Garden designer, prolific author and exponent of naturalistic planting, Noel Kingsbury, was the guest speaker at the BALI Yorkshire and North East networking event in Harrogate recently.
Held annually, this is the largest of BALI’s regional events and regularly attracts upwards of 100 BALI members and industry guests, including members of the Society of Garden Designers and the Landscape Institute. Also attending this year was garden designer and presenter on ITV’s ‘Love your Garden’ programme, Katie Rushworth.
In addition to enjoying dinner and Noel’s presentation on plant communities, guests had the opportunity to talk directly to BALI Affiliate members exhibiting their products and services during the evening.
Noel Kingsbury has written books on landscape and planting design with Piet Oudolf and worked with Professor Nigel Dunnett of the University of Sheffield to produce the first book in English on Green Roofs. In his presentation Noel gave guests an insight to the benefits of plant communities, where chosen species adapt to their environment by using complementary resources more successfully and thriving to create lush, varied landscapes. Using images of schemes in the UK and Europe, Noel illustrated how public space planting can benefit from this approach, creating visually attractive schemes whilst helping to reduce maintenance costs.
During the evening a collection taken for the children’s cancer charity Candle Lighters, which is based at Leeds General Infirmary and supports sick children and their families across Yorkshire, raised £331.