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    • Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

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    • SoilsCon 2019

      SoilsCon 2019 – back by popular demand!

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      12 reasons why you need to enter the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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    • School children to help create a garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

      Disturbed by reports that children now spend less time outside than prisoners, one South London gardener is crowdfunding a campaign to get them off screens and into nature – starting with an innovative show garden built by and shared with local schools.   According to the ‘Play In Balance’ report commissioned by Persil, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates.   In response to this shocking statistic, Seonaid Royall, a parent and the founder of garden design firm Sprout Up, has created…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Spring Conference live-streaming was a success

      The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was offered for the first time at the Society’s Spring Conference on the 27th April, has been hailed a great success. It attracted delegates from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Estonia and Ireland. Introduced to allow the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, delegates were able to watch the conference live from London in the comfort of their own homes and offices anywhere in the world, sharing the experience with those at the venue. Following the…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards return for 2019

      The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMACT Awards are returning to FutureScape on the 19 November 2019. This year, the idea is to celebrate the projects valued under £25,000, as these are just as important as their larger counterparts. Often, the smaller projects throw up bigger issues, and creating a dream garden in a small space, or with a limited budget, is tougher than people expect. These awards will appreciate the minute details in the design, build and facilitation of these small but tricky jobs. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE This year’s categories are: Build under £25,000 Design under £25,000 –…

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    • Petrus community

      Garden at Tatton Park Flower Show to tackle stereotypes associated with homelessness

      Petrus Community is a charity based in Rochdale who provide supported housing and related services to homeless people. This year the charity has announced that it will have a double back to back garden at 2019’s Tatton Park Flower Show.   The garden has been designed by a team from Petrus Incredible Edibles Rochdale (PIER). They wanted the garden to reflect a service user’s journey through life with Petrus. Service users have drawn on their past experiences and it is hoped the garden will challenge negative stereotypes associated with homelessness.   The charity worked closely with its staff, volunteers and…

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    • Lim In Chong joins the Show Gardens Assessment Panel at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      Internationally acclaimed garden designer Lim In Chong (Inch) has announced that he’ll join the panel of Show Garden assessors at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019. As a recipient of renowned international awards for his designs including twice winning the Gardening World Cup, Inch will bring a new dimension to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Assessment Panel.   The Assessment Panel will survey each of the Show Gardens. These include the headline Watchmaker’s Garden, the five APL Avenue gardens, the Canal & River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden and many more. The activity culminates with an Awards Ceremony hosted…

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    • Macclesfield Garden Festival

      Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019

      Jon Tilley left the landscape industry after 20 years, seven RHS Gardens at Tatton and Hampton Court and a Gold medal in 2011. Speaking to Pro Landscaper Jon told us how this had left a hole in his life which he needed to fill.   The idea came to Jon to pass his love of gardens to the next generation with a garden festival based in his local community, Macclesfield.   In 2017 the first Macclesfield Garden Festival was held. Two of Jon Tilley’s friends from RHS Tatton, Andy Walker and Clive Scott, were on hand to help him.  …

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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 takes its 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

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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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