Employer Excellence Winner in the BALI National Landscape Awards

Leading landscape supplier Green-tech has been announced as a winner in the 2019 BALI National Landscape awards ‘Employer Excellence – turnover over £2.5m’ category. Read more

SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Read more

Helen Elks-Smith discussing plans with clients

Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. Read more

Oak Processionary Moth

APL a place to meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year, the APL are once again building A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, taking place from 2-7 July.  The garden is designed by Cherry Carmen Garden Design, and the main contractor on the garden is Kebur Landscape Division. Read more

APL Hampton Court Garden 2019

APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live is shaping up to be the best one yet!

This year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live show has now opened, with the five gardens on APL Avenue showcasing some of the amazing talent from within the association, and the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award highlighting some of the upcoming talent within the industry. Read more

BBC Gardeners' World Live Young Landscaper Award competitors with Professor David Stevens.

Industry responds to latest ornamental sector skills gap survey

A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is firmly underway, with over 300 businesses already providing insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector. Read more

Landscape Institute launches biosecurity toolkit to help landscape consultants protect UK ecosystems

The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants to prioritise action against pests and diseases that threaten our crops, trees, gardens and landscapes in every part of the plant supply chain. Read more

Marginal wetland habitat - a vector for Phytopthera ramorum credit Harry Watkins

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. Read more

Winners announced in the SGD Awards 2019

Winners have been announced at the Society of Garden Designers seventh annual award ceremony where 18 designers and two landscape design companies were presented with awards in front of nearly 400 guests. Read more

Judges' Award for Adolfo Harrison MSGD for his creative approach to a small courtyard in West London

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019

Visionary garden designer, author and world-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf has been granted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers. Read more

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019.

Top garden trends for 2019 from the Society of Garden Designers

As we head towards the new year, some of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) leading designers share their predictions for the new trends in garden design for 2019, including the planting, materials and design styles we can expect to see in our gardens this year. Read more

Garden by Barbara Samitier MSGD

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

An outbreak of Xylella would mean a 5 year ban on plant movements

The HTA plant conference was told that many parts of the industry are ignorant of the threat from Xylella. An outbreak would mean a 5 year ban on the movement of plants for businesses within 10K. Read more

Infected olives in Italy

The UK is on high alert for Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa has the potential to have huge implications for the UK horticultural trade. Landscapers, designers, retailers and anyone directly importing plants are now subject to the same stringent measures as growers and suppliers. Read more

AMA identifies trends that will benefit sales of landscape materials

AMA Research suggests that sales of landscaping materials will grow more modestly after a volatile period but says trends like artificial grass will benefit the market. Read more

BALI National Landscape Awards 2019 tickets now on sale

Tickets for this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards, the largest landscaping Awards ceremony in Europe, are now on sale. Read more

BALI National Landscape Awards 2018

BALI National Landscape Awards breaking records in 2019

The BALI National Landscape Awards expert Adjudication Panel, led by John Melmoe, will be judging 145 entries in 2019, a record number for BALI for the past 10 years. Read more

BALI National Landscape Awards 2018

Work begins on the world’s largest show garden at The Game Fair 2019, Hatfield House

Work has begun at Hatfield House on the world’s largest ever show garden. The garden will be unveiled at The Game Fair 2019, which takes place at the Hertfordshire estate on 26th – 28th July. Read more

Double RHS Gold for Tom Simpson with Cancer Research UK Show Garden

Innovative young designer Tom Simpson has achieved the rare feat of winning back to back RHS gold medals at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Read more

L-R Cancer Immunology researcher Dr Edd James, cancer survivor Paul Blacketer and his wife Emma

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

A new Cool Garden designed by Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. Read more

SGD Spring Conference live streaming reaches International audiences

The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was offered for the first time at the Society's Spring Conference has been hailed a great success after attracting delegates from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Estonia and Ireland.  Read more

Continual professional development on the slopes

APL Ski ALP Winter Workshop will be held from 1–8 February 2020 in St Christoph, Austria, and has simple aims; to promote learning, sharing of best practice and experience, knowledge improvement and to inspire. Read more

SGD announces new Beth Chatto Eco Award for SGD Awards 2020

The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto.   Read more

The Beth Chatto Gardens

BALI calls for dialogue to manage turf shortages

BALI calls for dialogue between turf suppliers and users to manage shortages.  The turf industry needs a warm, wet spring to recharge stocks. Read more

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

APL landscapers given exclusive access to John Lewis Home Solutions scheme

The HTA has announced a partnership with John Lewis that gives APL landscapers the exclusive right to design, build and maintain gardens for customers of the John Lewis Home Solutions scheme. Read more

Xylella found in Germany

The HTA and leading nurseries are to pilot a Plant Health Management System as the potentially devastating Xylella disease is found in Germany Read more

Xylella fastidiosa symptoms on Prunus

Government bureaucracy could lead to nurseries dumping trees says HTA

Growers are angry that their efforts to convince government to take a simple, common sense approach to tree planting grants are falling on deaf ears. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

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