Statements from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the HTA

The RHS and HTA have issued the following statements -

It is with extreme sorrow and deep respect that the Society marks the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the RHS.

Her Majesty became Patron of the Society on accession to the throne in 1952. From an early age, The Queen regularly accompanied her parents to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, visiting the show more than 50 times during her reign, and always took great pleasure in touring the gardens and plant displays and speaking with exhibitors.

The Queen also visited RHS Garden Wisley. In 1978, accompanied by HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Her Majesty planted a beech tree in the Jubilee Arboretum and in 2007, planted a Chinese dogwood ‘Wisley Queen’ while opening The Glasshouse built to honour the bicentenary of the RHS.

Her Majesty understood the importance of gardening and there can be no doubt that The Queen and HRH Prince Philip enjoyed the peace and privacy of their gardens at Sandringham, Norfolk, Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, and at Buckingham Palace, but they also enjoyed the gardens as a venue for summer garden parties; it is said that no one knew the gardens of Buckingham Palace better than The Queen.

Her Majesty’s support has always been a great source of strength to the RHS and we were delighted that The Queen was able to visit this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her Majesty will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with the Royal Family, to whom we send our deepest condolences at this sad time.

As a mark of respect, we will not be opening any of our five RHS Gardens at Bridgewater, Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor on the day of the funeral.

We were extremely grateful and proud to have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as our Patron and we are immensely saddened by the news today.

The chairman of HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) states:

I’m writing in light of the sad news of the death of Her Majesty. The Horticultural Trades Association is expressing its sincere condolences to the Royal Family, and our gratitude for the life of service which Queen Elizabeth has led. Our message of sympathy and condolence is on our website. Read it here.


Our website also has guidance, which we hope will be helpful for businesses that wish to respond appropriately to Her Majesty’s death. This information covers matters such as internal and external communications, as well as in-store activity; it is useful reading for non-retailers as well as retailers.


Yours sincerely,


James Barnes


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