The HTA was founded in 1899; an organisation formed by its members, for members. Their main aim, to represent horticultural tradesmen to deal with the issues they faced as an industry, still drives us today. The new organisation enabled united action in matters such as, railway rates, foreign competition, and taxation. When 60 men gathered at Garden Hall in 1899, they could never have known how what they started would grow and adapt.
An important part of our heritage is the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme. It was first proposed in 1937 but not implemented until 1962. Now it’s a scheme that’s increasingly drawing on new technologies to bring even more shoppers into our members’ businesses. But as well as that you’ll see from the dates below that we’ve been providing advice, training and support for decades.