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June 25, 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

Recycling plants from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 at Barking Riverside London

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This spring, the landscape, architecture and art collective Wayward is collaborating with Barking Riverside London and DF Clark to produce an innovative recycling scheme: to rehome thousands of plants and materials from the world’s most prestigious flower show. Where do the plants go after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show? As part of an ambitious community exchange in its third year, with the support of a volunteer team, thousands of recycled plants and materials will be redistributed to local schools and community gardens, creating a lasting legacy for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Plants and gardening materials will be distributed to eligible community groups…

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Dalefoot release new peat free Bulb Compost

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A new peat free Bulb Compost, made from wild bracken harvested from the Lake District fells, has been launched by Dalefoot Composts. Dalefoot has developed this premium, carbon-neutral compost with award-winning lily growers HW Hyde & Son who have used it to grow ‘gold medal’ bulbs at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The compost itself has now been shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2018 (show stand AR/545). It boasts the perfect blend of free draining compost with natural, must-have nutrients and trace elements, to grow eye-catching flowers and to feed the bulb restoring its reserves for the…

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Hillier brings ‘A Royal Celebration’ to the Chelsea Flower Show

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This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature a truly special display commissioned to celebrate the Royal Wedding and Hillier has been selected to create it. “A Royal Celebration by Hillier” will welcome visitors to the Grand Pavilion at this year’s show. At the heart of the entrance will be impressive corten-steel staircases adorned with beautifully royal-themed floral displays to welcome visitors. Seeing as Hillier is the UK’s largest grower of semi-mature trees, it is no surprise that the entrance exhibit will feature Hillier trees on either side, selected from the 750,000 trees that the company grows at any one…

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RHS replaces ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ with ‘Plants for Pollinators’

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One of the biggest problems for pollinators is a lack of flowering plants, especially those packed with pollen and nectar, so in 2011 we launched the Perfect for Pollinators logo to encourage gardeners to grow more of them. We care passionately about our bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other pollinators and believe gardens play an important role in reversing their decline. The brand has never resulted in any profit for the RHS. We have been reviewing the logo after research found that some labelled plants contained traces of pesticides. While the RHS encourages responsible growing practices, it cannot, as a charity,…

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Eden scent crazy as sweet and smelly flowers burst into bloom

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The scent of one of the world’s smelliest plants is going head to head with a bouquet of fragrant blooms in a battle of the senses at the Eden Project. As peak spring hits Cornwall, spectacular but stinky dragon arums are shooting up across the Mediterranean Biome in their biggest show ever at Eden. The flower’s aroma – likened to rotting flesh – is counterbalanced by a galaxy of famously aromatic plants including stocks, or Matthiola, and evergreen jasmine, or Trachelospermum, evoking the smell of summer with a gorgeous coconut scent. Intensely-scented centifolia roses which are used in perfumes are…

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A look into Kingston Landscape Group’s nursery

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The Otter is one of two nurseries owned by Kingston Landscape Group, offering a wide range of plants for both trade and retail sales. Based in Ottershaw, Surrey this 18 acre site holds on average 20,000 plants with the focus being herbaceous perennials. This year the company has installed a new tree line for specimens up to 30cm girth including evergreen trees and espaliers. “The advantage of owning our own nurseries”, says managing director Steve Evans, “is that it gives us priority access at any time of year to seasonal plants. At short notice we can select the very best…

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Hortus Loci championing Chelsea stalwarts and new talent

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Specialist plant and tree nursery Hortus Loci are no stranger to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and 2018 looks like being their busiest to date. Hortus Loci is the brain child of horticultural heavyweights Mark Straver and Robin Wallis, who between them have over 50 years experience working in UK horticulture and both of whom are 3rd generation nurserymen. Hortus Loci is a totally unique place for professional gardeners, landscapers, designers and their clients. The top 30 European landscape architects regularly use the nursery which is rapidly edging towards having the largest available range of trees, perennials, shrubs and plants,…

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Johnsons donates plants to two Harrogate Flower Show gardens

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Horticultural nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, has donated £600 worth of plants to two gold award winning gardens at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The nursery, based in Whixley, North Yorkshire, has donated £300 worth of plants to the charity Horticap’s ‘All Characters Great & Small’ show garden, and £300 worth of shrubs and herbaceous plants to Yorkshire Garden Designs for its ‘Eden’ show garden. Horticap is based in Bluecoat Wood Nurseries in Harrogate and provides adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills. Its garden, handcrafted by students and staff, is inspired by iconic…

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AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2019 open for entries

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Recognising the very best of the best in the horticultural industry, the 10th International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2019 is open for entries. The event is taking place at the IPM fairground on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in Essen, Germany, alongside IPM Essen 2019. The awards recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe. The categories are: FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES – Plants and trees ready for final sale. YOUNG PLANTS – Cuttings, plugs, liners, seedlings, etc, sold for growing on. CUT FLOWERS AND…

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Brexit and biosecurity

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The UK’s biosecurity threat There has been an increase in the rate at which harmful plant pests and diseases have become established in the UK. Diseases such as ash dieback and those caused by Phytophthora, and pests such as box tree moth and horse chestnut leaf miner are causing significant changes to our landscape and horticultural practices. The risk of new plant pests and diseases being introduced is associated with the longterm trend of increasing volume and speed of movement of traded plants and other material, imported from an expanding variety of sources. UK imports of live plants, foliage, branches,…

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