• Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Boningale Nurseries has been sharing its green roof expertise to university students this month. Landscape architects and project managers at Birmingham City University heard how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife. The university invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars on sustainable construction. The aim is to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in cities. Maggie explains: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national…

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  • Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • St Wilfrid's

    Landscaping project at new hospice

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  • Kew Gardens birthday

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  • humphry repton

    Gardens Trusts reveals new discoveries about landscape gardener Humphry Repton

    Culminating years of research, the Gardens Trusts have shed new light on the work of historic landscape gardener Humphry Repton at a symposium at the Garden Museum in November 2018. The new research was completed by hundreds of volunteers from County and Country Gardens Trusts across the UK as part of the celebrations in the bicentenary year of Repton’s death. In celebrating this important figure, who wanted to fill the gap left by the death of Capability Brown in 1783, the Gardens Trust encouraged volunteers from over 30 counties, and in Wales and Scotland, to present their longstanding research of the…

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  • Orchids festival

    Kew Orchids Festival: Colombia

    Colombia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains and everything in between. Home to more orchid species than anywhere else in the world, Colombia’s unparalleled biodiversity and vibrant culture is the inspiration for Kew’s 24th annual Orchids Festival in February 2019.   Stepping into the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors will find themselves transported to an entrancing paradise evoking the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia. The experience is an immersive journey through the different zones of the glasshouse where visitors will encounter staggeringly beautiful orchid displays representing aspects…

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  • countryfile

    Countryfile 30th Anniversary Garden announced for Hampton Court

    A special garden showcasing the diverse landscapes of the British countryside will feature at the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July 2018) to celebrate the BBC1 Countryfile 30th anniversary. Countryfile’s 30th Anniversary Garden, designed by award winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, is inspired by the British landscape and will encourage visitors to reconnect with nature to mark the anniversary of one of Britain’s best loved and most watched TV programmes, which shares the people and stories at the heart of the British countryside. The wonders of a concealed, yet critically important world that resides on our doorsteps…

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  • dura

    Dura-ID comes on board for the 2018 Nursery Supply Show

    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce Dura-ID as the sponsor of the Nursery Supply Show Hub at the 2018 Nursery Supply Show. The Nursery Supply Show Hub is the halls lounge and is a meeting area for our visitors to plan their next stand visit, meet with exhibitors or have a relaxing break. During the Nursery Supply Show Dura-ID will be demonstrating the latest technology for labelling in horticulture. The extensive labelling range comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit all applications and budgets, from the standard stick-ins to full colour picture labels that you can…

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  • Landscaping tips for controlling pests

    One of the greatest problems for the owner of private exterior spaces and communal areas is pest-control. Many landscaping choices can significantly affect the rate of unwanted animals setting up home, with some options inadvertently offering the perfect shelter to rodents and other pests. With competition in the landscaping industry as fierce as it is, could offering your clients a landscape that minimises the chance of pest problems set you apart from your competitors? From birds and woodworm to rats and mice, we’ve listed expert pest control tips to ensure that you’re offering your customers the best landscaping options to…

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  • breeam

    HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

    HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new…

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  • Evergreenwales goes from tradestand to show garden at RHS Cardiff 2018

    Landscape design and construction company Evergreenwales will be creating a show garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Cardiff, taking place from 13-15 April. Usually present at the show as a tradestand, father and son duo Richard and Adam Davis, directors of Evergreenwales, have designed ‘Cwm Caerdydd’, a garden inspired by the mountainous and verdant countryside in South Wales. As one of the tallest show gardens to ever feature at the show, the 360-view garden is designed to appear as though it could have just erupted from the ground overnight. Encapsulating everything the designers love about the Welsh countryside, it…

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  • efig changes its name to plants@work to reflect main aim

    After 17 years, efig has changed its name to the plants@work Association. The reason for this change is to make the association’s name more relevant, and plants@work clearly states what its main aim is – to supply businesses with first class interior planting to improve their workplaces aesthetically and for wellbeing. Early in 2017, a group of members met to discuss the strategy of the association going forward. Amongst many subjects covered, it was agreed that the name needed to be more relevant, and plants@work Association was suggested. This name change was officially approved at the association’s AGM in June.…

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  • APL announces spring seminar Faking It

    Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Taking place on 20 February, this ‘Faking It’ seminar will focus on all aspects of artificial landscaping including artificial grass, composite decking, porcelain and the great artificial plant debate. Mark Gregory, twenty-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and previous Chairman of the APL, will be hosting a range of presentations, panels and Q&A sessions throughout the day, making the seminar more engaging and interactive. The seminar will look at…

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  • January

    January issue – Pro Landscaper

    INFORM Agenda: The government plans to build 300,000 new homes a year. Will this have a positive impact on the landscape industry? FutureScape: We run through the seminars and panel debates from this year’s event BALI Awards: All the winners from 2018’s BALI National Landscape Awards Let’s Hear It From: Garden designer and SGD Chair Sarah Morgan View From The Top: A businesses success depends on developing staff, says Marcus Watson Winning Ways: Adam White reports back from the recent Landscape Institute Awards 2017   INSPIRE Renaissance Art: An extensive restoration reinstates the splendour of a 16th century Italian villa…

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  • Landform

    Landform Consultants mourns death of bright young star

    Pro Landscaper was extremely saddened to hear the news this weekend of the death of an up and coming landscaper, Matthew Bradley, 24, who worked for landscape design and build company Landform Consultants. The news, announced just before 10am on Saturday morning by the Liverpool Echo, reported that 24-year-old Matthew, from Northern Ireland, was visiting Liverpool for a stag party when he was hit by a grey car on The Strand near to the Hilton Hotel at about 11.40pm on Friday night. Mark Gregory of Landform said: “I got a call from Matt Moore, my ops director, on Saturday morning to say…

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  • November issue – Pro Landscaper

    INFORM Agenda: Should it be the garden designer’s or the landscape contractor’s responsibility to buy the plants for a project? News: Our monthly roundup of industry news Hard Landscaping Meets Horticulture: Jamie Butterworth joins London Stone Let’s Hear it From: Mandy Buckland of Greencube Garden and Landscape Design View from the Top: Tim Howell on how a safe workplace can help to attract new employees Thamesmead Regeneration: Peabody’s plans to overhaul the South London housing estate INSPIRE Make a Splash: A swimming pool is the focal point for a multilevel back garden transformation Love Horticulture: Janine Pattison tells us about…

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  • RHS welcomes return of Autumn Garden Show

    To mark the arrival of the colourful autumn season, the Royal Horticultural Society welcomed the return of its Autumn Garden Show from 25 – 26 October. The event immersed visitors in a harvest haven celebrating the warming shades, tastes and textures to show how keen gardeners can make the most of the season. Providing passionate city gardeners and beginners alike with a wealth of inspiration to create their own autumnal oasis, the show saw stunning floral installations from the RHS Floral Artist in Residence 2017, Electric Daisy Flower Farm. Plus, there was a celebration of seedheads and other enchanting features…

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  • WATG unveils innovative ‘Green Block’ to help make London the world’s first National Park City

    WATG today unveiled the innovative, modular ‘Green Block’ following a public challenge by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to designate London a National Park City. The WATG London-based architectural landscape team, led by Demet Karaoglu, challenged themselves to an internal innovation competition to explore how the firm can contribute to transform urban spaces for a greener future. WATG has worked in collaboration with Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer & Creative Explorer, who is leading the campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City (NPC). The ‘Green Block’ is envisaged as a maintenance-free 100% recyclable modular, living building material permeated with…

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  • Shortlist announced in the SGD Student Awards 2017

    Chosen by a judging panel including garden designers Andy Sturgeon FSGD and Debbie Roberts MSGD from Acres Wild, seven finalists have been selected with a total of ten projects across two categories. Chosen from a record 64 entries, higher than any previous year, the judges remarked on the quality of the visuals the students used to present their projects and the creativity displayed in their designs. The finalists were representative of a wide range of UK colleges including Inchbald School of Design, London College of Garden Design, The Cotswold Gardening School and Writtle University College. FINALISTS Student Design – Commercial:…

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  • New Turf cutter from KommTek

    KommTek talks to us about its new Turf cutter: The question arises time and time again when regenerating lawn areas in gardens and around the goalposts on sports fields, what is the best way of removing the old lawn? Well there are many ways, but only one that’s efficient, fast and cost effective – the KommTek Turf cutter RS 3040. Easy to use everywhere. There are three ways to remove your old lawn: 1. Mill the lawn into the ground, including all unwanted weeds and seeds. Great for weeds, bad for the lawn. 2. Use herbicides and then mill the…

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  • HTA Board finalises structure review

    Following a review carried out over the last few months, the HTA Board has decided to appoint a chairman to assist the Board in coordinating the activities of the executives and their teams at Horticulture House. Adam Wigglesworth, president, said: “The Board of the HTA has decided that the interests of the Members are best served by appointing a professional chairman. He or she will be able to give the time and energy to ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the Board will be expecting the chair to represent the HTA at a…

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  • Smiths – Oxford range of decorative shingle

    Smiths talk us through its Oxford range of decorative shingle: Pick the right decorative shingle and it can brighten up any garden design! Giving that landscaped project the finishing touch. Smiths’ range of decorative shingle is one of quality and can proudly boast the supply of the genuine Cotswold stone shingle. With those lovely warm, honey and cream colours of the region, it is a classic shingle that is understated yet sits very well in most environments. A similar offering is our Oxford range of decorative shingle, a blend of a subtler neutral beiges and creams, which also typifies the Cotswold…

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  • Scotland

    Competition launches to find Scotland’s best gardener

    The organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have launched a brand-new, nation-wide competition to find Scotland’s best gardener. The Gardener of the Year award is open to anyone with a passion for creating inspiring outdoor spaces, from novices to experts, young to old and amateurs to professionals. Everyone can apply, and people can also nominate friends, colleagues or relatives. The new award has been launched in order to celebrate the skills and enthusiasm of gardeners up and down the country, from vegetable growers to chrysanthemum exhibitors to budding garden designers and…

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  • Harrogate

    Give us some wellies – show appeals for boots

    Organisers of the Harrogate Spring Flower Show are asking fans to put their best foot forward this year with an appeal for unwanted wellies. As part of its new HortCouture theme for the spring event, the show is appealing for donations of old gumboots to be used as display planters by its exhibitors. Over 500 spring stand-holders are being challenged to ‘give it some welly’ in a new competition to find the most imaginative plant display featuring a pair of wellies. This year’s HortCouture theme will see a series of new attractions paying tribute to style trends in the home,…

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  • roof

    Green roof makes a splash in cannon hill

    A residential property in London which recently added an extension to house a swimming pool and changing rooms has made its roof space more appealing by creating a lavender and mixed herb green roof. The project at Cannon Hill was designed and installed by Wild About Roofs, who specialise in supplying and installing an innovative range of herb and wildflower roofs. They commissioned Boningale GreenSky to provide a variety of lavender, rosemary and thyme plants for the new pool house’s flat roof. Unlike many commercial wildflower roofs, these larger plants were supplied as small pots to provide instant impact for…

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