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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

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  • butler

    Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions

    We asked you, the readers of Pro Landscaper to send in your questions concerning all elements of the landscaping industry. This week, we speak with Sean Butler of Cube 1994, to help tackle some of the biggest questions in landscaping today. What is best to do if a client is unhappy with an installation that cannot be altered? This simply comes down to communication. The client and the contractor should be communicating on a regular basis and this scenario should never happen. I believe that everything can be altered it’s just who is going to pay? If it’s too expensive…

  • talasey

    Talasey Group announces managing director and CEO

    Talasey Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Whitlock as its new managing director while company founder Mark Wall becomes CEO. Following on from the launch of Natural Paving USA Inc in 2017 and the introduction of Talasey Group as the overarching corporate entity for the UK in January this year, the company continues to enjoy a period of significant growth and development. Since entering the US market, Natural Paving has quickly found traction and is already supplying its natural stone hard landscaping products across the South Eastern belt of the USA. CEO Mark Wall’s strategic focus will…

  • soils

    Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity

    The Arboricultural Association has announced the full line up of 34 speaker sessions for the 52nd National Amenity Conference titled – Soils & Trees – Standing your Ground. The schedule includes 10 prominent international speakers, who will take delegates on narrative journey through soil science and trees, and help us get serious about soils. Soils and their importance have come into focus in recent years and understanding their science is increasingly recognised as critical to improving the establishment and growth of trees, whatever their setting. For professionals involved in the care and cultivation of amenity trees, Arboriculture begins and ends…

  • school

    RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced

    Shropshire fifteen-year-old crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year London secondary school wins RHS School Gardening Team of the Year Norfolk teacher named RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year Secondary schools have come out on top in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Celebrating the passion and creativity in gardening, the competition shines a light on the powerful impact that gardening can have on children’s learning, development and wellbeing. This year’s winners, chosen by a panel of judges from nearly 200 nominations are: RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018: Ellie Micklewright, Newport Girls’ HighSchool Academy Trust,…

  • social

    A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas

    This week, Pro Landscaper picks the brain of Sian Parsons, senior designer at John Cullen Lighting to discover the intricacies of lighting outdoor social areas, and how it is best executed.   What are some of the options available to light an outdoor social area? “The best outdoor social area lighting is one that gives you atmosphere and fun,” Sian says. “Stringing up external fairy lights can look beautiful, either in waves overhead, hanging in trees or simply wrapped around tree trunks. “It’s also worth considering low level washes under fixed benches or tables to add a glow, or step…

Latest

Macmillan

Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis

Jun 20, 2018

A garden telling the tale of life after a cancer diagnosis will be exhibited at this year’s Southport Flower Show on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Garden designer, Jason O’Donnell, was moved to create the garden for Macmillan after his father passed away from lung cancer last December, just eight months after receiving his diagnosis. The garden celebrates the work of Macmillan and is a reminder of how important gifts left in wills are to the charity, which received over £84m in legacy donations last year. The garden’s standout feature, a giant storybook with pages made up of dry stone…

new

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards

Jun 20, 2018

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® from Frank P Matthews has been crowned this year as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show. The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® is a fantastic form of the already popular spring flowering Laburnum. It is a columnar growing tree with a very narrow upright habit so perfect for any size of garden and even patios and balconies. The bright sunny yellow pendant flowers adorn the tree in May creating a beautiful…

children

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries

Jun 19, 2018

Perennial, the UK charity dedicated to helping all those who work in all branches of the horticulture industry, wants more horticulture professionals to know that funding is available to help their dependent children should they need it. Perennial has recently launched a new Child Bursary scheme to help horticulturists who may not need Perennial’s help themselves, but whose child or children have an educational need that their income will not support. This type of grant can also help those struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the school holidays. Some examples of the type of thing a…

avenue

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent

Jun 19, 2018

The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges and the public, with comments already flying on how it is the highlight of the show. With the introduction of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, it is a great way to showcase young talent, and give them the chance to build some of their first solo show gardens. Jacob and Laurence won the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, with both teams putting in a huge amount of effort and pride into the gardens…

pollen

Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project

Jun 19, 2018

Pollen from Eden’s giant titan arum flower is being sent to Germany to help breed more of the rare and spectacular plants. The pollen is being given to Bonn University Botanic Garden. It has been harvested from Eden’s latest titan, which towered over two metres tall when it bloomed last weekend. It will be used by horticulturists in Bonn to pollinate titan flowers there. To collect the pollen, Eden scientists carefully cut a hole in the base of the spathe that encloses the spadix, or flower spike, and then used a spoon to scrape the pollen into a container. Originating…

Parterre

Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range

Jun 19, 2018

Stark & Greensmith has launched a new laser-cut garden screen range, in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), boasting a design inspired by seventeenth century illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library. The Parterre range includes four decorative panels which can add instant ‘show garden’ impact and privacy to a space. Engravings of knot gardens and parterres from ‘The English Gardner’ by Leonard Meager (c1624 – c1704), first published in London in 1688, have been referenced in the new panel design by Stark & Greensmith’s creative director, Martine Le Gassick. Available in both full-height (1.78m H x 1.19m W) and balustrade…

world

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced

Jun 19, 2018

BBC Gardeners’ World Live has announced all the winners of its prestigious annual awards, honouring a garden based on the history of the host city, Birmingham, with its highest accolade, a Platinum Award plus Best Show Garden. Designed by Paul Stone, the ‘Made in Birmingham Garden’ features a fully-functional steam locomotive set along a railway embankment, featuring a prize-produce allotment, cut-flower garden and, in a nod to region’s brewery culture, a hops and barley patch. Also in the Show Garden category, the ‘Wyevale Garden Centres’ Solution Garden’ designed by David Stevens scooped a Platinum award. The spectacular garden which was…

veronica

British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win

Jun 15, 2018

A new Veronica plant which has been bred in Worcester and is being grown in Hereford has this month (June, 2018) been entered in to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show’s New Plant Awards. Wyevale Nurseries has submitted Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ as well as Hydrangea ‘Magical Charlotte’ and Salvia ‘Kisses & Wishes’ to the awards, which take place on June 19 and 20 in Warwickshire. Adam Dunnett, sales & marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Veronica spicata ‘Pink Passion’ is a local treasure, hailing from Chris Smith of CS Plants in Worcestershire. Chris is a young and…

carr

The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

Jun 15, 2018

Jump on board the British Flower Bus as it makes a stop off in Harrogate during the RHS Garden Harlow Carr annual flower show on 22 – 24 June 2018. The 42ft bus is part of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by celebrity floral designer Jonathan Moseley to fly the flag for British-grown cut flowers. ‘Passengers’ will have a chance to get hands-on creating fabulous British floral displays with seasonal favourites. Jonathan will also create three spectacular floral photo frames using fresh cut flowers for visitors to enjoy. The show – now in its third year – is a chance to browse, buy, and pick up…

greenfingers

New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers

Jun 14, 2018

Greenfingers, based in Midlothian, Scotland, have renewed their fleet of Etesia groundcare equipment by purchasing 14 Pro 46 PHCS pedestrian mowers and a Buffalo 100 BPHP ride-on mower. Established in 1991, Greenfingers offers professional garden and grounds maintenance and commercial soft landscaping throughout the Lothians, Borders and Fife. The contractor has been relying on a wide range of Etesia equipment for a number of years, and proprietor Jason McCran revealed how it all started. “I had initially heard of Etesia through press articles in trade magazines – there were always good reviews and people seemed to rate them highly. That…

grow

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own

Jun 14, 2018

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be bringing a festival of food and flowers from 2-8 July with gardens to highlight simple and easy ways to grow fresh food at home. The RHS is joining forces with one of the UK’s best loved chefs and champion of home grown produce, Raymond Blanc OBE, to bring his famous gardening school from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden will be packed with ‘grow your own’ inspiration and ideas to encourage people of all ages to get growing no matter how big…

wildflower

London’s Limmo Peninsula enhanced by Wildflower Meadow

Jun 14, 2018

Hampshire-grown wildflower has recently commuted to London, playing their part in the regeneration of Canning Town as part of London’s ambitious Crossrail project. A beautiful wildflower meadow supplied by experts Wildflower Turf Ltd is now capping a maintenance and escape shaft for the Elizabeth line on the Limmo Peninsula. Overlooked by high-rise developments and next to the River Lee, the peninsula was Crossrail’s primary worksite for their eastbound tunnel boring machines, and the area adjoins Canning Town Tube and Docklands Light Railway station. Working with landscaping partner Turney Landscapes Ltd, Wildflower Turf Ltd was commissioned by CSJV – the Costain…

News

contractors

GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July

GreenBlue Urban announces the launch of the next generation Soil cell solution RootSpace 400. The GreenBlue Urban RootSpace® system is in essence, a soil support system for urban tree planting – designed for maximum uncompacted soil and rooting volume, is utility friendly with economic freight and industry leading strength characteristics. To celebrate the launch, GreenBlue Urban are inviting key contractors to their headquarters in Bodiam, East Sussex on Wednesday 4 July 2018 for a contractors day. Visitors will assist in a trial tree pit to discover first-hand how easy RootSpace is to put together with each stage identified in installing a…

murray

Murray Landscapes scores at hub South West’s eighth building for growth awards

Brothers Lee and Marc Murray, of family-run business Murray Landscapes, have come out top at the latest Building for Growth Programme course created by hub South West. hub South West, the construction and infrastructure focused partnership works with local authorities and private sector enterprises in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway to provide state-of-the-art community facilities. Now in its eighth cycle, hub South West’s Building for Growth programme is targeted at ambitious local SMEs looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building upon the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of work. Over 90 delegates from…

butler

Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions

We asked you, the readers of Pro Landscaper to send in your questions concerning all elements of the landscaping industry. This week, we speak with Sean Butler of Cube 1994, to help tackle some of the biggest questions in landscaping today. What is best to do if a client is unhappy with an installation that cannot be altered? This simply comes down to communication. The client and the contractor should be communicating on a regular basis and this scenario should never happen. I believe that everything can be altered it’s just who is going to pay? If it’s too expensive…

rail

Green-tech returns to exhibit at Rail Live

Green-tech returned to exhibit at Rail Live 2018 which is being heralded as the biggest and best event yet. Rail Live 2018 which took place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June in Warwickshire was organised by RAIL magazine. It is the largest, most comprehensive outdoor event for rail in the UK. The show has undergone a transformation and unveiled many new developments for 2018 which included live demonstrations from over 400 exhibitors and sponsors. Green-tech are specialists in tree planting, vegetation management, biodiversity and conservation solutions and showcased their gt Green Screens, chemicals, wildflowers and tree planting products. Sales director at Green-tech,…

talasey

Talasey Group announces managing director and CEO

Talasey Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Whitlock as its new managing director while company founder Mark Wall becomes CEO. Following on from the launch of Natural Paving USA Inc in 2017 and the introduction of Talasey Group as the overarching corporate entity for the UK in January this year, the company continues to enjoy a period of significant growth and development. Since entering the US market, Natural Paving has quickly found traction and is already supplying its natural stone hard landscaping products across the South Eastern belt of the USA. CEO Mark Wall’s strategic focus will…

posh

The Posh Shed Company to unveil new ranges at Hampton Court

Visitors to the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will be among the first to see the new ranges from the Posh Shed Company. The three new options are the “Posh”, “Very Posh” and “Unbelievably Posh” and the show will be their first outing. They have been created to allow customers the freedom to determine exactly how posh they’d like their shed. “Posh” sheds offer the same high standard of design and build quality that is expected of The Posh Shed Company, but are supplied in treated timber and ready for self-installation with comprehensive instructions and all the fixtures included….

soils

Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity

The Arboricultural Association has announced the full line up of 34 speaker sessions for the 52nd National Amenity Conference titled – Soils & Trees – Standing your Ground. The schedule includes 10 prominent international speakers, who will take delegates on narrative journey through soil science and trees, and help us get serious about soils. Soils and their importance have come into focus in recent years and understanding their science is increasingly recognised as critical to improving the establishment and growth of trees, whatever their setting. For professionals involved in the care and cultivation of amenity trees, Arboriculture begins and ends…

school

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced

Shropshire fifteen-year-old crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year London secondary school wins RHS School Gardening Team of the Year Norfolk teacher named RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year Secondary schools have come out on top in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Celebrating the passion and creativity in gardening, the competition shines a light on the powerful impact that gardening can have on children’s learning, development and wellbeing. This year’s winners, chosen by a panel of judges from nearly 200 nominations are: RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018: Ellie Micklewright, Newport Girls’ HighSchool Academy Trust,…

timotay

Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners

Timotay Landscapes were shortlisted to compete in this year’s APL Avenue Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Each of the contenders were tasked with creating an inspirational, aspirational but relatable garden at the show, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Timotay Landscapes have been awarded a silver merit at BBC Gardener’s World, which reflects their expertise, passion and desire to create inspirational outdoor spaces. Timotay celebrated their 30th year in 2017, and continue with their award winning year. In March of this year, Timotay Landscapes also won a Gold and Silver Award from the Association of…

workwear

Stihl expands Workwear range

STIHL has expanded its range of high-visibility workwear that offers professionals the very best in comfort and mobility. The new lightweight MS Protect cut protective high-visibility jacket and trousers -both available in different sizes – provide professionals with freedom of movement, and are ideal for a range of applications including arb, forestry and landscaping work. The Protect MS jacket comes with two chest pockets as well as an outlet opening for harnesses on the back. The elbows and shoulders feature thorn protection and breathable ADVANCE cut protection has been included in the chest, shoulder, arm and stomach areas for improved…

social

A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas

This week, Pro Landscaper picks the brain of Sian Parsons, senior designer at John Cullen Lighting to discover the intricacies of lighting outdoor social areas, and how it is best executed.   What are some of the options available to light an outdoor social area? “The best outdoor social area lighting is one that gives you atmosphere and fun,” Sian says. “Stringing up external fairy lights can look beautiful, either in waves overhead, hanging in trees or simply wrapped around tree trunks. “It’s also worth considering low level washes under fixed benches or tables to add a glow, or step…

thrive

Give it some welly for Thrive this September

Show your support for garden therapy charity Thrive this September by giving it some welly! Last year saw an array of people – from school children to a Strictly star – wear their wellies with pride to boost Thrive’s funds. The idea is simple – slip on some wellies instead of usual footwear on Wednesday 19 September and donate to Thrive. Anyone can take part, businesses, schools, colleges, basically anyone who has a pair of wellies! It’s a bit of fun, raising much-needed funds for Thrive to enable our horticultural therapists to help more people use plants and gardens to improve their…

Macmillan

Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis

A garden telling the tale of life after a cancer diagnosis will be exhibited at this year’s Southport Flower Show on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Garden designer, Jason O’Donnell, was moved to create the garden for Macmillan after his father passed away from lung cancer last December, just eight months after receiving his diagnosis. The garden celebrates the work of Macmillan and is a reminder of how important gifts left in wills are to the charity, which received over £84m in legacy donations last year. The garden’s standout feature, a giant storybook with pages made up of dry stone…

new

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® from Frank P Matthews has been crowned this year as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the HTA National Plant Show. The show, sponsored by Hortipak, takes place 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket® is a fantastic form of the already popular spring flowering Laburnum. It is a columnar growing tree with a very narrow upright habit so perfect for any size of garden and even patios and balconies. The bright sunny yellow pendant flowers adorn the tree in May creating a beautiful…

children

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries

Perennial, the UK charity dedicated to helping all those who work in all branches of the horticulture industry, wants more horticulture professionals to know that funding is available to help their dependent children should they need it. Perennial has recently launched a new Child Bursary scheme to help horticulturists who may not need Perennial’s help themselves, but whose child or children have an educational need that their income will not support. This type of grant can also help those struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the school holidays. Some examples of the type of thing a…

avenue

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent

The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges and the public, with comments already flying on how it is the highlight of the show. With the introduction of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, it is a great way to showcase young talent, and give them the chance to build some of their first solo show gardens. Jacob and Laurence won the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, with both teams putting in a huge amount of effort and pride into the gardens…