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    • Mental Health Awareness

      Mental health awareness garden takes Gold at Harrogate Flower Show

      A garden dedicated to mental health awareness has taken the top prize at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.   The Mental Health Garden, designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design took the Gold Award at the 2019 show. Plants were supplied by leading commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley, The garden was created in support of Leeds Mind, the mental health charity which provides help and information when people need it most.   Johnsons provided the trees and plants for the garden. This includes different shades of pebbles to represent depression and improved mental health through counselling and support.   A semicolon,…

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    • Chemical Training Workshop

      Green-tech take their Chemical training workshops to London and Scotland

      Following the success of their previous Chemical Workshops, Green-tech has announced the dates for their next two Chemical Workshops – Training the Trainer.   The sessions are planned for London on Wednesday 29th May and Scotland on Wednesday 10th July. They will include presentations from industry-leading guest speakers including Advanced Invasives, Amenity Forum, Bayer, Belchim, Certis UK (Scotland only), ICL and JSD Rail (London only).   The venues for the events are Capel Manor College in Enfield, London and SRUC Oatridge Campus in Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian.   Each workshop will run from 9am with 6 speaker sessions (BASIS points…

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    • Malvern Spring Festival

      Show garden at Malvern Spring Festival to highlight diabetes

      Work has begun on the first ever show garden to highlight diabetes at the Malvern Spring Festival.   Transformation of part of a field into a show garden has begun at the Three Counties Showground, with 50 square metres of soil revealed.   The Habit of Living Garden is the first ever show garden in support of Diabetes UK. It aims to raise awareness of a condition which affects more people than cancer and dementia combined – 4.7 million people in the UK alone.   A personal project, design duo Karen Tatlow, of Karen Tatlow Garden Design in Lichfeld and…

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    • Highlights at Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2019

      The 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25 – 28 April 2019) will be showcasing the potential for petal power to transform Britain’s grey streets.   This year’s theme for the show is #kerbcouture. Featuring virtuoso ideas for vertical gardens, mini urban oases and a street scene of cutting-edge design ideas for bloom-bombed pubs, shops and furniture, plus an entire wall of graffiti flowers.   Teams from the Harewood florists Leafy Couture, Ripon-based Branching Out and the British cut flower co-operative Flowers from the Farm, will be introducing a flash of floral inspiration to an everyday urban scene. This will illustrate…

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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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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Pro Landscaper LIVE Cheshire

      Following the success of the  Pro Landscaper LIVE events in 2018, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events.  Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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    • Borde Hill

      Michael Marriott to hold a talk at Borde Hill’s Rose Garden

      At Borde Hill Garden this summer one of the world’s most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill’s renowned Rose Garden on 20th June.   In June, Borde Hill’s 750 + strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade. It comprises formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.   The design was…

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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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    • 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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    • Spring Conference

      SGD announces live-streaming of Spring Conference

      The SGD Spring Conference will be available via live-streaming and on-demand for the first time on 27th April 2019. Allowing the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience and share the experience with as many people as possible. Taking place in London, the conference will feature a first-class line-up of speakers from the worlds of garden design, research and horticulture. They will explore the topic: ‘Sex in the Garden – flowers, fruit & foraging’. There is a choice to watch it individually or in groups for a discounted rate. Subscribers will…

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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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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Join us at Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Following the success of the Pro Landscaper LIVE events last year, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events. Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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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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    • Watchmaker's Garden

      The Watchmaker’s Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is a bustling, cosmopolitan area, steeped in history. In the Victorian era the area was booming with trade as the jewellery and watchmaking industries expanded. It was common for craftsmen to set up workshops in their back gardens to meet demand. BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s headline Watchmaker’s Garden, is designed by award-winning garden designer Alexandra Froggatt. It is inspired by these dedicated 19th century back-garden horologists.   Step onto the garden and you’ll step back in time into a watchmaker’s garden workshop. The city’s iconic Chamberlain clockface is mid-production, with a workbench surrounded by original tools and…

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    • ACLI Awards

      The Association of Landscape Contractors (ALCI) annual awards winners announced

      The Association of Landscape Contractors (ALCI) annual awards was held in the Titanic Centre, Belfast on the 22 March 2019. The awards celebrate the high standards of professionalism and skill in the delivery of commercial, private residential and public authority gardens, landscapes and sports grounds.   This year Pro Landscaper sponsored the awards along with Annaveigh Plants, Coburn’s, Kilsaran, Laird Grass Machinery and Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA NI). The judges awarded marks on a variety of criteria. This included the use of plants and hard landscaping material, the extent of challenges faced by the…

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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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    • SoilsCon

      SoilsCon 2019 – Save the date!

      SoilsCon, the landscape industry’s go-to conference for soil-related topics, will be returning once again to the elegant Phyllis Court in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Thursday, 26th September.   This year’s event will be the fourth soils conference to be organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare.   It promises landscape architects and specifiers, contractors, garden designers, developers, topsoil manufacturers, local government officers, and wider industry professionals a day of invaluable professional development, discussion and debate, with presentations by some of the country’s leading experts in their respective fields.   This year’s speaker line-up features:   Tim O’Hare, Principal, Tim…

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    • Lee Ferry

      Graffiti to brighten up Harrogate Spring Flower Show

      Mural artist Lee Ferry will be wowing visitors to this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25-28 April) with ideas for transforming the bleakest of back streets with his own brand of garden graffiti. The show’s theme for 2019 is #kerbcouture, exploring how the urban environment could be revolutionised by the use of plants and flowers. Lee aims to inspire visitors to cheer up dreary courtyards and bare garden walls by creating a colourful street mural live during the show.   After starting out as a cartoonist and sign-writer, Lee formed his company, Custom Artwerk, seven years ago. His work has…

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    • National Park City Festival

      Mayor announces plans for first National Park City Festival

      The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the next step towards making London the world’s first National Park City, with plans for a week-long National Park City Festival from 20–28 July 2019. Working with the National Park City Foundation and other major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London’s green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways. It aims to help a wide range of Londoners discover new environmental, cultural, sporting and community activities. The Mayor’s ambition is to make more than half of the capital green and increase tree canopy cover by…

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    • Thrive

      Thrive announced as charity partner for SGD Awards 2020

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020. Following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. The money will be raised at the SGD Awards Ceremony, which will be on Friday 31 January 2020.   Thrive – the gardening for health charity – specialises in using therapeutic horticulture to improve people’s lives.Working with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health. The charity uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). This helps improve…

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    • Masterclass With Thomas Rainer, ‘Planting In A Post-Wild World’

      Join Landscape Architect, author, and teacher, Thomas Rainer, for a day exclusively focused on the tips, tricks, and design strategies to create more layered, beautiful plantings. Whether your goal is increased resiliency, lower maintenance ecological plantings, or more intensely floriferous perennial borders, the lessons of this day will equip you with a broader toolkit of planting design skills. The day will be split into different sessions. Morning Session: The Big Picture, A New Paradigm in Planting Design Rebuilding Abundance: A Designer’s Guide to Developing Dynamic Plant Communities This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function…

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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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    • plants@work Awards

      plants@work Awards 2019 winners announced

      This year plants@work held its Leaf Award Ceremony at the end of FutureScape Spring on 12 March in the Brasserie at Sandown Park Racecourse. plants@work members were invited to submit entries by the end of November last year and during February the judges made visits to sites to assess their entries. The winners are as follows: Best Project 2019: Design & Installation Mitie Landscapes Ltd Project: Deloitte, One New Street Square Best Project 2019: Maintenance Biotecture Ltd Project: Regal House Mitie landscapes Ltd Project: 1 Angel Square, Manchester Design & Installation over £10,000 Gold Leaf Ambius Project: 3 Temple Quay Project: Ingenuity House Project: Reckitt Benckiser Gold…

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    • Gardeners' World Live 2019

      The Plant Pyramid at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019

      The Plant Pyramid, supported by Peter Seabrook, returns to the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019. This time with four new satellite pyramids. The Pyramids will play host to a monumental display of up to four thousand plants, all new introductions for either 2018 or 2019.   Dutch breeders Florist return with a brand-new clutch of Garvinea, the Garden Gerbera. The impressive flowers as well as the ability of this Gerbera to grow outside and in colder climates, makes Garvinea a flowering sensation. Joining them, HilverdaKooij present a new Echinacea, a Dianthus, a pot Alstroemeria and a garden…

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