Garden writer, broadcaster, designer and former Hillier Nurseries director Andrew McIndoe has been awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal, one of the highest accolades in the world of horticulture.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) president Sir Nicholas Bacon presented Andy with the Veitch Memorial Medal at the RHS Awards ceremony in London, on Wednesday 22 February, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the practice of horticulture.
Andy said: “I am overwhelmed and delighted to be awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS. During the past forty years, I have had so much pleasure sharing my love of plants and gardens with new and experienced gardeners alike. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to help others on their career path in this wonderful industry and to encourage those that enjoy gardening as a pastime. The RHS is an amazing organisation which brings us all together, and I am honoured to be part of it.”
Andy has had a lifelong fascination with plants. He studied horticulture at Bath University before joining Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres in 1978, working his way up from garden centre manager to be the first managing director from outside the Hillier family. Andy designed 25 Gold medal-winning gardens for Hillier at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in as many years, and has lectured worldwide, written nine gardening books and contributed to countless gardening broadcasts and publications.