BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview

Golden anniversary celebration of TV show

Anniversary Garden
Anniversary Garden vignettes by decade from Prof David Stevens

Gardeners' World LiveBBC Gardeners’ World Live is going to be extra special this year, with Gardeners’ World celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A Golden Jubilee-style summer garden party will be the theme, with presenters past and present Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Flo Headlam, Nick Bailey, Peter Seabrook, Diarmuid Gavin, Continue reading “BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview”

RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners

IQ Quarry Garden’s double: Best In Show & Best Construction

IQ Quarry Garden – designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, right, with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

The winner of the Best Show Garden at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the IQ Quarry Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

In a double celebration, Gareth Wilson won the Best Construction Award for the contemporary garden, which takes its inspiration from the life cycle of a quarry coupled with Brutalism architecture.

The garden, sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying, is divided into sections so that bountiful floral and naturalistic planting contrast with the severe aspects of hard landscaping. Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners”

RHS Chatsworth preview

Newest gardening show in stately Peak District surroundings

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House. Picture; Chatsworth House Trust/RHS Media Collection

The Chelsea Flower Show may be almost over but there is no let up in the gardening events calendar, with the RHS’s new show at Chatsworth running from June 7-11.

Set in the grounds of Chatsworth House, the show offers the opportunity to relax on the banks of the River Derwent and enjoy one of the UK’s most spectacular stately homes. Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth preview”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 show gardens

Accessible, fun gardens you can copy at home

A Little Bit of Magic from Horticap
A Little Bit of Magic from Horticap. All pictures; Gary Welford

The show gardens along The Avenue are an intrinsic part of the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows – simple but stylish designs with a lot of humour and little unnecessary artiness to put ordinary gardeners off. To me, medals don’t count here – it’s the ones that went down best with the public that matter (Horticap and Henshaws, that means you two)!

To me, medals don’t count here – it’s the ones that went down best with the public that matter (Horticap Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 show gardens”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, April 20-23

Someone thought it would be funny for me to stand here…

I say it every year, but If you only go to one horticultural show a season, make sure it’s Harrogate (or push the boat out and make BOTH spring and autumn events).

Why? It’s good value, inspirational, down to earth, with great bargains from a huge variety of nurseries – shop wisely and you’ll make back your entrance fee on the money you save.

It’s also the only show my non-gardening partner will happily visit because there are so many other things going on – namely food and drink – to keep him amused.

This spring, floristry students gear up for their challenge to create floral bonnets – using the front half of a car as the backdrop for their team entries in the college competition. Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 preview

Show gardens unveiled

RHS Greening Grey Britain garden
RHS Greening Grey Britain garden. Nigel Dunnett

The show gardens have been unveiled at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, always the most anticipated features of the event.

The nine gardens, along with the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, will be joined by nine artisan gardens, five fresh gardens, and more than 100 floral displays at the show, which runs from 23-27 May, sponsored by M&G Investments.
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