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January 19, 2018

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HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

APL announces spring seminar Faking It -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 competition launches -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two weeks left to share views on plans for Bristol’s parks -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Carillion’s liquidation and its effect on the landscaping industry -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perennial offers support following Carillion collapse -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brighton & Hove City Council produces plan to protect Stanmer Park’s woods -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Liverpool sets out 15-year plan for growth -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gristwood and Toms champions international accreditation programme -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Green-tree launches bespoke soil for Rain Gardens -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Make your voice heard – Pro Landscaper digital survey -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Landscaping companies announced for APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Butter Wakefield to design Gaze Burvill garden at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North Yorkshire nursery helps restore historic site to former glories -

Monday, January 15, 2018

RHS begins search for School Gardeners of the Year -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thrive seeking more people as volunteering in nature proven to be good for health -

Monday, January 15, 2018

INNSA responds to glyphosate licence renewal -

Monday, January 15, 2018

First acoustic garden for RHS Malvern

                            A garden designer from Gloucestershire has been selected to exhibit the first acoustic garden at next year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Festival. Pippa Shennan, from Wotton-under-Edge, was selected against stiff competition to design and exhibit one of the Festival Gardens at the show. The Festival Garden theme chosen for 2016 is ‘Hidden Gems’. Her garden, entitled ‘A private refuge – a hidden gem’ is believed to be the first to have been designed specifically to cut out external noise through the use of acoustic…

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James Hewetson-Brown argues why wildflower turf is good for urban areas at FutureScape 2015

Managing director of Wildflower Turf Ltd James Hewetson-Brown spoke about why wildflowers are good for designing in urban areas at FutureScape 2015. He began the seminar by explaining that the soil system for wildflower turf is a thin layer of compost as the growing medium and they mix the wildflower seeds in it. James pointed out that wildflowers grow well when there is no competition and problems arise when wildflowers are under pressure to grow in the soil system. He continued the seminar by focusing on the benefits of wildflower turf, in particular the health benefits of planting in urban…

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John Wyer talks earning a living at Futurescape 2015

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John Wyer, founder and co-owner of Bowles & Wyer, aimed his Futurescape 2015 seminar at designers and contractors, focusing on whether skills are undersold or undervalued and how this can be resolved. He discussed the disadvantages of a price-driven market compared to the advantages of a quality-driven market, suggesting that being the cheapest may not always be the best. The seminar was filled with useful business advice for the landscaping industry, with John briefly discussing the two sides of taking commission payments and going on to discuss why the designer should not be the supplier, as well as how to…

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Three plant experts put themselves in the shoes of garden designers at FutureScape 2015

Three passionate plant experts took to the stage at The Passion is in the Plants debate that delved into how nurseries work with landscapers and garden designers. Richard McKenna from Provender Nurseries, Angela Halksworth from Tendercare Nurseries Ltd and Nick Coslett from Palmstead answered questions from Jim Wilkinson and the audience. The three experts started off explaining what they would want from nurseries if they were garden designers themselves and what they find most frustrating when designers and landscapers make an order. An overall response was that they would want to deal with someone who is interested in the project…

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Robert Webber talks garden lighting at FutureScape 2015

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The founder of Scenic Lighting Robert Webber shed some light on the art of garden lighting for the audience at FutureScape 2015, using examples of projects undertaken by his own company before taking questions from the audience. He divided up the seminar into his three simple principles: functional lighting, which helps its user carry out basic tasks in the garden and tends to be high up and bright as well as on its own circuit; aesthetic lighting, which is used to help create a certain mood or atmosphere to fit in with the client’s requirement; and feature lighting, which is…

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Garden designers talk money at FutureScape 2015

One of the most popular seminars had a completely new panel this year. In The Detail is in the Design, garden designers Matthew Childs, Ruth Willmott, Jilayne Rickards and Paul Harris shared their expert knowledge and success in the industry. Eljays44’s Jim Wilkinson and the audience picked their brains in the hour-long session. Jim kicked off the debate where the panellists revealed how they would design a garden if they were given a budget of £50,000. Experimenting with new materials was favoured by Paul and Matt but Jilayne and Ruth opted for more traditional and simple designs. When discussing how…

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Beauty is in the Build returned for FutureScape 2015

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Returning for its third year, The Beauty is in the Build seminar at FutureScape event 2015 saw a panel of three managing directors of landscaping companies discuss the industry, focusing particularly on the business side of construction. Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson introduced the debate before inviting the audience to question the panellists, Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, Norman Hambrook of Hambrooks Landscapes and Charles Benton of Benton Landscapes. The panel shared a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Mark started by summing up the state of the landscaping industry over the past year and talked about taking the right…

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Panel of three discuss behind the scenes of show gardens at FutureScape 2015

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FutureScape 2015, held on 17 November, featured a fascinating three-way presentation offering tips on how to become involved in designing show gardens for events such as RHS Hampton Court and Chelsea. First to speak was Hampton Court manager Dave Green, who took delegates through the process of submitting ideas for show gardens, as well as outlining what the RHS expects. According to Dave, criteria for selection includes not only the design itself, but also the designer’s history and background. Next up was Rae Wilkinson who discussed her experience of bringing her design to fruition at Hampton Court. According to Rae, she…

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Advice and amusement with Ann-Marie Powell at FutureScape 2015

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Pro Landscaper’s own FutureScape event was a huge success, with around 1,500 visitors and over 150 stands. The sixteen seminars were equally as popular, with talks from industry leaders and debates focusing on the hottest topics in the landscaping sector. The most-anticipated seminar of the day was Let’s Hear it Live, a real-time interview with Ann-Marie Powell, conducted by Jim Wilkinson. Ann-Marie is a well-loved personality in the sector, and delegates were both enlightened and hugely entertained by musings on her career – beginning with time she spent travelling the globe, falling in love with gardens during her youth. From there,…

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APL announces speaker for Awards 2016

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Following the release last month of the shortlisted companies for the APL Awards 2016, the APL has announced that its confirmed speaker and co-presenter for the day will be Chris Collins. Chris Collins, CM Collins Horticulture and Raoul Curtis-Machin, HTA Head of Horticulture, have been unveiled as the Speaker, Host and Compare for the APL 2016 Awards. The 2016 APL Awards will be taking place on Friday 4 March at The Brewery, London. It will recognise and reward the high standard of landscape contracting carried out by APL registered members, promoting their commitment to quality landscaping and keeping their customers completely satisfied….

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