Comment from Horticulture Week writers, columnists and industry experts.
If there is an "everyday" pest that strikes fear into the hearts and minds of growers, gardeners and amenity folk alike, it is black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus).
While the general feeling in the trade is optimistic our success this spring is, as always, dependent on the weather. After all the rain and mild temperatures the chances of a prolonged cold spell look less likely.
For the past five years, Horticulture Week's annual Garden Retail Top 100 has tracked the fortunes of all the leading garden centres across the UK's garden retail industry. This exclusive research, which ranks individual garden centres according to...
A new British Standard is about to be published and it is different from anything seen in the past.
As flood warnings remain in place across many areas of the UK, the subject of urban cooling and the crucial role that plants can play in its support may not be uppermost in the minds of those concerned with the built environment.
Welcome to the first edition of HW for 2014, which takes a look at what's in store for horticulture this year in our special five-page preview.
The loss of millions of pounds and hundreds of skilled staff will have a devastating long-term effect on parks and landscapes. This, together with the merging of parks and street scene services, caused me many sleepless nights before I retired from O...
On 14 September, I will be meeting my MP, Andrew Gwynne (Labour). He was elected in Denton & Reddish following the retirement of Andrew Bennett MP (Labour). It was the latter who chaired the Department of the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs...
More than half the population and the workforce. More than half the higher-education degrees conferred. More than 70 per cent of the buying decisions. The largest single sector of small business growth and development. Yet only a small percentage of ...
More than half the population and the workforce. More than half the higher-education degrees conferred. More than 70 per cent of the buying decisions.
Spending a little to create eye-catching displays can boost sales and turn your garden centre into a "destination", maintains David Domoney.
Over the years there have been some fantastic speakers at HTA conferences.
In my last comment column (HW, 22 July), I challenged the received wisdom that garden centres are recession proof.
Professor Geoff Dixon
Politically, horticulture's image has lacked punch and impact. Yes, Parliament's British fruit industry group and the gardening and horticulture groups led by Laura Sandys and Brian Donohue ably raise the flag. But they compete against a huge number ...
Hot summers are good for horticulture, or are they?
In a recent research paper, Rose grower Robert Mattock makes a powerful case to train craftspeople for the garden and horticultural industries. It is a well-researched and sound argument to return to the hands-on apprenticeships of yesteryear and the...
I find shopping an irksome task and much prefer being behind the till taking money rather than in front spending it. Please do not misunderstand - I am more than ready to pay, if someone else makes it easy for me.
I'm sure I'm not the only one astonished to read that shoppers splashed some £2.7bn last Boxing Day - a record amount and one of the biggest ever days for retailers.
Every so often something good comes along, so good that it surely can't be true.
Stop me if I've told you this before, but autumn is the best time to plant nursery stock.
Oxford City Council has published a draft green space strategy for 2012-26 that aims to ensure people do not have to walk further than 1,900m to their nearest large park, 750m to a medium-sized park and 400m to a small park. This standard will be app...
Traditional comfort food remains popular, but some customers want something special, says Doug Stewart.
Tree and landscape professionals are failing to understand and conserve the cultural capital the UK's rich heritage of old trees contains.
On 16 October 1987 most of Britain went to bed with no idea that the worst windstorm since 1703 was about to hit southern England.
During a recent resident consultation event I was reminded of the wholesale discrimination against people simply because they are poor and live in a deprived area.
The murky waters of the peat or sustainable growing media discussion are starting to clear.
One year on from the Olympics, Defra has published a document called The Legacy: Sustainable Procurement for Construction Projects. The Olympics were a great success, not least for the landscape they were set in and for the way in which that landscap...
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