Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent, OBE DL has been appointed Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it was announced earlier this week.
The honorary role of Vice President is awarded in recognition of distinguished service and support for the charity’s mission to inspire everyone to grow.
A keen gardener and long-time education champion, Baroness Floella Benjamin was made an RHS Ambassador in 2016 to support the benefits of gardening for young people and communities. Since then she has supported the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Greening Great Britain – a call for the creation of more green spaces – and at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show worked in partnership with Birmingham City Council, creating a gold medal winning garden to highlight the climate change and pollution global emergency. This follows on from her 2018 gold medal winning Windrush Garden.
Rosie Atkins, founding editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine and former director of the Chelsea Physic Garden, was also appointed Vice President at the RHS’ Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25th June, where the society’s 500,000 members were invited to hear more about the achievements of the last year and plans for the future.
Rosie and Baroness Benjamin join 25 other RHS Vice Presidents, including Alan Titchmarsh, Tom Stuart-Smith and Jekka McVicar.
RHS Vice President, Baroness Floella Benjamin said:
“To be appointed RHS Vice President means so much to me. My love of gardening and plants came from my mother and if she could have seen her daughter achieve this role it would have soared her heart, that’s why I am dedicating this moment to her.”