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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.

Britain’s Grassroots Gardeners Go for Gold PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:33

25 July 2012

Britain's Grassroots Gardeners Go for Gold

RHS Britain in Bloom Finals 2012 National Judging Tour (30 July - 10 August)


Over a period of just two weeks, fourteen Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Judges will be assessing over 1,100 acres of public space to find Britain's most beautiful and environmentally responsible locations, in the ultimate gardening challenge.

The 72 finalists were picked from several thousand entries in RHS Britain in Bloom 2012, the UK's biggest environmental campaign, and will be making final preparations for the tour which begins on 30 July until 10 August.

From major industrial cities like Wigan and Leeds to small villages such as Bray and Scarva, each finalist represents its region/nation and aims to impress the RHS Britain in Bloom National Judges and win its category1. Judges assess horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. Projects to be assessed include wildlife conservation areas and public spaces such as parks and community gardens. Everything from the sustainability of a planting scheme to the cleanliness of a street bench, including how much the community engages local schools, will come under inspection.

Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Judging Panel, said: "Our finalists have had to endure difficult weather conditions and ongoing council cuts. But this is why I'm even more excited than normal, because I love seeing the imaginative ways communities overcome challenges. It was reported that groups were pulling out of Britain in Bloom because of these problems but, in fact, we've had a ten percent increase in the number of groups signing up, making it a record year for ‘Bloom'. Nothing fazes our volunteers and RHS Britain in Bloom 2012 represents a sense of community spirit and endeavor which is an inspiration to us all."

With Roger at the helm, there are seven pairs of RHS Britain in Bloom National Judges2. Together they will travel the length and breadth of the UK and meet thousands of volunteers over a two-week period. The judges will be assessing many hundreds of community projects, checking whether these projects are environmentally responsible as well as visually impactful and beneficial to the community.

Each year, an estimated 200,000 volunteers contribute an average of around 44 hours per person to local Britain in Bloom activities. These volunteers - nearly three times the number involved in that London-based sporting event coming up - plant hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and plants to green-up and clean-up more than a million acres of public space. RHS research3 shows that their work is making an extraordinary difference to both the physical and socio-economic landscape of Britain.

Results will be announced on 6 October 2012 at a prestigious awards ceremony in St Peter Port, Guernsey. Finalists will be awarded RHS Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver or Bronze medals. There is also an award for best in category, as well as special discretionary awards given for achieving excellence in particular fields.

RHS Garden Rosemoor Wins Again PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:55


25 July 2012

RHS Garden Rosemoor Wins Again


RHS Garden Rosemoor is once again celebrating after their restaurant was awarded "Best Restaurant" Wales and West Area Award by the Garden Centre Association

Many of the country's leading garden centres belong to the Garden Centre Association and each one has to achieve a high level of good business practice before they can be accepted as an Approved Member. To ensure that high standards are maintained, each garden centre is inspected annually.

The Rosemoor Garden Kitchen Restaurant prides itself on homemade food sourced locally and the menus reflect seasonal produce that is either grown in the garden at Rosemoor or by local farmers.

Dishes currently on the menu that incorporate Garden produce include: Garden Cauliflower and Barbers Cheddar Soup, Corn Fed Chicken with Shallot and Smoked Bacon Sauce, Belly of Pork with Homemade Apple Compote and Winkleigh Cider Gravy, Roasted Salmon with Sweet and Sour Cherry Tomatoes, Mushroom Risotto Cakes with a Garden Herb Cream Sauce & Homemade Panacotta with Garden Rhubarb Compote.

Rosemoor Garden is still riding high after winning top UK Garden in leading consumer magazine Which? Travel. Rosemoor was the top garden in the country scoring 91% and as such gains their Recommended Provider accolade.  This award is given to companies that score well above average in their member surveys, and also meet other specific consumer-focussed criteria.

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