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Horticultural Researcher Recognised
by Erin O’Connor
November 28, 2011

Lionel Smith was awarded the 2011 Marsh Horticultural Science Award today at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) John McLeod Annual Lecture in recognition of his novel work on development of ‘flowering lawns’.

The Marsh Horticultural Science Award was set up to encourage new postgraduate scientists to develop careers in horticultural science. It is focused on developing new talent and RHS-sponsored PhD students, in their second year of research, are eligible to apply for this £1,000 Award. The Award is sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust.

“We are really pleased to be involved with this Award, which complements perfectly our own efforts to develop the horticultural scientists of tomorrow,” says Roger Williams, Head of RHS Science. “And I am particularly happy that Lionel’s work has been recognised in this way. Through his research work, Lionel is taking a radical look at what we grow in our lawns with the aim of providing more colourful, wildlife-friendly and less intensively managed when compared to the conventional lawn.”

Lionel Smith, who has been studying for a PhD at the University of Reading since 2010, said: “I am so pleased to receive this award. There was some strong competition I believe so it is good that my work is being recognised like this. I feel that flowering lawns will be an exciting option for gardeners in the future and this award will really help me to develop my research work and spread the word.”

The Award was presented to Lionel by Mr Brian Marsh. “We set up this award in partnership with the RHS because we were concerned that too few bright scientists were choosing a career in horticultural science,” he said. “Hopefully the award in a small way will help raise the profile of this important discipline and encourage more new scientists to aim for a career in horticultural science.”

Marsh Horticultural Science Award:

This Award is administered by the RHS on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust. Students have to demonstrate outstanding progress in their first year of their PhD research. The purpose of the Award is to encourage new postgraduate scientists to develop successful careers in horticultural science by recognising talent and rewarding this with support for professional development.

About the RHS

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RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Members enjoy free days out at more than 80 gardens. Membership is £49 for a year. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/gift RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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