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    • Hammersmith Highline

      Overwhelming response to Hammersmith HighLine competition

      Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received for the public ideas competition to generate ideas for a Hammersmith Highline on a disused railway viaduct. The competition has been organised by Hammersmith BID and local architect group West London Link. The competition aims to forge ideas that could transform the 300m elevated stretch of viaduct into an attraction similar to New York City’s High Line. No idea is off the table with the judges looking for schemes that are practical and could be delivered on the site. Which sits between existing railway lines that run adjacent to King Street, as…

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    • Pelargonium

      Pelargonium for Europe to transform The Zetter Townhouse hotel entrance

      Coral coloured Geraniums will transform the iconic entrance of The Zetter Townhouse hotel in Clerkenwell this May as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). The fantasy ‘underwater’ vignette is inspired by ‘Living Coral’ – Pantone Colour of the Year 2019. It will celebrate the longstanding urban popularity of the geranium in this stunning hue.   Geraniums in Coral is co-designed by award-winning garden designers and RHS medallists, Claudia de Yong, and Ian Drummond, creative director of Indoor Garden Design. It will showcase the ubiquitous geranium within a fabulous ‘seascape’ depiction. Over 100 coral geraniums will be incorporated into the installation.…

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    • Thrive

      Garden for Thrive to be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth

      The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden designed for Thrive at RHS Charsworth.   It will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.   Designer Richard Rogers is creating the Reflective Mind Garden. It aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.   Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water and angular blocks. As well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.   Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the…

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    • RHS Cardiff

      RHS medals announced at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the award winners at its first major outdoor event of the year the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019, supported by Brewin Dolphin. Nature’s Takeover was awarded the top title of Best Garden and Best Construction while Andy’s Air Plants was awarded Best in Floral Marquee. First-time designer Diego Carrillo from London teamed up with Smartscape Cardiff to build the Regeneration Garden which received the title after the RHS Judging Panel awarded it a Silver-Guilt medal. In line with the Regeneration Gardens category, Nature’s Takeover illustrates the simple beauty of nature as the space…

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    • RHS Bridgewater Garden

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. It heralds the creation of the RHS’s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020.   The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHS’s 215 year history. The RHS is creating the stunning 154 acre garden by breathing new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned…

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    • Xardin

      Xardin supports new talent at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      This year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show in April will see award winning landscape construction and horticultural specialists, Xardin Garden, launch its programme to support new designers and artists entering the horticulture industry.   The inaugural programme, complete with bursary, enables designer Brent Purtell to create his first show garden called “The Xardin Urban Gallery” . This will showcase his take on urban regeneration for the Royal Horticultural Society. Brent recently qualified at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design after he decided to choose a new career making gardens. Edward Mairis, owner of Xardin said: “We celebrate the achievements of the…

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    • Kate Gould

      The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Designer Kate Gould’s garden for Greenfingers Charity aims to create a stimulating environment for seriously sick children and their families. The plant colour palate is fresh, predominately green and white with flashes of yellow. The hard landscaping and even the plant content had to be thought through very carefully with access for wheelchairs a high priority. This meant nothing spiky on pathways that would scratch limbs or puncture tyres, furniture and sculpture elements have to be comfortable and accessible, stimulating and interactive wherever possible.   The lower pathway is made from expanded mesh which will have lots of lush green…

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    • The Garden Party

      The Garden Party – celebrating 20 years of Gardening Scotland

      Lynn Hill Garden Design, CED Stone group, and a whole host of garden professionals are certainly ready to clink glasses. Together they are creating the most glorious of show gardens featuring Italian glass, golden quartzite and corten steel.   Lynn has once again designed with outdoor living at its’ core. This is her 3rd show garden at Gardening Scotland and each one has been a celebration of the garden as an extension of the home. But this year, as Lynn has now joined the Gardening Scotland Board, things will be just for the fun of it.   Centre stage sits…

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    • roof garden

      Largest intensive green roof in Nottingham created for residents

      A twenty-two week project to create Nottingham’s largest intensive sky garden has been completed. It is on the fourth floor of a 26-storey apartment building. It showcases the value of investment in green infrastructure for both local authorities and the residents of urban areas.   The design, by award-winning landscape design practice Hosta Consulting, was commissioned by Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) as part of its Decent Neighbourhoods scheme. The scheme aims to improve the lives of residents by developing green-spaces with a community focus.   The project creates Nottingham’s largest intensive green roof. A 316 sq m community garden, designed…

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    • Blue Forest

      Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

      Blue Forest is delighted to be exhibiting a luxury treehouse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The Treehouse will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke treehouse creations.   It will be created in collaboration with the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire.   Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the treehouse will move to the grounds of Chewton Glen, where it will provide a fabulous home for the hotels popular children’s club.   The spacious Treehouse is the ideal location for children to play, creating memories with…

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    • Macmillan Legacy Garden

      Macmillan’s Legacy Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

      Mementos, including marbles, buttons and over a hundred other curiosities line the walls and inhabit the flower borders of designer Gary Bristow’s Macmillan Legacy Garden.   The garden tells the story of a fictional couple and the legacy they left behind through objects they loved. It will be on display at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from 9th – 12th May.   Featuring a planting scheme of perennials, bulbs and self-seeding plants, the garden is inspired by the significance of legacy donations to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Cancer Support receives over a third of its income through gifts left in…

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    • Gardeners' World Live 2019

      The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019

      The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live are known for their inspirational design and planting whilst being relatable and packed with practical ideas that visitors can recreate in their own gardens. Visitors will enjoy the feature gardens, APL Avenue, Show Gardens, Showcase Gardens and Beautiful Borders in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere with picnics, bandstand entertainment and magic moments around every corner. THE WATCHMAKER’S GARDEN, by Alexandra Froggatt Inspired by the booming Jewellery Quarter of the late 1800s this garden steps back in time to a watchmaker’s workshop set in their back garden. The watchmaker is mid production of…

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    • lcgd

      London College of Garden Design to open new college in Melbourne

      The London College of Garden Design has today announced plans to open a new partner college in Melbourne. The new London College of Garden Design Melbourne will open its doors in March 2020 with a unique new two-year Garden Design Diploma which will be led by a new director, leading Australian designer Brent Reid, supported by practising design, horticulture and technical professionals. UK director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “We have explored a number of opportunities to take our unique training to a wider audience over the past two years. Australia quickly became our first priority and Melbourne, with its rich…

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    • APL Awards 2019

      APL Awards 2019 winners announced

      Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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    • Austin Design Works

      Austin Design works secure planning permission

      Austin Design Works have secured planning permission for a contemporary garden pavilion. It is in the grounds of a historic, riverside rectory in Wiltshire.   The structure is designed to be the focal point for family entertaining. It completes a scheme to link the main 16th Century house with dedicated ‘play’ spaces. These run down to the property’s picturesque river frontage in Great Somerford.   Director Rachael Austin runs Nailsworth-based Austin Design Works with her brother Matt. She was initially called to design an outside-in scheme, with the large garden as the focal point.   But the clients shifted to…

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    • Hampton Court Palace

      RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

      The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 – 7 July.   The festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants. It will also provide plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.   Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria.   Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body,…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Awards announces new category for 2020

      The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto. The Beth Chatto Eco Garden Award is open to all SGD members. It will be presented for a project where the design focus is on the garden’s environmental impact by the creative, ecological use of materials and planting, to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife. Lynne Marcus MSGD, Council Member for the SGD Awards, said: “Beth Chatto was one of the most influential horticulturalists of the last 50 years. Her firmly held…

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    • Tim Howell: Raising Industry Standards

      Sharing a common goal to raise industry standards says Tim Howell will increase its value and attract ongoing investment into the horticulture and landscaping sector.   There is no better place to demonstrate the diversity of the horticultural sector than at a trade event that brings together both suppliers and contractors, events that allow us to showcase the best that we can offer, to encourage others to join with us and to have a conversation – to collaborate. At the last Futurescape event, in November last year, I was invited to take part in The Pro Landscaper Summit and joined…

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    • Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

      New sensory garden for Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

      Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with garden designer Lorna Batchelor to supply plants to a new sensory garden. This garden is at the Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.   The new sensory garden will create a safe place for students to learn and explore. It includes nearly £4,000 worth of plants. Such as Sarcococca confusa, Hamamelis mollis and Viburnum bodnantense, grasses for sound and touch. Along with varieties of Stipa, Carex and Phormium included. Around 60 Rhododendrons and Azaleas give a splash of colour in the woodland garden. Ferns and Acers create a tranquil area around the…

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    • Brewin Dolphin announces garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019

      Wealth management company Brewin Dolphin will have a garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the inspiration for this years garden. This marks the third consecutive year that the company will have a garden at the popular Derbyshire show. The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will be transformed into a feature-garden. It will combine the finest horticulture with exciting, interactive art demonstrations. It will feature five prominent artists creating their wares every day.   The five artists are from diverse geographical areas and have a range of craft skills between them. They include a…

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    • Johnathan Snow

      Plants take centre stage on Jonathan Snow’s Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ garden

      Jonathan Snow has always felt that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is first and foremost about plants. This year Jonathan will be showcasing plants from the temperate rainforests of South America, specifically Chile. “Designing a garden at Chelsea is a team effort and I wouldn’t be anywhere without listening to the advice of my nursery when it comes to plants, so when Trailfinders invited me to submit an application for a Show Garden in 2019, I went straight to Dave Root (owner of Kelways Plants), and asked him for some general ideas on parts of the world which have interesting plants…

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    • Warner Edwards Distillery

      Bowles & Wyer to build RHS Chelsea garden for Warner Edwards Distillery

      Award-winning landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer will return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year to build a Main Avenue Show Garden for Warner Edwards Distillery, created by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith. The Warner Edwards Garden, which will be Bowles & Wyer’s eighth Show Garden, is inspired by the natural springs at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire – the home of Warner Edwards Distillery – and has been designed using a complicated sequence of structures and techniques to create multiple water features, which run quietly through different areas of the garden creating gentle arcs and streams before they emerge again in the garden. Drystone walls will form a central pavilion with two…

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    • Construction Design Programme

      London College of Garden Design launches new construction design programme

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has today announced that it will be offering a new Construction Design Certificate programme from Autumn 2019. The course reflects the growing need for continuing professional development (CPD) training and a demand from designers and landscapers to enhance their knowledge of design and construction. Speaking about the new course Andrew Wilson, Director of Garden Design Studies said “We have received a growing number of requests over the past few years from professional designers and landscapers for a course like this and our new programme will offer the great content delivered by the leading…

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    • Provender Nurseries Announces Hazel Coleman as Competition Winner

      Continuing the garden design competition Provender Nurseries announced Hazel Coleman as the winner for a redesign of Open Air Theatre Bed in The Regent’s Park. This competition run by Provender Nurseries in partnership with Capel Manor at two campuses has been ongoing for six years. Year 2 and 3 students of Garden Design: Plants and Planting Design were invited this year to enter the garden design competition. Judging took place in November with over 25 students from Capel Manor College, Regents Park Campus, presenting their designs to a wide variety of judges. Each student talked through their designs with the…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Awards 2019

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