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      Special events across England and Wales celebrate ‘Capability’ Brown’s birthday month of August

      This year marks the 300th anniversary of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose birthday is thought to fall this August. His actual date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 30 August 1716 at a time when babies were baptised very soon after birth, so August has been declared as his birthday month. The nationwide Capability Brown Festival celebrates the life, work and legacy of England’s most famous gardener, often dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ or the ‘grandfather of landscape architecture’. This year the Capability Brown Festival has, and continues to see, a myriad of events including…

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    • Bradstone

      Bristol installer scoops top prize in competition marking Bradstone’s 60th year

      Landscape installer, Robert Knight of Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services, has won an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4×4 pick-up truck as part of a celebratory competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone. To celebrate its Diamond year, Bradstone offered all UK landscape designers and installers the chance to win one of two Isuzu trucks when purchasing Bradstone paving. Robert Knight, who owns Bristol-based Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services in Bristol, is the first of two lucky competition winners. He was presented with the keys to his new Isuzu truck this week at Travis Perkin’s Southmead…

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    • AIPH

      68th AIPH annual congress to be held in Turkey

      The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is preparing for its 68th Annual Congress to take place in Antalya, Turkey from Monday 26 Sep to 1 Oct 2016. Highlights of the week include an International Green City Conference, an AIPH Expo Conference, tours of Expo 2016 Antalya, visits to local nurseries and a gala dinner. There will also be AIPH Committee meetings including a joint meeting with Union Fleurs to allow delegates more opportunity for networking within the international horticultural industry. The International Green City Conference takes place on Tuesday 27 September at the Expo Site. Discussions will cover: exploring the…

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    • Brown

      Celebrate the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown this summer with family-friendly events

      The Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of 18th century English landscape architect and Royal Gardener to King George III, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose 300th anniversary falls this year. Brown is associated with more than 250 landscapes across England and Wales, including the well-known estates of Blenheim Palace (Oxfordshire), Chatsworth (Derbyshire) and Croome (Worcestershire) to hidden gems such as Compton Verney (Warwickshire) and Milton Abbey (Dorset). 2016 has already seen a myriad of events hosted at various Brown’s landscapes, with many more family-friendly events set to take centre stage over the summer holidays, including: Music to…

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    • grow london

      Grow London 2016

      Grow London is back for its third year at Hampstead Heath from the 24 to the 26 of June and is bigger than ever, promising to be a highlight of the summer for garden enthusiasts and their families with over thirty nurseries, various talks, workshops and inspirational feature areas. Nursery numbers have doubled since last years’ event, and include Blueleaf Plants, Glendon Plant Nursery, Wildegoose, Todds Botanics, Hooksgreen Herbs, Lime Cross, C&K Jones, Hortus Loci, Shadyplants, The Plant Specialist, Meadowgate, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and Pennard Plants. As well as its’ numerous exhibits, Grow London includes several feature areas including the quirky…

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    • A great year for HTA and APL Members at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      APL members have once again had a clean sheet this year, with all our members involved in a Chelsea garden going home with a medal. Mark Gregory, APL Chairman and Landform Consultants, has gone home with a staggering 4 medals this year. The winners are as follows: GOLD – The Garden Bed – a partnership with ASDA – Frosts Landscapes GOLD – The Chelsea Barracks Garden – Landform Consultants GOLD – The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital – Bespoke Outdoor Spaces GOLD – Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living – RDC Landscapes SILVER-GILT – The World Vision…

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    • New Covent Garden Flower Market wins RHS Chelsea Gold medal and New Design Award

      · The Flower Market travels a mile up stream to the RHS Chelsea Flower show to win Chelsea Gold & New Design Award with design by Veevers Carter, one of London’s most innovative floral design and event styling companies · Flower Market’s floral tribute to HM the Queen is the most published image of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show · 360˚ floral installation illustrates the bond between London’s Flower Market and its customers In its first ever Chelsea appearance as an exhibitor, New Covent Garden Flower Market has scooped an RHS Chelsea Gold medal and the New Design Award for…

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    • ScotHort

      ScotHort – Great News

      After the successful launch last year we are delighted to announce that ScotHort (the only event for the whole of the Scottish landscaping industry – landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects and grounds maintenance companies) will again be taking place this September, only this year it will be bigger, better and more informative. We have managed to secure a fantastic new venue (due to redevelopment of last year’s MacRobert Pavilion at the Royal Highland Centre). The Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ is located within easy access of the M8, has great public transport links and is close to…

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    • Malvern

      Just days to go until RHS Malvern Spring Festival

      With just 7 days to go, the great countdown has begun to RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016. Over 90,000 people are expected to flood through the gates of the Three Counties Showground across the four-day event. The landmark gardening and food festival kicks off the Royal Horticultural Society summer show season and welcomes the Godfather of Gardening Alan Titchmarsh and National Treasure Mary Berry to headline. Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “Time flies and here we are again, just days until we open the gates for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016. The showground is a hive of activity…

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    • Gardening Scotland

      Gardening Scotland set to bring major economic growth

      Scotland’s largest and most prestigious gardening and outdoor living show is expected to generate more than £1 million for the Scottish economy when it is held later this summer. Approximately 10 per cent of visitors are expected to attend from outside Scotland, demonstrating the strength of the country’s gardening industry on both a UK-wide and international scale. Gardening Scotland’s esteemed Floral Hall, sponsored by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, will showcase more than 400 exhibitors, including plant nurseries, outdoor furniture suppliers and food and drink specialists. Local businesses such as Pentland-based Secret Herb Garden and Fife nursery East Neuk Perennials…

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    • BBC

      New sponsors for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2016

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live is proud to announce GreenThumb as a new headline sponsor of the Floral Marquee The BBC Gardeners’ World Live Floral Marquee is the largest single show feature, where more than 100 stands from the country’s top nurseries come together to retail to over 90,000 show visitors each year. Complimenting their sponsorship, GreenThumb will be running advice sessions and one-to-one lawncare clinics for visitors to the event. In addition, GreenThumb are working with designer Pip Probert to create a stunning, creative turf and floral centrepiece to the Floral Marquee. “GreenThumb are very proud to be part of…

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    • SALTEX

      SALTEX continues to attract world class exhibitors

      SALTEX 2016 continues to gain momentum after many of the industry’s leading names have confirmed their presence at this year’s exhibition, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham from 2 to 3 November 2016. John Deere, Toro, Ransomes Jacobsen, STIHL and Kubota will be returning to the show for a second consecutive year, so visitors can again expect to see an impressive line-up of top turf care equipment in addition to suppliers of leading groundscare products such as ICL, Rigby Taylor, Limagrain UK, Vitax Amenity and DLF Trifolium. Commenting on Ransomes Jacobsen decision to return to SALTEX, Karen Proctor,…

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    • Tech Exchange

      Society of Garden Designers launches new Tech Exchange series

      The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has launched Tech Exchange, a new series of one-day conferences exploring some of the technical aspects of landscape and garden design.   Conferences will take an in-depth look at a variety of subjects, offering presentations and talks from leading experts in a specific field of study, with the aim of sharing knowledge throughout the industry. The first conference, which focuses on Trees, has been produced in partnership with Barcham. The event will be chaired by Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and will take place on Thursday 9 June 2016 in Jodrell Theatre at Kew. The event offers a unique opportunity to engage with…

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    • Local authority and private sector collaborate over green space challenges

      70 senior local authority officers and their service delivery partners gathered together for a seminar at Kew Gardens recently to address and find workable outcomes to the key challenges faced in managing and maintaining the UK’s parks and open spaces. This industry ‘first’ was organised by BALI-NCF, the National Contractors’ Forum. The seminar entitled ‘Managing our Green Spaces: Are we Fighting a Losing Battle?’ sought to promote collaboration between the private and public sectors in identifying the major areas of change necessary to continue to meet the quality and service delivery expected by key stakeholders. The day commenced with a…

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    • Healing gardens – An evening with James and Cleve

      Join the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) for an evening with guest speakers, Horatio’s Garden designers, James Alexander-Sinclair and Cleve West. James and Cleve, both highly regarded and engaging speakers, will present their thoughtful insights into designing therapeutic gardens. Thursday 10th March 2016, from 7pm to 9pm at the Salisbury Arts Centre. Tickets include a glass of wine. Early booking is recommended. All profits from the evening will support the work of the charity. To purchase tickets please click here  Pro Landscaper featured Horatio’s Garden in our December 2014 issue to view the portfolio please click here 

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    • Tickets to the inaugural London Flower Show 2016 on sale March 7th 2016

      London’s passion for planting and produce is set to come alive this September at the inaugural London Flower Show, running from the 8th – 11th September 2016, and tickets go on sale Monday 7th March 2016. Set in the stunning grounds of the Georgian country estate Osterley House and Park, the London Flower Show will open its doors for the first time as a family-fun extravaganza, and celebration of the UK’s blooming and harvest season. The four-day event will see a unique blend of over 20 stunning show gardens, vivid floral displays and a range of produce growing competitions, showcasing…

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    • Shuttleworth

      Swiss Garden events season 2016

      The Shuttleworth Collection of historic aircraft and vintage vehicles in Bedfordshire now offers visitors the added attraction of a stunningly restored Swiss Garden. Previously overgrown and hidden behind the hangers of the Shuttleworth vintage aircraft Collection, the Swiss Garden – the most complete surviving example of a Regency garden in Britain – re-opened in summer 2014 following a £3.6m restoration project, which focused primarily on the specialist conservation of the garden’s thirteen quirky listed buildings and structures.  The picturesque garden was created by Lord Robert Henley Ongley in the early 19th century and added to by Victorian industrialist Joseph Shuttleworth after he bought…

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    • Important dates for your diary: Key 2016 Tree Council campaign date

      The Tree Council is looking ahead to another fantastic year for trees and communities with the announcement of the key diary dates for our community action programme in 2016. The first two campaigns of the year – the Tree Care Campaign and Walk in the Woods Month – continue with the 2015/16 Tree Year theme of ‘Communities Rooted to Trees’. The theme highlights the value of trees in helping communities to put down firm roots and grow strong and healthy together. The Tree Year will begin again in autumn 2016 with the start of Seed Gathering Season. Look out for…

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    • garden

      Tickets on sale to some of London’s exclusive, secret and private gardens

      Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend on 18 and 19 June, a highly anticipated event in the capital’s cultural calendar.  With 211 gardens taking part in 2016, a single ticket allows visitors a unique opportunity to discover and explore some of London’s most fascinating squares, gardens and green spaces, most of which are not normally open to the public. From the innovative, historical and prestigious, to the secret, hidden and little known. Gardens this year include many of London’s most exclusive private squares, some of the city’s most magnificent roof-top gardens, as well as gardens…

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    • BBC

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live confirms exciting new features

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live HQ has confirmed a host of exciting new features to inspire gardening at this year’s Show at the NEC, Birmingham from the 16 – 19 June. Amazing Show Gardens This year’s show sees some of the most impressive Show Gardens yet taking centre stage. One of the stars of the Show is Paul Stone’s Canal Boat Garden, representing the legendary Midlands’ waterways. With its nomadic planting style covering the roof of the narrow boat set in the backdrop of a canal, meadow planting and lock-keepers cottage garden this garden will be one for the cameras. In addition,…

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    • RHS

      Save the date for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016

      The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park (20 – 24 July) returns to Cheshire’s s 1,000-acre deer park for its eighteenth year, with a host of displays and new features for the perfect summer day out. Some of the highlights at this year’s show include a new Evolution Gardens category, all new Talks Theatre in the Floral Marquee where you can garner advice from the likes of gardening expert and TV personality Carol Klein, and The Vineyard, an area dedicated to tastings and English wine heritage. Art takes to the fore as a curated collection of sculptures surround…

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    • Landscape Institute

      Booking opens for Landscape Institute conference

      Booking is now open for the Landscape Institute’s (LI) two-day event on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March, which offers members across the UK an opportunity to debate, network, train and socialise. The LI’s partnership with the university provides an opportunity to build the relationship between practice and academia and to look at some of the key issues facing the profession. Keynote speakers on day one include Professor James Hitchmough, Professor Brian Evans, Andrew Grant and Caroline Julian from ResPublica. This will be followed by a conference dinner, included in the cost of the ticket. At the end of last…

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    • HTA Plant Health Conference

      In partnership with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), the HTA has developed a one-day conference to take place on Wednesday 17 February at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus at Sand Hutton, near York. The issue of plant health has never been higher on the Government agenda and the stakes have never been higher for industry as it faces virulent pests and diseases like Xylella which have strict control measures extending to the whole supply chain in order to protect the trade. The conference aims to clarify everyone’s roles and responsibilities across plant health issues, bringing together nurseries, retailers,…

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    • Primrose Hospice enter this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival

      The Primrose Hospice will be entering this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The garden is called ‘Time is a Healer’ and represents the bereavement journey that many children find themselves on when losing a parent or other family member. The garden is to be designed by award winning designer Martyn Wilson. It will be created on that theme because the bereavement journey can be a difficult and challenging time and areas in the garden will reflect the various feelings and moods commonly experienced. The project, was officially launched this week and has been made possible by the generous support of…

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    • First acoustic garden for RHS Malvern

                                  A garden designer from Gloucestershire has been selected to exhibit the first acoustic garden at next year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Festival. Pippa Shennan, from Wotton-under-Edge, was selected against stiff competition to design and exhibit one of the Festival Gardens at the show. The Festival Garden theme chosen for 2016 is ‘Hidden Gems’. Her garden, entitled ‘A private refuge – a hidden gem’ is believed to be the first to have been designed specifically to cut out external noise through the use of acoustic…

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