• Trex
  • Build

    • three

      Provender Nurseries supplies three top gardens at Hampton Court

      Provender Nurseries supplies three gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show this year with award winning plants. Two of the three gardens supplied are in categories that are judged while the third is sponsored by the RHS and as such is not judged. Best of Both Worlds built and planted by BALI Go Landscape apprentices, trainees and BALI Go Landscape mentors achieved a Gold medal. Designed by Rosemary Coldstream of Rosemary Coldstream Garden Design and mentored by by BALI Go Landscape Ambassadors, David Dodd and Mark Britton of The Outdoor Room, Jake Catling of The Landscaping Consultants and Anna Butterfield of…

      Read More »
    • primary

      Green-tech help create outside learning space at North Yorkshire primary school

      The Early Years Foundation Stage outside environment at Bedale Church of England Primary School in North Yorkshire has been given a luxurious finish with some help from leading landscaper supplier Green-tech. The children’s outside playground and learning zone was already well equipped but the primary school wanted to make it even more comfortable for them with the addition of soft artificial grass. Assistant Headteacher and Early Years team leader Mrs Michelle Ball approached Green-tech who donated a roll of luxury artificial turf. This will provide a hard-wearing, maintenance-free soft surface; ideally suited for school play or heavy use areas. The…

      Read More »
    • men

      Children with Cancer UK and Mr. Men Little Miss team up for Hampton Court garden

      Children with Cancer UK, the nation’s leading charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer, is collaborating with Mr. Men Little Miss to host a show-stopping garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s largest flower show at Hampton Court Palace on 2-8 July 2018. The garden, ‘The Children with Cancer UK Mr. Happy Mr. Worry Hill’, designed by Reed Studio and built by Blakedown Landscapes, celebrates thirty years of the charity’s work in funding scientific research into childhood cancer. Every day, more than 10 families in the UK get the devastating news that their child has cancer. Over 4,000 children and young…

      Read More »
    • Galicia

      Beauty of the Galicia coast to feature at RHS Hampton Court

      The breathtakingly beautiful Atlantic coast of north west Spain will be brought to life in a show garden collaboration between the Spanish Tourist Office, Turismo de Galicia and designer Rose McMonigall at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. The garden will evoke, on a small scale, the extraordinary landscape of the Rías De Galicia, the estuaries on the rugged Galician coast. Here, surrounded by uncrowded white beaches and turquoise waters, a series of large rivers meet the Atlantic, an area which in times past was believed to be the End of the Earth. Secluded coves are dotted throughout…

      Read More »
    • timotay

      Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners

      Timotay Landscapes were shortlisted to compete in this year’s APL Avenue Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Each of the contenders were tasked with creating an inspirational, aspirational but relatable garden at the show, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Timotay Landscapes have been awarded a silver merit at BBC Gardener’s World, which reflects their expertise, passion and desire to create inspirational outdoor spaces. Timotay celebrated their 30th year in 2017, and continue with their award winning year. In March of this year, Timotay Landscapes also won a Gold and Silver Award from the Association of…

      Read More »
    • social

      A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas

      This week, Pro Landscaper picks the brain of Sian Parsons, senior designer at John Cullen Lighting to discover the intricacies of lighting outdoor social areas, and how it is best executed.   What are some of the options available to light an outdoor social area? “The best outdoor social area lighting is one that gives you atmosphere and fun,” Sian says. “Stringing up external fairy lights can look beautiful, either in waves overhead, hanging in trees or simply wrapped around tree trunks. “It’s also worth considering low level washes under fixed benches or tables to add a glow, or step…

      Read More »
    • leadership

      Brian Herbert on the BALI Leadership in Action Development Course

      This week, Pro Landscaper sits with Brian Herbert of Outdoor Options to find out about the new BALI South Thames Leadership in Action Development Course, targeted towards business owners and project managers within the landscaping industry. What inspired you to set up this course? “A lot of supervisors, managers and directors in our industry started out at site level, with most of their training and acquired skills relating to specific disciplines,” Brian explains. “We at BALI wanted to offer a training facility to help develop individual supervision and management skills as their duties expand into leadership roles.” Brian continues: “Creating…

      Read More »
    • vertical

      Vertical bar metal railings installed at Windy Arbor Primary in Solihull

      The Windy Arbor Primary School in Solihull has undergone refurbishment and vertical bar metal railings manufactured and installed by Alpha Rail have helped transform the appearance of the school. The school was identified to undergo an extensive remodelling programme as part of the £70m North Solihull Primary Programme Strategic Plan. The programme intends to replace 15 Junior and Infant schools with 10 newly built or remodelled primary schools. The North Solihull Partnership (NSP) is overseeing the delivery of this programme alongside and on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC). The strategic plan is part of the councils’ commitment to…

      Read More »
    • hay

      Yorkshire Hay Time garden wins Silver at Chatsworth

      Yorkshireman Chris Myers has won a silver medal with his show garden, Hay Time in the Dales, at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The garden is a picture-postcard representation of life in the Yorkshire Dales, with a small converted barn and cottage garden, as well as some of the area’s fantastic wildlife habitats, including a mini broadleaved woodland planted with species typical of the Dales, dry stone walls complete with mosses, lichens and sheltered nooks and crannies, and a traditional hay meadow full of native wildflowers. Creations & Installations helped Chris to build the garden, which is sponsored by…

      Read More »
    • wheelbarrow

      Makita’s powered wheelbarrow put into action on Landform Consultants’ Gold winning gardens

      The Makita 18v LXT Brushless power-assisted wheelbarrow has taken some of the back-breaking labour out of Landform Consultants inspirational garden builds at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Mark Gregory, managing director of award winning Landform Consultants Limited, together with his talented team, designed The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden in Main Avenue. It was justifiably awarded the Gold & Best Construction medals as well as winning the People’s Choice Award. Landform also designed and constructed The Seedlip Garden in the Space to Grow area of the Show which was awarded a cosseted Gold medal. “Chelsea garden show builds are always…

      Read More »
    • borde

      Summer celebration of art, creativity and imagination at Borde Hill Garden

      Borde Hill is celebrating its 125th year since Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke purchased the estate and created the Garden. This summer will feature an event programme offering a feast for the senses, celebrating art, creativity and imagination throughout July, August and September. Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, owner and managing director said: “To celebrate our special anniversary and the beauty of our Garden, which has been carefully planted and tended for 125 years, we want visitors to experience something extra special this year and are offering a wide variety of arts and music events, both free and ticketed, to make it a…

      Read More »
    • rhs

      Special RHS Chelsea award winners revealed

      The medals have been awarded, and now its time to celebrate the phenomenal, one-of-a-kind achievements from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Full award list below: Best Show Garden The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Designed by Chris Beardshaw   Best Construction Award Welcome to Yorkshire Built by Landform Consultants   Best Space to Grow Garden Urban Flow Garden Designed by Tony Woods   Best Artisan Garden O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – The Hospitality Garden Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara   The Diamond Jubilee Award Southfield Nurseries   The President’s Award Ashwood Nurseries   RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018…

      Read More »
    • shades

      Capel Manor’s ’50 Shades of Gold’ garden wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      Capel Manor College are delighted to achieve a prestigious Gold award for their unique ‘Fifty Shades of Gold’ exhibit and a Silver award for their ‘Wild Garden’ floral arch display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The ‘50 Shades of Gold’ garden was designed to celebrate Capel Manor College’s 50th Golden Anniversary, exploring the science behind the colour yellow, why it evolved in the plant world and what is means to gardeners and plant breeders. The exhibit tells the story of the science and natural history though 50 different plants with gold leaves or gold flowers that express some of…

      Read More »
    • Alderney

      Countrywide Grounds landscapes new garden to provide respite for patients at Alderney Hospital

      Rehabilitation patients at Alderney Hospital in Poole are now able to enjoy a new outdoor space following a total redesign and landscape by Countrywide Grounds, the UK’s number one professional grounds maintenance. The Jersey and Guernsey wards at Alderney Hospital is now able to offer a place of respite that is easily accessible to patients, visitors and staff. The new garden comprises of an artificial grass lawn measuring 40 metres squared, paving, an area of shade and raised beds for the patients to grow and nurture their herbs and plants. There are also a number of new shrubs planted, along…

      Read More »
    • myeloma

      The Myeloma UK Garden by John Everiss wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2018

      Myeloma UK is delighted to announce that its inaugural garden ‘The Myeloma UK Garden’ by designers John Everiss and Francesca Murrell has been awarded a Silver-gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. One of the Space to Grow Gardens (a new section at Chelsea this year), The Myeloma UK Garden has been designed to give a positive message about the fight against myeloma, to which there is currently no cure, and is one of three major events that is marking the blood cancer charity’s 21 years of making history. Inspired by Peter King, a Myeloma UK supporter from…

      Read More »
    • lemon

      The Lemon Tree Trust Refugee Garden wins Silver-Gilt at Chelsea

      The first refugee garden to appear at the Chelsea Flower Show has won an RHS Silver-Gilt Medal. Designed by first-time Chelsea garden designer Tom Massey, the garden highlights the hidden beauty of refugee camps and is inspired by the resilience, determination, and ingenuity of refugees living in Domiz camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The garden was visited by HM The Queen and the prime minister Theresa May on Monday 21 May ahead of the Gala Preview evening. On opening day of the show, it is attracting incredible attention from visitors who are being overwhelmingly positive about its story and inspiration. The Lemon Tree Trust garden’s story will be…

      Read More »
    • landform

      Hat trick of awards for Landform Consultants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

      Landform Consultants founder and managing director, Mark Gregory, and lead designer, Catherine MacDonald have both struck gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 with Mark further scooping the Best Construction Award. This year is the 30th consecutive year at Chelsea for Mark who has designed the Welcome to Yorkshire garden. Affectionately known as the ‘Construction King of Chelsea’, Mark was also awarded the highly coveted Best Construction award. He has built 97 Chelsea show gardens and spent nearly four years of his life on the grounds of Royal Hospital and is delighted to have returned as a designer after winning…

      Read More »
    • first

      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Lisa’s first blog, but not her first Chelsea

      So, firstly, this is my first ever blog – under duress from the team I have been asked to record my thoughts on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, so please excuse me if I’ve got it all wrong! This is mine and Jim’s 8th RHS Chelsea visit and every year delights us in a different way. We were slightly later arriving at the showground on press day and arriving just before noon the place felt very serene and calm, not at all what I’d expected. For us it’s as much about the people as the beautiful gardens and we were…

      Read More »
    • outlook

      Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Max’s outlook

      To start with, the atmosphere was incredible with excited chatter everywhere and designers twitching with enthusiasm to explain the intricacies of their gardens and their outlook on this year’s show. Specific gardens that stood out to myself included the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, designed by Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants for its rugged style that contrasted nicely to the other show gardens. Another design I particularly appreciated was the RHS Feel Good Garden by Matt Keightley, highlighting the impact that gardens can have on mental and physical health. I see this as a wonderful way to raise awareness of the…

      Read More »
    • chelsea

      See who took home the medals at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

      The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 was a storming success, with landscaping’s finest displaying their efforts. The results are in, and below are the winners of this year’s medals;   Show Garden Awards Gold The M&G Garden The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC The Wedgwood Garden The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden Silver-Gilt The LG Eco-City Garden The Lemon Tree Trust Garden The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall Bronze Creativesal: Wuhan Water Garden, China The David Harber and Savills Garden   Space to Grow Garden Awards Gold The New West End Garden…

      Read More »
    • burvill

      Gaze Burvill celebrates a milestone: 25th Anniversary Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      Gaze Burvill has asked award-winning garden designer Butter Wakefield to design its garden display at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show – a very special occasion, as this year marks the 25th RHS Chelsea Flower Show appearance for outdoor furniture and kitchen maker Gaze Burvill. Butter is showcasing their signature elegant outdoor lifestyle in a patchwork of leafy glades, featuring young whitebeam (Sorbus aria Lutescens) trees and yew cubes in her planting scheme. These young ‘anniversary’ oak trees from Deepdale Trees will head to the Courtyard Garden in Hampshire after the Flower Show, to take up permanent residence there. Also…

      Read More »
    • tractors

      John Deere show garden celebrating 100 years of tractors

      The garden features a striking circular sculpture of 100 golden tractors and the planting mixes meadow and monoculture planting styles. A charred oak backdrop and circular seating suggest farm buildings dotted across the pastoral landscape. The garden reflects the atmosphere of walking through the countryside, where nature looks on as tractors cultivate the fields. The planting depicts the landscape’s natural beauty through a combination of native and non-native flowering grasses and wildflowers. Around 2000 individual plants include Calamagrostis Karl Foerster planted en masse to mimic fields of crops, while Papaver cambricum and ferns portray John Deere’s green and yellow corporate…

      Read More »
    • holiday

      The Wuhan Water Garden to appear at this year’s RHS Chelsea

      The Wuhan Water Garden may be the most eye-catching Show Garden at the largest Triangle Site. Designed to be walked around and viewed from all sides, the Garden will evoke a unique journey for visitors to China’s Hubei Province and its capital city Wuhan. Architect Laurie Chetwood and landscape architect Patrick Collins collaborated in designing the Garden which is inspired by China’s ‘City of 100 Lakes’- Wuhan, whose culture and development has long been associated with water. Wuhan is the capital of central China, situated on the Yangtze River at the crossroads of nine provinces with a population of over…

      Read More »
    • therapeutic

      New Therapeutic Garden opening at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey

      The Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Chaudri and other dignitaries were present on 9 May 2018 to celebrate the official opening of the new Therapeutic Garden at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. The garden was donated by Twickenham based landscape contractors Kingston Landscape Group with the design by Teddington landscape architects Outerspace. The aim of the garden is to provide therapeutic activities and a calming safe space for inpatients at the Abraham Cowley Mental Health Unit, which is run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. MD Steve Evans drives past the unit every day on his way to work and felt…

      Read More »
    • medite

      ‘House of Heroes’ children’s recovery centre built with MEDITE TYRICOYA EXTREME

      A hospital facility in Norrland, Sweden has been renovated extensively with wood-based products, owing to the universal belief that natural materials help people heal better. This serene and homely sanctuary functions as a temporary home for families with young children suffering from long-term illness. Designed by White Arkitekter, Hjältarnas Hus (House of Heroes) features MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME (MTX) panels along the outer walls, while the roof is structured from glue-laminated wood (‘glulam’), overlaid with white metal sheets. The building’s interior walls and ceilings are clad with fir. MTX was specifically chosen due to its “outstanding qualities,” including being the only wood composite…

      Read More »