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April 24, 2018

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Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hard Landscaping features on Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden -

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Monday, April 23, 2018

National Children’s Gardening Week -

Monday, April 23, 2018

BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members -

Monday, April 23, 2018

GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille -

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Horticultural company creates 60ft garden in an hour for care home to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

TV gardener and plantsman Antony Henn has joined forces with a community nursery that helps train vulnerable adults to create the longest-ever Gardenonaroll border in just an hour for a local nursing home to raise funds and awareness for dementia charity Alzheimer’s Society. Landscape designer Antony, who has appeared on the BBC show Gardeners’ World and is behind the Gardenonaroll concept, was joined by volunteers from Digswell Nurseries in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, to create a beautiful 60ft-long, professionally-designed border for nearby St Andrew’s Care Home using the longest Gardenonaroll ever planted. Antony,…

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My first time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Joe Wilkinson has never been to the Chelsea Flower Show before – until this year. Yesterday marked my first ever visit to the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The sun was shining, the weather glorious and there was barely a cloud in the sky. The celebs were out in force too – everywhere I turned I was bumping into another famous person. As we all know, it’s not about the celebrities at the show, although seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, Brendan Cole and Deborah Meaden up close is pretty cool, it’s about the skill…

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Gavin Jones Ltd completes acquisition of Norris & Gardiner

After several months of formalising a trading alliance, Gavin Jones Ltd has now completed the acquisition of the Norris & Gardiner brand.  N&G will continue to trade independently under the direction of Richard Gardiner and his team, but as a wholly owned subsidiary of Gavin Jones Ltd – with the support of Simon Jacob and Will Clark from Gavin Jones Ltd as Co-directors.  Norris & Gardiner will continue to focus their efforts on their local authority clients, where the brand’s particular reputation for quality service and expertise lies. Richard Gardiner says “as time went on it became more and more…

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – Show Garden Awards

The 2014 Chelsea Flower Show opened to the press and invited guests and celebrities yesterday, with glorious wall to wall sunshine and a visit from the Queen and members of the Royal family during the afternoon. There was a feel of anticipation but relief from the designers as the judging had taken place early in the morning and all that was left to do was welcome the visitors and await the results this morning. Hopefully there won’t have been too much disappointment, and after a break of three years Luciano Giubbelei returned to Chelsea to design the Laurent-Perrier garden which has…

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Thrive centre invigorates horticultural education in Battersea Park

Pedder & Scampton have completed a new landmark building for national charity Thrive in Battersea Park, London. The new purpose-built training building will greatly enhance the activities of Thrive, a charity that has been working within Battersea Park for 25 years, teaching gardening and life skills (horticultural therapy) to those with learning, physical, sensory impairment and mental health disabilities. The design responds to a brief for a stronger visual identity for Thrive in the park, enhanced facilities that are economic and efficient to run, and excellent sustainability credentials. The distinctive design replaces a collection of ramshackle huts and portacabins, and…

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Best of British and splashes of colour paint pictures in this year’s Chelsea Flower Show gardens

Vivid colours and the best of British will adorn this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Smooth, gentle naturalistic planting runs throughout the show’s gardens, with a variety of plants native to the UK including trees, ferns and foxgloves, Also taking centre stage are a number of plants named after famous inspirational Britons who have wowed the nation over recent years. Bursts of colour will be threaded throughout the show gardens, welcoming in the spring and summer months. The Renaissance Garden from Brand Alley uses Anchusa italica (Italian bugloss), Digitalis (foxgloves), Malva ( mallow), Sanguisorba (Rosacea/burnet), and Daucus (Apiaceae) to display…

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Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop – Survey results

In a survey of 100 professional landscape practitioners, landscape architects and garden designers, only 20% surveyed said they provided annual maintenance costs alongside their designs and schemes.   The survey was produced by Palmstead Nurseries to coincide with the announcement that  this year’s Soft Landscape Workshop, on the 17th September, will tackle ‘Design for Maintenance’.   100 Landscape Architects and Garden Designers were asked to answer questions on the topic of maintenance costs. 88% of those surveyed said that they felt it would be helpful, as an industry, to have a formula that helped provide an indication of annual costings…

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Homebase readies for RHS Chelsea Flower Show with LEGO flowers

The garden retailer has immortalised some of Britain’s ‘least recognisable flowers’ in brick form. In the run up to the RHS Chelsea Flower show, Homebase has teamed with LEGO to recreate some of the UK’s ‘least recognisible flowers.’ Following a nation-wide survey, the garden retailer discovered that the British public failed to recognise their Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Delphiniums and Sweet Williams. To help rectify this, Homebase teamed with LEGO to immortalise these tricky flowers in brick form, thus embedding them with the public memory, forever. Homebase hopes that the LEGO building block buds will encourage children to get gardening and educate…

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Stephen Fry to help Soldiers’ Charity relaunch world war one trenches newspaper

A newspaper, produced by soldiers in the trenches of World War One is to be re-launched next week by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, for one week only, with contributions from some of the most prolific war correspondents including John Simpson, Kate Adie and Caroline Wyatt alongside Stephen Fry who will write in the guise of a descendent of Blackadder’s General Melchett. The Wipers Times was produced from 1916 until the end of the First World War, after Captain Fred Roberts – an officer from the Sherwood Foresters – found an old printing press in a barn close to the Front…

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Chris Parsons is the Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014

Chris Parsons, a self-employed gardener from County Durham, has won the much sought after and nationally acclaimed Institute of Horticulture 2014 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition (YHoY) at the Grand Final, held at the John Innes Centre, Norwich on 10 May 10. He wins the coveted £2,000 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. After the competition, Chris said “The YHoY competition has been brilliant and over the last four years that I have entered I have met some excellent like-minded people from all over the country. The competition this year was exceptionally strong. The mountains of Vietnam…

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