Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:45
Am I allowed to say that like so many organisations, once run for the members(the National Trust also comes to mind) the RHS has become more and more commercialised over recent years. Always in your face for money for this and that. I got a phone call from the RHS this week, as an existing member, to see if I would gift aid my fee. It was explained that this would limit me to taking only family members as guests, not friends. When I said that wouldn't work in my situation the caller soon lost interest.
Lots of effort is taken to promote Chelsea and Hampton Court, with the latter becoming too "lifestyle" at the expense of gardening in my opinion.....and yet humble little Malvern , which is ALL flowers, flowers, flowers... gets hardly a mention.