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  • Photo of VIP tour of greatest horticultural expo, China

    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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  • Photo of Cronulla design competition – ideas to shape seaside suburb’s future

    Cronulla design competition – ideas to shape seaside suburb’s future

    A design competition has been announced to generate ideas to revitalise the centre of the iconic Sydney seaside suburb of Cronulla. The ideas generated through the competition will form part of Sutherland Shire’s long term planning process for the future of the suburb, and will help establish a program of capital works and other strategic initiatives. The central focus of the competition is the famous pedestrian plaza, designed by Philip Cox and completed in 1989. Key features are its tiled pavement, pavilion, clock tower, kiosks and canopied outdoor eating areas, together with formal plantings of palms and shade trees. The…

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  • Photo of Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer island garden opens to the public

    Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer island garden opens to the public

    Threads of planting will feature a structural element of grasses supporting the main selection of blue and yellow flowering perennials A garden created on an island by UK garden designers Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer has opened to the public as part of the Amiens ‘Art, Cities and Landscapes’ festival in Northern France. Unlike other gardens in the festival this will become a permanent feature for future shows. Director of Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer, Dan Bowyer said “The garden is inspired by local history and industry. The Romans first encouraged the development of fabric and the growing of woad in the area…

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  • Photo of Twin putrid corpse flowers causing a blooming stink

    Twin putrid corpse flowers causing a blooming stink

    The blossoming of twin corpse flowers, whose towering, phallic-shaped blooms reek of rotten flesh, is drawing tourists like flies to what experts are calling a lunar eclipse of the botany world.  It is unusual to see one of these endangered titans bloom in its native Indonesia, much less in captivity, and two are putting on a show within days of each other at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. The creamy yellow flower – actually a stalk called an inflorescence containing thousands of flowers – extends up to 10 feet (3 meters) and emits a stench like decomposing flesh…

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  • Photo of From landfill to public green space in Tel Aviv

    From landfill to public green space in Tel Aviv

    Are ugly industrial wastelands a fact of modern life? Peter Latz doesn’t think so. The German landscape architect’s newest project will convert a Tel Aviv landfill into a gigantic public green space. Standing before the gates of Tel Aviv is a 60-meter-tall (200-foot-tall), flat-topped hill with a churning, fermenting interior. For decades, garbage from throughout Israel was piled here. Finally, the land could take no more: The smell became intolerable, and the risk too high that winter floods could sweep the poisonous brew into water supplies. Hiryia, as the dump was called, was closed. But the mountain of trash stayed…

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  • Photo of From “The Landscape Imagination” – James Corner on the High Line

    From “The Landscape Imagination” – James Corner on the High Line

    The following is an excerpt from The Landscape Imagination: The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010 by James Corner. In this passage, Corner discusses the work of John Dixon Hunt, and the qualities of Hunt’s work that he seeks to incorporate into his own (including his firm’s – James Corner Field Operations – redesign of the New York High Line). Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s, included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape, together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York’s celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is…

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  • Photo of World’s Largest Vertical Garden Sets Record

    World’s Largest Vertical Garden Sets Record

    CDL’s Tree House in Singapore just set a new Guinness World Record with the world’s largest vertical garden. The building’s green wall measures 24,638.59 square feet and is expected to save more than $500,000 in energy and water costs annually. Located in a quiet corner of Singapore’s District 23, Tree House is a 24-storey condo building that boasts the world’s largest vertical garden and features state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and elements such as heat-reducing windows and motion sensors that automatically activate lights. The vertical garden will reduce the estate’s carbon footprint by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air. The green exterior wall…

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  • Photo of Grant Associates wins competition for Vietnamese-German University

    Grant Associates wins competition for Vietnamese-German University

    Grant Associates to design landscape for new Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province British landscape architecture firm Grant Associates working with Boston architects Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc. have won an international competition to design the Vietnamese-German University Campus in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. This is a unique collaboration between the World Bank, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training and the German Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art that aims to develop an internationally accredited higher education program for research and advancement for Vietnamese students and to build a campus for the new university. Machado and Silvetti Associates…

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  • Photo of World’s Tallest Living Wall Features 15 Stories Of Vertical Gardening

    World’s Tallest Living Wall Features 15 Stories Of Vertical Gardening

    Green over Grey, a wonderfully monikered vertical garden design firm headquartered out of Vancouver, B.C., has unveiled what it is heralding as the tallest indoor living wall in the world. You may recall that back in 2010, Green Over Grey, a firm that’s apparently no stranger to superlatives, debuted North America’s largest outdoor living wall in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. Green over Grey’s latest work of dizzying, soil-free horticulture is located clear across the continent along the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the Quebecois city of Lévis. The setting itself is corporate and a touch unlikely — a new (and LEED Gold-aiming) office tower at…

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  • Photo of An English horticulturist is restoring Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny

    An English horticulturist is restoring Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny

    Over the past three years, a British gardener has begun to restore one of most hallowed pieces of ground in France: Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, 50 miles west of Paris. The Monet garden is a living painting in itself, described by the Impressionist artist as “my most beautiful masterpiece”. When James Priest was appointed head gardener at Giverny in 2011, he found a beautiful but time-worn “canvas”, disfigured by some of the efforts of previous custodians. He set out – sometimes against the wishes of his fellow gardeners – to return Monet’s masterpiece to its original glory. To do…

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  • Photo of Abu Dhabi’s new Al Fayah Park: putting other green space in the shade

    Abu Dhabi’s new Al Fayah Park: putting other green space in the shade

    Thomas Heatherwick’s name may not resonate with the public in quite the same way as “starchitects” such as Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid. But thanks to his design for the London 2012 Olympic cauldron, it is certain that at least 900 million people have a passing familiarity with the diffident Londoner’s work. Mr Heatherwick is the man behind the reinvention of London’s famous double-decker bus, and the UK’s show-stealing Seed Cathedral pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. Now, thanks to a commission from the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, he will also design Al Fayah, one of Abu…

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  • Photo of Commonwealth Park Gibraltar takes shape

    Commonwealth Park Gibraltar takes shape

    A leading UK landscape company, Landform Consultants, is heading up the project for the Commonwealth Park in Gibraltar, the first public park on the rock.  MD of Landform, Mark Gregory, the principle landscape consultant for the project, has spoken of his excitement about being involved in the first park in Gibraltar. The park’s features will include a decking area,  featuring contemporary art that will be rotated from time to time; a one metre deep pond in the centre with a cascading waterfall; a sculpture of the Rock is expected to be positioned near the pond area and pillars akin to the pillars of…

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  • Photo of Essence of Australia garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

    Essence of Australia garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

    Essence of Australia garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a first for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and partners Australia will take centre stage for visitors at this year’s prestigious RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in London. An inspirational Essence of Australia show garden will be presented for the first time by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in partnership with Tourism Victoria, Tourism Northern Territory, Qantas and leading UK tour operator, Trailfinders. The Essence of Australia garden celebrates Australian flora and contemporary design as seen at the multi-award-winning 15-hectare Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, a division…

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  • Photo of Design shortlist announced for Milan Expo 2015 UK pavilion

    Design shortlist announced for Milan Expo 2015 UK pavilion

    UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has announced the shortlist for the design competition for the UK Pavilion at the forthcoming Milan Expo. The site of the Milan Expo 2015. Photograph: Expo Milano 2015 The eight multi-disciplinary teams progressing to the second stage of the competition include a team led by Grant Associates, which also includes Wilkinson Eyre, Seawater Greenhouse, Cornwall Food Foundation, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Thomas Matthews, Sennep, Five Hate and Buro Four. The other shortlisted teams comprise: AL_A, with The Nature Conservancy, The Future Laboratory, Exposure, Gross.max, Woodroffe Bassett, AKT II and Max Fordham; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris…

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  • Photo of THE GARDENS OF VILLA DELLA PERGOLA AT ALASSIO

    THE GARDENS OF VILLA DELLA PERGOLA AT ALASSIO

    THE GARDENS OF VILLA DELLA PERGOLA AT ALASSIO opening to the public every weekend from 29 March to the end of October “…one of the wonders of the Riviera…” William Scott, The Riviera, 1908 From Saturday 29 March the gardens of Villa della Pergola at Alassio on the Ponente Ligurian Riviera are open to the public. They enjoy incomparable views that take in the whole of thegulf ofAlassio and the island and Gallinara, withCorsica visible in the distance. The villa itself was built at the end of the nineteenth century and is a rare example of the English garden in…

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  • Photo of Applications invited for Rosa Barbara Biennial Prize

    Applications invited for Rosa Barbara Biennial Prize

    Biennial in Barcelona will also showcase projects The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize forms part of the European Landscape Biennial of Barcelona. Applicants are invited to submit landscape projects and planning created around the world during the five years preceding the announcement. The international jury will select the finalists from among the projects presented and will enable their presentation during the symposium. Afterwards the jury will select the winner from among the finalists and announce it during the European Landscape Biennial. There will be one prize with a value of 15,000 Euros which will be presented during the symposium. The…

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  • Photo of Saudi Arabia to build world’s biggest botanical gardens

    Saudi Arabia to build world’s biggest botanical gardens

    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah International Gardens in Riyadh with include the world’s largest botanical gardens Saudi Arabia is set to lay the foundation stone for the King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Riyadh this week, with plans for the facility set to include the world’s largest botanical gardens, it was reported. Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb will perform the ceremony on Thursday at the site, which will be 2.5m square metres in size and will be one of the largest environment projects in the world, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The plans include two…

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  • Photo of Singapore Botanic Gardens World Heritage Site Bid submitted to UNESCO

    Singapore Botanic Gardens World Heritage Site Bid submitted to UNESCO

    After over a year of intensive work, Singapore’s first bid for World Heritage Site inscription, for the Singapore Botanic Garden, prepared by Chris Blandford Associates (CBA), has been submitted to UNESCO. Singapore’s first bid for World Heritage Site inscription has been submitted to Unesco. Photograph: Chris Blandford Associates The comprehensive nomination dossier includes detailed evidence of the Botanic Gardens’ outstanding universal value as a heritage, scientific and recreation destination for the city, says CBA, and is ‘a visionary plan for its future development and a management plan to guide change over the next 20 years’. UNESCO will evaluate the bid…

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  • Photo of UK and Dutch horticultural industry bodies meet to discuss the future

    UK and Dutch horticultural industry bodies meet to discuss the future

    Leading horticultural and government organisations from the UK and the Netherlands met last week to discuss current industry challenges and how the two countries could work more closely to meet them. Hosted by Naktuinbouw, the Dutch horticultural inspection service centre in Roelofarendsveen, the group shared their current thinking and experiences on plant health, plant reproductive material, crop protection, plant breeders’ rights, research and innovation, careers and growing media. Senior representatives from government, industry and research institutions from the Netherlands included: Marien Valstar, Mennie Gerritsen, and Susanne Sutterlin, senior policy advisors at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, DG Agro; Saskia Jurna,…

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  • Photo of Gillespies in a consortium to design Park Russia

    Gillespies in a consortium to design Park Russia

    A consortium including landscape architecture practice Gillespies has won the Park Russia development masterplan and business strategy competition. Park Russia – embracing ‘innovative sustainable design’. Image: Gillespies The Cushman & Wakefield international consortium, which also includes Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Buro Happold and Rider Levett Bucknall has been selected as the winner of the contest, which was organised by the Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government. Gillespies was design team leader, masterplanner and landscape architect for the winning design for Park Russia, an ambitious project to transform 1,000 hectares of land near Domodedovo airport, 30km south of Moscow, into…

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  • Photo of Grant Associates designs creative playground for Singapore garden

    Grant Associates designs creative playground for Singapore garden

    Far East Organization Children’s Garden Opens at Gardens by the Bay The new Far East Organization Children’s Garden opens at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay on 21 January 2014, designed by Grant Associates – the same UK landscape architects behind the Supertrees and masterplanners of the award-winning Bay South Garden. A major new feature of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden will offer 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…

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  • Photo of What European garden designers really think of Britain

    What European garden designers really think of Britain

    Britain has a long and rich tradition of garden design, but how do European garden designers perceive us, where do we stand on the world stage – and are we obsessed with roses? Castle Howard stands in a proud tradition of English gardening Photo: Alamy Every gardener knows that it is easier to judge other people’s plots than one’s own. Caught up in our own debates, it can be difficult to see how British garden design appears to the outside world. Are we a nation of rose-obsessed cottage dwellers, or international trend-setters? It feels as if garden-making in Britain is on…

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  • Photo of New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial

    New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial

    Just when we thought we had a handle on everything going on at the World Trade Center site, The New York Times uncovers a secret plan to build an elevated park above Liberty Street. The hovering parkland will be slightly larger than an acre and it will give visitors a panoramic view of the National 9/11 Memorial and historic site when they open to the public (possibly by 2015). The project is called Liberty Park and it will provide pedestrians with an east-west passage between the Financial District and Battery Park City. There will also be a landscaped courtyard in front of the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to provide a…

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  • Photo of NASA hopes to put a garden on the Moon

    NASA hopes to put a garden on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong may have made a giant leap forward for mankind when he landed on the moon more than 40 years ago, but scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California are looking out for plantkind. The Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project is hoping to put some basil, flowers and turnips on the moon in late 2015. “We are constructing a small technology demonstration unit to study germination of plants in lunar gravity and radiation on the moon,” said NASA in a statement on the project’s website. “This will be the first life-sciences experiment on another world.” NASA is planning to…

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