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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

Xylella 30 Day Action Plan

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Due to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa and the potential devastation it poses to the horticultural industry the HTA has created a 30-day action plan. Through initiatives such as education and sharing best practice, the HTA want to continue to increase awareness of Xylella and help reduce the threat of it being introduced into the United Kingdom. Over the next 30 days, the HTA is increasing its communications to both HTA members and non-members, producing Xylella Guidance Toolkits for business to educate themselves, their staff and consumers. These materials can then also be used to hold cluster meetings within their…

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The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most prestigious events in the global gardening calendar, with over 165,000 people attending the show each year. The amount of work in putting together the show is phenomenal, but what does it take to create a gold medal winning Chelsea garden? George Hillier gives insight from the most successful exhibitor in Chelsea Flower Show history, Hillier Nurseries. “There are some incredibly impressive numbers behind Hillier, and we are very proud of every single one of them. Let’s start with Hillier’s biggest stat – 72 consecutive gold medals! Another impressive figure is…

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Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair

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The Plant Fairs Roadshow will roll into Bexley on the 22 April carrying bags made from corn starch. The plant fair at Hall Place will see leading independent nursery men and women – many of them RHS Gold Medal winning nurseries – blazing a trail and saying goodbye to plastic bags. Colin Moat, organiser of the Plant Fairs Roadshow, said: “All the nurseries involved in the Roadshow have been concerned about the use of plastic carrier bags for some time. We looked first at using paper carriers, but these have an ecological impact in both production, transport and are made…

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The 7 strangest plants in the world

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The horticulture industry showcases an abundance of magnificent plants in projects and show gardens the world over, and designers are often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking between beautiful flowers or show-stopping trees. Not all clients however have the most conventional taste, and mother nature has a plethora of weird and wonderful creations to offer us. Pro Landscaper has rounded up the seven strangest plants from around the world that would make striking features in any landscape.   1. Rafflesia arnoldii Producing the largest individual flower on earth, the Rafflesia arnoldii certainly looks disconcerting with its gaping mouth….

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Top 5 hedges for coastal projects

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Coastal projects are an immense challenge, with highly adverse conditions making them a suitable growing environment for only the toughest of plants. Pro Landscaper has asked a range of designers for their top five picks for the best hedging for coastal projects – The results are in:    1) Quercus ilex Growing Habits: Bushy, slow growth                Max. height: 12m                Flowers: None Also known as Holm Oak, this evergreen plant will grow in full sun, or partial shade in almost any variety of soil. It is both disease…

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Solar powered Christmas tree sales double

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The TCL group reports solar powered Christmas trees are seeing a massive surge in popularity among local authorities across the UK as councils seek new ways to minimise public spending. The news comes from the country’s largest provider of plant displays, Plantscape, which has seen sales of its cost-effective alternative to traditional yuletide offerings double since 2015. The company, which has been providing floral displays to the public sector for the past 16 years and solar-powered trees for a decade, is anticipating even greater interest in its products as councils wise up to the financial, energy saving and hassle-free benefits of a…

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Spring preview event at Provender Nurseries 2018 summary

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In early March Provender Nurseries revealed the result of extensive changes on site with their Spring Event.  Invitations went out in late February to registered customers of Provender Nurseries first ever Spring Preview Event. Held over three days guests were invited to take a tour of the entire site to review extensive changes that have taken place at Provender Nurseries in the last year. Over 150 companies attended over the three days and were given guided tours around site by Provender Nurseries’ staff members. Invitations included a cooked breakfast, a tour of the site and guests received a 10 percent…

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Highlighting women in horticulture to mark International Women’s Day

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Female members of staff at Johnsons of Whixley have offered their own insight into the changing roles of women in horticulture, and what the future may hold. The perspectives have been gathered to mark International Women’s Day (8 March), which campaigns to ‘press forward’ and progress gender parity. The Day aims to unite and motivate friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Roughly 25% of the Johnsons workforce is female, and many of those have seen the industry change for women during their time with the business. Vicky Newell is responsible for key customer accounts…

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Cultivation Street aid schools with sizable donation

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During April over 10,000 plants will be given away free of charge to school gardens and community gardening projects across the UK through the national community and school garden campaign Cultivation Street. Cultivation Street (now in its sixth year) was founded by Chartered Horticulturalist and broadcaster David Domoney and supports communities and schools across the UK. This year the campaign has a new sponsor – Calliope® Flowers. Calliope® is a geranium unlike any other, with more flowers in vibrant and intense colours, super easy to care for and longer-lasting.  Calliope® has provided 10,000 plants to be donated to projects across the…

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Barcham Trees investigate B&B specialist nurseries in the US

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Immediately prior to making a well-received presentation at the “Chesapeake Green 2018” annual horticultural symposium in Maryland, USA, in late February 2018, Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre visited two nurseries in the state which specialise in growing B&B (balled and burlapped/field-grow) trees. Steve Black of Raemelton Farm, Adamstown, explained to him how in 2016 he introduced to the market USDA-certified organic landscape-ready trees – a first for the industry in the USA. “Consumers are increasingly interested in how things they buy are produced. We have been using many of the practices required for organic production for years, such as using cover…

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