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Expert Gardeners of the Future Recognised PDF Print E-mail

Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:47

Diplomas presented by RHS School of Horticulture

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is presenting 21 diplomas and certificates to the charity's trainee gardeners at RHS Garden Wisley today. Nine students will receive the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, a further five Wisley Trainees receive the charity's Special Options Certificates and another seven from our gardens at Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor will be presented with the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

"This year's recipients have been exceptional," says James Rudoni, RHS Director of Gardens. "We are really proud of everyone who has received an Award today. They have worked so hard and we know that they will be great ambassadors for the RHS in the future."

Dahlias for Everyone PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 04:15

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Dahlia ‘Stadt Spremberg' Dahlia ‘Jessica' Dahlia ‘Crystal Beauty'

Dahlias for Everyone

RHS calls for gardeners to vote on their favourite dahlia

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is asking visitors to RHS Garden Wisley to vote for their favourite dahlia. There are 86 dahlias in this year's RHS Trial and the charity hopes that gardeners will visit the Trials Field and give their views on which they consider are the best. Voting papers will be available at the trial's plot, and those with the greatest number of votes will become the ‘People's Choice'.

Visiting the trial is a great way for gardeners to compare and contrast and can help them choose the dahlia that works best for their garden. Earlier this year, in the Hyacinth ‘People's Choice', four of the five most popular cultivars chosen corresponded to those selected by the expert committee as outstanding plants worthy of an Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Dick and Dom judge RHS Young Photographer of the Year Competition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:35

Dick and Dom judge RHS Young Photographer of the Year Competition

Entries can be submitted online at www.rhs.org.uk/photocompetition until 31 August 2012


Image: copyright Bill Waters

Award winning TV duo, Dick and Dom, will be joining the RHS panel to judge the 2012 RHS Young Photographer of the Year Competition, which sees children and young adults aged under 18 years submit their best gardening shots. Entry is free and images should be submitted online by 31 August 2012.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), with the help of Kid's TV Presenters and gardening enthusiasts, Dick and Dom, are searching for the most exciting and creative garden photography. The RHS Young Photographer of the Year Competition is divided into two strands, under 11's and 11-18 year-olds, and is part of the larger RHS Photographic Competition for all ages.

Perfect Plants on Show PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 August 2012 10:19


Perfect Plants on Show

The Best of Late-Summer Colour at the Wisley Flower Show

The repeated success of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Wisley Flower Show means it is bigger than ever in 2012, with more exhibitors and an extension to a fifth day, making it a must for plant-lovers. The show takes place 5 - 9 September at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

The Wisley Flower Show has firmly established itself as a visitor favourite and highlight of the gardening calendar, with attendance growing annually. In 2011 the show was extended from three to four days, and 32,000 visitors flocked to the RHS Garden to enjoy the intimate, ‘village show' style event. The show returns in 2012 with more exhibitors, and yet another day to allow even more people to enjoy the show, while seeing RHS Garden Wisley at one of the most colourful times of year.

The show will bring 37 of the UK's best nurseries to the garden, many of which are RHS Chelsea Flower Show award-winners, and offers visitors the chance to find inspiration, pick up tips from the experts and take home something special.

Making its debut at the Wisley Flower Show, Kelnan Plants will bring a display of mature restios and other South African plants, while many more, including HW Hyde & Son, Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants and Potash Nursery, will return with spectacular displays of perfect blooms.

Trade stands include Chi-Africa Ltd which specialises in handmade recycled metal sculptures and African stone sculpture, and Pepe Garden Furniture which offers pressure-treated Scandinavian redwood garden furniture.

Colin Crosbie, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, says, "The Wisley Flower Show is a very special event which is incredibly popular with visitors. It's not only the fantastic setting and relaxed, informal layout of the show that people love but also, at a time when gardeners should be gearing up for their autumn planting, the chance to pick up a range of plants that you just don't see at any of the bigger, midsummer shows."

Giant Conifer Book Published PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:15

RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A comprehensive guide to cultivars and species

The largest and most comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of conifer species and cultivars ever published has just hit the shelves.

RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivars and Species is a substantial new reference book, published this month by the Royal Horticultural Society and Kingsblue Publishing, detailing conifer cultivars and species. It was written by leading conifer experts Aris Auders and Derek Spicer.

Check Those Leaves PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:31


The UK's leading gardening charity issues advice to help gardeners

The RHS has issued advice to help gardeners deal with fungal and bacterial diseases following the recent warm, wet weather. According to the charity's Advisory Service there has been a surge in fungal and bacterial diseases which can threaten crops of fruit and vegetables and carry over to cause problems in 2013. The good news is that limiting losses and preventing damage is not all about spraying - there are other steps to take to reduce the impact of these problems.

Many gardeners are now catching up on work that had been delayed due to the wet weather. As they check their plants they may notice that the wet and warm weather over the past three months has meant that fungi, such as black spot on roses and currant leaf spot, and bacteria such as those that cause bacterial canker on cherry and plum trees, may be rampant. The good news is, even in brief spells of dry weather, this is an ideal time to clear up infected material and sometimes spray to prevent the further spread of these diseases.

Eden's practical gardening course produces new crop of horticulturists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 16:25

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Eden’s practical gardening course produces new crop of horticulturists

Participants of the Eden Project’s Practical Horticulture course have received their certificates in a special presentation in the Mediterranean Biome.

The course, run in conjunction with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a practical, hands-on programme designed to encourage gardeners of all abilities.

The budding gardeners, who completed the full course earlier in the summer, were given their Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificates in Practical Horticulture by Sir Tim Smit, the Eden Project’s Chief Executive, Development, who congratulated the recipients on gaining a valuable qualification in a profession that is becoming more and more important.

The eight-part course, which will be returning in September, is ideal for anyone who wants to hone their basic gardening skills, from keen amateurs to those considering a career in the field.

Classes are led by Eden’s team of skilled horticulturists and take place at the home of the world-famous Biomes, as well as at the project’s Watering Lane nursery near Pentewan.

Firsts for Fiskars at GLEE 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:51

Firsts for Fiskars at GLEE 2012

GLEE 2012 will see Fiskars presenting a number of firsts. A totally new addition to the Fiskars family is the birth of MyFirstFiskars.

[image]To date the children's gardening market has been defined with either smaller tools with metal elements or easily breakable plastic tools. Fiskars has taken up the challenge to design a range of fantastic children gardening tools, which are safe, durable, functional as well as great fun to use.

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