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      RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own

      The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be bringing a festival of food and flowers from 2-8 July with gardens to highlight simple and easy ways to grow fresh food at home. The RHS is joining forces with one of the UK’s best loved chefs and champion of home grown produce, Raymond Blanc OBE, to bring his famous gardening school from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden will be packed with ‘grow your own’ inspiration and ideas to encourage people of all ages to get growing no matter how big…

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    • supply

      Preview: National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show

      In a season that has been challenging it appears that plant sales are holding up which is great news for the HTA National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show which take place next week (19 and 20 June) at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. With over 140 companies represented across the two shows (198 stands) is it the place to visit for all your plant needs. The National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, brings together plant producers from across the UK, providing an unprecedented opportunity to view the very best plants from the UK supply chain. As ever there is a…

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    • leadership

      Brian Herbert on the BALI Leadership in Action Development Course

      This week, Pro Landscaper sits with Brian Herbert of Outdoor Options to find out about the new BALI South Thames Leadership in Action Development Course, targeted towards business owners and project managers within the landscaping industry. What inspired you to set up this course? “A lot of supervisors, managers and directors in our industry started out at site level, with most of their training and acquired skills relating to specific disciplines,” Brian explains. “We at BALI wanted to offer a training facility to help develop individual supervision and management skills as their duties expand into leadership roles.” Brian continues: “Creating…

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      HTA National Plant Show exhibitors all sign up to responsible sourcing statement

      All nursery exhibitors to the HTA National Plant Show, that takes place on 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, have signed up to the industry responsible sourcing statement demonstrating their commitment to plant health and biosecurity. Commenting on this HTA president Adam Taylor said: “Plant health is fundamental to our industry and the 100 percent commitment from our exhibitors to demonstrate this is clear. It has never been more important to ensure that we have traceability for the plants that we sell and that businesses follow best practice.” Further support will be available at the show with…

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    • blind

      National Blind Institute to exhibit at Hampton Court for 150th anniversary

      The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) will be exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer to coincide with the charity’s 150th anniversary. Taking place from 2-8 July, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is one of the highlights in the horticultural calendar. RNIB’s Community Garden is co-designed by Steve Dimmock, who won Best City Garden and a Silver-Gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2016, and Paula Holland. The garden has been designed with the input of blind and partially sighted people and will celebrate the community of more…

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    • students

      BALI GoLandscape flies the flag for students with RHS Hampton Court show garden

      The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BALI Registered members to design and build a show garden, with support from horticulture and landscape students, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 3 to 8 July. BALI, through its education and careers initiative GoLandscape, is once again working alongside the RHS to fly the proverbial flag to promote both students studying horticulture and landscape courses and those undertaking work-based apprenticeships to the tens of thousands of visitors who will visit the show this July. Students studying from the South of England…

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    • chemical

      Training the Trainer Chemical workshop to be held at BALI head office

      Following the success of their Chemical Workshop – training the trainer; held in May in North Yorkshire; Green-tech has announced that the next workshop will be held at BALI Head office in Stoneleigh, Coventry on 26 July from 9am-3pm. Training and workshops will be delivered throughout the morning by ICL, Belchim, Vale Engineering, Monsanto and Amenity Forum and will cover topics such as sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, choosing the correct chemical for the application, the future of glyphosate and alternative options; and policy changes and updates to license requirements. This is a free event that includes lunch and provides a…

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    • hay

      Yorkshire Hay Time garden wins Silver at Chatsworth

      Yorkshireman Chris Myers has won a silver medal with his show garden, Hay Time in the Dales, at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The garden is a picture-postcard representation of life in the Yorkshire Dales, with a small converted barn and cottage garden, as well as some of the area’s fantastic wildlife habitats, including a mini broadleaved woodland planted with species typical of the Dales, dry stone walls complete with mosses, lichens and sheltered nooks and crannies, and a traditional hay meadow full of native wildflowers. Creations & Installations helped Chris to build the garden, which is sponsored by…

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    • celebration

      Journey through Thrive’s Garden of Celebration

      Thrive is returning to BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham for the third year running. The ‘Garden of Celebration’ has been designed by staff and volunteers from Thrive in association with Regency School whose students attend the charity’s Grow and Learn programme in Kings Heath Park, Birmingham. In designing this garden, the students have given a huge amount of thought to the use of space, with particular regard to the therapeutic aspects of horticulture, using plants to improve physical and mental health and communication and thinking skills. The wonderful horticultural therapy journey begins with the roots. The…

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    • saltex

      SALTEX 2018 visitor registration now open

      Event organisers have announced that visitor registration for SALTEX 2018 is now officially open at www.iogsaltex.com. SALTEX 2018, Europe’s largest annual event for groundscare professionals, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 31 October and 1 November and visitors can now register their attendance for free via the newly-designed website. The new website has been built to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing both visitors and exhibitors to access all the information they need in preparation for SALTEX 2018. The site is compatible with many browsers and all mobile devices meaning that visitors and…

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    • bar

      Landform announces Garden Bar for Hampton Court

      Landform is delighted to announce that designer, Rhiannon Williams has been selected to build The Landform Garden Bar at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  Rhiannon, who was awarded a Silver-Gilt and People’s Choice for her Urban Rain Garden at last year’s show, designed this garden with a couple in mind, offering a refreshing take on outdoor entertaining and dining. It embraces a contemporary summer al fresco lifestyle and brings the inside out, using the garden as an extension of the home. The space offers a serene oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of urban living…

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    • chatsworth

      10 amazing things seen at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

      At a lot of shows, its hard to prioritise and get to see every essential garden, exhibitor or feature. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 amazing things seen at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. 1. Zoom in on an insect’s view inside suspended vibrating virtual reality pods inside Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory. 2. Be wowed by the largest ever collection of stunning moth orchids by celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley. 3. Get swept up in a sinuous river of 12,000 cosmos flowing in front of the magnificent Chatsworth House in a beautiful display that picks up on the show’s theme of movement. 4.…

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    • categories

      Landscape Institute announce new categories and application process

      The #LIAwards2018 team has announced a number of exciting changes to this year’s Awards. This year, two new categories have been added. One is the first to be open to individuals and organisations globally. The other will showcase the industry’s most innovative and beautiful horticulture projects. In addition, the awards submissions process has been simplified. In line with LI‘s ‘digital first’ strategy, the process has been moved mostly online. This is believed to make entering the awards easier, particularly for smaller practices. The new awards website will go live on Monday 4 June. The registration and submissions windows will open…

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    • grant

      Grant Associates showcases 20 years of collaborative design with London exhibition

      Grant Associates is to showcase 20 years of collaborative design work with an exhibition at architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ West London base, 4 to 29 June 2018. Collaborative by Nature will be open to the public and feature a selection of projects presented by Grant Associates in partnership with Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) and communication design agency Thomas Matthews. The three design studios have collaborated on a range of projects inspired by nature, ecology and conservation ever since they worked together on The Earth Centre in Doncaster in 1997 – the year in which Andrew Grant founded Grant…

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    • botanic

      Hartley Botanic scoops 5-stars and Director General’s Tradestand accolade

      Lancashire-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has this year been awarded both the 5 Star award and the Director General’s tradestand award for its ‘provenance and history’ themed tradestand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The stand, which has been designed and planted by RHS winning Lee Burkhill ‘the Garden Ninja,’ with landscaping by award winning G.K. Wilson landscape services, provides a historical snapshot into the incredible stories and plant hunter origins behind some of our best loved and most familiar plants, celebrating the fearless work of ‘orchid hunters’, the passion and ambition of Victorian plant collectors and…

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    • covent

      Covent Garden blooms for Chelsea Fringe

      A floral installation created by Capco Covent Garden in Covent Garden’s East Piazza as part of Chelsea Fringe 2018 is raising awareness of Perennial, the charity dedicated to helping everyone in the horticulture industry when they are facing tough times. The installation titled ‘Moments of Reflection’ will be located on Covent Garden’s East Piazza from 19 – 27 May. It features living walls that are a planted with 20 different species of flowers including foxgloves, wallflowers, geraniums, petunias, lobelias and more, in an assortment of vibrant summer colours. Incorporating two large mirrors, visitors are invited to pause for a floral selfie and spare a moment or two to reflect on all those who keep Britain beautiful.…

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    • rhs

      Special RHS Chelsea award winners revealed

      The medals have been awarded, and now its time to celebrate the phenomenal, one-of-a-kind achievements from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Full award list below: Best Show Garden The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Designed by Chris Beardshaw   Best Construction Award Welcome to Yorkshire Built by Landform Consultants   Best Space to Grow Garden Urban Flow Garden Designed by Tony Woods   Best Artisan Garden O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – The Hospitality Garden Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara   The Diamond Jubilee Award Southfield Nurseries   The President’s Award Ashwood Nurseries   RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018…

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    • escape

      Celebrating the benefits of plants with The Great Escape industry exhibit

      ‘The Great Escape’, the garden industry exhibit spearheaded by the HTA at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, highlights some of the ways in which people of all ages enjoy their outdoor space – for relaxing, growing, playing, engaging with nature with supporting information about the benefits that this brings. Designed by horticulturalist and broadcaster Chris Collins and built by JWL Landscapes, ‘The Great Escape’ highlights the benefits of being outside and different ways to enjoy your garden. The garden is into four zones – The Orb Den, the Urban Garden, the Outdoor Gym and the Summerhouse. It shows the real…

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    • timotay

      Timotay Landscapes shortlisted for APL Avenue Show Garden competition

      Timotay Landscapes is on the shortlist to compete in this year’s APL Avenue Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Each of the contenders have been tasked with creating an inspirational, aspirational but relatable garden at the show, which is held at the NEC in Birmingham this June. Timotay Landscapes’ designer, Robyn Brookes, is hoping to win the prestigious prize with her garden aimed at young families, extending their living space through to the garden. Featuring an outdoor cinema, pizza oven and a canopied play platform, the space is designed to be entertaining for the whole family. Tim Ellwood,…

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      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Lisa’s first blog, but not her first Chelsea

      So, firstly, this is my first ever blog – under duress from the team I have been asked to record my thoughts on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, so please excuse me if I’ve got it all wrong! This is mine and Jim’s 8th RHS Chelsea visit and every year delights us in a different way. We were slightly later arriving at the showground on press day and arriving just before noon the place felt very serene and calm, not at all what I’d expected. For us it’s as much about the people as the beautiful gardens and we were…

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      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Max’s outlook

      To start with, the atmosphere was incredible with excited chatter everywhere and designers twitching with enthusiasm to explain the intricacies of their gardens and their outlook on this year’s show. Specific gardens that stood out to myself included the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants for its rugged style that contrasted nicely to the other show gardens. Another design I particularly appreciated was the RHS Feel Good Garden by Matt Keightley, highlighting the impact that gardens can have on mental and physical health. I see this as a wonderful way to raise awareness of the…

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      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Abbie’s first experience

      My first experience of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was amazing, I adored every second of it! From stepping out of the underground station at Sloane Square, I was immediately excited by the way the surrounding area got involved with the show, with shops fronts adorning beautiful flower displays – I wish London was always blooming like that! It was lovely that the sun was shining for my first Chelsea experience, and it was wonderful seeing all the gardens in person after really getting to know them, and the meaning behind them, whilst putting together the Pro Landscaper Chelsea Supplement.…

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    • greatsoils

      GREATsoils event hailed a success by attendees

      One of the UK’s leading plant nurseries on 16 May 2018 helped to host an event dedicated to good soil management practice, GREATsoils. Wyevale Nurseries alongside Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and ADAS hosted a GREATsoils (Growing Resilient, Efficient and Thriving Soils) event for growers focusing on soil management and precision farming in hardy nursery stock. Ray Jenkins, transplant division director at Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, explained: “Soil is one of the most important assets a grower has. GREATsoils is a programme funded by AHDB Horticulture to inspire and support growers to assess and manage the health…

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    • chelsea

      See who took home the medals at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

      The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 was a storming success, with landscaping’s finest displaying their efforts. The results are in, and below are the winners of this year’s medals;   Show Garden Awards Gold The M&G Garden The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC The Wedgwood Garden The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden Silver-Gilt The LG Eco-City Garden The Lemon Tree Trust Garden The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall Bronze Creativesal: Wuhan Water Garden, China The David Harber and Savills Garden   Space to Grow Garden Awards Gold The New West End Garden…

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    • tractors

      John Deere show garden celebrating 100 years of tractors

      The garden features a striking circular sculpture of 100 golden tractors and the planting mixes meadow and monoculture planting styles. A charred oak backdrop and circular seating suggest farm buildings dotted across the pastoral landscape. The garden reflects the atmosphere of walking through the countryside, where nature looks on as tractors cultivate the fields. The planting depicts the landscape’s natural beauty through a combination of native and non-native flowering grasses and wildflowers. Around 2000 individual plants include Calamagrostis Karl Foerster planted en masse to mimic fields of crops, while Papaver cambricum and ferns portray John Deere’s green and yellow corporate…

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