Eden Project’s ‘Ray of Hope’ project


Dr Alistair Griffiths, RHS Director of Science & Collections and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Alistair chairs the Science aspects of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable. Alistair has a background in both horticulture and science. He started his horticultural education at Myerscough College.  He moved to the University of Reading to attain Botany, BSc, and in 2001 a Botany PhD.  Prior to the RHS he spent a decade managing a team as Head Scientist at the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall.

Alistair leads a highly skilled team of scientists and information managers who are focused on assimilating and evaluating the most current scientific knowledge and undertaking scientific research that provides high-quality evidence-based advice and solutions to address horticultural challenges so as to foster and improve beginner, amateur and professional gardening experiences. Alistair is responsible for ensuring that the RHS charity remains at the forefront of horticulture science. Alistair loves to inspire, motivate and engage people about the role of plants and horticulture in benefitting the environment and our health and wellbeing. His ambition is to build a more resilient gardening community who enjoy their gardens whilst reducing their impact on the planet.

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