Internationales Gartenbauforum

International Horticulture Forum

Great Britain is the partner country of IPM ESSEN - the world's leading trade fair for horticulture - in 2023.

Traditionally, the partner country is also the focus of the International Horticultural Forum. On Thursday, 26 January, at 2 p.m., the event under the heading "Quintessentially Green & British" will deal, among other things, with sustainability, the value of new plants and the current marginal farm model.

After the speakers' statements, the audience is invited to ask questions and participate in the open panel discussion.


Matthew Appleby, Editor Horticulture Week – Forum Chair

		Matt Appleby

Matthew Appleby has worked at Horticulture Week since 2003 and has been editor since 2020. HortWeek reports on and analyses nursery production, garden retail, landscaping, arboriculture, garden heritage, groundsmanship and amenity horticulture. Britain's leading garden industry magazine boasts over 180 years of history.

Matthew trained in journalism at the University of Canterbury and is RHS-qualified. He has won three Garden Media Guild awards and Horticulture Week is the reigning trade magazine of the year in 2022 hortweek.com .

Lindsay Reid & Raymond Evison, Guernsey Clematis

		lindsay reid_raymond Evision

Raymond J.Evison OBE VMH FLS is the Founder and Chairman of The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd. and of Raymond J.Evison Ltd.

  • A Vice President of Royal Horticultural Society
  • A Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, and an Hon. Fellow of The Kew Guild
  • A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticultural
  • A former International President of The International Plant Propagation Society
  • Recipient of the Pearson Memorial Medal Horticultural Trades Association 2016

His nursery in Guernsey is one of the leading clematis producers in the world and Raymond J.Evison Ltd .the breeding company, together with Poulsen Roser A/S are one of the leading breeders of clematis worldwide. Raymond ‘s clematis displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have gained him 32 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals, as well numerous other annual awards.

The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd. was granted by the Command of HIs Royal Highness The Prince of Wales a Royal Warrant for the supply of clematis plants in 2022. Raymond, a Founder Council Member of ( NCCPG ) Plant Heritage, in the United Kingdom, his other interests include the conservation of native plant species in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Lindsay Reid is Sales Manager, Director and Company Secretary for Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd

Lindsay has been with the company for over 30 years and is responsible for the sales and despatch of all its clematis plants. She also has a 5% share in the Company. Guernsey Clematis is a producer of over 2 million young clematis which are exported around the world, including UK, North America, Europe and countries further afield. North America is currently our largest market.

Guernsey Clematis is situated on the Island of Guernsey which is close to the north coast of France and which enjoys a wonderful temperate climate.

Patrick Fairweather, Fairweather’s Nurseries

		Patrick Fairweather

Fairweather’s are UK growers of young Agapanthus plants. They offer the widest range of Agapanthus in Europe including re-blooming selections, many of which have won awards at trade shows and at the premier public flower show, Chelsea. Plants are grown in the UK, without peat, from tissue culture and shipped throughout Europe. Patrick holds the National Collection of over 500 varieties of Agapanthus. As well as the wholesale nursery, Patrick also operates a garden centre and educational garden.

Dr. Elizabeth Warham, Department for International Trade (DIT)

		Elizabeth Warham

Department for International Trade is the British Government Department that helps UK based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK, one of the world’s most dynamic market places for trade.

Will Surman, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

		Will Surman

Will started his career in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls in 2005. He spent ten years in operational delivery at the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency before moving on to a role with the European Commission’s DG Santé, as an external auditor where he evaluated SPS control systems across the world. For the last four years, he has been leading on plant health strategy and delivery at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Will has a degree in Plant Science from the University of Reading as well as a degree and master’s in Law and has served as an expert tutor on SPS matters internationally.


The CHA are pleased to be working with the organisers of IPM, presenting all that is good about the British horticultural market and how we can all work together to promote the value of plants.

Our mix of speakers include world renowned plant breeders and British Government representatives, all experts in their field and looking forward to interacting with Europe once again.

Our themes are as follows:

  • Flagship events such as the Chelsea Flower Show
  • The three pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic and social and how UK business embraces these challenges
  • The value of new plants
  • A new Department for International Trade portal, a website which connects growers with suppliers worldwide. An essential working tool for British Consulates and DIT offices the world over, assisting companies in-country to work with Great Britian or facilitating exports from the UK – AgriTech UK
  • Import/export and the new Borders Operating Model from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs(DEFRA)

The Programm is followed by a Q&A.

Venue: IPM ESSEN 2022, Congress Centre Essen

Time: Thursday, January 26, 2022
2.00 p.m. to approx. 4.00 p.m. - admission from 1.45 p.m.

Languages: English