February 22, 2017

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Harmony in horticulture on the horizon -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Focus on plants for the world horse welfare artisan garden -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wet and warm winter weather disease warning for turf professionals -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Howard Nurseries appoint new operations manager -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gardening Scotland unveils charity partner for 2017 -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snowdrop Mania brings in the crowds -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tim’O’Hare conduct soil survey for RHS Garden Bridgewater -

Monday, February 20, 2017

TigerTurf bolsters overseas operations with new export sales manager -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Developing home-grown talent at Janine Pattison Studios -

Monday, February 20, 2017

RTPI awards shortlist announced -

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LT Studio appointed for Watchet quayside -

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Award-winning Expo garden becomes public park -

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Youth at the cutting edge of design at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park -

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Melissa Morton celebrates HOUZZ “Best Customer Service” Award -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Regeneration plan for Croydon Council’s former HQ revealed -

Friday, February 17, 2017

£23m West Rhyl green space features Tobermore’s fabulous fusion -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Action for new species discovered on brink of extinction -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heligan invests in its future -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bradstone launches next generation concrete and pushes porcelain to the extreme -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Play industry calls on minister to protect our parks -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Harmony in horticulture on the horizon

    The theme of harmony is set to dominate tree planting and gardening trends in 2017, according to a green spaces expert. Chris Mills, general manager at national tree supply and planting and relocation specialist Glendale Civic Trees as well as one Pro Landscapers 30 under 30 – the next generation awards in 2015, says people will benefit from utilising simplistic landscape designs and calming colours in their gardens. Chris said: “The Flower Council of Holland announced its four trends for 2017 as harmonise, equalise, energise and rebel and from a design perspective we’ll see this reflected in colours, shapes and…

  • Focus on plants for the world horse welfare artisan garden

    In keeping with their signature ‘wild and wonderful’ style, garden designers Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith have selected between 50-60 different species of wildflowers and wild grasses, plus trees and shrubs which are all British natives. for the World Horse Welfare Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Almost 1,000 plants will be grown in total, with 300 cultivated in Adam and Jonathan’s own garden in Hertfordshire. The garden is a traditional wildflower garden and will tell the story of a real horse rescued from a small, derelict stable and nursed back to health under World Horse Welfare’s care,…

  • Wet and warm winter weather disease warning for turf professionals

    With this year’s wet and warm winter weather creating the perfect conditions for turf diseases such as fusarium, snow mould and anthracnose to thrive, maintaining healthy rhizosphere conditions is the first step in preventing infections from detracting from turf performance and appearance. That is the advice from Richard Brown of Germinal who recommends that an early season application of a rhizobacteria enhanced fertiliser will not only provide plants with vital nutrients, but will also promote healthy root development and protect against soil borne seedling diseases. “Apart from the occasional, brief period of colder weather, many parts of the UK have…

  • Howard Nurseries appoint new operations manager

    Herbaceous grower Howard Nurseries in Wortham, Suffolk, established over 40 years ago, has appointed Marcel Willems as operations manager. He joins from Glendale Horticulture, where he was general manager. Managing director Christine Howard, said of the appointment: “We are immensely pleased to have Marcel on board and are eager to tap into his commercial and operational knowledge across the retail and amenity sectors.” Howards Nurseries grows a wide range of herbaceous plant in the field as well as in containers for supply to other nurseries, garden centres, garden designers and landscapers. Marcel Willems said: “I am looking forward to working…

  • Gardening Scotland unveils charity partner for 2017

    The organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have announced their charity partner for this year’s event at Ingliston. NSPCC Scotland has been selected as the garden festival’s charity partner for the second year running after a very successful inaugural year in 2016. Gardening Scotland will be pledging £1 to the charity from every ticket sold in March – a month which includes Mothering Sunday and the official start of British Summer Time. Now in its 18th year, Gardening Scotland – the nation’s premier gardening event – will take place from Friday…

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£23m West Rhyl green space features Tobermore’s fabulous fusion

Feb 17, 2017

Denbighshire County Council headed the £1.5m investment in the new West Rhyl green space in north Wales which saw the area revitalised with a new urban park and surrounding greenery. This venture formed part of a larger £23m regeneration of the West Rhyl area. As a method of achieving a modern landscape for the new green space, Brenig Construction sourced Fusion block paving from Tobermore – a fabulous product with a sparkling granite aggregate surface layer that would produce a unique, contemporary look. The project was designed by Capita Symonds and Brenig Construction was appointed in September 2014 by Denbighshire…

Action for new species discovered on brink of extinction

Feb 17, 2017

Tiny, tropical and delicately beautiful Begonia elachista is an enigma in the world of plant research and conservation. Today all at once it officially becomes the newest of its kind known to science; the smallest identified species of Begonia on the planet and recorded as critically endangered – in the name of tourism. The race is on to provide protection and hope for the future, starting with horticultural and scientific research at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). In the wild, Begonia elachista is only known to inhabit a single limestone cave mouth within a national park in central Peru….

Heligan invests in its future

Feb 16, 2017

Cornwall’s award-winning The Lost Gardens of Heligan estate has re-established a working partnership with John Deere and local professional turf equipment dealer Masons Kings after more than 20 years. The 200-plus acre estate at Pentewan near St Austell has invested in a new fleet of 10 machines plus ancillary equipment valued at over £200,000, in a John Deere Financial five-year lease hire deal including PowerGard protection. Its first John Deere machine, an 855 compact tractor, was provided in 1995 by the previous dealer, Cornwall Farmers, to help in the restoration of The Lost Gardens after their rediscovery in 1990. This…

Bradstone launches next generation concrete and pushes porcelain to the extreme

Feb 16, 2017

Garden landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone, has unveiled its new garden landscaping and driveway collection for 2017, which includes a vast array of innovative new product lines and range extensions. The new collection sees Bradstone quadruple its porcelain range. Having entered the porcelain market back in 2015 with the launch of Mode, the range was extended last year to include new sizes and a wood-effect porcelain paver, Madera. Now, in response to ever-increasing market demand, the range includes a total of eight new paving products – plus Bradstone’s first porcelain walling product – which offer greater design possibilities and cutting-edge style. Advancements…

Play industry calls on minister to protect our parks

Feb 16, 2017

The Association of Play Industries is calling on the communities minister to ensure the future of the UK’s parks and green spaces by recognising their vital contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. API chair Mark Hardy says: “The Public Parks Report published this week, which warns that parks are at tipping point due to lack of funding and investment, is an opportunity to re-prioritise the crucial role that our parks and green spaces play.” “I’m encouraged that the Communities and Local Government Committee, values the environmental contribution of parks and their positive impact on the mental and physical health…

idverde supports Colchester Council’s tree giveaway scheme

Feb 16, 2017

idverde supported its client Colchester Borough Council’s Trees for Years scheme, which was held on Saturday 4 February. This popular annual scheme now in its eleventh year sees over 2,000 tree and fruit bushes given away free to local residents, community and volunteer groups, schools, and town or parish councils. The scheme aims to help to promote and create a green and healthy environment for Colchester residents to live and work. idverde, which works in partnership with the Council to maintain the Borough’s green spaces, provided sponsorship of £2,000 to help purchase the trees, and also provided support on the day….

Agrigem opens new ‘Gem House’

Feb 16, 2017

On Friday 10 February, Agrigem opened its doors for the official opening of ‘Gem House’. Guests attended a champagne reception before the unveiling and a grand tour of Agrigem’s new 6000sqft office and warehouse headquarters. The building was opened by the chairman of the Amenity Forum, Professor John Moverley OBE. John was chosen for this role as he plays a key part within the amenity agrochemical and horticultural industry and after the continued support he has shown Agrigem over the years, he was the perfect candidate for the job. The Amenity Forum was formed in October 2003 as a key action…

Aura Landscapes of Southampton awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Feb 15, 2017

Aura Landscapes of Southampton, Hampshire has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The multi award winning landscaping firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the…

The Parks Trust responds to parks inquiry report

Feb 15, 2017

The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that manages and maintains over 5,000 acres of Milton Keynes’ green space, has released its response to the parks inquiry report, published by the Communities and Local Government Committee. As part of its inquiry, the Committee examined the impact of reduced local authority budgets on open spaces and considered concerns that the existence of public parks is under threat. Philip Bowsher, head of landscape strategy & development, commented: “We are pleased to see that the Communities and Local Government Committee recognise that parks matter for many social, cultural, environmental and economic reasons and that…

Terrain aeration and the Valley of Fire

Feb 15, 2017

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are famous around the globe and have the world’s largest collection of hardy trees and shrubs anywhere in the temperate world. The Gardens now hold fourteen National Plant Collections and the latest planting project has been named ‘Valley of Fire’. The name is derived from the planting of over 30 different types of trees and shrubs that will create stunning autumn colour on both sides of what is currently known as Oak Tree Vista. One of the challenges that faced the scheme was the need to create drainage in several areas of wet, heavy clay,…

Jo Thompson Garden Design

Jo Thompson mentors first RHS Malvern international spa garden

Feb 15, 2017

Leading UK garden designer, Jo Thompson will mentor the very first International Spa Garden designers to showcase at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2017. Sharing her expert knowledge and experience, Jo will support winning design duo Denis Kalashnikov and Ekaterina Bolotova with the build of their Molecular Garden. This mentor scheme was introduced as part of an international exchange programme between Moscow Flower Show and RHS Malvern Spring Festival.  The new initiative will see one international design entry built as part of the Spa Garden category at RHS Malvern and one UK design brought to life at Moscow Flower Show at…

Landscape Institute responds to CLG Committee inquiry into public parks

Feb 15, 2017

The Landscape Institute, has responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on their inquiry into public parks by calling on the government to review the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to ensure that our parks, green spaces and green infrastructure (GI) is appropriately planned, designed and managed to achieve multiple benefits for society. GI is the network of natural and semi-natural features, green spaces, rivers and lakes that intersperse and connect villages, towns and cities. It is a natural, essential infrastructure that is often more cost-effective, more resilient and more capable of meeting social, environmental and economic objectives than…

RHS

Gardeners urged to help build the definitive list of pest and disease threats

Feb 14, 2017

New survey aims to identify the most important pest and disease challenges facing UK gardeners The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the Royal Holloway, University of London are asking gardeners to take part in a new study to identify the most important plant pests and diseases affecting their gardens. The information they provide will form the basis of a list of the most damaging problems they face. From February to May 2017, the RHS is urging the UK’s 27 million gardeners, regardless of their level of expertise, to complete an online survey that will help scientists better understand the impact…

Was 2016 the year of the specialist tradesman?

Feb 14, 2017

As our homes become more complex through the advent of new technologies and energy efficiency systems, homeowners are now seeking specialist tradespeople to carry out their home improvements according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which today announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners. In 2016, more than 8.3 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website (www.trustmark.org.uk) and telephone helpline to find local firms and expert tradespeople to carry out their home improvements and repairs.  Although the statistics reveal continued growth in demand for key trades such as builders, electricians, window installers and glaziers, there was also a significant upturn in demand for…

Malvern

RHS Malvern floral marquee showcases Britain’s best blooms

Feb 14, 2017

RHS Malvern Spring Festival presents its biggest ever Floral Marquee, boasting a spectacular display from the finest specialist nurseries across the country. Measuring the equivalent length of almost four Olympic swimming pools at 190 metres, the Floral Marquee welcomes 69 leading growers setting the horticultural standard at the start of the season. Visitors can expect a Plant Hunter Parlour designed by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift, the RHS Master Grower exhibit featuring Fibrex Nurseries, five brand new nurseries and a host of new plant varieties as well as the chance to stock up on old favourites. Head of RHS Malvern…