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12 Days of Christmas – May 2020

In what should have been an RHS Chelsea Flower Show special, our May issue featured an interview with decorated Chelsea contractor Mark Fane of Crocus. We revisited his show successes, how the flower show had changed over the two decades since his first show garden, and the ways Crocus is handling the pandemic.

Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS, also wrote a heartfelt apology to those impacted by Chelsea’s cancellation. She went on to say how grateful she is for the digital platforms which allow the RHS, and others, to share advice with a new and engaged gardening audience, something we should be celebrating. Pro Landscaper spoke to Sue for an exclusive webinar in May about how coronavirus has impacted the RHS but how the organisation is still planning ahead.

Many of our contributors spoke about silver linings – of COVID-19 being a chance for change and for a love of horticulture to grow. Industry experts also shared their top tips for working from home, something which has become the ‘new normal’ for so many of us.

What else?

There was a collective sigh of relief when the chancellor extended the furlough scheme until October (and has now extended it until the end of April), giving many businesses breathing room throughout lockdown.

Even more good news came in the form of Virtual Chelsea, the RHS’ online event, which arguably made horticulture more accessible to the masses.

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