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June 24, 2018

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GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July -

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Murray Landscapes scores at hub South West’s eighth building for growth awards -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Green-tech returns to exhibit at Rail Live -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Talasey Group announces managing director and CEO -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Posh Shed Company to unveil new ranges at Hampton Court -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stihl expands Workwear range -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Give it some welly for Thrive this September -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win -

Friday, June 15, 2018

A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas

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This week, Pro Landscaper picks the brain of Sian Parsons, senior designer at John Cullen Lighting to discover the intricacies of lighting outdoor social areas, and how it is best executed.   What are some of the options available to light an outdoor social area? “The best outdoor social area lighting is one that gives you atmosphere and fun,” Sian says. “Stringing up external fairy lights can look beautiful, either in waves overhead, hanging in trees or simply wrapped around tree trunks. “It’s also worth considering low level washes under fixed benches or tables to add a glow, or step…

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Give it some welly for Thrive this September

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Show your support for garden therapy charity Thrive this September by giving it some welly! Last year saw an array of people – from school children to a Strictly star – wear their wellies with pride to boost Thrive’s funds. The idea is simple – slip on some wellies instead of usual footwear on Wednesday 19 September and donate to Thrive. Anyone can take part, businesses, schools, colleges, basically anyone who has a pair of wellies! It’s a bit of fun, raising much-needed funds for Thrive to enable our horticultural therapists to help more people use plants and gardens to improve their…

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Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis

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A garden telling the tale of life after a cancer diagnosis will be exhibited at this year’s Southport Flower Show on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Garden designer, Jason O’Donnell, was moved to create the garden for Macmillan after his father passed away from lung cancer last December, just eight months after receiving his diagnosis. The garden celebrates the work of Macmillan and is a reminder of how important gifts left in wills are to the charity, which received over £84m in legacy donations last year. The garden’s standout feature, a giant storybook with pages made up of dry stone…

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Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards

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Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® from Frank P Matthews has been crowned this year as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show. The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® is a fantastic form of the already popular spring flowering Laburnum. It is a columnar growing tree with a very narrow upright habit so perfect for any size of garden and even patios and balconies. The bright sunny yellow pendant flowers adorn the tree in May creating a beautiful…

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Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries

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Perennial, the UK charity dedicated to helping all those who work in all branches of the horticulture industry, wants more horticulture professionals to know that funding is available to help their dependent children should they need it. Perennial has recently launched a new Child Bursary scheme to help horticulturists who may not need Perennial’s help themselves, but whose child or children have an educational need that their income will not support. This type of grant can also help those struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the school holidays. Some examples of the type of thing a…

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Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent

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The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges and the public, with comments already flying on how it is the highlight of the show. With the introduction of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, it is a great way to showcase young talent, and give them the chance to build some of their first solo show gardens. Jacob and Laurence won the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, with both teams putting in a huge amount of effort and pride into the gardens…

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Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project

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Pollen from Eden’s giant titan arum flower is being sent to Germany to help breed more of the rare and spectacular plants. The pollen is being given to Bonn University Botanic Garden. It has been harvested from Eden’s latest titan, which towered over two metres tall when it bloomed last weekend. It will be used by horticulturists in Bonn to pollinate titan flowers there. To collect the pollen, Eden scientists carefully cut a hole in the base of the spathe that encloses the spadix, or flower spike, and then used a spoon to scrape the pollen into a container. Originating…

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Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range

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Stark & Greensmith has launched a new laser-cut garden screen range, in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), boasting a design inspired by seventeenth century illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library. The Parterre range includes four decorative panels which can add instant ‘show garden’ impact and privacy to a space. Engravings of knot gardens and parterres from ‘The English Gardner’ by Leonard Meager (c1624 – c1704), first published in London in 1688, have been referenced in the new panel design by Stark & Greensmith’s creative director, Martine Le Gassick. Available in both full-height (1.78m H x 1.19m W) and balustrade…

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live has announced all the winners of its prestigious annual awards, honouring a garden based on the history of the host city, Birmingham, with its highest accolade, a Platinum Award plus Best Show Garden. Designed by Paul Stone, the ‘Made in Birmingham Garden’ features a fully-functional steam locomotive set along a railway embankment, featuring a prize-produce allotment, cut-flower garden and, in a nod to region’s brewery culture, a hops and barley patch. Also in the Show Garden category, the ‘Wyevale Garden Centres’ Solution Garden’ designed by David Stevens scooped a Platinum award. The spectacular garden which was…

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British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win

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A new Veronica plant which has been bred in Worcester and is being grown in Hereford has this month (June, 2018) been entered in to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show’s New Plant Awards. Wyevale Nurseries has submitted Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ as well as Hydrangea ‘Magical Charlotte’ and Salvia ‘Kisses & Wishes’ to the awards, which take place on June 19 and 20 in Warwickshire. Adam Dunnett, sales & marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ is a local treasure, hailing from Chris Smith of CS Plants in Worcestershire. Chris is a young and…

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