Winter provides us with a wonderful opportunity to plant trees. What could be a better Christmas gift than planting a tree with your family? I’m a particular fan of planting bare-root trees: trees that are grown in the ground (not containers) and then lifted, dispatched, and planted while they’re dormant. Bare-root trees are grown in the soil, they’re naturally peat-free, require less watering at the nursery, and can be grown plastic-free – as there’s no need for containers.
I attended the ‘Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Capture and Livelihoods’ conference, hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. I fully support the Kew Declaration on Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Capture and Livelihoods. I am just one of the 3000 global experts and concerned citizens from 114 countries that signed this declaration which aims to promote the long-term protection and restoration of natural forest ecosystems worldwide.
For every problem we experience in life, nature provides us with the ingredients we need to heal ourselves. Springtime presents us with many wonderful opportunities to begin again and start anew. We sow seeds to generate new stock and discover plants that seemed dead and lifeless just a few months ago are now bursting into life.
There’s something quite magical about a secret garden! Did you know that Farnham has its own secret garden hidden away in the town centre? If you venture towards the back of Sainsbury’s car park in South Street, you’ll have the chance to discover the Victoria Garden for yourself. A beautifully serene, sheltered and enclosed garden awaits you, a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It’s so important to appreciate, look after and cherish every square inch of earth, every inch of our planet. For those living in town centres or cities, or areas where outdoor space is at a premium, it can sometimes be hard to find inspiration of how to green up and make the most of the limited areas of ground, roof, or wall space that are available.
The highlight of the horticultural calendar, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show! Over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working solidly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into an oasis of gardening ideas and inspiration!
City Living was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens. The RHS judges presented this Fresh Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!
Garden designer Kate Gould is passionate about greening up derelict, uncared for and unloved inner city spaces. Kate is so passionate about Greening Grey Britain, that she has self funded the entire build for this Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, to inform others as to how they can improve their city living.
Heralded as the world’s most prestigious horticultural event, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2017, opens to the public from Tuesday 23rd May 2017 until Saturday 27th May 2017. Visitors will be treated to exhibits showcasing the latest new plant introductions, alongside beautiful gardens, which demonstrate the latest ideas in garden and landscape design, many of which feature new, rare, unusual, and interesting plants, grouped together with much loved old favourites.
The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden was sponsored by the Victoria Business Improvement District. This Fresh Garden was designed by Lee Bestall & Paul Robinson, and built by Jon Housley from JPH Landscapes. The RHS judges awarded The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden a Silver Medal, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital was designed by Chris Beardshaw. This garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. I caught up with Chris Beardshaw, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about this special garden.
Every year in May, to celebrate the start of summer, the shops and companies local to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show hold their own prestigious annual floral art show. Here are a few photographs of some of the beautiful floral art work on display for Chelsea in Bloom 2016…….
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show. Award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working for the past three weeks to turn The Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into a sea of gardening ideas and innovation.
I caught up with award-winning garden designer and horticulturalist, Chris Beardshaw, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about his design and the concept behind his Gold Medal winning, Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, which was designed by Chris, for the community in Poplar, South East London and exhibited at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The People Behind The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015
The hard work, expertise and skill of many people came together to create The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, which was awarded a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society, at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here’s some more information about the people behind this special garden:
The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw.
The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden is a warm and welcoming community garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw for the community in Poplar, East London. The garden is planted with vibrantly coloured flowers and features that reflect the history of the local community. The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show, the Show covers 34 acres of ground! The Floral Marquee at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, was home to over 90 nurseries and specialist growers for the duration of the flower show. At 6,750 square meters, the Floral Marquee is large enough to house an FA football pitch!
Gold Medal winning Show Gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2015
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious event in the horticultural calendar. At this show you’ll find inspiring gardens created by award winning designers, showcasing the hottest horticultural trends and movements, using exciting new plants alongside old favourites .
This is the flower show to come to for gardening inspiration!