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May 26, 2018

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Covent Garden blooms for Chelsea Fringe -

Saturday, May 26, 2018

American Hardwood Export Council and Waugh Thistleton Architects collaborate with ARUP on landmark pavilion -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer celebration of art, creativity and imagination at Borde Hill Garden -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Special RHS Chelsea award winners revealed -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Stihl expands Viking range of petrol mowers -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Celebrating the benefits of plants with The Great Escape industry exhibit -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plant of the Year and Product of the Year revealed at RHS Chelsea -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HTA makes two big appointments -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Timotay Landscapes shortlisted for APL Avenue Show Garden competition -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Love Your Garden: NHS Special -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh presents Griffin Glasshouses’ donation to the National Garden Scheme -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Capel Manor’s ’50 Shades of Gold’ garden wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bernhard’s Nurseries enjoy success at Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Countrywide Grounds landscapes new garden to provide respite for patients at Alderney Hospital -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Myeloma UK Garden by John Everiss wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Lemon Tree Trust Refugee Garden wins Silver-Gilt at Chelsea -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hat trick of awards for Landform Consultants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

10 design trends at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from SGD members -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Lisa’s first blog, but not her first Chelsea -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Max’s outlook -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to pick star performing plants

One of my favourite books when I started gardening in earnest was Plants for Connoisseurs. I did feel a little pretentious when reading it – I certainly was no connoisseur – but the book selected the best species, forms and cultivars to grow in your garden. They weren’t particularly unusual ones but were the best performers, and this is what most of us, beginner or boffin, want to know. When you discover a star performer, it is like gaining a new best friend. These days, with so many new plants on the scene, it is difficult to choose. The first…

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Plant of the week: Rosa ‘Canary Bird’

Lights up the May garden with buttery yellow single blooms on dark red stems. What is it? One of the earliest roses to bloom. I first fell in love with this plant when I spotted its buttery blooms lighting up an overgrown garden in late spring. The musk-scented, single flowers are held aloft on long, arching, dark red stems. Plant it with? I’ve seen this rose trained as a lollipop shape and underplanted with clipped box, and it also looks great trained against a wall. Try it next to lime-green euphorbias and white tulips such as ‘White Triumphator’. And where?…

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Garden centres rush for irrigation systems

Garden centres expect rush for irrigation systems as gardeners find way to beat hosepipe ban. Garden centres are expecting a rush to buy water-saving irrigation systems as shoppers attempt to save plants from dying as a result of the hosepipe ban. Although hoses will be outlawed across huge swathes of drought-stricken eastern and southern England from April 5, drip irrigation systems will be allowed. It is the first time during an official drought that householders have been permitted by water companies to tend their hanging baskets, patio plants and borders. Industry experts are expecting a rush from shoppers to buy…

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Garden restored to former glory

A CHARMING walled garden in Worcester is one of 25 gardens open to the public that feature in a new guide on sale this week. When Julia and Will Scott moved to the Walled Garden in Rose Terrace 14 years ago the entire place was an overgrown jungle covered with sprawling brambles and dead trees. There was a pig sty close to where the pool and the pleached limes now intersect old paths. But underneath lay an enchanting Victorian retreat – a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city, always quiet except for birdsong and the ringing cathedral bells….

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Learning grass design

Members of Henton and District Gardening Club will be learning all about ornamental grasses and their uses at the next meeting on Wednesday. Neil Lucas, one of the UK’s leading authorities on the use of ornamental grasses and the owner of the nationally acclaimed Dorset-based Knoll Gardens will be presenting a talk at Henton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Guest visitors to the talk are welcome by way of purchasing advance tickets, at £6, available by telephoning 01749 672084. His talk will cover cultural information, anecdotes, stories, travelogue, and the background on Knoll Gardens giving an up to date informative portrait…

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Andrew fisher Tomlin – shows how to beat the hosepipe ban

International garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin has reacted to the news of a hosepipe ban from April 5th with some positive ideas for ensuring our plants and gardens get through the drought and continue to thrive. Fisher Tomlin said “Our company designs and builds gardens in many parts of the world where rainfall is sporadic and we can’t rely from year to year how much rain will come. So we’ve become experts in waterwise planting design not just on hot islands but back here with our garden designs in the UK.” Andrew’s top tips are: 1. Water correctly – get…

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Judges go nuts for Jacob’s urban idea

THERE are legions of people producing food in Sheffield – but how many have thought of growing coconuts in the city centre? Well, at least one has. Sheffield Hallam University graduate Jacob Szikora even drew up ambitious plans for growing the foodstuff on London Road away from its natural environment. But he is the first to admit it may never come to fruition – despite winning a European prize in Rome for the concept. The 20-year-old said: “You might think it unusual to have coconuts growing in Sheffield, but there are some in the Winter Garden and I think the…

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Tudor treasure to be blighted by wind farm

National Trust fury over ‘disasterous’ planning decision Trust says development will blight ‘Britain’s finest Elizabethan garden’ Planning inspector backed appeal by energy firm to build turbines there It is a stunning Tudor summer house, set amid the splendour of ‘Britain’s finest Elizabethan garden’. That’s how a planning inspector described this National Trust property – before granting permission for four huge wind turbines on nearby land. The Trust is furious at the decision, which it says will blight the historic building’s setting and spell disaster for other heritage sites. But their fears for Lyvden New Bield in Northamptonshire were dismissed on…

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Marshalls Greenhouse – 50% off!

Fantastic deals available on the Marshalls Shop – including half price on Greenhouses – check it out and have a look around. Click here to access the site and use the code PROLANDSCAPER when you purchase to receive an additional 7% discount!

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New recycled furniture range aims to reduce agricultural landfill

A new range of recycled furniture is helping to reduce the amount of agricultural waste sent to landfill sites and cut emissions by recycling the materials that are used to make the furniture items. The range, distributed by garden suppliers Amberol, includes benches, picnic tables, bins and even bollards. Made from Plaswood, a recycled material manufactured by British Polythene Industries (BPI), the furniture has impressive eco credentials. Plaswood is made from 100% agricultural polythene waste often used as silage wrap. The BPI is the largest recycler of polythene in Europe and reprocesses over 80,000 tonnes annually. Currently the only other…

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