RHS fill director of horticulture role

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has moved swiftly to fill the new role it created last week.

Bosses at the organisation elected to establish a new post of director of horticulture and have given the position to Jim Gardiner.

Mr Gardiner has 22 years of experience as a curator for the RHS, as well as a further 18 years working in other capacities within the industry.

President Giles Coode-Adams explained that he is one of the most renowned plantsmen in the UK and that his reputation extends even further.

"His appointment to this new post reflects the fact that horticultural excellence sits at the heart of the societys mission to inspire everyone to garden," he said, explaining that Mr Gardiner will "act as a champion for plantsmanship".

The new director of horticulture explained that he is delighted at the promotion and hopes to pass on the vast knowledge he has picked up over the years to other garden and greenhouse lovers.

Meanwhile, the RHS recently warned growers to be aware that late frosts could still attack their crops.