The Institute of Horticulture is the authoritative organisation representing those professionally engaged in horticulture in the UK and Ireland. Its membership comprises, and represents, those that are involved in amenity horticulture, parks, landscaping, botanic/heritage gardens, and the full range of horticulture within leisure industries as well as those producing, managing, growing and marketing all edible and decorative horticultural crops, allied research, education and consultancy. It also includes those working in associated supply industries and students taking their first steps into horticulture.
The Institute gives recognition of status within the horticultural industry and the means to meet and network with professionals in all spheres of horticulture. It also provides the opportunity to make an effective contribution to the future of horticulture as well as its importance as a career.
The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture (advisory and research, amenity, commercial and education and training) throughout the UK and Ireland. Aims and Objectives
The Institute is represented on, and works collaboratively with, allied bodes throughout the industry to unite a growing profession. Partnerships
The Institute provides the administrative support to Grow an initiative set up in 2006 by some of the UK's leading horticulture organisations to promote horticulture as a challenging, dynamic, exciting and rewarding career.
The Institute has eight branches throughout the UK and Ireland, and an increasing membership from overseas. Members are attached to the branch where they live but are encouraged to attend meetings arranged in any other branch area.
The Institute's professional and technical meetings and other activities are arranged both at National and Regional level.Events
Continual Professional Developement
The Institute's Continual Professional Development (CPD) scheme promotes knowledge, learning, scholarship and skills and is not restrictive in the types of activities that are eligible. It is deliberately designed to be flexible and embrace the many and varied definitions of 'Professional Horticulture'. It is tailored so that the individual has ownership and responsibility for their own professional development. CPD is about structuring the individual needs of professionals throughout their careers. CPD should be regarded as an integral part of any professional's career, serving to augment the professional's ability in the workplace They may, in addition, wish to increase their qualification level as part of their career progression. The option to have the support of a mentor is very attractive to some of the Institute's members in their professional development. However, for general updating and skill development required by professionals, CPD activities should average at least 30 hours per year. Recommended activities may include, but are not limited to: lectures, seminars, conferences, short or long courses, technical training, research projects, writing articles and papers, private study, technical writing, technical meetings and workshops, organised visits and Institute of Horticulture committee work. Of course the regional structure and regional programmes, together with time taken to read The Horticulturist could be a substantial part of this.
Informal mentoring has always been one of the strengths of the Institute, but with fewer opportunities now for members to meet informally, ways of linking newer members with their more experienced colleagues are being devised. In the autumn of 2010 the Institute commenced a pilot mentoring scheme, with funding from the Finnis Scott Foundation and English Heritage. More information
Following the success of the 2010 pilot mentoring scheme, funding was secured in 2013, from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, to run a mentoring programme for IoH members, in 2013/2014. The scheme is for up to 10 mentoring pairs. Mentees and mentors are from a diverse mix of horticulture sectors including students, career changers, historic gardens, self-employed gardeners, landscapers and garden designers, nurseries, grounds maintenance companies and Manchester Airport.
The2013/2014 programme is based largely on e-mail and telephone contact with mentoring partners encouraged to meet face to face, where feasible. A one-day event, bringing all the mentees and mentors together, is also at Capel Manor College, Regent’s Park Centre. More information
The Institute's aspiration for Chartered status was first discussed in 1985, again in 2000, and revived under Heather Barrett-Mold's presidency with substantial progress being made towards submitting a preliminary application to the Privy Council in 2011 and 2012.
The Institute of Horticulture is delighted to announce (July 2013) that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to grant a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture. The Institute's Royal Charter will come into legal effect when it is sealed by the Crown Office at the House of Lords. It is expected that this will be completed in the New Year 2014.
The granting of a Royal Charter has been an aspiration of the Institute since its inception in 1984 in view of the major benefits it will bring to the Institute and its members. A Royal Charter will enhance the Institute’s ability to present our profession through increasing the profile, recognition and standing of professional horticulture. As a Chartered body the Institute’s ability to raise standards will be strengthened and the Institute will be better placed to represent and support horticulture as a profession and assist members in the practice of the profession.