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May 27, 2018

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Success for Woodlodge at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Business rates success for growers -

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

Bill Trotman

Let’s hear it from….. Mr Bill Trotman, Managing Director of Continental Landscapes. We visited the Oxford head office to speak with the MD of Continental Landscapes, one of the biggest companies in the UK industry, about his company, house building in Scotland and life in the fast lane. Hi Bill, how long have you been at Continental Landscapes and where were you before? I’ve been working in the industry for over 40 years and at Continental as MD for the last 4 years.  I worked in a garden centre when I was at school and started work for Bolton Council…

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Melissa Jolly

After a long career break looking after my two children, I decided to re-train in garden design at the Oxford College of Garden Design.  The one year post graduate diploma was all-consuming and I was inspired by every aspect of this industry.  I set up my garden design business in January 2010 and shortly after entered a competition run by NS&I to design a show garden at BBC Gardener’s World Live.  I was one of three winners and built my first show garden “The Salad Bar”, at the NEC in Birmingham in June 2010.  I received a Silver medal for…

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Jason Lock

Jason Lock, Deakinlock  www.deakinlock.co.uk 1.       What would you say is the best thing about your job? The variety of work that we get as a design practice and the people I meet and talk to every day, no project is ever the same nor the budget which keeps me on my toes! It is also great being my own boss!   2.       What made you want to get into the industry? I wanted a job which enabled me to combine being outside with but also enabled me to be creative.   3.       Challenges ahead in your work? The economy is…

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Gillian Polley

Gillian Polley,  Polley Garden Design www.polleygardendesign.com Q What made you want to get into the industry? A passion for plants and gardens.   Q What would you say is the best thing about your job? The process of transformation of a garden from a neglected or unused uninspiring space to a garden the clients love, use and are excited about.   Q How is the bulk of your work made up? Domestic garden large and small – I enjoy variety.   Q Current trends in the Market? Growing your own vegetables.   Q How do you remain competitive? Listening carefully…

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Andy Simpson

Name: Andy Simpson, Winter Maintenance Operations Manager Company details:  Ground Control Ltd, Billericay, Essex www.ground-control.co.uk 1.       What would you say is the best thing about your job? The excitement of managing a challenging environment with very little warning, even in these days where we can put a man on the moon our weather forecast accuracy is measured in hours!   What made you want to get into the industry? I had applied to my local council for two apprenticeships (Electrician & Horticulture) having passed the initial assessments I was asked in for a second interview and was asked by the…

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Fiona Stephenson

The Little Interview  – Fiona Stephenson  – Fiona Stephenson Designs Ltd.  www.fionastephensondesigns.com 1.       What would you say is the best thing about your job?  Visiting people after a year or so of finishing their garden and hearing their experience of it.  Transforming a garden space from the ordinary to the extraordinary is a magical journey, often people find it hard to believe that their garden could look and feel so completely different, when it’s actually the same volume, area and surroundings.   2.       How is the bulk of your work made up? Complete garden transformations, often for repeat clients (when…

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Mick Gammage

The Little Interview – Mick Gammage, Crystalclear www.crystalclearideas.co.uk What would you say is the best thing about your job? There is never a day goes by without learning something new and I can’t think of another profession where I would be able to get as much job satisfaction whilst making my customer very happy.   What made you want to get into the industry? I served my time as a carpenter/cabinet maker but decided I wanted the freedom of working for myself in an outdoor environment.   Challenges ahead in your work? Maintain good health and happiness.   How is…

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Amanda Patton

The Little Interview – Amanda Patton –Amanda Patton Garden Design & Planting www.amandapatton.co.uk 1.       What would you say is the best thing about your job? That great moment when you see a site for the first time and can see all its possibilities; closely followed by the high of cracking the concept.   2.       What made you want to get into the industry? I’d been working as an illustrator but wanted new challenges; I designed my garden when I moved house in the late 90s and realised this was the direction I wanted to take; I set up the business…

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Caroline Vickers

The Little Interview – Caroline Vickers, Regional Sales Manager – Barcham Trees www.barchamtrees.co.uk 1. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? When searching for prospective clients on the internet I discover amazing websites which show stunning landscapes in the countryside, parks and gardens which can be enhanced with Barcham Trees. 2. WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY? My background is in sales and lead generation.  I was delighted when my brother, Mike Glover, the owner of Barcham Trees, asked me to help develop the retail side of the business (based in Ely Cambridge) in the South-East.  3. CHALLENGES…

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Louise Topp

Louise Topp – Kawasaki Motors – Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator www.kawasaki.eu What is the best thing about your job? No two days are the same and it is always an exciting challenge to meet the tight deadlines that I face from internal staff and our European dealer and distributor network.  I enjoy dealing with a diverse range of issues relating to each different country throughout Europe as well as liaising with our Japanese colleagues to provide them with a clear picture of our needs. What made you want to get into the industry? I was always interested in engines and…

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