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Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

A show garden representing The Laskett Garden in Herefordshire has been announced as the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. James Madge, manager of The Laskett Garden, called winning the People’s Choice for Best Show Garden “a fantastic end to an exceptional show”. Designed by David Wyndham Lewis and...

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Stihl GB unveils new “state-of-the-art” facility in Surrey

Stihl GB unveils new “state-of-the-art” facility in Surrey

Stihl GB has officially opened its new 11,500m2 facility in Surrey after “outgrowing” its former site. The purpose-built head office and 9,000m2 distribution centre has been in the works since 2015. Dr Nikolas Stihl, chairman of the supervisory board of the Stihl Group, said its completion “marks another milestone in Stihl’s almost 100-year...

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10 things I’ve learned about designing care and dementia gardens

10 things I’ve learned about designing care and dementia gardens

Debbie Carroll is celebrating 10 years since she first set up Step Change Design. The garden designer formed the company with Mark Rendell after they'd carried out research on how to make care home gardens more actively used and were keen to share their findings with the industry. Over the last decade, that learning has only continued. Here,...

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Change to plant imports set to impact landscaping industry

Change to plant imports set to impact landscaping industry

Price hikes are expected as a significant change to how plants are imported comes into effect today. All plants being brought into the UK will now need to do so via a Border Control Post (BCP), the latest stage of the government’s Border Target Operating Model. The BCPs will be replacing the Place of Destination (PoD) system which has been in...

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Plant Healthy announces new director

Plant Healthy announces new director

Malcolm Catlin has been revealed as the new project director for Plant Healthy to oversee the progress of the certification scheme and the Plant Health Management Standard, effective from 29 April. He says that “there is an urgent need to increase the awareness and coverage of Plant Healthy across the board.” Catlin will be working closely with...

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Top 8 Highlights from the first day of the RHS Urban Show

Top 8 Highlights from the first day of the RHS Urban Show

Concrete jungles? Not anymore. There’s a growing eagerness to transform grey city surroundings into green oases bursting with wildlife. Cottoning onto the rising number of urban gardeners, the RHS has launched its first Urban Show, now taking place at Depot Mayfield.   It’s been in the works for a few years and is part of the RHS’ strategy to...

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Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Show manager Lex Falleyn explains how the Royal Horticultural Society’s latest event could help to inspire greener cities.  Overpriced coffee, crowded transport and a lack of parking – these might be true of most cities, but they’re not what’s forcing people to leave them. A recent study by property developer Landsec revealed that a third (33%)...

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Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Nearly two years ago, Manchester opened its first park in the city in more than 100 years. A 6.5-acre derelict brownfield site was transformed into a biodiverse haven as part of a 24-acre multi-use development – and instead of being an afterthought, Mayfield Park was the centrepiece, marking the start of what could become a series of green...

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12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

From appearing on TV shows to creating new outdoor spaces to exhibiting on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the National Trust has a busy year for its gardens and parklands. Here are just 12 of its plans announced for 2024.   A show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Prolific garden designer Ann-Marie Powell has created a...

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Plants are expected to rise in price again this year – here’s why

Plants are expected to rise in price again this year – here’s why

The long-awaited Border Control Posts could lead to significant costs for nurseries and the landscaping trade, many of which are proving impossible to forecast It has been delayed five times, but at the end of the month, the next and most significant stage of the Border Target Operating Model will come into force.  As of 30 April, all plants...

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New equity, diversity and inclusion webinar launching this month

New equity, diversity and inclusion webinar launching this month

A webinar introducing companies to the need to position inclusion at the heart of their approach will be taking place at the end of April and at the start of May. Two identical sessions, hosted by Gamiel Yafai from Diversity Marketplace, will allow people to confidentially give their feedback on their lived experiences as employees within the...

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Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

It’s Michael Lote’s year, with an APL Award and the Matthew Bradley Memorial Cup already under his belt and his first design and build show garden still to come  Against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Malvern Hills, Michael Lote will be returning to build a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this year. He’s already done so twice...

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Peter Donegan wins People’s Choice at Melbourne flower show

Peter Donegan wins People’s Choice at Melbourne flower show

The People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2024 has been awarded to Irish garden designer Peter Donegan. Built by the Melbourne-based landscape contractor Semken Landscaping, which constructed Donegan’s first Gold-medal-winning garden at the show last year, A Moment in Time – Presented by Daisy’s Garden...

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