Garden Centre Association (GCA) chairman, Tammy Woodhouse, said: “Everyone at the GCA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former inspector, Ian Boardman.
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Ian when he was as an inspector for us, and he was instrumental in improving our inspection process. He was a huge part of the horticultural industry, with a fantastic knowledge, which he shared with many of our members.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Ian’s wife, Sylvie, and the rest of his family at this very sad time.”
The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide.
Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.
For further information, please visit www.gca.org.uk.