• 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

Chris le Lere

Working in trials gives me a unique opportunity to learn about particular plants in detail

I’m a horticulturist working in plant trials at RHS Garden Wisley. I joined the RHS last year and am very much enjoying my time here - for me, the RHS is the pinnacle of horticulture. Working in trials gives me a unique opportunity to learn about particular plants in detail and to meet plant experts, who have often been working with these plants for years.

I have not always worked in horticulture, as I spent six years working in an office, but never really liked being cooped up indoors. So a few years ago I took a seasonal job in plant sales and since then have also worked as the principal horticulturist at the London Wetland Centre.

This year I will be managing trials of dahlias, sunflower, foxgloves, hibiscus & peonies and also creating a living wall of Lobelia erinus to provide a colourful backdrop to the sunflower trial. Please drop by the Wisley Trials Field to see how my trials progress through the year.

Chris's posts and conversations

  • Never a dull dahlia

    Debranching, disbudding and deadheading: by following a few basic rules, prize-winning dahlias

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  • To discuss hibiscus

    Preparations are underway for a riot of summer colour on the trials field, with exotic hibiscus

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