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Booking opens and first speakers announced for Horticulture, The Conference: Growing a Greener Future

19 July 2023

A host of experts are set to examine the importance of horticulture in sustainable development and the green agenda at the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) annual conference, sponsored by Glee on 5 October 2023 at the ICC in Birmingham. 

One of this year’s keynote speakers is award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde. Highly creative, innovative and not afraid to push the boundaries, he recently got married at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the garden he designed, the RHS & Eastern Eye Garden of Unity, the first-ever wedding to take place at the event. Manoj is an RHS Judge and their first ambassador for diversity and inclusivity and will share his insights on upcoming gardening trends. 

Manoj said, “I am beyond excited to have been invited as a keynote speaker at the HTA Conference 2023. What an incredible honour.” 

Widely known in the world of horticulture for his high energy and enthusiasm, plant expert, TV presenter and podcaster Michael Perry (better known as Mr Plant Geek) will be a lively and engaging host throughout the conference.  

Michael said, “I’m very honoured to be hosting the upcoming HTA event, which will be packed with knowledge, focussed discussion, and tonnes of inspiration- and we really hope to give attendees some clear take-homes for their work within the industry. It should be an excellent day, I cannot wait!” 

Horticulture, The Conference will explore key areas in which the sector is coming together to grow a greener future, including urban green spaces, sustainability, the value of plants and careers in horticulture. A full programme and guest speakers will be announced during the coming weeks. 

The conference provides a platform for delegates to network with industry peers, discuss key issues and innovations, and look at ways of working together as well as other opportunities. There will be a dinner for additional networking opportunities at which the 2023 Ornamental Grower of the Year Award will be presented. 

Horticulture, The Conference takes place at The International Convention Centre, Birmingham. For more information and to book your place, visit: