number could further decrease, with the loss of talent, knowledge and skills of producers .

The charity supports the HTA’s call to the government to provide financial support to the ornamental sector in the face of the coronavirus shutdown.

Details of the specialized nurseries that appear at RHS salons can be found here:
rhs.org.uk/supportournurseries

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