Posted: 09/01/2012 at 18:43
Oh, I do so agree with you, Adam. And yet a search I made of the New Years honours list revealed only one honour to a gardener, a part-time gardener at Highgrove. I am one of 41 volunteer gardeners at the Bristol University Bot. Garden and we keep the garden looking spruce for the local community to use. it is seldom we don't see wheelchairs being pushed round from the next door nursing home and we love to see their smiles. The garden also has its own fundraisers in the shape of the Friends of the BBG which has nearly 2000 members, some of whom, including me this year, open their gardens to make funds. Other Friends man the Welcome Lodge and sell t-shirts, postcards etc and others act as guides taking school pupils, gardening clubs etc round the Garden. Others publish the quarterly magazine.
I always have lots of surplus plants as I love growing from seed and these get sold to make funds for various local charities. If there is a fair you can bet there will be a plant stall!
In the winter I give slide shows about gardening and the gardens I visit as well as the BG and these are always enjoyed when days are grey. And, of course, I do my fair share of office work which is a poor second to gardening by being the Hon. Secy of our local group of the Alpine Garden Society. And I am only one of many thousands who do likewise out of enthusiasm for living plants and through them all things living.