Comment from Horticulture Week writers, columnists and industry experts.
Following the first independent variety trial on parsnips for many years, in FV 336, a second trial was commissioned to include new varieties released since that project was completed in order to provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of t...
Pest control: Where predator applications have finished, consider applying broad-spectrum, contact-acting products such as Decis or Hallmark WZT as a clean-up.
One message that came out loud and clear from this month's GroSouth trade show is that despite the strong uplift in plant sales that the garden trade enjoyed during the summer - and a much more positive outlook for 2014 - the disastrous spring of 201...
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 ...
Staged by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in collaboration with partner companies, STRI Research 2013 highlighted some of the latest experiments and trials currently running at the organisation's Bingley grounds in Yorkshire.
With this edition of Horticulture Week, we're publishing the second of our twice-yearly supplement WhatKit?Update, rounding up a selection of the latest HW kit tests and machinery market reports for the grounds maintenance, turf care, arboriculture a...
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
Hot summers are good for horticulture, or are they?
Biodiversity and horticulture are partners. Britain holds some extensive and well-documented plant collections.
Every decade of my six in the industry some bright spark has come up with the idea that we should get young people into gardening and horticulture.
Last month, the owner of one of our leading independent garden centres said: "We've cleared the outdoor planteria. We do not sell many plants at this time of year."
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.
Ash is in its dormant season and the amount of horsemeat finding its way into cheap lasagne has diverted press attention from Chalara.
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.
Has landscape ever had such primacy and support? The debate at Open House London this year asked: "Is London building a sterile city?" The pre-debate poll registered 52/48 per cent yes/no.
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...
Matthew Appleby, 27 November 2013
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