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May 27, 2018

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Covent Garden blooms for Chelsea Fringe -

Saturday, May 26, 2018

American Hardwood Export Council and Waugh Thistleton Architects collaborate with ARUP on landmark pavilion -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer celebration of art, creativity and imagination at Borde Hill Garden -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Special RHS Chelsea award winners revealed -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Stihl expands Viking range of petrol mowers -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Celebrating the benefits of plants with The Great Escape industry exhibit -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plant of the Year and Product of the Year revealed at RHS Chelsea -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HTA makes two big appointments -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Timotay Landscapes shortlisted for APL Avenue Show Garden competition -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Love Your Garden: NHS Special -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh presents Griffin Glasshouses’ donation to the National Garden Scheme -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Capel Manor’s ’50 Shades of Gold’ garden wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bernhard’s Nurseries enjoy success at Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Countrywide Grounds landscapes new garden to provide respite for patients at Alderney Hospital -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Myeloma UK Garden by John Everiss wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Lemon Tree Trust Refugee Garden wins Silver-Gilt at Chelsea -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hat trick of awards for Landform Consultants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

10 design trends at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from SGD members -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Lisa’s first blog, but not her first Chelsea -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Max’s outlook -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Lisa’s first blog, but not her first Chelsea

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So, firstly, this is my first ever blog – under duress from the team I have been asked to record my thoughts on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, so please excuse me if I’ve got it all wrong! This is mine and Jim’s 8th RHS Chelsea visit and every year delights us in a different way. We were slightly later arriving at the showground on press day and arriving just before noon the place felt very serene and calm, not at all what I’d expected. For us it’s as much about the people as the beautiful gardens and we were…

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Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Max’s outlook

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To start with, the atmosphere was incredible with excited chatter everywhere and designers twitching with enthusiasm to explain the intricacies of their gardens and their outlook on this year’s show. Specific gardens that stood out to myself included the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants for its rugged style that contrasted nicely to the other show gardens. Another design I particularly appreciated was the RHS Feel Good Garden by Matt Keightley, highlighting the impact that gardens can have on mental and physical health. I see this as a wonderful way to raise awareness of the…

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Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Abbie’s first experience

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My first experience of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was amazing, I adored every second of it! From stepping out of the underground station at Sloane Square, I was immediately excited by the way the surrounding area got involved with the show, with shops fronts adorning beautiful flower displays – I wish London was always blooming like that! It was lovely that the sun was shining for my first Chelsea experience, and it was wonderful seeing all the gardens in person after really getting to know them, and the meaning behind them, whilst putting together the Pro Landscaper Chelsea Supplement….

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A simple guide to securing tools on site

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Pro Landscaper gains insight from Andy Palmer, master locksmith at Grays Locksmiths, on securing landscaping tools and equipment on site and in . Tool theft in the UK has increased by over 30 percent in the last full year, with tradespeople in Yorkshire and the Midlands particularly at risk. For those professionals that heavily rely on their tools and equipment to complete jobs, it’s important to take safety precautions. There are many ways to ensure tools and material goods are kept safe, from extra lighting around to storing tools in a lock-tight storage box. While these tips will not guarantee…

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Beth Chatto obituary

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Beth Chatto OBE sadly passed away on 13 May 2018 at the age of 94 at her home near Colchester. Beth was an accomplished gardener, plantswoman and writer over a six-decade long career, winning numerous awards including 10 consecutive gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Victoria Medal of Honour, and The John Brookes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers. Giving back to the world was a huge part of Beth’s life. During her lifetime, she set up the Beth Chatto Education Trust, with the aim of carrying her passion for plants and nature to…

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Design inspiration with David Keegan

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Pro Landscaper sits with David Keegan of David Keegan Garden Design, discussing his design inspiration and feelings upon being presented an International Landscape Design Award.   Can you tell us about some of your most distinguished projects? I have been fortunate enough to have received a previous award in the international landscape design awards USA in 2012 for a project in the High Peaks in Derbyshire and that project is one that is still dear to my heart as it perfectly embodies my love of unique and rugged landscape that is the Peak District National Park. The project was also…

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How does winning industry awards help benefit a landscaping business?

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In the words of Cube 1994‘s Sean Butler: “Industry awards give you a USP and validation for discerning clients who want their gardens to be built by the very best in the industry.” Clients not being the only priority, Sean tells us the attraction awards have to garden designers. “Awards allow designers to recognise that there is a separation in quality, and by using award winning landscapers to build their gardens, the benefits quickly become apparent.” Rae Wilkinson, of Rae Wilkinson Garden & Landscape Design informs us about how award recognition impacts her views. “Awards provide recognition from industry peers and kudos…

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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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Handling design budgets with Catherine MacDonald

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Pro Landscaper speaks to Catherine MacDonald about handling budget expectations, and ask for Catherine’s top tips to reduce project costs without compromising a garden’s design “Due to my nature, I prefer to be completely honest with clients, telling them straight if their expectations are exceeding their budget – of course telling them in a diplomatic manner,” Catherine says. When asked about a standard client reaction to this reality check, she explains: “Sometimes this leads them to change their expectations and alter their design brief or it can lead to clients increasing their budget, to allow the garden to be completed…

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The last 10 gardens to win ‘Best in Show’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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As the annual RHS Chelsea flower show approaches, and designers have their eyes firmly set on the top accolades available, Pro Landscaper takes a trip down memory lane to bring you the last 10 gardens to take home the big one – Best in Show.

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