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June 21, 2018

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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

The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show -

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

London’s Limmo Peninsula enhanced by Wildflower Meadow -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bradstone features in medal winning garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ecoscape

Royal Horticultural Society launches 2017 Schools Garden Design Contest

Nearly 800 school pupils across the UK will be taking part in a ten-week garden design competition from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) that kicks off next week.

The competition will see teams of green-fingered 12-14 year-olds develop imaginative designs for a new garden for their school or local community.

Back for a second year, the Green Plan It Challenge will be launched at eight regional events over the next few weeks, from Edinburgh to Bristol.

Dr Mike Maunder, the director of Life Sciences at the Eden Project and Olivia O’Brien from Growing Underground, London’s first underground farm, are among the horticulture professionals providing pupils with insider tips and inspiration at the launch events.

Each school team of six will also be paired with an industry mentor, such as a landscape architect, head gardener or plant scientist, who will work with them throughout the project and provide an insider’s glimpse into the powerful benefits of plants to people and places.

The groups will choose a space to tackle and carry out research before developing their ideas into 3-D models. The finished designs will be judged at regional events in December where one winner from each area will be decided by a crack team of industry assessors.

Last year’s winners included a team from Swanlea School in Whitechapel, East London who designed an inventive balcony garden for people living in inner-city blocks of flats with little outdoor space. Their design was brought to life this summer at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Speaking about the project, RHS head of community outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart said: “The Green Plan It Challenge is designed to support young people to develop a host of new skills including teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, as well as providing an insight into some of the fantastic career possibilities within horticulture.

“Schoolgoers are often not aware of the importance of plants to our everyday lives and the project lets them explore this, resulting in some amazing ideas. It’s testament to the industry’s commitment, that over a hundred professionals will be sharing their passion and love for their jobs with the next generation of gardening experts.”

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