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April 20, 2018

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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

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley -

Monday, April 16, 2018

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series -

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The “live outdoors” Partnership -

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Countrywide Grounds teams up with Perfectly Green -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary -

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Ascot Spring Garden Show makes its inaugural bloom -

Friday, April 13, 2018

RHS chooses leading design duo for RHS Bridgewater Kitchen Garden -

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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  • 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,…

  • strangest

    The 7 strangest plants in the world

    The horticulture industry showcases an abundance of magnificent plants in projects and show gardens the world over, and designers are often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking between beautiful flowers or show-stopping trees. Not all clients however have the most conventional taste, and mother nature has a plethora of weird and wonderful creations to offer us. Pro Landscaper has rounded up the seven strangest plants from around the world that would make striking features in any landscape.   1. Rafflesia arnoldii Producing the largest individual flower on earth, the Rafflesia arnoldii certainly looks disconcerting with its gaping mouth….

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strangest

The 7 strangest plants in the world

Apr 11, 2018

The horticulture industry showcases an abundance of magnificent plants in projects and show gardens the world over, and designers are often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking between beautiful flowers or show-stopping trees. Not all clients however have the most conventional taste, and mother nature has a plethora of weird and wonderful creations to offer us. Pro Landscaper has rounded up the seven strangest plants from around the world that would make striking features in any landscape.   1. Rafflesia arnoldii Producing the largest individual flower on earth, the Rafflesia arnoldii certainly looks disconcerting with its gaping mouth….

robotic

The Eden Project hires a new robotic gardener

Apr 11, 2018

Popular visitor destination, the Eden Project, has added a new member to its horticultural team this spring. Husqvarna Automower®, a robotic lawnmower which works unassisted throughout the day and night, has been installed at the Cornwall site to maintain the grounds surrounding the famous iconic bubble-like Biomes. Nestled in a huge crater the size of 30 football pitches, the Eden Project Horticultural team have a job on their hands keeping the lawns in immaculate condition all year round. To help save time, the team turned to Husqvarna for an eco-friendly solution. Kevin Ashmore, Husqvarna Professional UK Manager said: “With sustainability…

hayter

Man walks length of the world with Hayter mower

Apr 11, 2018

Nick Barban of Lawn & Border is a RHS-qualified landscaper, mostly dealing in commercial estates, and has been using Hayter products since his business began back in 2002. This May, Barban will reach a landmark milestone – mowing the circumference of the earth with his Hayter mower. Using a pedometer, he was able to calculate his average pace of 3mph and then work out the figures based on a five-day working week, throughout 10 months of mowing per year. By the end of this spring, Barban will have mowed a total of 24,900 miles, which is equivalent to the circumference…

carousel

Kubota UK appoints Carousel as sole dealer distribution partner

Apr 11, 2018

Kubota UK has announced the appointment of leading European service-logistics specialist, Carousel, as its sole distribution partner, fulfilling all spare part requirements for its extensive dealer network, as well as optimising the manufacturer’s logistics services in support of enhanced customer satisfaction and long-term business growth. Effective immediately, Carousel will oversee all Kubota UK and European dealer deliveries, collections and returns. Kubota’s network currently consists of more than 200 dealers across Europe, including key service areas in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. As part of the solution deployment, Carousel will work in collaboration with Kubota’s UK warehouse partner Unipart Logistics,…

ascot

APL ‘What Lies Beneath’ garden at Ascot Spring Garden Show

Apr 11, 2018

The APL Garden for Ascot titled ‘What Lies Beneath’ has been designed as an educational piece of landscaping. Public at the show will be invited to walk onto the garden in which there are exposed sections of hard landscaping/decking and artificial grass that will reveal the construction methods used and the layers needed to achieve a solid well-built finish. Talks will be held throughout each day to educate and go through the various methods used by a professional landscaper from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The garden has been designed by Claudia De Yong. Claudia de Yong is known for…

edward

Winner of the Prince Edward Award for Excellence in Horticulture revealed

Apr 9, 2018

The Prince Edward Award for Excellence in Horticulture has been presented to chartered horticulturalist and broadcaster David Domoney by the Master of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, David Green CB. QC. at The Goldsmiths Hall in the city of London. The Prince Edward Award highlights excellence in the field of horticulture, horticultural education and career development. His Royal Highness selects a candidate who offers innovative and effective ways of motivating people to take up horticulture as a career. They facilitate the advancement of individuals in their chosen horticulture fields, provide excellence in career development or are simply seen as inspirational….

singapore

Top international designers to gather at Singapore Garden Festival 2018

Apr 8, 2018

Tom Massey will join 30 other award-winning designers from around the world to compete at Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018. In its seventh edition, the biennial event has established itself as a premier tropical garden and flower show, where garden and floral designers with at least one top interantional accolade in the past two to three years are invited to participate. Tom Massey will be participating in SGF for the first-time, and in the Fantasy Garden Category. Although a relative newcomer to the industry, Tom’s work has already won him multiple industry awards and widespread recognition. In 2015, Pro Landscaper…

seizure

Chelsea Flower Show seizure garden backed by epilepsy charities

Apr 7, 2018

Epilepsy Society and Young Epilepsy welcome the opportunity to shine a spotlight on epilepsy, through the Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden, designed by RHS gold medal winning designer, Kati Crome at Chelsea Flower Show 2018. The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden celebrates the lives of two women born almost 100 years apart. But though the women lived radically different lives, they both had one thing in common – epilepsy. Jenny Morris, daughter of Victorian designer, artist and social reformer William Morris, developed epilepsy in 1876, although her condition remained a well-kept family secret due to the stigma of epilepsy. Leslie Forbes, journalist,…

development

BALI’s first Designer Development Day was illuminating

Apr 6, 2018

BALI’s Designer Board Director Rosemary Coldstream hosted the first ‘Let There Be Light’ Designer Development Day at BALI Registered Affiliate member Mulberry Plants in Reading. With 30 designers, architects and landscapers in attendance, the day was a complete success, with a full programme of presentations, hands-on sessions and technical demonstrations focused on garden lighting. Speakers Paul Willavoys and Sam Cox from BALI Registered Affiliate member Landscapeplus and Robert Webber from Scenic Lighting enlightened the audience with the latest lighting techniques, including top tips on how to achieve the best results in various domestic and commercial situations. The day was the…

civic

Newly promoted general manager to head up Civic Trees

Apr 6, 2018

Glendale Civic Trees has announced the promotion of Deric Newman to the position of general manager. Deric steps up from the role of director of sales at the national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, a position he held for more than 20 years. As general manager he will oversee all aspects of the business, including day-to-day operations, human resources, recruitment, sales and health and safety. Deric said: “Like many organisations in the horticulture, landscaping and green space management industry, the main challenge is recruitment. As a result, I will be focusing on increasing the number of apprentices within the…

union

Detailed plans for Union Terrace Gardens approved

Apr 6, 2018

The transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) is set to start this year after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee. Officers had recommended supporting the City Centre Masterplan project, which will improve access, amenity and activity while enhancing UTG’s green space and heritage features. Planning development management committee convener councillor Marie Boulton said: “I’m delighted that the detailed planning application for Union Terrace Gardens has been approved and that Aberdeen City Council can focus on the final step – preparing to start work on the ground. “The design promises to transform the…

harlow

RHS Garden Harlow Carr summer events programme

Apr 6, 2018

June   1 June – 1 July: Bath House Gallery – Art Showcase If you’ve been looking for something special to hang on your wall or a decorative piece of artwork as a talking point, don’t miss Harlow Carr’s art showcase offering work in a wide range of styles and different mediums. Normal garden admission. 2 June: RHS Members’ Advisory Service RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with…

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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…

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…

creations

Outdoor Creations continues growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show

Capel Manor College is celebrating after receiving a Gold award and Best in Show for its garden design at this year’s Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ascot Spring Garden Show over the weekend. The annual competition, now in its eighth year, is organised by TV Gardener David Domoney in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. These annual awards celebrate the best of young British talent in garden design and offer students a great opportunity to create show-stopping, sustainable gardens seen by thousands of visitors at the garden show. “Our apprentices worked brilliantly as a team…

Kinley launches new online resource for innovative landscape architectural solutions

Kinley has launched a new website www.kinley.co.uk, designed to give designers, architects and specifiers of landscape environments, including parks, roof terraces, podium gardens and public realm areas, the product information required to create outstanding places for people to enjoy. One of the biggest, and most common, aggravations that architects experience is a poorly designed manufacturers website, and not being able to find the information they require. Kinley have listened and responded with a sharp, responsive platform giving designers the support they need to achieve designs they’re proud of. “The newly launched website contains a plethora of valuable resources including datasheets,…

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,…

webinar

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) announces a brand new series of webinars, designed to support Garden Designers and Landscape Architects. Following the first successful ‘Let There Be Light’ designer event held at Mulberry Plants in March, BALI is delighted to reveal its Professional Designer Webinar Series, starting with ‘Setting up a Design Practice’ on Wednesday 9 May 2018. Just completed a degree or decided to go it alone? Wondering about what you need to do next? What is involved in setting up a design practice? What are the benefits of being a sole trader, limited company, or partnership? What are the legal…

partnership

The “live outdoors” Partnership

Garden House Design & London Stone have announced an exciting partnership for 2018. “It’s about Living Outdoors for longer”, says Debs Winrow, creative director, of Garden House Design. “The products and services supplied by ourselves and London Stone enable our clients to truly enjoy the benefits of Outdoor Living.” Garden House Design and London Stone have lots of joint events planned for 2018 including The Ascot Flower Show, BBC Gardeners World Live and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, along with hosted events in both our show areas. “Jointly presenting our products will show our clients that whatever their lifestyle,…