Renowned gardening broadcaster Pippa Greenwood wowed a crowd of growers and gardeners from across North Wales at a free event about plant health.
The plant pathologist appeared at a special seminar staged by supply chain efficiency project Horticulture Wales at its base at Glyndwr University’s Northop campus.
Nearly 50 growers, gardeners, landscapers, students, and horticultural enthusiasts from as far afield as Bangor and Abergele were delighted to hear stories from Pippa’s illustrious career, including her more than decade-long spell running the plant pathology department at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden in Wisley. She also took time to share some practical advice with attendees and answer a few of their green-fingered queries.
Horticulture Wales Project Director Dr David Skydmore then spoke about the role – and importance – of the plant pathologist, while Iwan Edwards from North Wales Wildlife Trust rounded off a thoroughly informative and entertaining day by explaining his involvement with OPAL, a ‘citizen science’ environmental and biodiversity project.
Throughout the event, Richard Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Rural Studies at Glyndwr University, was on hand with samples of common plant and tree diseases such as silver leaf, anthracnose, and mildew for guests to look at and study under the microscope, while there were with plenty of free bilingual factsheets for them to take away.