The current blend of heatwaves and blustery storms would normally mean we’re at the height of the flower show season. It’s a traditional British summer, when one month you’d be walking around the sodden grounds of Chatsworth and the next slapping on the sun cream as you explore the show gardens at Hampton Court. There’s no such luck this year, with all RHS shows cancelled for the foreseeable. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to celebrate. In our July issue, for instance, we launched this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Awards sponsored by Green-tech and we opened applications for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020.
At the start of the month, we also saw pubs, bars and restaurants reopen their doors to the eager public. Our portfolio on Sushi Samba in Covent Garden gives you some inspiration for where to head for a plush dinner this month, with a stunning landscaped interior by the London Garden Designer and Belderbos Landscapes.
We couldn’t let the July issue slide by without mentioning the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which has been so desperately missed this year. Virtual Chelsea gave us a snippet of the usual show, though, and Lewis Normand ponders in his column whether travel-free shows are the future, whilst Noel Kingsbury says the impact coronavirus has had on Chelsea gives the RHS an opportunity to change the show’s format going forward.
Speaking of change, Adam White handed over the reigns of the Landscape Institute presidency at the end of last month. We feature a special Life/Style from one of the most impactful presidents the association as ever seen as it enters a new era.
You can also find a four-page special feature debating the environmental impact of colossal infrastructure project HS2, which strong arguments on both sides. In this month’s View from the Top, Marcus Watson reminds us of the climate crisis we’re facing (which has been somewhat overshadowed by another c-word – ‘coronavirus’) whilst Ben West shares the benefits of permaculture.
With this and more, it’s not one you want to miss out on. Have a read here.