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    • Turkish Delight as flag is raised at its first international award-winning park

      Incilipinar Park in Denizli is the first Turkish park to be awarded the coveted Green Flag Award, joining the very best green spaces across the world. The Green Flag Award is the international mark of a quality green space, judged by green space-expert volunteers, across eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome. Incilipinar Park in Denizli was visited by a team of international judges (including Mike Bent of Bury Council, England and Harry Schrotenboer of Almelo Council, Netherlands) who were impressed by the standards and management of the park.  One of the largest…

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    • Eden Project signs historic agreement involving world’s largest indoor waterfall

      The Eden Project took a major step towards establishing its first overseas attraction on Thursday February 1, during Prime Minister Theresa May’s trade delegation to China. David Harland, Eden Project International Limited chief executive, signed an historic agreement with Zhao Lintao of China Jinmao Holdings Limited, Eden’s partners in the landmark new attraction in the coastal city of Qingdao. Zhao Lintao is general manager of Eden Qingdao. The agreement sets out the terms of the future development of the Eden Project in Qingdao, including design, construction and operation of the attraction. The signing ceremony took place at the British Ambassador’s…

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      Shanghai garden wins AIPH prize at Tangshan Expo

      The garden designed, built and maintained by the Chinese city of Shanghai has won the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) prize for the best garden at the AIPH-approved Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition 2016 in China. The Prize was presented during the Closing Ceremony of this major Expo which has attracted over five million visitors over the last six months. Chairman of the International Honorary Jury and Secretary General of AIPH, Tim Briercliffe, commented on the winning garden saying: “The Shanghai Garden stood out from all the 30 gardens at the Expo. Its brilliant design provided different perspectives at different…

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    • Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs

      Five of the world’s most acclaimed landscape architecture firms just unveiled their visions for a new 13-acre national park in San Francisco! Located between Crissy Field and the historic Presidio, the new Presidio Parkland will replace the area formerly occupied by the elevated Doyle Drive highway. The five creative teams–led by CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, Snøhetta, and West 8 — were asked by the Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service to develop conceptual designs for the New Presidio Parklands Project.  The five landscape architecture firms presented their designs at a…

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    • Young Bristol orchid expert judges world’s best at Johannesburg conference

      Shortly before Dino Zelenika left Bosnia-Herzegovina with his mother 14 years ago, he bought a small flower that would change his life.  Now 23, Mr Zelenika is a leading international authority on orchids and tomorrow flies to Johannesburg for his first World Orchid Conference as a qualified judge after five years of training – and also as a speaker and exhibitor. His mother, Stela, who was leaving Bosnia-Herzegovina after falling in love with an Englishman serving there with the United Nations, had told him that small white flower would, like many orchids, be hard to grow and was unlikely to…

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    • European project culminates in flood alleviation conference

      Floodcom.eu conference will share best practice on flood alleviation. Chelmsford City Council is one of the partners behind the Floodcom.eu conference. Copyright: trevorbenbrook / 123RF Stock Photo Free to attend, the Floodcom.eu flood alleviation conference will take place on Wednesday 24 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Key speakers will cover topics related to climate change, the social impact of flooding, building responses and emergency services responses to flooding. This topical conference is the culmination of a three-year European project involving five partners from four European countries. It is co-funded by INTERREG IV 2 Mers Seas Zeeën programme, Essex County Council, Chelmsford…

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    • Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam strike Gold

      Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam have scooped a global prize at the Singapore Garden Festival – South East Asia’s version of Chelsea Wilson and McWilliam won a Gold medal and Best in Show for their eye-catching nine-metre tall Sacred Grove garden design. Amazingly, the garden, designed to be both spiritual and reflective, was built in the gardens by the bay in just three weeks! Andrew said: “There were top garden designers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and America there, so to win was absolutely fantastic. I heard that 100,000 people had passed through the gates throughout the festival too,…

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    • Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities

      Leading architect behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be sustainable and liveable. The billion-dollar Gardens by the Bay project is built on 101 hectares of land in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. Image: Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates British architect Andrew Grant believes that in order for people living in cities to have a holistic and well-adjusted quality of life, they must have meaningful physical and emotional encounters with nature. This belief is at the heart of the design philosophy adopted by Grant…

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    • Sole UK practice shortlisted for Wynwood, Miami park contest

      Colour picked from more than 230 entries Colour is the only UK practice to be shortlisted for a design competition in Miami. The London and Newcastle-based urban design, masterplanning and landscape architecture studio is one of 11 finalists selected from 238 entries from 23 countries in a contest to design a park for Wynwood, a former Puerto Rican barrio and manufacturing district that has been colonised by artists and creatives. The area is short on green space and the competition, run by developer Metro 1, the American Institute of Architects and non-profit Dawntown, seeks to create a 1,300sq m pocket…

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    • Grant Associates expands presence in Singapore

      Award-winning landscape architects make four appointments to spearhead growth in Asia Grant Associates, the UK landscape architecture firm behind Singapore’s acclaimed Gardens by the Bay, is expanding its presence in Singapore to meet growing demand for its services across Asia and Australia. Four new members of staff have joined Grant Associates’ Singapore office adding international expertise and experience to the existing team led by Carly Lamb, Senior Associate and Aymara Izquiel-Langley, Senior Landscape Architect – both key players in the creation of Gardens by the Bay. The new strategic appointments include: Mike Wood, who joins as Senior Associate following 15 years…

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    • Sydney greens up its wall, roofs and pavements

      The city of Sydney has introduced Australia’s very first green roof and wall policy as part of their Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. They are recognising the benefit of green roofs and walls to improve the city’s air quality, to add insulation to buildings and reduce energy costs and importantly to lower the urban heat island effects. They are so determined to get this program going that they have committed $75 million to the project over the next ten years. They are off to a good start with three projects installed in the city following earlier trials. The three projects also feature…

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    • US Student wins Markham-Colegrave Scholarship to Belgium

      Victoria Turbyfill, a student of University of Florida, US, has been awarded the Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship to enable her to study horticulture in Belgium. The Scholarship, worth $4,500, was presented as a joint award from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF), UK and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), US. The Scholarship, worth $4,500, was presented as a joint award from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF), UK and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), US. Victoria will be completing an International Master’s of Horticultural Science at the University of Bologna, Italy, and would then like to earn a doctoral degree focused on plant…

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    • Vast indoor garden revealed for Singapore Airport redesign

      Singapore’s newly designed airport will feature a futuristic glass and steel dome with a vast indoor garden and a cascading waterfall Rendered images of the future Changi Airport, which was voted the ‘world’s best airport’ earlier this year at the World Airport Awards, have been unveiled by the architect behind the £800m ($1.47m) project. Moshe Safdie, an Israeli/Canadian architect who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Resort, will be behind the airport’s expansion. A giant doughnut-shaped glass and steel dome complex will be built connecting the airport’s existing three terminals via all-glass walkways. The five-storey structure will be built over…

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    • Biber Architects edible vertical garden for the Milan Expo 2015

      Biber Architects breaks ground on USA pavilion with edible vertical garden for the Milan Expo 2015 To showcase the event’s 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will use a hydroponic growing system to feed the various crops. The architects are working with landscape architects to decide on what type of edible fruits and veggies will work on the wall, but it looks like they’re creating a home for even the most fickle crops. A rain water irrigation system will also be installed…

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    • Tuileries garden next to Louvre overrun by rats

      Rubbish left by tourists in the Tuileries garden is blamed for the infestation, which has become a problem even in broad daylight Incredulous passers-by take pictures of rats feasting on discarded food near the undergrowth at Tuileries garden. Photograph: Xavier Francolon/Sipa/Rex It is one of the most famous parks in the world and attracts visitors from far and wide. But now Paris‘s Tuileries garden, next to the Louvre museum, is attracting another kind of visitor in possibly even greater numbers. “It’s horrible, we’re scared of being bitten,” said Audrey Hacherez, a gardener who was weeding a flowerbed on Monday in the…

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    • From Hampton Court to the Sydney Garden Show

      A multi-award winning landscape designer from Melbourne will join the judging panel in an upcoming Sydney Garden Show. Jim Fogarty’s Essence of Australia presented by Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Image: Jim Fogarty A Twitter hashtag that triggered a water pump for a billabong in his landscape exhibit was the stroke of genius that landed Jim Fogarty the Gold medal for Best Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. And now Fogarty, one of Melbourne’s premier landscape designers, will be back Down Under in September assessing the merits of other designers’ landscapes at the Australian Garden Show in Sydney. The multi-award-winning designer…

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    • Climate change: how to create a dry but dazzling garden

      A French plantsman who loves a drought is expanding our plant palette, says Tim Richardson Club Med: the Filippis’ dry garden Photo: Clive Nichols Garden Pictures Apparent changes in the climate, and therefore in our expectations of gardens and the plants we use in them, have led to a growing appreciation of drier-climate or “Mediterranean” plants. Yet many planting gurus in Britain remain locked in the lush embrace of a romantic palette of herbaceous perennials, so suited to our country-gardening traditions. But creative and ambitious gardeners need to look farther afield for inspiration. Their mission: to find intriguing new plants that…

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    • Paul Hervey-Brookes returns to Gardening World Cup

      Designer Paul Hervey-Brookes is set to return to Japan’s answer to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Gardening World Cup for a second garden this autumn Paul who previously won Gold and Best Planting at the 2013 Gardening World Cup held in Nagasaki has been invited to return this year creating a garden which explores the idea of inner peace and sanctuary. Paul who has now made a number of gardens internationally and created his first Main Avenue Garden at Chelsea this year said, “To be invited back for a second year to Gardening World Cup is a huge honour,…

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    • Three landscape architecture students bag travel awards

      The winners will go to to Cuba, USA and Japan Morag MacGregor’s next trip will be to Portland, Oregon In an unprecedented move, three students have been awarded travel grants of up to £750 in the Student Travel Awards 2014 to study aspects of landscape architecture in the United States, Cuba and Japan. The high standards and large number of entries this year saw three recipients stand out amongst the high calibre of entries. This is the first time three recipients will receive the travel grant, instead of two. Morag MacGregor, Alice Claydon, and Isabel Griffiths are this year’s recipients.…

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    • Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears Completion Date

      Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randall’s Islandto the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway, called the Randall’s Island Connector, by 2015. Although there are two pathways leading to the island already, the walkway is part of a larger project that will create a link with the South Bronx Greenway, effectively making it one giant, green connecting path. The planned pathway, first announced in 2006 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be located at 132nd Street on the South Bronx side. Runners…

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    • Design contest announced for Olympicopolis in Stratford

      Cultural and educational quarter planned for Stratford An international design competition has been launched for a major new cultural and educational district in east London dubbed Olympicopolis. The open, two-stage competition, run by Malcolm Reading Consultants and with a jury chaired by Paul Finch, will be launched in September. The hunt is for “an exceptional team” of architects, masterplanners, place makers, engineers and landscape designers. The V&A, UCL, Sadler’s Wells and the University of the Arts London have all committed to building premises in Olympicopolis, on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson,…

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    • Green roofs can help buildings save energy

      Berlin is made up of a patchwork of green roofs, with 8 per cent covered with vegetation Green roofs and walls can reduce building energy bills and boost biodiversity while still being aesthetically pleasing – so why aren’t they more widespread in our cities? Green roofs are not a new idea. The early Pictish inhabitants of Orkney and Shetland, the Inuit in Canada and Greenland, and the Vikings in Norway all embraced green roof technology in the form of sod houses to keep warm (ish) in winter and cool in summer. In 1920s Berlin, the designers of the Ufafabrik technical…

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    • Designers vie for Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

      The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute recently announced the first-ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, in which top designers and architects will propose dynamic structures to be installed in front of the famed Flatiron Building for the 2014 winter holiday season. The winning design will be unveiled in November—in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street—and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming. “This competition will help transform one of the New York City’s most photographed and iconic sites, and we fully expect the winning design…

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    • VIP tour of greatest horticultural expo, China

      This year’s greatest horticultural expo is a main attraction of the International Association of Horticultural Producers’ (AIPH) exclusive VIP tour to China.  Partnered with leading tour operator Wendy Wu Tours, AIPH is offering a week-long excursion, for people from anywhere in the world, with an interest in ornamental horticulture, commercial plant production, gardens and landscapes. Covering 241 hectares and featuring well over 100 gardens, the spectacular International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao, China, provides a global showcase for the world of horticulture and attracts visitors from all over the world. The theme ‘From the earth, for the earth’, is brought to…

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    • Film marks two-year anniversary of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

      Grant Associates, the landscape architect practice responsible for master planning Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, which last month welcomed its 10 millionth visitor, has released a short film showing local children enjoying the recently opened Children’s Garden.   The Far East Organization Children’s Garden provides a one-hectare mix of play experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and topiary pergola arches all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir. The space has been designed ‘to encourage playfulness by giving children the liberty to explore, imagine and create within a garden setting that…

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