British TV presenter urges gardeners to support specialist UK nurseries

British growers are ‘Cinderella’ of the horticultural world but are vital for preserving the rich variety of plant life, TV presenter says.

Amateur gardeners should support specialist UK nurseries that help make gardens “richer and more varied”, Alan Titchmarsh has urged.

British nursery growers are the “Cinderella” of the horticulture world, but they are vital for preserving the wide variety of plants which enrich people’s lives and helping tackle diseases that could wipe species out, he said.

The gardener and TV presenter was speaking at the opening of a new Welcome Building at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden at Wisley, Surrey, which has an area of its plant centre dedicated to specialist UK growers.

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