Royal Horticultural Society
Reflections of the RHS Chelsea flower show, 2010
|Formation||7 March 1804|
|Purpose||Promote gardening and horticulture|
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 in London, England. It was originally called the Horticultural Society of London, and was renamed in 1861. The RHS is the UK's leading gardening charity.
It holds flower shows such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and RHS Cardiff Flower Show.
Medals and awards[change | change source]
The society honours certain people with the Victoria Medal of Honour, and the Banksian, Knightian and Lindley medals. It awards Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver, and Bronze medals to exhibitors at its flower shows. The Veitch Memorial Medal is awarded each year for an outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture.
Other awards bestowed by the society include the Associate of Honour and the Honorary Fellowship.
The Award of Garden Merit, or AGM, is for garden plants that have been extensively tested by the society, and are recommended.
Collections[change | change source]
The RHS works to help keep collections of cultivated plants. Some of these collections are kept by the RHS, and others are kept by other people who send documents and dried plant samples to the RHS.
Publications[change | change source]
Magazines[change | change source]
The society has published a magazine since 1866. Since 1975 it has had the title The Garden and is currently published monthly. The RHS publishes The Plantsman and The Orchid Review four times a year. Hanburyana is published once a year. It is about horticultural taxonomy.
Plant registers[change | change source]
Since the International Registration Authorities for plants were formed in 1955, the RHS has been the official "Registrar" for some groups of cultivated plants. It is now Registrar for nine categories – conifers, clematis, daffodils, dahlias, delphiniums, dianthus, lilies, orchids and rhododendrons. It publishes The International Orchid Register, the central list of orchid hybrids.
References[change | change source]
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- The Garden, August 2009, page 512 (Royal Horticultural Society)
- National Plant Collections
- Campbell, Sophie (3 August 2012). "RHS Lindley Library collection: all hail our plant hunters". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- RHS Herbarium
- Royal Horticultural Society Image Collection
- Brent Elliott (2004). The Royal Horticultural Society, A History 1804-2004. Phillimore. ISBN 1-86077-272-2