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Jul 29, 2021

Online sales doubled during the pandemic says owner Chris Smith, but changes in regulations are making some imports, such as seed potatoes, onion sets and garlic from France and Holland, impossible and could lead to significant pressures come the autumn.

Shifting demographics of nursery owners and customers mean horticultural shows could decline as the market shifts from face-to-face to mail order and nurseries cater for newer gardeners, who want instant results and minimal work, favouring salads, soft fruit and perennials, he says.

But the veteran grower is enthusiastic about the 'Ten Tomatoes That Changed The World' display planned for this year's autumn Chelsea Flower show and he picks a formidable 'Desert Island Plant'.