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Who are the RHS?

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The Royal Horticultural Society is actually a charity and its main aim is to help develop and promote all aspects of horticulture and gardening. It does this in a variety of ways, including putting on events such as the Chelsea Flower Show as well as running educational courses for amateur and professional gardeners. It gets involved in areas such as the science of horticulture and has a large collection of books and artwork in the RHS Lindley Library, one of the most important horticultural resources in the world.

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Chelsea Flower Show thoughts

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week presented an amazing spectacle. Sadly I am neither a celebrity nor royalty, so I wasn’t there on the first day.

But like many of you, I saw on telly the bands by the Great Pavilion, the dancers whirling, and the amazing acrobat who balanced on top of one of the huge monoliths - itself balanced on another stone! Not forgetting the poppy-red uniforms of the Chelsea Pensioners and the equally amazing sea of knitted and crocheted poppies by the Great Hospital.

Wow.

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Harrogate Flower Show Award

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'Transition' garden wins Silver Gilt Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

We are thrilled to anounce we were awared a Sliver Gilt Medal for our show garden at this years Harrogate Flower Show, below is the press release about our garden "Transition" You can read more about how we created the show garden in our blog article here

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Including Architecture in your Garden

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We all understand the concept of a ‘architecturally designed home’ but many of us would not apply the same design strong techniques to our gardens, and there is no reason not to!

Architecture inspired gardens do not just have to be in city centre homes, a strong design aesthetic and a well thought out plan can be applied to any garden anywhere. Cottage gardens, suburban gardens, tiny gardens and large gardens can all benefit from architectural inspiration and an experienced garden designer to help you make it a reality.

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Creating a Vintage Vibe in your Garden

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Vintage’ has never been so modern! From vintage cocktails, to vintage dresses, to vintage interiors, the fashion world is harking back to yesteryear for inspiration and there is no reason why your garden can’t do the same.

Vintage plants making a revival

Like all things, blooms go in and out of fashion, and with vintage being so on trend right now, modern gardens are looking back at traditional flowers. These include pretty flowers like Foxgloves, Dianthus (which is one of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers) English Primroses, Hollyhocks and Peonies. Roses, of course, should not be overlooked and are easier to look after than you may think. Modern plants can also be used to great effect especially when mixed with more traditional flowers.

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Plants with Purpose – and the gardens that celebrate them

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There is nothing better, on a sunny afternoon, than wandering around the grounds of an historic or country home to see how they have designed or planted their gardens. Garden designs in these places vary enormously, some are designed to be beautiful, some are designed to showcase particular types of plants, some are designed for visitors but sometimes they are designed around plants with a purpose.

Plants have been grown as food and medicine throughout history and today there are some gardens that you can visit that celebrate useful and interesting plants, be they edible, medicinal or have holistic properties.

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Top UK Flower Shows

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Flower shows are so beloved in the UK that there is nationwide coverage of the most famous ones on television and much media interest for more local shows too! From Royal Horticulture Societies to village flower competitions, the UK loves a garden gathering to discuss and explore the nations favourite pastime. While in the past garden shows were only for the professional and keen gardener, today gardening and flower shows have become a favoured day out for all the family.

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