Why Brexit may be Good for your (Chinese) Garden


The prospect of Brexit has apparently dampened the enthusiasm of British gardeners to import plants and seeds. Pictured - some Cherry Blossom. Photo Credit - pixabay.

'How many flowers are there in an English country garden?'

Those are the words of a well-known traditional folk song, and the question that they pose may soon have a different answer - 'fewer than there used to be.'

That's because European growers of plants, seeds and seedlings have noticed a decline of orders from the United Kingdom since the vote to leave the European Union in June.

Whilst some of the decline that the European growers have noticed might simply be due to British gardeners sourcing supplies from the UK, there are some specialist materials that are only available from Europe.

One of the key reasons behind that is the fall in the value of the British currency, sterling.

So why might that be good for your garden, if you happen to be reading this article in China? 

The growers in question have been meeting at a trade show, IPM Essen. At the meeting, they discussed targeting the growing Chinese horticultural market as a potential place to sell the products that had previously been shipped to the UK.

Whilst there are countless stunning native varieties of flowers and plants in China, this news could make it easier for Chinese gardeners to get their hands on European plant varieties, at a cheaper cost.

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