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Mike Allen

About me:My introduction to horticulture was in 1945. Aged five, I lifted my first haulm of potatos. I have served as a Deputy Parks Supt. Head gardener MOD. I gained first class qualifications in gardening. Also a first in groundsmanship, with various certificates etc in, science and practice of turf culture. Athletic and sports ground management. All at the expense of the University College London and the National Association of Groundsmen. In 1960 I met the late. SM Gault MBE. VMH. Supt. of Regents Park. He nominated me for Fellowship of the RHS. I was accepted and still enjoy the many benefits of such a great organisation. I am now retired, and still enjoy my tiny garden in SE London. Very close to Eltham Palace. I have recently redesigned the garden to that of a memorial garden, in memory of my dear wife, who passed away 9.6.2010 I now have around a hundred different roses. I am a member of the Royal National Rose Socy. The RHS Lily group. The Alpine Garden Socy. and the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Finally I am a Fellow of the Linnean Society.[Lond]. I am also a member of the British Society of Plant Pathologists. I have no fear saying. I am a practical gardener/horticulturist/naturalist. Books are very valuable, but in my book. Practice outweighs theory. Now even at the age of 75, I am still learning, and hope to continue for many more years.
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