Comment from Horticulture Week writers, columnists and industry experts.
One of the real pleasures for me is to visit a really well-run business, efficiently operated, with enthusiastic staff working in neat conditions.
The recent inquest into the death of a young woman at Kew Gardens in 2012 caused by a falling branch from a mature cedar raised important tree-risk management questions. After lengthy proceedings, a jury found that there was insufficient evidence to ...
If there was any doubt that collaboration pays, two important developments within horticulture's wonderfully diverse but, for far too long, dangerously fragmented industry should settle the matter for good.
In days of old, a visit to the garden centre could be an intimidating experience - all those Latin names, the suggestion that a plant would expire if not given just the right situation and the nationwide understanding that there were mysteries only u...
So another spring has passed and with it a quite splendid RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
An immigrant worker on a Dutch nursery is sticking 4,000 chrysanthemum cuttings per hour; the lady was so fast you could hardly see her hands move.
It is almost exactly a year since the Parks Alliance was formed, bringing key professional bodies within the parks and allied sectors together to lobby, engage and communicate on behalf of embattled urban parks and green spaces.
Getting the message across to those outside the world of professional horticulture - and first and foremost our politicians - about the damage that will be wrought tomorrow from today's green-space maintenance budget cuts remains the single biggest c...
Landscape architects deal in place making, design, environment and land management. This is all very well but it does not get us noticed with decision makers and politicians.
Each year the RHS with its sponsors provides an extravaganza called the Chelsea Flower Show.
This edition sees our annual update of the Garden Retail Power 100 (see p24), our take on the who's who of movers and shakers in the garden retail sector.
With the garden industry season on a roll thanks to consistently good sales from mid March, through Easter and up to the recent bank holiday weekend, it would be all too easy to forget longer-term concerns about the need to reach younger, more inexpe...
Professor Geoff Dixon
Continual rain over three winter months flooded large areas, devastating lives, homes, businesses and communications.
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 ...
April and the early May bank holiday weather were remarkably good and provided the kind of conditions that in the past would have seen sales soar.
The speed of change is frightening and while firms take desperate measures to survive they can easily lose sight of their core business.
When I was growing up in deepest Yorkshire, I used to hang out with the old guys down at the allotments. It was a welcome distraction from schooldays and my ceaseless struggle to be the next Geoffrey Boycott.
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).
After a long winter, April is always uplifting.
There is a hidden threat to our heritage trees. The National Trust has a reputation for delivering the highest standards in conserving architectural heritage, but it seems that philosophy is not so rigorously applied to environmental assets.
I have just seen another £200,000 spent on a playground, once again resulting in an area of rubber surfacing covered in boring, risk-averse play equipment surrounded by fencing.
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.
It seems likely that sometime in the next few months the UK economy will regain the level from which it fell in 2008. Construction lags behind most other industries in its climb back to those pre-recession heights, but even that sector is in buoyant ...
Latest assessments forecast UK growth at 2.7 per cent for the next 12 months, well ahead of the rest of Europe. If that prediction comes to pass, we can expect promising demand for plants, but who will supply them?
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