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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 of London and the National Groundsmen Association. 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 RNRS. The RHS Lily group. The AGS and the RBG Kew. Finally I am a Fellow of the Linnean Society.[Lond]. I have no fear at saying. I am a practical gardener/horticulturist. Books are very valuable, but in my book. Practice outweighs theory.
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