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    • New cool Garden

      New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

      A new Cool Garden designed by Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. The new garden, centred on the use of water, will feature plants with blue, white and pastel coloured flowers complemented by grey foliage. It will provide a calming contrast to the fiery colours of the nearby Hot Garden.   The main theme of the garden is how gardeners can deal with heavy rainfall. Which is a typical occurrence in Devon but also an increasing challenge elsewhere in the UK because of climate change.   It’s the first garden at Rosemoor to be…

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    • Work on £5.8m Grey To Green Phase 2 begins

      Phase 2 of the Grey To Green’ scheme gets under way in Sheffield’s historic Catlegate.   The scheme will also link Castlegate to the under-used Victoria Quays area and transform the almost redundant former inner ring road with sustainable drainage, floral meadows, segregated cycle lanes and public art. It will also significantly improve the approach to the Castle House Kollider/Kommune on Snig Hill.   Contractor North Midland Construction began work after £5.8m funding was confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund. £2.8m of which is Sheffield City Region Local Growth Funding, as well as contributions from Sheffield City Council and  Canal and Rivers Trust.   Fifty-seven new trees…

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    • People's Choice

      RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award winners

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    • Revisiting The M&G Garden

      It’s been one whole week since the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its doors to the press, and what a week it’s been. A bustling show ground, multiple medal celebrations, and even a proposal on one of the show gardens made this year’s event one of the most memorable yet. And without a doubt, one of the highlights for the Pro Landscaper team was Andy Sturgeon picking up Best in Show and his eighth Gold medal for The M&G Garden. One of our features writers, Rachael, was even spotted in the crowd by the BBC watching Andy receive the award.…

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    • Rea Valley

      Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

      Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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    • Chelsea

      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Frankie’s perspective

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    • Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    • anti-slip decking

      Multi-million pound project puts best foot forward with anti-slip decking

      A £140 million shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire, has used Antislip Plus Smooth decking from Marley to provide a durable and effective external anti-slip surface for visitors. Rushden Lakes, at Nene Valley in Northamptonshire offers over 400,000 sq.ft of retail and restaurant accommodation, together with leisure activities which are all set against the backdrop of a lake. Since opening in 2017, the shopping centre and nature reserve has proved increasingly popular, welcoming more than 4.5 million visitors, with an estimated 30,000 people using the bridge at Rushden Lakes each month. The unique project, which comprised a 30-acre development, also…

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    • Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    • Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

      Andy Sturgeon has scooped the title of Best in Show for The M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Celebrating nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden is a vibrantly green and lush environment, featuring a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world. Its dramatic composition offers a variety of textures and designs, with burnt oak timber sculptures slicing through the natural woodland.   A decorated designer, Andy Sturgeon was awarded Best in Show when he last exhibited at the world famous Flower Show with The Daily Telegraph Garden in…

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    • Day two at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

      Today was an exciting day at Chelsea as the medals were awarded to the gardens and the sun shined as the gates opened to the public. Here are a selection of pictures from the day, check back again tomorrow for more Chelsea updates.              

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    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

      BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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    • Back to Nature Garden

      RHS Back to Nature Garden to be donated after Chelsea

      Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre has won a national competition to win the RHS Back to Nature Garden from the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The competition is part of the NHS and RHS partnership to raise awareness of gardening for good mental health.   The news comes as a Mori Poll shows that nearly 80% of people who garden say gardening has a positive impact on their mental health. This year some 23 Trusts entered the competition to try and win the RHS Garden.   The RHS will relocate plants and landscaping from the 2019 RHS Back to…

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    • Growing trend for natural play in garden design

      As the Duchess of Cambridge unveils her RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rachael Austin, Landscape Architect at Austin Design Works in Gloucestershire, talks to Pro Landscaper about outdoor play and child-friendly gardens.  A woodland setting for communities to connect with nature is the inspiration for the RHS Chelsea Back to Nature Garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. Elements include climbing logs, a tree house and stream, with stones to build dams. Established trees and shrubs combine to create a calming garden full of scent and colour. Government research shows children spend an average of…

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    • Jo Thompson celebrates 10 years at Chelsea

      Over the last decade Jo Thompson has established her reputation as one of the UK’s leading landscape and garden designers. During which time she has triumphed at Chelsea: winning four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals, as well as in ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   May 2019 sees her once again at the horticultural helm at Chelsea – this time designing the Wedgwood Garden.   As well as the Wedgwood Garden in the main show ground, Jo’s work can also be seen across the road at Chelsea Barracks. This is in the form of…

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    • BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award

      The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, and the Show Gardens that they’re to build, have been announced.   The two pairs will each create an inspirational front garden designed by Professor David Stevens, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Visitors can see the gardens from 13-16 June at The NEC Birmingham.   The contestants are the young landscapers who took top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals.   Matthew Wood was champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The APL’s ‘Rising Star’ at their Awards in March…

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    • School children to help create a garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

      Disturbed by reports that children now spend less time outside than prisoners, one South London gardener is crowdfunding a campaign to get them off screens and into nature – starting with an innovative show garden built by and shared with local schools.   According to the ‘Play In Balance’ report commissioned by Persil, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates.   In response to this shocking statistic, Seonaid Royall, a parent and the founder of garden design firm Sprout Up, has created…

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    • Brewin Dolphin artists

      Brewin Dolphin reveals artists line-up for Chatsworth feature garden

      Brewin Dolphin has revealed the names of the four renowned artists who will feature on its show garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.   The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will feature prominent Paris-based Armenian ceramicist Gregory Tchalikian (also known as Tzarig), specialist screen printer Hannah McVicar, figurative painter Maeve O’Loughlin, and basket maker and sculptor Maggie Cooper. All four artists are inspired by nature and use the natural world in all its forms to nurture and craft their art.   Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the themes for Brewin Dolphin’s garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower…

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    • Hammersmith Highline

      Overwhelming response to Hammersmith HighLine competition

      Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received for the public ideas competition to generate ideas for a Hammersmith Highline on a disused railway viaduct. The competition has been organised by Hammersmith BID and local architect group West London Link. The competition aims to forge ideas that could transform the 300m elevated stretch of viaduct into an attraction similar to New York City’s High Line. No idea is off the table with the judges looking for schemes that are practical and could be delivered on the site. Which sits between existing railway lines that run adjacent to King Street, as…

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    • Pelargonium

      Pelargonium for Europe to transform The Zetter Townhouse hotel entrance

      Coral coloured Geraniums will transform the iconic entrance of The Zetter Townhouse hotel in Clerkenwell this May as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). The fantasy ‘underwater’ vignette is inspired by ‘Living Coral’ – Pantone Colour of the Year 2019. It will celebrate the longstanding urban popularity of the geranium in this stunning hue.   Geraniums in Coral is co-designed by award-winning garden designers and RHS medallists, Claudia de Yong, and Ian Drummond, creative director of Indoor Garden Design. It will showcase the ubiquitous geranium within a fabulous ‘seascape’ depiction. Over 100 coral geraniums will be incorporated into the installation.…

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    • Thrive

      Garden for Thrive to be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth

      The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden designed for Thrive at RHS Charsworth.   It will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.   Designer Richard Rogers is creating the Reflective Mind Garden. It aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.   Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water and angular blocks. As well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.   Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the…

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    • RHS Cardiff

      RHS medals announced at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the award winners at its first major outdoor event of the year the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019, supported by Brewin Dolphin. Nature’s Takeover was awarded the top title of Best Garden and Best Construction while Andy’s Air Plants was awarded Best in Floral Marquee. First-time designer Diego Carrillo from London teamed up with Smartscape Cardiff to build the Regeneration Garden which received the title after the RHS Judging Panel awarded it a Silver-Guilt medal. In line with the Regeneration Gardens category, Nature’s Takeover illustrates the simple beauty of nature as the space…

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    • RHS Bridgewater Garden

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. It heralds the creation of the RHS’s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020.   The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHS’s 215 year history. The RHS is creating the stunning 154 acre garden by breathing new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned…

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    • Xardin

      Xardin supports new talent at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      This year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show in April will see award winning landscape construction and horticultural specialists, Xardin Garden, launch its programme to support new designers and artists entering the horticulture industry.   The inaugural programme, complete with bursary, enables designer Brent Purtell to create his first show garden called “The Xardin Urban Gallery” . This will showcase his take on urban regeneration for the Royal Horticultural Society. Brent recently qualified at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design after he decided to choose a new career making gardens. Edward Mairis, owner of Xardin said: “We celebrate the achievements of the…

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    • Kate Gould

      The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Designer Kate Gould’s garden for Greenfingers Charity aims to create a stimulating environment for seriously sick children and their families. The plant colour palate is fresh, predominately green and white with flashes of yellow. The hard landscaping and even the plant content had to be thought through very carefully with access for wheelchairs a high priority. This meant nothing spiky on pathways that would scratch limbs or puncture tyres, furniture and sculpture elements have to be comfortable and accessible, stimulating and interactive wherever possible.   The lower pathway is made from expanded mesh which will have lots of lush green…

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