August 23, 2014


James Alexander-Sinclair announced as after dinner speaker at HTA Garden Futures -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Glendale celebrates 33 Green Flag wins -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New SALTEX, new venue, new date -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Clean up your local parks and get a council tax rebate, suggests thinktank -

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Garden lighting designer gets dragons’ den business revamp -

Friday, August 15, 2014

SGD Awards – Shortlist announced -

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last chance to enter into the Marshalls Register Awards 2014 -

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Millions of trees to be planted in memory of World War One heroes -

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

7th European Vocational Competition for Young Gardeners -

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zandra Rhodes and Joe Swift design urban oasis in London Bridge -

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Landscape Group Management Conference -

Friday, August 8, 2014

Record number of entries for APL Awards -

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunderland City Council landscape team wins RTPI Award -

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Competition winner sows seeds for success -

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Go Green for HortAid 1-14 September 2014 -

Thursday, August 7, 2014

John O’Conner’s 25 Green Flag Awards for clients in 2014 -

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ISS UK wins total FM contract with Edinburgh Colleges -

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New HQ at Stoneleigh Park for BALI -

Monday, August 4, 2014

UK’s oldest flower show is still blooming -

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Manchester residents will be able to book ‘on-demand’ garden -

Friday, August 1, 2014

RHS Names Top Garden Diseases of 2013

Box blight enquiries received by charity reach record high

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has named the top 10 garden diseases of 2013, based on enquiries received by the RHS Gardening Advice team. For the 18th year running honey fungus is the number one disease, with its presence confirmed on 215 samples, covering 78 plant genera.

Honey fungus, which is considered the most destructive fungal disease in UK gardens, spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the dead wood. If its presence is confirmed, the only effective remedy is to excavate and destroy the infected root and stump, cutting off the food base on which the rhizomorphs feed.

While it was no shock that honey fungus was the number one problem disease in 2012, perhaps the biggest surprise was the influence the weather had on the list. The mild, wet autumn of 2013 is thought to be behind a record increase in Cylindrocladium (4th) and Volutella (5th) box blight cases, with enquiries for both diseases reaching their highest levels since the RHS began keeping detailed digital records in 1996. As in 2012, leaf spots and Pythium occupied the 2nd and 3rd spots in the list.

Rusts (8th) were less common in 2013, with enquiries falling more than 50% on the 2012 figure, which means it slipped four places down the list from a high of 4th in 2012. This was mainly because heuchera rust was less common in nurseries in 2013, while the dry summer restricted the spread of the damp-loving disease that thrived in the very wet summer of 2012.

RHS Chief Scientist Dr John David says: “The high rainfall levels we experienced in 2013 provided the perfect conditions for certain diseases to thrive, most notably Cylindrocladium and Volutella box blight. Should our weather continue to be marked by extreme events, whether that’s extreme wet or warmth, we could see an increase in these types of disease.

“Through our daily interaction with RHS members, via our Gardening Advice and diagnostic services, we are at the forefront of the fight both to identify and advise on the most effective way for gardeners to limit the impact of diseases.”



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