402. Royal Horticultural Society.

402.     Royal Horticultural Society.

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 (originally under the title 'The Horticultural Society of London') and was incorporated by royal charter in 18091. The objects of the society are the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches2. The society holds shows, meetings and lectures. It has established an experimental garden, and maintains a library, conducts trials and investigations. It has instituted a series of examinations and qualifications in horticulture and offers a wide ranging advisory service to all gardeners. The society