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      2018 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park medal winners announced

      The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park medal winners had enormous success in 2018. The top medals were hard battled for, but finally the winners have been announced. Full list below;   Best Show Garden JW Lees: From Hop to Glass Designed by Leon Davis   Best Back to Back Garden Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra Designed by Briony Doubleday   Best Future Spaces The Oasis Garden Designed by Dave Green Gardens   Best Construction Award Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra Foxcroft Landscapes   Gold JW Lees: From Hop to Glass Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra The Flowers of Arley   Silver-gilt The Oasis…

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    • 2018 APL WorldSkills final national heats announced

      Heats having been taking place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscape Gardening competition semi-finals. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Dundee and Angus College, The Gardenmakers, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College and Wiltshire College. We are pleased to announce the 10 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Matthew Aitken, Dundee and Angus…

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      Hampton Court debut draws the crowds for Composite Prime

      Composite Prime’s outdoor decking solutions made a high-profile garden debut in the prestigious surroundings of Hampton Court Palace earlier this month. With the summer heatwave bringing record temperatures – and record crowds – the RHS Flower Show, the world’s largest annual horticultural exhibition, proved the perfect launch pad for Composite Prime’s HD Deck Dual. It featured on the show stand of Northamptonshire summerhouse and garden buildings manufacturer, Scotts of Thrapston, and caught the eye of thousands of visitors, including many professional landscapers and designers. “We were very pleased with the installation – and the fact that our exhibit seemed to…

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    • orchids

      Orchestra of orchids: One of the biggest floral shows at Eden’s Rainforest Biome

      A stunning new display of more than 500 orchids opens in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project Friday 13 July. The Bamboo House in the heart of the biggest rainforest in captivity has been re-modelled and turned into the exotic Orchid House, with a dazzling range of flowers exuding an array of captivating scents. Stars of the show are varieties of moth orchid, also known as Phalaenopsis, which have been installed over the last few days after being nurtured at Eden’s plant nursery. Species have been specially selected to ensure floral displays throughout the year. The new exhibit –…

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    • capel

      Capel Manor College celebrate Silver success for unique exhibits at Hampton Court

      Capel Manor, London’s leading land-based College, are celebrating winning Silver-Gilt and Silver medals for their unique exhibits at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018, both of which are designed and developed by students and staff. The College have partnered with the Metropolitan Police Service for many years and currently have a Secured by Design (SBD) garden on display for the public at their Enfield Centre. SBD, the national police crime prevention initiative, supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes. Capel Manor and the Met Police built on the SBD initiative to showcase a…

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    • photographic

      RHS Photographic Competition to debut winning photographs at RHS London Plant Fair

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) annual Photographic Competition, this year sponsored by The Sunday Times, has announced the winners from each of its nine distinct categories. Photographs will be on display for the first time at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair (10–12 July), and simultaneously at each of the four RHS Gardens (15 August- September). The exhibition will be a celebratory collection of some of the winning images, and shows the visual approach that entrants have undertaken. The team of six judges, deliberated over more than 10,000 entries, choosing 24 participants to be awarded from the overall prize…

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    • summer

      Summer Turf Show returns

      The TGA (Turfgrass Growers Association) Shows are back in the form of the Summer Turf Show, which will place on the 19 July 2018. Tillers Turf, Newark has very kindly offered its turf farm to host the day. Some of the company’s finest turf will be used to showcase machinery, seed and crop protection from companies promoting the latest technologies. The Summer Turf show will take place between 10:30am and 5:00pm and is free to attend for both members and non-members. Tillers Turf is located outside of Lincoln just off the A57, the field address is on Moor Lane, NG23 7AZ…

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      Bowles & Wyer designer competes at RHS Tatton Park for Young Designer of the Year

      Max Harriman, junior designer at landscape company Bowles & Wyer, is one of five new designers who will be exhibiting at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this year as part of the Young Designer Competition, with a garden designed to help city dwellers escape the stresses of urban life. Titled ‘Calm in Chaos’, the garden will use design elements to encourage visitors to slow down and spend more time looking, touching and interacting with the natural environment, in order to reap the restorative benefits of being in a garden. The Young Designers Competition is one of the highlights of…

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    • grange

      Grange Fencing in the limelight at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      Fencing provided by Grange has played a part in earning two prestigious accolades for one of the stunning ‘Show Gardens’ created at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The Tesco ‘Every Little Helps’ garden, designed by Owen Morgan, MD of Mosaic Landscape Design, won not only a Gold Medal, but was awarded the title of ‘Best Constructed Garden’ by judges at the show, held at the NEC. Drawing the eye for visitors, Grange’s fencing from its Contemporary range was used to form two sides of the garden. Ten panels formed a long, straight run of level fencing on one edge,…

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    • provenance

      Hartley Botanic RHS Hampton Court stand taps into provenance and history

      Building on its success at RHS Chelsea, British greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has tapped-into its award-winning provenance and history theme with its tradestand at RHS Hampton Court. Inspired by Hartley Botanic’s own 80th anniversary this year, the historical stand provides a snapshot into the incredible stories and plant hunter origins behind some of our best loved and most familiar plants – a theme that was awarded 5 stars and the director general Linley accolades at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. As at Chelsea, the stand has been designed and planted by RHS winning Lee Burkhill ‘the Garden…

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    • three

      Provender Nurseries supplies three top gardens at Hampton Court

      Provender Nurseries supplies three gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show this year with award winning plants. Two of the three gardens supplied are in categories that are judged while the third is sponsored by the RHS and as such is not judged. Best of Both Worlds built and planted by BALI Go Landscape apprentices, trainees and BALI Go Landscape mentors achieved a Gold medal. Designed by Rosemary Coldstream of Rosemary Coldstream Garden Design and mentored by by BALI Go Landscape Ambassadors, David Dodd and Mark Britton of The Outdoor Room, Jake Catling of The Landscaping Consultants and Anna Butterfield of…

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    • belvoir

      Belvoir Castle opens its gates for new flower show

      Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire will open its gates for the first Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival on 14 and 15 July. Set within the beautiful castle grounds, the event will feature around sixty exhibitors including nine show gardens, along with a wide range of popular nurseries, trade stands and much more. Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to looking after all those who work in horticulture, is the show’s beneficiary charity. The show will be a fantastic day out for anyone that enjoys gardens. Highlights include the Perennial Garden, designed by Chris Gutteridge, which represents a calming place of sanctuary and…

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    • Crocosmia

      Hardys Cottage Garden Plants launch two new Crocosmia at Hampton Court

      Multi-award-winning UK nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, will be setting RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ablaze next week, with two new Crocosmia introductions on their stand FM251. The new Firestars Series of Crocosmia has been developed by Paul Lewis, an amateur plant breeder and hybridiser, specialising in Crocosmia and Gladiolus on the Isle of Wight. Paul has spent the last 25 years breeding new varieties on his allotment and garden. His most notable success to-date has been Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’, which was recently awarded an RHS Award of Merit. Having met Rob and Rosy Hardy, they introduced Paul…

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    • men

      Children with Cancer UK and Mr. Men Little Miss team up for Hampton Court garden

      Children with Cancer UK, the nation’s leading charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer, is collaborating with Mr. Men Little Miss to host a show-stopping garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s largest flower show at Hampton Court Palace on 2-8 July 2018. The garden, ‘The Children with Cancer UK Mr. Happy Mr. Worry Hill’, designed by Reed Studio and built by Blakedown Landscapes, celebrates thirty years of the charity’s work in funding scientific research into childhood cancer. Every day, more than 10 families in the UK get the devastating news that their child has cancer. Over 4,000 children and young…

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      Rosemary Coldstream brings her first show garden to RHS Hampton Court

      Award-winning garden designer Rosemary Coldstream has designed a twofold garden, uniting country and contemporary styles, for her first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Titled ‘Best of Both Worlds’, the garden has been created for an imaginary couple who share a love of gardening but have differing design tastes. Divided into two equal parts, one side displays a more traditional country garden style in a palette of blues, purple and pinks, while the other has a distinctly contemporary feel with a fusion of green foliage and splashes of bold colour. A row of pleached Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus)…

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    • rainforest

      Eden prepares for biggest flower display in rainforest ever

      Orchid mania is set to break out at the Eden Project with a dazzling new exhibit opening in July in the Rainforest Biome. This important new floral display in the Biome will house 500 orchids in the heart of the biggest rainforest in captivity. Stars of the show will be varieties of moth orchid, also known as Phalaenopsis, and currently being nurtured at Eden’s plant nursery, promising a wildly exotic show with a fabulous array of shapes, colours and scents. The new exhibit is being set against the backdrop of a grove of giant bamboos at the site of the…

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    • clean

      Clean Air Day: Calling on plants

      Clean Air Day More topical this year is the fact that 21 June has also been designated as Clean Air Day to raise awareness of our need to address pollution. This year, there has been a rise of concerns over pollution in London streets and schools and it is suspected that similar conditions might be found in other large cities. It is already known that many large cities across the world have these problems. Over the years, London has tried to limit pollution with the congestion charge hoping to discourage drivers going into the centre. There have been calls to…

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    • contractors

      GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July

      GreenBlue Urban announces the launch of the next generation Soil cell solution RootSpace 400. The GreenBlue Urban RootSpace® system is in essence, a soil support system for urban tree planting – designed for maximum uncompacted soil and rooting volume, is utility friendly with economic freight and industry leading strength characteristics. To celebrate the launch, GreenBlue Urban are inviting key contractors to their headquarters in Bodiam, East Sussex on Wednesday 4 July 2018 for a contractors day. Visitors will assist in a trial tree pit to discover first-hand how easy RootSpace is to put together with each stage identified in installing a…

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    • murray

      Murray Landscapes scores at hub South West’s eighth building for growth awards

      Brothers Lee and Marc Murray, of family-run business Murray Landscapes, have come out top at the latest Building for Growth Programme course created by hub South West. hub South West, the construction and infrastructure focused partnership works with local authorities and private sector enterprises in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway to provide state-of-the-art community facilities. Now in its eighth cycle, hub South West’s Building for Growth programme is targeted at ambitious local SMEs looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building upon the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of work. Over 90 delegates from…

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    • rail

      Green-tech returns to exhibit at Rail Live

      Green-tech returned to exhibit at Rail Live 2018 which is being heralded as the biggest and best event yet. Rail Live 2018 which took place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June in Warwickshire was organised by RAIL magazine. It is the largest, most comprehensive outdoor event for rail in the UK. The show has undergone a transformation and unveiled many new developments for 2018 which included live demonstrations from over 400 exhibitors and sponsors. Green-tech are specialists in tree planting, vegetation management, biodiversity and conservation solutions and showcased their gt Green Screens, chemicals, wildflowers and tree planting products. Sales director at Green-tech,…

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      The Posh Shed Company to unveil new ranges at Hampton Court

      Visitors to the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will be among the first to see the new ranges from the Posh Shed Company. The three new options are the “Posh”, “Very Posh” and “Unbelievably Posh” and the show will be their first outing. They have been created to allow customers the freedom to determine exactly how posh they’d like their shed. “Posh” sheds offer the same high standard of design and build quality that is expected of The Posh Shed Company, but are supplied in treated timber and ready for self-installation with comprehensive instructions and all the fixtures included.…

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    • soils

      Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity

      The Arboricultural Association has announced the full line up of 34 speaker sessions for the 52nd National Amenity Conference titled – Soils & Trees – Standing your Ground. The schedule includes 10 prominent international speakers, who will take delegates on narrative journey through soil science and trees, and help us get serious about soils. Soils and their importance have come into focus in recent years and understanding their science is increasingly recognised as critical to improving the establishment and growth of trees, whatever their setting. For professionals involved in the care and cultivation of amenity trees, Arboriculture begins and ends…

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    • world

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live has announced all the winners of its prestigious annual awards, honouring a garden based on the history of the host city, Birmingham, with its highest accolade, a Platinum Award plus Best Show Garden. Designed by Paul Stone, the ‘Made in Birmingham Garden’ features a fully-functional steam locomotive set along a railway embankment, featuring a prize-produce allotment, cut-flower garden and, in a nod to region’s brewery culture, a hops and barley patch. Also in the Show Garden category, the ‘Wyevale Garden Centres’ Solution Garden’ designed by David Stevens scooped a Platinum award. The spectacular garden which was…

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    • veronica

      British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win

      A new Veronica plant which has been bred in Worcester and is being grown in Hereford has this month (June, 2018) been entered in to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show’s New Plant Awards. Wyevale Nurseries has submitted Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ as well as Hydrangea ‘Magical Charlotte’ and Salvia ‘Kisses & Wishes’ to the awards, which take place on June 19 and 20 in Warwickshire. Adam Dunnett, sales & marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ is a local treasure, hailing from Chris Smith of CS Plants in Worcestershire. Chris is a young and…

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      The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

      Jump on board the British Flower Bus as it makes a stop off in Harrogate during the RHS Garden Harlow Carr annual flower show on 22 – 24 June 2018. The 42ft bus is part of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by celebrity floral designer Jonathan Moseley to fly the flag for British-grown cut flowers. ‘Passengers’ will have a chance to get hands-on creating fabulous British floral displays with seasonal favourites. Jonathan will also create three spectacular floral photo frames using fresh cut flowers for visitors to enjoy. The show – now in its third year – is a chance to browse, buy, and pick up…

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