For the first time ever, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has worked in partnership with community charity Groundwork to bring an exhibit to every RHS Show this season.
The exhibits were all designed by Landscape Designer, author, broadcaster and Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Chris Beardshaw, who was set the challenge of highlighting to over 650,000 flower show visitors the power of community gardening.
Thorp Perrow Aboretum, not far from the historic town of Bedale in the Yorkshire Dales, is the creation of one man, Sir Leonard Ropner Bt., (1895-1977), who amassed one of the finest private collections of trees in the country.
The 85 acre site, set in over 1000 acres of parkland, was bought by William Ropner Bt., in 1927, but it was to be his son, Sir Leonard, whose passion and love for trees led to the creation of this delightful Aboretum.
Sandy Felton talks to garden designer Philippa Pearson about her passion for colour and 'catwalk' glamour in the border.
Spend five minutes with Philippa Pearson and you quickly realise that you are in the company of an experienced and passionate plantswoman. Based in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, where she runs her garden design business, Philippa has worked in horticulture for over 10 years and like several of her contempories came into horticulture from a totally unrelated background.
Sandy Felton talks to Xa Tollemache about her forthcoming lecture at the United States Botanic Garden and her philosophy on a 'Garden Well-Placed.'
If you visit the United States Botanic Garden, (USBG) Washington DC, between now and the 5th June 2011, you can enjoy an inspirational journey through the landscape design and land art of Scotland by photographer Allan Pollok-Morris. The exhibition 'Close – A Journey in Scotland' features work from artists and garden makers including Andy Goldsworthy, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Antony Gormley and Xa Tollemache.
Sandy Felton talks to documentary photographer Allan Pollok-Morris and discovers what 'an experience of place' means to him.
Ansel Adams once commented that: "A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety." If you were to ask documentary photographer Allan Pollok-Morris what attracts him when photographing a particular landscape or garden he will tell you that he hopes to communicate an 'experience of place'.
Fostering interest in hardy herbaceous plants.
Britain has a wealth of plant societies and in the first of a new series Sandy Felton discovers the valuable work of The Hardy Plant Society.
Almost fifty years ago, in what was at the time a far-sighted concept, a group of gardeners and nurserymen got together with the aim of helping conserve older and rarer plants. They were aware that increasing numbers of fine plants were disappearing from cultivation and saw the need to foster an interest in hardy herbaceous plants.