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Sensory tours of the famous rose garden -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Final four young landscapers selected for Young Landscapers Award -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Plant power, pollination and urban innovation at Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hunts Engineering celebrating double milestone -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Outdoor Creations celebrates 10th Anniversary -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hard Landscaping features on Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden -

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Monday, April 23, 2018

National Children’s Gardening Week -

Monday, April 23, 2018

BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members -

Monday, April 23, 2018

GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille -

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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  • lifestyle

    New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed brand new Lifestyle Gardens at its largest flower festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2-8 July), supported by Viking Cruises. The Lifestyle Gardens Featuring plenty of ideas for visitors to grow a garden they love, the four Lifestyle Gardens, each geared towards a different hobby or way of life will be designed by up and coming female designers who have all taken part in previous RHS initiatives that highlight emerging talent. ‘The Health and Wellbeing Garden’ designed by Alexandra Noble will provide a contemplative space that encourages visitors to move along a…

  • gender

    Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping?

    As companies across the UK are scrutinised over consistency of pay between men and women, Pro Landscaper investigates to see whether the pay gap is a significant issue within the landscaping industry. Since Iceland has introduced legislation making it illegal to pay staff unequally for doing the same jobs, questions have been raised in parliament to consider the introduction of similar laws in the UK, which has a current gender pay gap of 9.1%. A recent survey of over 2,000 UK based companies revealed that men are paid approximately 21% more than women within landscaping and forestry firms. In terms…

  • escape

    The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show commencing 22-26 May 2018, The Great Escape industry exhibit, spearheaded by the HTA, is taking shape with suppliers from across the industry generously signing up to take part by providing plants, sundries and materials for the exhibit. Suppliers involved so far include: Aylett Nurseries, Burgon & Ball, CED Stone, Country Herbs & Plants, Ecodeck, Farplants, Flopro, Forest, Frank P Matthews Ltd, Garden Organic, Hozelock, Kent & Stowe, Lowaters, Melcourt Industries, Penny Banks, The Outdoor Living Company, Stewart Garden/Keter, Seiont Nurseries, Syngenta Flowers, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, The Great Outdoor Gym Company, Woodlodge and…

  • macmillan

    First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden

    On 5 June, Macmillan Cancer Support will be at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show exhibiting a bespoke garden, inspired by the importance of planting legacies for the future. Designed by Michael Coley, the garden centres around a large oak tree which is surrounded by saplings – echoing the theme of growth and renewal. Michael Coley said: “Oak trees to me represent wisdom, strength and longevity – something constant that people can return to. The theme of leaving a legacy is communicated through the surrounding saplings and smaller seedlings which cover the majority of the garden. The idea is to give…

  • soil

    Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley

    A Soil Resource Survey to determine the quality of soils that will be displaced by planned improvements and building works at RHS Garden Wisley has been undertaken by leading landscape and soil consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA). The development of the Welcome Building, construction of the National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning and new Horticultural Service Yard are part of a wider £160m investment in horticulture by the RHS.  The National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning in the south of the RHS’ flagship garden is to be completely redeveloped, and three new learning gardens which focus on food,…

Latest

hens

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds 

Apr 20, 2018

William Dyson, the man behind ‘Hens & Garden’s’, Kent’s premier celebration of hen-keeping and smallholding, is probably best-known in the horticultural world for his world-renowned salvia collection, but for William, hens are as important as plants in his garden in Sevenoaks.   William is a breeder of pure and rare-breed poultry and is particularly interested in promoting the old utility breeds. He says: “The beautiful  blue eggs of the Cream Legbar, the dark brown eggs of the Welsummer and Copper Black Marans and the pure white elegance of the rare French Hergnies eggs are something special to behold. We really…

scottish

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan

Apr 20, 2018

On Monday 29 March 2018, BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills joined 27 leading organisations and businesses in Scotland to present The Scottish Horticulture Action Plan to Scottish parliament. As a withstanding member of the Horticulture Panel, Wayne has been instrumental in the creation of the document. The Plan focuses on five key areas where horticulture has a significant role to play. The areas are Education, Health/Well-Being, Environment, Economy and Tourism. By 2022, the aim is to: Ensure all school children have the opportunity to grow plants and garden, to learn more about the environment and understand the importance of a…

spring

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue

Apr 20, 2018

Green-tech has launched its spring catalogue which is crammed with essential products for spring maintenance projects. The new spring catalogue is full of landscape products for the maintenance season, including one of Green-tech’s most popular greening solutions, gt Green Screens – a green alternative to fencing. Maintenance essentials include grass and wildflower seed, weed control products, fertilisers and soil improvers, ground protection and stabilisation products, turf and edging and artificial turf. The brochure includes all products from leading chemicals and fertiliser manufacturers as well as their popular own brands of John Chambers Wildflower Seed and gt Advance grass seed. New…

numbers

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden

Apr 19, 2018

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…

gender

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping?

Apr 19, 2018

As companies across the UK are scrutinised over consistency of pay between men and women, Pro Landscaper investigates to see whether the pay gap is a significant issue within the landscaping industry. Since Iceland has introduced legislation making it illegal to pay staff unequally for doing the same jobs, questions have been raised in parliament to consider the introduction of similar laws in the UK, which has a current gender pay gap of 9.1%. A recent survey of over 2,000 UK based companies revealed that men are paid approximately 21% more than women within landscaping and forestry firms. In terms…

creations

Outdoor Creations continues growth

Apr 19, 2018

As part of its continued growth strategy, Outdoor Creations has added four new experienced members of staff to join its internal management team. Peter Appleyard takes up the position of project manager bringing extensive experience from within the landscaping industry. Carolyn Allen has been appointed as office manager, a new and much needed supporting role to the management of Outdoor Creations internal operations. Simon Johnson has taken the role as garden designer and will also oversee the company’s garden aftercare service. Alex Stevenson has been appointed as landscape manager and will be involved in several differing aspects of the business…

chainsaw

The chainsaw of the future

Apr 19, 2018

The new STIHL MS 500i is the world’s first chainsaw with electronic fuel injection and a never-before achieved power-to-weight ratio. With the MS 500i, STIHL presents the world’s first standard chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection, consolidating its position as a technology leader. The STIHL injection technology (i) not only provides the chainsaw of the future with incredible torque, but also ensures rapid acceleration of the saw chain from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.25 seconds. Thanks to the intelligent lightweight design, the MS 500i is also has the best ever power-to-weight ratio – 1.24 kilograms per kilowatt, an…

dublin

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced

Apr 19, 2018

Ninety-eight teams from 28 countries enter competition and UCD expands shortlist from five to six teams in recognition of outstanding response from international design community University College Dublin and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) revealed 19 April 2018 the six shortlisted teams in the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that was chaired by the competition jury chair Professor Andrew J. Deeks, president of University College Dublin. The shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community….

walls

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018

Apr 18, 2018

Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and CHERUB charity collaborate on a unique garden to break down walls of HIV infection for young people Sussex-based garden designer, Naomi Ferrett-Cohen, is working with the HIV collaboration, CHERUB, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Naomi’s garden will challenge stigmas and promote the message that it’s possible to live well with HIV, as well as highlighting the search for a cure through dedicated scientific research. Naomi has designed the debut garden with young people in mind, working in conjunction with the young…

escape

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Apr 18, 2018

With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show commencing 22-26 May 2018, The Great Escape industry exhibit, spearheaded by the HTA, is taking shape with suppliers from across the industry generously signing up to take part by providing plants, sundries and materials for the exhibit. Suppliers involved so far include: Aylett Nurseries, Burgon & Ball, CED Stone, Country Herbs & Plants, Ecodeck, Farplants, Flopro, Forest, Frank P Matthews Ltd, Garden Organic, Hozelock, Kent & Stowe, Lowaters, Melcourt Industries, Penny Banks, The Outdoor Living Company, Stewart Garden/Keter, Seiont Nurseries, Syngenta Flowers, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, The Great Outdoor Gym Company, Woodlodge and…

ebbsfleet

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City

Apr 18, 2018

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) has appointed landscape architects Gillespies to develop a ‘Public Realm Strategy’ that will guide the design of the streets and parks in Ebbsfleet Garden City. Gillespies will develop the strategy to inform the design of public spaces within this exemplary 21st Century sustainable community in Ebbsfleet, Kent. The Garden City will provide a major new commercial centre, an improved public transport system, seven city parks, and up to 15,000 new homes over the next 15 years. A key goal for the strategy is to develop a consistent approach to the design of the city’s public spaces…

macmillan

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden

Apr 18, 2018

On 5 June, Macmillan Cancer Support will be at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show exhibiting a bespoke garden, inspired by the importance of planting legacies for the future. Designed by Michael Coley, the garden centres around a large oak tree which is surrounded by saplings – echoing the theme of growth and renewal. Michael Coley said: “Oak trees to me represent wisdom, strength and longevity – something constant that people can return to. The theme of leaving a legacy is communicated through the surrounding saplings and smaller seedlings which cover the majority of the garden. The idea is to give…

News

rose

Sensory tours of the famous rose garden

Visitors to Hever Castle & Garden’s annual Hever in Bloom celebration this year will be treated to a scented tour of the rose garden. Neil Miller says: “We love to take visitors around the sumptuous rose garden in June and this year we will be delivering a tasty experience – one based on the heavenly scent of the roses and the myriad of culinary possibilities.” The rose tour has been extended this year to include the newly planted border beside the theatre containing damask roses grown by poet Emily Dickinson in her own garden at ‘The Homestead’ in Amherst, Massachusetts. …

young

Final four young landscapers selected for Young Landscapers Award

Earlier this year, BBC Gardeners’ World Live announced the launch of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, in conjunction with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). Just a couple of months later, the names of the four talented contestants have been named: In the red corner: Jacob Botting and Harvey Miller (Company: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces) And in the blue corner: Dan McGeoghegan and Ryan Bell (Company: The Plants & Paving Company) The two teams now go forward to each build a Show Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin – both displaying a wide variety of techniques and materials requiring…

pollination

Plant power, pollination and urban innovation at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

10 exhibits champion the latest in gardening science and technology Interactive displays explore the threat of invasive plants and pests, how to utilise your outdoor space and highlight the benefits of beekeeping Key anniversaries celebrated including MV Empire Windrush, Capel Manor College, Help for Heroes and Bees for Development This year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show (22 – 26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments, will demonstrate cutting edge science and technology as the Discovery Zone returns to the Great Pavilion. From the increasing threat posed by pests and diseases to the benefits of bees and take-home urban inspiration,…

hunts

Hunts Engineering celebrating double milestone

Hunts Engineering Ltd is celebrating a double milestone this year after reaching its 10th anniversary in business and its first year working in partnership with Kubota UK. To celebrate these key milestones, the Midlands-based tractor and groundcare dealer recently held a special two-day event at its premises in Shipton-on-Stour, welcoming over 250 customers through its doors. Visitors to the open days had the opportunity to see Kubota’s complete range of market leading groundcare solutions, with machinery experts from Hunts Engineering and Kubota UK on-hand to help and answer any questions and queries. A number of live demonstrations also took place…

anniversary

Outdoor Creations celebrates 10th Anniversary

Outdoor Creations, the Kent based landscape design and build company led by Graeme Carpenter & Ramon Lawal, celebrated its 10th anniversary this month. The company initially employed just six people when it was set up in 2008. It has grown significantly over the past decade and now employs 20 plus members of staff and turns over in excess of £1.2m. The company had already made plans to mark its anniversary with an all-staff alignment day and a belated celebration of winning a national BALI Principal Award in December 2017. This brings the number of national awards won by the company…

brewin

Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Gold medal-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes will be creating a conceptual ‘Brewin Dolphin Installation’ at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, using elements of a village that once stood in the grounds of Chatsworth House to question our relationship with time and the natural world.  Influenced by the eighteenth century village that existed before being moved to make way for Capability Brown’s celebrated landscape, the Brewin Dolphin Installation will prompt visitors to think about landscape, our interaction with it and what elements of the past we value. The Installation will draw on historical forms to create a pavilion over four metres…

trailfinders

Hard Landscaping features on Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden

Creating a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in under three weeks is no mean feat considering the starting point is a green field site in central London. Contractors and designers gain access around the 1 of May and have to move mountains of earth in a very confined space to allow plants or large trees to be craned and heaved into place. However things are coordinated like a well choreographed ballet with precision timings so that every garden has the opportunity to finish on time and be in the running for an RHS medal come Tuesday morning….

lifestyle

New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed brand new Lifestyle Gardens at its largest flower festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2-8 July), supported by Viking Cruises. The Lifestyle Gardens Featuring plenty of ideas for visitors to grow a garden they love, the four Lifestyle Gardens, each geared towards a different hobby or way of life will be designed by up and coming female designers who have all taken part in previous RHS initiatives that highlight emerging talent. ‘The Health and Wellbeing Garden’ designed by Alexandra Noble will provide a contemplative space that encourages visitors to move along a…

children's

National Children’s Gardening Week

The 2018 National Children’s Gardening Week is fast approaching on 26 May – 3 June but it is not too late to get involved. National Children’s Gardening Week aims to get more children involved in growing plants, getting outside, enjoying nature and gardening. It is a chance to get everyone involved; children, parents, schools, grandparents and gardening businesses. They can find new, fun and entertaining ideas to not only do for the week but continue throughout the rest of the year. It is important that the children see others getting involved as this will encourage them to do so. As…

gdpr

BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members

Following several months of research and consultation, the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) technical officer, Owen Baker, confirms that the association will be hosting a GDPR Awareness Day for its members on Wednesday 2 May 2018 at BALI Landscape House. The event, which will open for registrations soon, will provide BALI members with an exclusive insight into GDPR with guest presenter Mike Holland of OlsenMetrix Marketing providing presentations, talks and discussions about the impending regulation. BALI’s technical officer, Owen Baker, commented: “What will make this event truly unique is that members can choose whether to attend in person, or, register…

grille

GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille

GreenBlue Urban have announced that they are bringing a brand-new tree grille to market. Named SettStone, the precast grille measures 1200mm square manufactured from permeable materials therefore is SuDS compatible by remining highly porous. The high strength grille can be used in trafficked areas is simple to assemble and will complement projects with its urban grey design. For more information: https://www.greenblue.com/gb/products/settstone-precast-tree-grille/

fringe

The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go

On 19 May, the seventh annual Chelsea Fringe will burst into life for nine days of colourful and eclectic events across London, the UK and wider world. Entirely independent but run with the Flower Show’s blessing, the Fringe was launched in 2012 as an inclusive and open festival of community horticulture and has flourished ever since as a celebration of the rich variety of vibrant ways in which people engage with gardening and plants. Now an established part of the horticultural calendar, the 2018 programme is brimming with eclectic and entertaining events including hands-on gardening sessions, art installations, walks, workshops, talks, food tastings, open days, film screenings, exhibitions and performances. Its open-access principle means that just about…

hens

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds 

William Dyson, the man behind ‘Hens & Garden’s’, Kent’s premier celebration of hen-keeping and smallholding, is probably best-known in the horticultural world for his world-renowned salvia collection, but for William, hens are as important as plants in his garden in Sevenoaks.   William is a breeder of pure and rare-breed poultry and is particularly interested in promoting the old utility breeds. He says: “The beautiful  blue eggs of the Cream Legbar, the dark brown eggs of the Welsummer and Copper Black Marans and the pure white elegance of the rare French Hergnies eggs are something special to behold. We really…

scottish

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan

On Monday 29 March 2018, BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills joined 27 leading organisations and businesses in Scotland to present The Scottish Horticulture Action Plan to Scottish parliament. As a withstanding member of the Horticulture Panel, Wayne has been instrumental in the creation of the document. The Plan focuses on five key areas where horticulture has a significant role to play. The areas are Education, Health/Well-Being, Environment, Economy and Tourism. By 2022, the aim is to: Ensure all school children have the opportunity to grow plants and garden, to learn more about the environment and understand the importance of a…

spring

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue

Green-tech has launched its spring catalogue which is crammed with essential products for spring maintenance projects. The new spring catalogue is full of landscape products for the maintenance season, including one of Green-tech’s most popular greening solutions, gt Green Screens – a green alternative to fencing. Maintenance essentials include grass and wildflower seed, weed control products, fertilisers and soil improvers, ground protection and stabilisation products, turf and edging and artificial turf. The brochure includes all products from leading chemicals and fertiliser manufacturers as well as their popular own brands of John Chambers Wildflower Seed and gt Advance grass seed. New…

numbers

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden

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…