Wake-up call for UK breeding

Graham Spencer - photo: Plants for Europe

Graham Spencer – photo: Plants for Europe

After overseas bred plants took the top three slots in 2014 Chelsea Flower Show’s Plant of the Year contest, Graham Spencer says in an interview with editor Matthew Appleby from Horticulture Week that UK plant breeding needs more focused programs. Spencer runs the UK royalty management agency Plants for Europe. He suggests that these First, Second and Third places for overseas varieties could be a wake-up call for British plant breeding. He tells to Appleby that there is lots of good plant breeding going on in the UK, and that many of the plants on the RHS shortlist were British-bred. However, he would like to see more British breeders put up product and give the UK more chance to win.