Join us for a Professional Development Day at Wisley

What’s new: pests, diseases and weeds, and their control. Wednesday 18 February 10am – 4.30pm

Blue mint beetleA unique opportunity for practical horticultural professionals to keep up to date on pests, diseases and weeds, with the team at RHS Garden Wisley and outside experts of national status. Valuable BASIS and CNoSO CPD points (BASIS 5 Points and CNoSO CPD 4 Points) are available for this course.
Professionals within the amenity sector; head gardeners, arborists, garden designers, consultants, park and garden managers as well as contractors involved in garden maintenance for example, are likely to find this update invaluable.
This full day covers new and troublesome pests and diseases, with tips on identifying and controlling pests, diseases and weeds in ways that are consistent with the Sustainable Use Directive. Opportunity is offered to see developments and practices at Wisley involving phytosanitary practices and integrated pest management and non-chemical controls, and speak to the staff who undertake this work in Wisley gardens.
Our speakers include RHS specialists and representatives from Chemicals Regulation Directorate, FARGRO, Sports Amenity Forum and East Malling Research. For more information please see the event page.

09.15 – 10.00  Registration & refreshments
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome – Colin Crosbie Curator, RHS Garden Wisley
10.10 – 10.35 Sustainable Use Directive & National Action Plan –
Grant Stark, Chemicals Regulation Directorate
10.35 – 11.10 Pests – new & ones to watch for, plus most common/troublesome.
Dr Andrew Salisbury, RHS Senior Entomologist
11.10 – 11.25 Coffee
11.25 – 12.00 Diseases – new & ones to watch for, plus most common/troublesome
Dr Geoff Denton, RHS Plant Pathologist
12.00 – 12.35 Biopesticides & biological control. David Hyde, FARGRO Technical team
12.35 – 13.20 Lunch
13.20 – 13.50 Integrated control of weeds, pests and diseases with particular reference to managed amenity turf. Prof John Moverley, Chairman of the Amenity Forum
13.50 – 14.20 Integrated Weed Control - Thanet Project. Dr Michelle Fountain, East Malling Research
14.20 – 14.40 Foam weeding demonstration by Weedingtech
14.40 – 14.55 Refreshments – coffee/tea
14.55 – 15.10 RHS phytosanitary: Dr Gerard Clover, RHS Head of Plant Health
15.10 – 15.35 IPM Wisley management – group visits (one to be chosen)
- phytosanitary and propagation: Sam Gallivan, Wisley Propagation Team Leader
- glasshouse: Nick Morgan, Wisley Glasshouse Specialist
15.35 – 16.30 Practical Group Workshops (Please bring sharp penknife and hand lens)
- diagnosing diseases of ornamentals, fruit and turf including honey fungus, box blight and turf problems in the garden
- guide to identification of common pests and damage caused on ornamentals and fruit

Booking information  

The day costs £70.00 and this includes tea, coffee and light lunch.
To book your place phone 020 3176 5830 and quote the booking number 11726 (phone lines are open weekdays 10am-5pm)

For more information please see the event page.

Organiser: Mrs Lenka Cooke:, 01483 479757

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.