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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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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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Crocus bids farewell to the Chelsea Flower Show

Crocus bids farewell to the Chelsea Flower Show

Long standing supplier and landscaper for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Crocus, has today announced to Gardens Illustrated that it will be stepping back after this year’s upcoming show. Since its founding in 2000 by Mark Fane and Peter Clay, Crocus has been a staple at Chelsea, supplying plants and building gardens for the last 22 shows. Fane...

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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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RHS announces new sustainability award at Chelsea

RHS announces new sustainability award at Chelsea

In an effort to recognise the environmental ingenuity of its gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is introducing a new sustainability focused award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ‘The Environmental Innovation Award’ looks to celebrate “the examples of excellence in progressive environmental ingenuity” on display at the show,...

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Yorkshire garden design company celebrates 20 years in business

Yorkshire garden design company celebrates 20 years in business

Award-winning Yorkshire based garden design company, Bestall & Co celebrates its 20th anniversary with founder, Lee Bestall, reflecting on the journey. Bestall, who is also a member of BALI and chairman of the Yorkshire and North East region for the organisation, wrote on LinkedIn today: “20 years ago today was my first day in business. I...

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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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RHS awards the highest honours in horticulture

RHS awards the highest honours in horticulture

The highest honours in horticulture, the Victoria Medal of Honour and the Elizbeth Medal of Honour has been awarded to six recipients by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). as part of the RHS People Awards. At an award ceremony held at Lindley Hall, London, Chris Lane and Neil Lucas received the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour and Rosie Atkins,...

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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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Augmented reality garden wins gold at Shenzhen Flower Show

Augmented reality garden wins gold at Shenzhen Flower Show

The highest award available at the GBA Shenzhen Flower Show, the Grand Gold Award, has been presented to Jo Thompson for her augmented reality (AR) garden.  Thompson’s I Live with Nature garden features an “intricate brick pavilion” at its centre, created using AR, thanks to a collaboration with Princeton University’s Form Finding Lab and...

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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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Manoj Malde publishes new book to help people design their own gardens

Manoj Malde publishes new book to help people design their own gardens

Award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde has published his first book, Your Outdoor Room: How to Design a Garden You Can Live In.  Launching today, the how-to guide breaks down the process of designing a garden to help readers undertake the process themselves.  It includes how to source inspiration for the design, put together planting plans and...

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The RHS teams up with The One Show to launch Pocket Garden Makeover

The RHS teams up with The One Show to launch Pocket Garden Makeover

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is teaming up with the BBC’s The One Show to launch Pocket Garden Makeover, highlighting the potential impact even the smallest of spaces can have. The winner will have the opportunity to have their small outdoor space, be it a courtyard or balcony, transformed by a team of landscapers up to the value of £5k....

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Provender Nurseries expands sales team to meet growing demand

Provender Nurseries expands sales team to meet growing demand

The sales team at Provender Nurseries has welcomed four new members in an effort to keep up with increasing sales demand. James Robson joins the team at Provender from running his own garden maintenance business, he says he enjoys “being surrounded by interesting plants and a supportive team everyday.” Already a part of the wider Provender team...

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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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The Garden Company’s James Scott to run half marathon for charity

The Garden Company’s James Scott to run half marathon for charity

James Scott is taking on the London Landmarks Half Marathon with his two daughters to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. The managing director of The Garden Company – which was recently shortlisted for a Pro Landscaper Business Award – will be running the 13.1-mile event with 19-year-old Sophie and 17-year-old Lucy after his mother passed away...

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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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Pro Landscaper announces shortlist for Business Awards 2024

Pro Landscaper announces shortlist for Business Awards 2024

The shortlist has been revealed for this year’s Pro Landscaper Business Awards in association with Caribbean Blinds. Looking beyond individual projects, the awards have recognised over 200 organisations within the UK’s landscaping industry since launching back in 2018. “It’s been another record year for entries, and what’s been really good to see...

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