Janet Manning, a Cranfield alumna will join 60-strong science team based at RHS Garden Wisley. Image:Cranfield University

Scientist to find the best watering products and techniques available

Janet Manning, a Cranfield alumna with extensive experience in water science and engineering roles and a keen interest in domestic gardening, has been selected to join the charity’s 60-strong science team based at RHS Garden Wisley.

In her role, she aims to find the best watering products and techniques available, and to promote their benefits to RHS members, businesses and the wider public.

Commenting on her appointment, Janet said:

“I am looking forward to being in a position to make a significant difference to the success of UK gardeners, and the resilience of our water supplies.

“This role is a fantastic opportunity to use my scientific, water and horticulture training to look for innovative products and management techniques to improve water management within the RHS, domestic gardens and across the landscaping industry.”

Experimental demonstrations will be available 

The first stage of Janet’s research is to conduct a short survey. This will be aimed at domestic gardeners, trained horticulturalists and those with an interest in water resources to understand how engaged people are with how they use water in their gardens.

She also aims to include public opinion by offering experimental demonstrations at RHS Wisley and RHS flower shows.

Professor Ian Holman, Professor of Integrated Land and Water Management at Cranfield University, said:

“We are looking forward to Janet talking on this role, as it will enable Cranfield to translate its long-standing expertise in water management in agriculture and horticulture to the benefit of the RHS and the UK’s gardeners.”