• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lucy Roche

Trials Officer

I have recently gained my own garden which is currently blank canvass, but won’t be for long!

I have worked in the Trials Office at Wisley for three years and have been a Trials Officer for two. I am currently responsible for the coordination of 14 plant trials, both at Wisley and offsite, at various stages of completion; from planning and sourcing plants through organising and attending the assessment of plants by Trials Forums to writing the Final Report once a trial has finished.
I gained a degree in Horticulture at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester which included a year at Pershore College. Since leaving university, I have worked in sports pitch construction and maintenance and as a gardener on a private estate; Fort Belvedere, near Ascot. As a Trials Officer, I have been privileged to work with the RHS Plant Committee and Forum members and learn from their vast knowledge of plants and also work with such knowledgeable colleagues. I have recently gained my own garden which is currently blank canvass, but won’t be for long! When not working on the garden, she can be found enjoying her other passion for music. 

Lucy's posts and conversations

  • Meeting garden royalty

    An RHS Plant Trial explores the charms of an under-appreciated genus

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  • Spring on the trials field

    Spring is always an exciting time on the trials field. A new year brings new plants on trial an

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