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Andy is awarded The Veitch Memorial Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society

Andy McIndoe

 MEDIA RELEASE: 24 February 2017

Award-winning gardening expert, Andrew McIndoe, honoured with Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
·      The Veitch Memorial Medal is awarded by the RHS for outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science or practice of horticulture
·      An outstanding plantsman and former MD of Hillier Nurseries, Andrew McIndoe has designed 25 Gold medal-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
·      Today, Andrew is a busy freelance garden designer, writer, speaker and book author and horticultural consultant
Garden writer, broadcaster, designer and former Hillier Director, Andrew McIndoe, has been awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal, one of the highest accolades in the world of horticulture. Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, presented Andy with the Veitch Memorial Medal at the prestigious RHS Awards ceremony in London, on Wednesday 22 February in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the practice of horticulture.
“I am overwhelmed and delighted to be awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS,” said Andy. “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 the world-famous 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 a staggering 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.
Since stepping down from Hillier in 2015, and now aged 60, life for Andy is busier than ever. He runs a thriving and varied business as a garden designer, book author, radio presenter, garden writer and horticultural consultant, and gives gardening courses, lectures and tours Europe-wide.
Andy is a trustee of Greenfingers, the charity that creates gardens for children’s hospices.  
In the summer months, Andy and his wife, Ros, also welcome groups to their stunning two-acre naturalistic garden at Sandhill Farm at Sherfield English in Hampshire.

Media Contacts       
For further information and images or to interview Andy, please contact:
Liz Anderson, Publicity
Tel: 01952 501594              Mobile: 07976 061092                 Email:

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Foliage to Grow for Cutting

Andy McIndoe

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Here is my list of hardy plants to grow in your garden that will provide excellent foliage to cut for floral decoration.

Plants recommended at Wessex and Jersey Area of NAFAS event – 4th August 2016

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Sarcococca hookeriana var. dignya

Viburnum tinus ‘Spirit’

Choisya ternata

Phillyrea angustifolia

Abelia grandiflora

Sambucus nigra f. laciniata

Symphoricarpos albus

Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’

Hypericum inodorum

Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’

Pittosporum ‘Elizabeth’

Pittosporum ‘Irene Patterson’

Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’

Sorbaria ‘Sem’

Lonicera ‘Baggessen’s Gold’

Calluna vulgaris

Physocarpus ‘Diable d’Or’

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

Rosa glauca

Laurus nobilis

Myrtus communis

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Imperial Gem’

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’

Rosmarinus officinalis

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Castlewellan’

Viburnum davidii

Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’

Phormium ‘Yellow Wave’

Phormium ‘Tricolor’

Mahonia japonica

Leucothoe ‘Scarletta’

Leucothoe ‘Curly Red’

Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’

Skimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’

Erica x darleyensis ‘Springwood White’

Salix integra ‘Melanostachys’

Hosta ‘Hadspen Blue’

Hakenochloa macra ‘Aurea’

Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’

Hosta ‘June’

Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’

Sempervivum var.

Aeonium ‘Schwartzkopf’

Hydrangea ‘Zorro’

Hydrangea ‘Magical Amethyst’

Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincibell Spirit’

Hydrangea paniculata

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’

Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’

Viburnum plicatum ‘Rotundifolium


Book: The Creative Shrub Garden – publisher Timber Press 

Plant Lover's Day and Chelsea Plant Sale at Sandhill Farm 30th May 2016

Andy McIndoe

Sandhill Farm, Newtown road, Sherfield English, Nr Romsey SO51 6JY

Sandhill Farm, Newtown road, Sherfield English, Nr Romsey SO51 6JY

Andy McIndoe is no newcomer to Chelsea Flower Show, having masterminded Gold Medal winning exhibits in the Great Floral Pavilion for the past 25 years. However, this year sees him embark on a new venture at the world's greatest flower show.

Andy and fellow RHS Chelsea Gold medallists, floral designer Pip Bensley and garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes are weaving their collective magic in Jardin Blanc, an exclusive hospitality area at the show. Here guests will be treated to the ultimate day at Chelsea with food by Raymond Blanc, hospitality by Sodexo Prestige in a garden world designed by Banbury Walker, brought to life with plants and flowers by Andy, Pip and Paul.

But what happens to all those wonderful plants after the show? 

They return to Sandhill Farm, Sherfield English, the garden of Ros and Andy McIndoe which has welcomed groups by appointment for several years.

They return to Sandhill Farm, Sherfield English, the garden of Ros and Andy McIndoe which has welcomed groups by appointment for several years.

These plants will be available for sale at a Plant Lover's day on 30th May when Andy, Paul and Pip will be answering gardening questions and helping you to choose plants for your garden.

The Allomorphic speciality curated tea service is making the journey from Paul’s exclusive shop in Stroud to provide refreshments and home- made bites on the day. Come and share your love of plants and gardening and pick a few new treasures for your plot.

 Entrance fees (£3 per person) and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Greenfingers appeal, which is dedicated to providing magical gardens for children's hospices, and to Perennial, the gardeners' own charity. Andy is a trustee of Greenfingers and Paul is a Perennial ambassador, both have worked with the charities for many years.

For further information, please contact Andy McIndoe at Sandhill Farm

 Tel: 07785 242195   Email