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9 top tips for balcony gardens according to Chelsea designers

9 top tips for balcony gardens according to Chelsea designers

Designed to showcase how size needn’t be an issue when it comes to creating a usable outdoor space, the Balcony and Container Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show aim to inspire urban dwellers who might have limited access to a garden.  Within the confines of a 5m x 2m space, designers will use a variety of planting schemes and techniques to...

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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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How can we protect soil to maximise carbon sequestration?

How can we protect soil to maximise carbon sequestration?

Garden designer Rachel Bailey shares how the landscaping industry can play its part in protecting one of its unsung heroes - soil. From working with the existing soil on site to avoiding compaction, there's plenty that can be done to ensure that soil is able to provide its wealth of benefits, including an incredible ability to sequester carbon....

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Discover the Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery

Discover the Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery

When garden designer Miria Harris suffered a stroke in 2019, this was only the beginning of her battle for survival. Left with the inability to speak or form words, Harris was scared that she was losing her mind; but despite a relatively quick return to her normal state, it was the stroke that led to the discovery of the hole in her heart that...

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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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Hiding beneath the mask, build an understanding of autism with Chelsea’s National Autistic Society Garden

Hiding beneath the mask, build an understanding of autism with Chelsea’s National Autistic Society Garden

Offering the industry an opportunity to break new ground as designers, landscapers, and architects – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show presents the enjoyment of the creative freedoms that are involved in making a show garden whilst also affording a chance to challenge the industry’s traditions and to push for innovation in sustainable design.  And with...

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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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Designing a show garden for relocation

Designing a show garden for relocation

Designed initially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, the Talitha Arts Garden is a celebration of the creative arts, uniting sculpture, performance, and plants and their therapeutic power to restore the lives of those who have suffered trauma.  Designed “backwards”, Joe and Laura Carey of Carey Garden Design Studio, based their ideas and...

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30 Under 30 – A catch up with Laura McArthur

30 Under 30 – A catch up with Laura McArthur

With many goals and aspirations that she's eager to achieve within her horticultural career, Laura McArthur was aware of the challenges she would face. At the time, working alongside others who had previously been awarded the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30 award, McArthur says it was encouraging to see the difference it had made in their careers and...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Dan Cornwell

Little Interviews Expanded – Dan Cornwell

Launched at FutureScape 2023, the Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards highlight the future of landscaping. These awards are on a mission to showcase the most important innovation and initiatives across the UK landscaping sector, from design, to construction, to product supply and manufacturing. We look for great stories of...

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What it means to be B Corp certified for Austin Design Works Ltd

What it means to be B Corp certified for Austin Design Works Ltd

It’s been a “journey of discovery,” says Rachael Emous-Austin, co-director of Austin Design Works Ltd with her brother Matthew Austin. The architecture and landscape architecture design studio, based in the heart of the Cotswolds , recently achieved the highly sought after B Corp status, awarded to those who ‘balance profit with people and the...

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How to create gardens for wildlife

How to create gardens for wildlife

Studies show that the rate at which once-common British species of wildlife are facing extinction. Over a third (41%) of UK species have declined since 1970. The number of hedgehogs alone has fallen by a staggering 95% since 1950. However, with 87% of households across the UK having some form of garden space, domestic garden design can play a...

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Top 5 tips to get the most out of this landscaping season

Top 5 tips to get the most out of this landscaping season

Ahead of this year's landscaping season, UK landscape supplier Talasey says preparation is “more important than ever.” National sales manager, Peter O’Loughlin says that the feedback from its merchant customers and landscapers suggest that 2024 could be a year of “solid performance” for those businesses that are prepared. “The fact remains that...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Leila Fuerst

Little Interviews Expanded – Leila Fuerst

Launched at FutureScape 2023, the Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards highlight the future of landscaping. These awards are on a mission to showcase the most important innovation and initiatives across the UK landscaping sector, from design, to construction, to product supply and manufacturing. We look for great stories of...

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Japanese inspired show garden influenced by the personal experiences of those living with muscle-weakening conditions

Japanese inspired show garden influenced by the personal experiences of those living with muscle-weakening conditions

Garden designer Ula Maria will make her RHS Chelsea debut this year after previously winning RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2017, with an ancient Japanese inspired garden, helping raise awareness for Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) and those affected by muscle-weakening conditions. “I remember leaving the initial conversation with the team at...

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Top 7 takeaways from the Paving for Homes and Gardens Seminar

Top 7 takeaways from the Paving for Homes and Gardens Seminar

Following the launch of their new book Paving in Homes & Gardens: An A-Z of Paving & Associated Works, experts Alan Sargent and Gareth Wilson have been hosting a series of one-day workshop seminars. We visited the most recent, held yesterday at Brinsbury College, and here are the top seven takeways from the day: 1 Ensure you have a “works...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Mark Latchford

Little Interviews Expanded – Mark Latchford

Launched at FutureScape 2023, the Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards highlight the future of landscaping. These awards are on a mission to showcase the most important innovation and initiatives across the UK landscaping sector, from design, to construction, to product supply and manufacturing. We look for great stories of...

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Meet the women behind the Young People in Horticulture Association

Meet the women behind the Young People in Horticulture Association

It’s hard to believe that five years ago, the Young People in Horticulture Association (YPHA) didn’t exist. But since it was first founded at the start of 2020, it has grown to more than 800 members – that's hundreds in the horticulture industry who have joined a community of like-minded people.   And that’s exactly what Mollie Higginson and...

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5 things I wish I’d known when I became a garden designer

5 things I wish I’d known when I became a garden designer

Emma Tipping shares her experiences from starting out as a self-employed garden designer and what she wishes she'd known when she first embarked on her career. Last year I decided to take the plunge and become a freelance garden designer. I’d spent several years beforehand working as a gardener and had most recently been looking after a formal...

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Top 7 books on gardening for World Book Day

Top 7 books on gardening for World Book Day

Whether you’re an aspiring green-thumb looking for a way to expand your gardening knowledge, or an experienced nature-based professional looking for inspiration for your next design. Maybe you work in the horticulture sector, in a non-nature facing role and want to explore the realm of greenery further, we’re here to help. In honor of World Book...

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