• FutureScape Spring
  • Plants

    • Purple Flag

      Towns and Cities urged to celebrate Purple Flag status with flowers

      Towns and cities which have achieved Purple Flag status are being encouraged to follow one of the UK’s ancient walled cities and celebrate their title with flowers. Chester’s BID team, CH1ChesterBID, last summer decorated its famous medieval rows. It decorated them with more than a hundred window boxes, barrier baskets and planters filled with purple blooms to mark their achievement. They done this with help from civic floral display experts Plantscape. It was the second year that they had appointed Plantscape to grow, supply and maintain their blooms. They were so bowled over by the success of 2017 that they…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      What shape is YOUR FutureScape?

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    • Exeter University Research Reveals Link Between Trees and Mental Health

      The location and size of urban trees plays an important role in providing health and well-being benefits, according to a new study by Exeter University.   Using National Tree Map data, created by aerial mapping company Bluesky, the study assessed the role of 600,000 individual trees in providing nature experiences.Those trees that are experienced by more people, more frequently, have the potential to provide greater health and well-being benefits.   With urbanisation emerging as one of the most important human health issues of the 21st century, the study concluded the contribution of individual trees was highly skewed. Using Bluesky’s tree…

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    • Valentine's Day

      6 Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day

      Flowers have always been a popular choice for showing your loved one how much you care on Valentine’s Day. Pro Landscaper have picked 6 flowers that have a romantic side to them, so if you’re last minute shopping here’s some inspiration. Rose Rosa The most popular choice for Valentine’s Day is without a doubt the rose, particularly the red rose which symbolises love. The world’s most expensive rose is the Juliet Rose created by David Austin over 15 years and debuted at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 and is worth £3m. Forget-me-not Myosotis The forget-me-not is said to symbolise…

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    • Eden Project

      Trio of Giant Olive Trees Planted in Med Garden at Eden

      Three ancient olive trees removed to make way for younger specimens have found a new home at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The monumental evergreens have been installed in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome. They are now taking root alongside hundreds of other plants from the climatic region. The trees are situated in a stunning setting near the entrance to the Biome. The towering trees are estimated to vary in age between 600 and 1,500 years, with the tallest reaching a majestic 3.95 m. Before Eden discovered them, they had been removed from farms in Alentejo in Portugal and Cordoba in Spain…

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    • Johnathan Snow

      Jonathan Snow returns to Main Avenue for a second year

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    • Plant Health

      Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

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    • Johnsons of Whixley

      Johnsons of Whixley enhance relaxing retreat

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    • Chelsea Fringe

      Chelsea Fringe returns for its eighth year

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    • Biosecurity

      AA bikers on biosecurity mission

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    • FutureScape seminar

      FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

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    • Johnsons

      Johnsons of Whixley part of two award-winning projects

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    • Butterworth Horticulture

      Butterworth Horticulture

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    • Pest

      RHS confirms first new garden pest of 2019

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    • Leading firms team up to beautify luxurious billion-pound project in London

      Leading firms team up to beautify luxurious billion-pound project in London

      One of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley, has been contracted by Kingston Landscape Group to supply thousands of plants to a substantial £1 billion inner-city redevelopment in north west London. The Yorkshire and London-based duo came together to work on Colindale Gardens, a huge luxury redevelopment in Barnet. The renovation by one of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Redrow, includes the building of 2,900 new one to four-bedroom homes surrounded by nine acres, as well as a cycle paths, walkways, cafes, a shopping plaza, school, restaurants and a resident-only gym in Colindale. It’s a project that has seen Kingston…

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    • chelsea 2019

      RHS announces highlights for Chelsea 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announces highlights at the Chelsea 2019, taking place 21 – 25 May. For the 10th year, M&G Investments is sponsoring the show.   Show Garden Highlights Encouraging people to reconnect with nature is a key theme at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gardens are celebrating the beauty of the natural world.   Seven-time gold medal winning designer Andy Sturgeon is back for show sponsor M&G Investments. This year, his design draws inspiration for his garden from nature’s power to regenerate. Colonising the woodland landscape will be young trees, ferns and jewel-like flowers, interspersed with…

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    • scholarship

      New scholarship for ‘green’ student horticulturists

      A new environmental scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). This is in the name of flower seed trade legend, John Gibson.   The John Gibson Environmental Scholarship will award £1,500 to a student with a keen interest in environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial horticulture.   John Gibson dedicated 65 years of his life to the industry, forging a fine international reputation. After starting his career at Bees Seeds, John went on to work at Colegrave Seeds with the late David Colegrave. He was at the forefront of the development of the market…

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    • Young Horticulturist

      The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition launches for 2019

      The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final began at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (www.flowershow.org.uk) on 28 April. It gives many of the eight competitors and their families their first opportunity to see this flower show.   The winner, after a tense competition, was won by the South East Branch Regional winner, Tim Miles who is currently working at the National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.   Tim said, after the competition, ‘The entire journey towards winning the YHoY 2018 competition has been fun. I have enjoyed meeting members of the CIH as well as my…

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    • National Tree Week

      Explore Milton Keynes’ Parkland This National Tree Week

      The Parks Trust wants to encourage people to get out and explore the city’s parkland this National Tree Week. This runs from Saturday 24 November to Sunday 2 December 2018.   To celebrate the many varied and beautiful trees that feature across the Milton Keynes landscape, The Parks Trust has devised a series of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.   A route for a self-guided walk. This covers several of the central parks, including Campbell Park, Newlands and the Tree Cathedral.   The route details which trees walkers should look out for. This includes the majestic oak…

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    • west ham park

      National Tree Week: new trees planted at West Ham Park

      City of London Corporation staff, Friends of West Ham Park and local volunteers will plant 1,250 shrubs and 38 trees at West Ham Park. This is to take place during national Tree Week on 24 November – 2 December.   The trees will be a mix of Willow, European Hornbeam and Hazel. They are part of the park’s South Meadow Improvement Project, after a £15,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community in July.   With roots going back to 1975, National Tree Week celebrates the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the UK’s…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley

      Johnsons of Whixley trials plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

      Commercial horticultural nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is trialling a revolutionary new type of plant pot to fight the industry battle against plastic waste. Johnsons’ new taupe-coloured plant pots, in collaboration with pot manufacturer Aeroplas UK, are made from 98 per cent of recycled plastic and are detectable by domestic waste separation systems which means they can be put back into the recycling stream. They are distinct from standard pots, which feature a carbon pigment that compromises recognition, and results in millions of pots ending up in landfill every year. Johnsons’ new product is set to be tested throughout 2019 to identify any…

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    • dial-a-star

      Dial-a-Star, a Mexican wave for Poinsettia in Bethnal Green

      London celebrates the poinsettia, the UK’s number 1 Christmas houseplant, with an exciting installation co-created by Stars for Europe and McQueens Flower School. Highlighting the poinsettia’s Mexican heritage, ‘Dial-a-Star’ features an iconic London telephone box positioned within a landscape of white and red poinsettias, alongside some classically architectural cacti – joining to form the tricolour found within the Mexican flag. The title, ‘Dial-a-Star’ is a reference to the poinsettia’s other name of ‘Christmas Star’ as well as a playful nod to this plant’s popularity over the festive season. This ubiquitous christmas plant originates from Mexico and was introduced to the…

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    • biochar

      250 trees saved using enriched biochar and deep-soil decompaction

      A total of 250 trees have been saved by applying enriched biochar to the roots by Geo-Injector since 2017.   Apex Soil Solutions, the Ringwood-based tree health business, has successfully treated 250 trees using its deep-soil Geo-Injector and Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar products, Tree Soil Improver and Tree Fertiliser, since collaborating in 2017.   Biochar is a porous, high-carbon form of charcoal that improves the structure, aeration, water-holding capacity and nutrient retention of soils of all types, and provides the perfect refuge for beneficial microbiology. Carbon Gold’s Tree Soil Improver is enriched with mycorrhizal and Trichoderma fungi, seaweed and wormcasts…

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    • Stoneleigh Park

      The Nursery Supply Show finds new home at Stoneleigh Park

      The HTA Nursery Supply Show, sponsored by ICL, is moving to a bigger and easily accessible home at Stoneleigh Park in Hall 1. This is directly connected to the HTA National Plant Show.   The show has moved halls to give more space for development. The new venue will ease flow of visitors between the National Plant Show and the Nursery Supply Show. The shows take place on 18 and 19 June 2019.   Hall 1 will offer an opportunity to solidify the Nursery Supply Show as a must attend event in the industry. It is showcasing UK horticulture and…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley dives in to help multi-million pound wave wall project

      Leading UK commercial nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, has made a splash in Lancashire – supplying thousands of plants for a £10 million coastal town development. The wave reflection wall in Morecambe was officially opened last month (15th October) with new surfacing, seating and lighting, as a multi-million pound project to help to improve the flood defence of the town. Large contractors, Ashlea Ltd, worked on the soft landscaping for the wave reflection wall and enlisted North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, to supply shrubs and grasses. Varieties including over 1,700 Pinus Mugo Mops (dwarf mountain pine), 400 Santolina incana, more…

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