James ArmitageJames Armitage joined us as a botanist in 2002 straight from Reading University and he is now Principal Scientist – Horticultural Taxonomy. He has a diverse job which includes Chairmanship of Hortax (the Horticultural Taxonomy Group) and is author of a series of papers on invasive plants of horticultural origin. He was an important member of the team that worked on the updated 8th edition of The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs and is co-author of a Flora of the Wisley estate.

James is a member of Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plants Committee and a future ambition is to help provide a complete catalogue of the cultivated plants of the British Isles. “With garden plants there is always something new to discover,” says James. “It is the constant opportunity to learn that keeps my work so interesting.”

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