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Flowering Lawn Research Goes Public PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 26 October 2012 01:56

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Flowering Lawn Research Goes Public

London Park to get new type of sward

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) is starting work on a new form of biodiverse floral lawn. The work will be carried out with Lionel Smith, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) sponsored PhD student, and RBKC's gardening team. It is the first time that a public park has featured this new form of lawn.

This preparation work is part of Lionel's research that looks at covering an area with suitable plants but containing no grass. Planting a public space with specially selected and researched plants will give him a valuable insight into how the public will react to this non-traditional lawn. Previously all his research has been on experimental plots at Reading University. The concept has already generated discussions around what exactly makes a lawn a lawn.

PRESS RELEASE: Winter Events at RHS Gardens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:40
RHS News

Winter events at RHS Gardens

Magical Christmas Gardens

Christmas Events at RHS Gardens

Magic is in the air this Christmas at the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens around the country.  With visits from Santa, ‘The Enchanted Story Trail’, a giant poinsettia Christmas tree as well as some fabulous Christmas gift and food events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Please click here to read the press release in full.

Warm Up With Butterflies From the Tropics This Winter

The butterflies are back at RHS Garden Wisley

Exotic butterflies from South America will be released into the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley to create a tropical paradise this winter. Butterflies in the Glasshouse runs from Sat 12 Jan – Sun 24 Feb. Following the success of the last four years, during which 658,920 people have been to the exhibition, Butterflies in the Glasshouse gives visitors the rare opportunity to see butterflies from the tropics in their natural habitat. Please click here to read the press release in full.

Have an Enchanted and Magical Christmas

RHS Garden Wisley needs you to join the quest!

RHS Garden Wisley has teamed up with the Rose Theatre Kingston and theatre company Bad Physics to create a magical, interactive experience for children this Christmas. From 22 Dec – 6 Jan (excluding 25 & 31 Dec), children are invited to join a quest through the garden on an ‘Enchanted Story Trail’ to discover clues and solve riddles that will help save Wisley from a never-ending winter. Please click here to read the press release in full.

RHS Calls for Plant Experts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:37
RHS Calls for Plant Experts

The Royal Horticultural Society is looking for keen gardeners, members of the trade and gardening professionals to get involved with its plant trials. RHS plant trials were set up in 1922 with the aim of identifying outstanding plants ‘for ordinary garden or greenhouse use'. Those plants, chosen by the voluntary forums, are given an ‘Award of Garden Merit (AGM) which gardeners can look out for and be comfortable knowing that all AGM plants are good for overall general use.

To read the press release in full please click here

Tools to tidy up the garden PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:52

Garden tidy up with Fiskars

A series of garden tools specially designed to make the end of season tidy up just that little bit easier

As the days begin to draw in and the temperature drops, the thought of bare branches in the garden looms closer.

Now is that time to prepare your garden for the winter, tidying up hedges, trimming trees, planting for winter colour, and planning for growth in the next season. Fiskars tools are designed to make gardening easier and below is a selection of tools suited to autumn tasks.



Planting bulbs and trees a smarter way

With longer evenings spend time planning your garden for the season ahead. Whether this is structural work, such as putting up new fences, planting trees and bulbs or aerating , there's a new product from Fiskars that is a revolution for the keen gardener.

The Fiskars QuikDrill™ makes light of the arduous task of digging. When a precision hole is needed there is simply no better tool for the job. A side step from the spade and a step forward from the traditional spiral screw thread drill, the innovative Fiskars QuikDrill™ uses two optimally angled boron steel blades secured around a sharp drill spike, to cut through even the most tricky soil and dispense with the common problem of jamming blades. For accurate excavation work, a calibrated indicator on the shaft guides you down to the optimal 60cm drilling depth. At the same time, soil is easily and neatly removed by the rotating twin blades.


Prepared to hit the ground running this Christmas with Bosch Lawn & Garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:50
Prepared to hit the ground running this Christmas

Get tooled up for Spring – it’s sooner than you think

With gardeners downing their tools for the winter period, many will already be planning their horticultural projects for next year. What better way to whet their appetite for the warmer seasons ahead than by helping your loved ones kit out their tool sheds this Christmas?

Whether the garden needs a severe cutting back, or a fine topiary touch, Bosch Lawn & Garden has an ideal range of garden tools to offer this festive season.

HS Garden in Devon holds Apple Day on Sunday 7 October 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 02:49

It's a Fruitful Harvest at Rosemoor


RHS Garden in Devon holds Apple Day on Sunday 7 October 2012

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) encourages communities to get together gardening, and at RHS Garden Rosemoor's ever-successful Apple Day this year Community Orchards are the central theme. With an increasing interest by communities and groups in setting up their own orchards, Rosemoor will have all the help on hand to assist anyone in the cultivation of apples.

There will be apple displays from Rosemoor and Thornhayes Nurseries, as well as from the charity's flagship garden RHS Garden Wisley, which will help visitors to identify the apple varieties they have in their own gardens. If there is still doubt, apple experts will be on hand to assist as well as offering planting and cultivation advice.

When you have worked up an appetite, you can visit the apple tastings which will include some popular South West apples to help you decide which is both suitable for local conditions and tasty enough to grow in your own garden. Kevin Croucher from Thornhayes Nursery will host a talk and tasting session on dessert versus culinary apples. In addition,Dan Keech, of SUSTAIN and co-author of The Common Ground Book of Orchards, will be giving a talk on ‘Drinking to the Future; how grassroots activism is saving traditional orchards'.

Pansy Planting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:16


Pansy Planting

RHS and HTA get together for autumn planting of pansies

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with the help of some Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) members is planning a massive ‘pansy and viola plant-in' on Tuesday, 2 October at the charity's flagship garden, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

Around 60 RHS staff, HTA members and volunteers will be planting more than 5,000 pansies and violas for a colourful display in containers, hanging baskets and in a large open area. Gardeners visiting the display are sure to be inspired by the colour and planting possibilities.

Hole Park Gardens in Kent open for Autumn Sundays in October PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:53

Hole Park Gardens open for Autumn Sundays in October

These glorious Kent gardens will be open for spectacular autumn colour in October on the following Sundays 7, 14, 21 and 28 in addition to Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Visitors to Hole Park Gardens can enjoy the colourful exotic borders together with the autumn colours of the mature Stalwart oak trees and the regal reds and elegant shapes of the Japanese maples.

The gardens, which are set in the beautiful High Weald area, were first planted between the two World Wars by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner. More than 15 acres of gardens surrounded by parkland look out over the picturesque Kentish countryside and woodland.

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