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  • Photo of FIRST TREES PLANTED BY LANDFORM AT COMMONWEALTH PARK IN GIBRALTAR

    FIRST TREES PLANTED BY LANDFORM AT COMMONWEALTH PARK IN GIBRALTAR

    The first trees – Evergreen Magnolias – for the new Commonwealth Park were planted at the end of last month. The expected result once planting is complete is a park with soul, according to Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, the principal landscape consultant for Commonwealth Park. Commenting on the planting, Mr Gregory said: “We are really happy it is coming together, the conditions for planting are perfect and I am genuinely happy at how things are going.” Approximately 45 trees have already arrived from Italy to be planted, and there were five  trucks due to arrive last week – one…

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  • Photo of New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site

    New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site

    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 Paul Hervey-Brookes joins Yealands Wines in New Zealand

    Paul Hervey-Brookes joins Yealands Wines in New Zealand

    Fresh from winning Gold and Best Planting Award in Japan at the Gardening World Cup and announcing his involvement with the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition Paul Hervey-Brookes will now be setting off to New Zealand to create a Garden at the renowned Ellerlise International Flower Show in Christchurch next year. Paul is working with Yealands Family Wines, a winery that is dedicated to protecting the landscapes and producing wine as sustainably as possible.  Yealands were awarded the Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World in 2012 and Paul says working with them on this garden has been a…

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  • Photo of Dubai International Garden Competition in April

    Dubai International Garden Competition in April

    The gardens will be judged by delegates from the UK Royal Horticulture Society Landscapes across the country will be pushed up a notch as creative minds will compete for first place in the Dubai International Garden Competition, set to take place in April next year. The garden competition, which was launched yesterday, will witness 30 locally based and international teams who have to set up a garden – equipped with technical and scientific ingenuity – at the Downtown area, near Burj Khalifa. “We are looking for specialists with creative ideas who can transform Dubai’s landscape, and the winner of the…

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  • Photo of Royal surprise for a Dutch master plantsman Piet Oudolf

    Royal surprise for a Dutch master plantsman Piet Oudolf

    Piet Oudolf, creator of the High Line in New York and many other influential gardens, received the annual Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award in Amsterdam last week. Tim Richardson was happy to help Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf receives the award from Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Photo: AFP This week I was in Amsterdam giving a speech at the city’s main concert hall, the Musikgebouw, to an audience including Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. It was one of the more surreal experiences of my life, but also a pleasure and privilege. The occasion was the presentation of the annual Prince…

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  • Photo of English garden style arrives in Boston for ASLA meeting

    English garden style arrives in Boston for ASLA meeting

    English garden style arrives in Boston for the American Society of Landscape Architects annual meeting and expo Four luxury British garden companies will be sharing secrets of classic English garden style at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) exhibition in Boston this month. (15-18November 2013) Exhibiting as the ‘Making of a Perfect Garden’ collective, the group includes Alitex greenhouses, David Harber sculptures, Gaze Burvill outdoor furniture and Italian Terrace terracotta vases. The four family-run companies share a commitment to exceptional British craftsmanship and offer timeless collections designed to enhance garden and outdoor spaces. Collectively they bring together all the elements…

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  • Photo of ASLA announces 2013 Professional & Student Awards

    ASLA announces 2013 Professional & Student Awards

    The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards. The awards honour the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the US and around the world. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS General Design Category Award of Excellence Lakewood Garden Mausoleum at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis by Halvorson Design Partnership for Lakewood Cemetery Honor Awards A Mother River Recovered: Qian’an Sanlihe Greenway, Qian’an City, China by Turenscape for Qian’an City Government Sherbourne Common, Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg for Waterfront Toronto Ottosen Entry Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix…

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  • Photo of Shortlist Announced for Canadian Holocaust Monument

    Shortlist Announced for Canadian Holocaust Monument

    Daniel Libeskind and David Adjaye, as well as four other shortlisted teams, are competing to design the National Holocaust Monument in Canada. Planned to be built in a prominent site in the heart of Ottawa, near the Canadian War Museum, the $4.5 million monument is expected for completion in 2015. The jury, made up of internationally renowned art and design professionals, a representative from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and a Holocaust survivor, chose the following six teams as finalists: Architect and urban designer Hossein Amanat with artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, landscape architect Daniel Roehr, architect and project manager Robert Kleyn, and architect David Lieberman (Vancouver, BC). Leslie M.…

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  • Photo of Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

    Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

    Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a “vertical garden city” that is designed to provide healthy food and a community environment. In essence, they are proposing to construct not only a building, but a sustainable urban environment for the 21st century city dweller. Preibisz and Sandhaus were most concerned with providing an alternative to the industrial food complex and fostering a sense of community in a typically anonymous urban landscape. And so the proposed tower is designed to have a network of gardens that fit into…

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  • Photo of Bradstone paving featured in the winning design at gardening world cup

    Bradstone paving featured in the winning design at gardening world cup

    A show garden featuring paving products from leading manufacturer Bradstone has been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Planting award at the prestigious Gardening World Cup in Japan (12-20 October). The ‘What Are We’ garden was created by Paul Hervey-Brookes who partnered with Bradstone to launch the Bradstone Design service earlier this year. Paul joined leading garden designers from across the world at the event, which took place at the Palace Huis Ten Bosch near Nagasaki and is considered the ‘World Cup’ of gardening competitions. Designers are selected to represent their country and asked to build a garden to a…

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  • Photo of Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities

    Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities

    East Asia’s architects are sprouting new ideas for greening cities, including vegetable gardens on sides of tower blocks If plants can grow in the wild on a barren cliff, why not on city buildings, too, French botanist Patrick Blanc, a pioneer of the vertical garden, once mused. He began developing a prototype, and thus began the greening of some of the most densely populated urban areas on earth. Since his original design was unveiled at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris in 1988, Blanc’s “grown up” green walls have featured worldwide, from Bahrain to Berlin, Tokyo to New…

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  • Photo of The Empire State Building gets green roofs

    The Empire State Building gets green roofs

    The 102 storey Empire State Building in New York has new green roofs. You’ll find them at 21st Floor East, 21st Floor West, 25th Floor North West and 30th Floor West. The green roofs on the 21st floor feature roof top patios with outdoor furniture for office building occupants to enjoy too. The roofs are all part of the Empire State’s retrofit program which has attracted new tenants who benefit from the building’s new energy efficiency program. These companies also recognise the benefits of a healthy working environment too. “The new green roofs further demonstrate our sustainability leadership and add…

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  • Photo of White House vegetable garden falls victim to government shutdown

    White House vegetable garden falls victim to government shutdown

    Amid the closed war memorials and national parks the US government shutdown has claimed another victim: Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden. With only a small fraction of the White House’s gardening staff still at work, the First Lady’s kitchen garden has sprouted with weeds and plants are weighed down with unpicked vegetables. According to the Obama Foodorama blog, which charts the culinary comings and goings of the White House, gardeners are only allowed to water the plants and remove trash. But under the rules of the shutdown, which allow for only “essential” work, they cannot fend off garden pests, rake up leaves…

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  • Photo of The Australian Garden takes landscape prize at World Architecture Festival

    The Australian Garden takes landscape prize at World Architecture Festival

    The Australian Garden in Cranbourne Australia, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson, won the ‘Landscape of the Year’ award at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013 in Singapore earlier this month. This new Botanic Garden is set in a former sand quarry and allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe. This integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. The garden includes some 170,000 plants across 1700 species, all adapted to its…

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  • Photo of FLOWERS IPM Moscow 2013

    FLOWERS IPM Moscow 2013

    Messe Essen and the Moscow-based fair organiser International Exhibition Complex (IEC of AREC) made a positive assessment of FLOWERS IPM Moscow 2013. The plant trade fair took place in the All Russian Exhibition Center (AREC) in Moscow on August 28-30. The around 360 exhibitors and 21,760 visitors, including 71 percent trade visitors, used the extended range on offer: For the first time, the exhibition portfolio encompassed not only plants, tree nurseries, flower breeding, technology and equipment but also cut flowers. For this purpose, Messe Essen successfully cooperated with EXPO FLORA RUSSIA which was staged by the Dutch organiser HPP Exhibitions…

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  • Photo of Bradstone Paving set to appear at the World Cup of gardening competitions

    Bradstone Paving set to appear at the World Cup of gardening competitions

    Paving products from leading manufacturer Bradstone are set to feature in a show garden at the prestigious Gardening World Cup in Japan (12-20 October). The ‘What Are We’ garden is designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes who partnered with Bradstone to launch the Bradstone Design service earlier this year. Paul will join leading garden designers from across the world at the event, which takes place at the Palace Huis Ten Bosch near Nagasaki and is considered the ‘World Cup’ of gardening competitions. Designers are selected to represent their country and asked to build a garden to a specific theme, which this year…

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  • Photo of “Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay” Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

    “Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay” Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

    “Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay” Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize The RIBA Lubetkin Prize, awarded annually to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union, was won this year by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates for Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The prize, which was also awarded to Wilkinson Eyre in 2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, is now in its 13th year. Upon announcing the news, RIBA President Stephen Hodder stated: “…there have been a number of attempts to design greenhouses to show people unable to travel widely what the natural world has to offer. The UK led the way…

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  • Photo of American heat treated ash on the rooftop of Marseille’s new flagship museum

    American heat treated ash on the rooftop of Marseille’s new flagship museum

    The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations designed by the Algerian-born French architect Rudy Ricciotti is the flagship project of Marseille’s on-going architectural and cultural renaissance. The museum is located on Marseille’s seafront next to a seventeenth century stronghold, Fort St Jean. Built upon the Greek and Roman vestiges of the antique city-state, the Fort is charged with history and includes a chapel which dates back the twelfth century. Rudy Riciotti’s classic monolithic design is built around a perfect square; each side of the building is 72 metres. An inner square of 52 metres per side forms the heart of…

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  • Photo of Jury to choose the finalists for the second stage of the Park Russia Competition

    Jury to choose the finalists for the second stage of the Park Russia Competition

    Expert Council and the Jury began to choose the finalists for the second stage of the international competition for the best concept and best financial model of the Park Russia. According to the tender documentation, Expert Council shall rate all Contest Proposals and present them to the Jury. The first meeting of the Jury was held on September 20 in Russian Geographical Society. The members of the Expert Council expressed their opinion on the Contest and talked about the process of evaluation of portfolios. All the applications were evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: Experience with projects similar to…

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  • Photo of Hedging their bets: an immaculate garden in France

    Hedging their bets: an immaculate garden in France

    The jardin has our correspondent enthralled – if a little frustrated about where she is allowed to tread If I’d been parachuted, blindfolded, into the grounds of the Manoir d’Eyrignac (an unlikely scenario, I know), I’d be in no doubt that I was in a French garden, rather than an English one. Why is that? There’s plenty going on at Eyrignac that you’ll find in our grand gardens, too: excellent topiary, long vistas through yew and hornbeam hedges, formal pools, good paving, and symmetry. But the French, I think, are keener on control than we are. The topiary at Eyrignac…

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  • Photo of GPGB Registered Trainers awards

    GPGB Registered Trainers awards

    A highlight of the recent GPGB Cocktail Party Fundraiser held during Plantscape Expo August 14 was recognising some star quality Registered Trainers for the most presentations given during the year. Mike Lewis, GPGB President, presented a plaque to three of its most productive GPGB Registered Trainers, celebrating their contribution to spreading the message of the benefits of indoor plants to the people responsible for building design and performance: Kathryn O’Donnell, Botanicus, New York; Joe Zazzera, Plant Solutions, Arizona; and, Jim Mumford Good Earth Plants & GreenScaped Buildings, California.’ These registered trainers have taken a Green Plants for Green Buildings training…

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  • Photo of Landscape architecture program sees long-term success

    Landscape architecture program sees long-term success

    The faculty and students in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana, know what it takes to be the best. The school is currently ranked number one in undergraduate landscape architecture and the number three graduate program in the US. Lake Douglas, associate dean of research and development of the school, said the rankings were published by Design Intelligence, the most widely accepted measure within the design professions. Douglas said the school is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation, and he believes it is because of the unique travel opportunities the students can experience as…

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  • Photo of AECOM takes on a bigger role at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    AECOM takes on a bigger role at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Design and engineering consultancy AECOM has been awarded additional design responsibilities on the Rio 2016 Olympic Park As well as masterplanning the main Olympic Park, it is now involved in design development work on seven of the park venues, and designing infrastructure and landscaping works. The scope of venue work includes engineering and architecture, says AECOM, and this will be led by its specialist sports architecture team. AECOM’s masterplan takes its inspiration from the dramatic natural setting of Rio de Janeiro. Located on a former Formula 1 race track in Barra da Tijuca, the main Olympic park sits on a…

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  • Photo of Speakers Announced for World’s Foremost Interior Design Competition

    Speakers Announced for World’s Foremost Interior Design Competition

    Nigel Coates, Paul Priestman and Jason Bruges: Speakers Announced for World’s Foremost Interior Design Competition BY INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors Singapore INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 2-4 October 2013 Singapore, September 18, 2013 – World Festival of Interiors has entered the final month of preparations before starting on 2 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. INSIDE brings together the most original and exciting designers in the world and sees them pitch against each other in this unique awards competition. Nominations include the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid, an apartment in Barcelona by David Kohn, WOHA’s Park…

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  • Photo of Chance of a lifetime to intern or study in the USA with the RHS

    Chance of a lifetime to intern or study in the USA with the RHS

    Royal Horticultural Society and The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellowship opens doors to top careers   The RHS is launching its annual search to find the next great British horticulturist, landscape architect, plant scientist or environmentalist to spend a year in the USA. The coveted RHS/GCA Interchange Fellowship Programme, which is run in partnership with The Garden Club of America, gives one person a unique opportunity to intern or study in the USA, developing skills, knowledge and experience while building invaluable contacts throughout the horticultural world. The Programme is open to British university graduates, (or final-year students), with a…

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