Comment from Horticulture Week writers, columnists and industry experts.
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.
Arguments over whether the Government's attempt to unlock large-scale housing development by supporting the creation of three garden cities will make a lasting difference to the housing shortage will no doubt rumble on well beyond this Easter bank ho...
Continual rain over three winter months flooded large areas, devastating lives, homes, businesses and communications.
Anne Stone has joined the HDC field vegetables team and David McLellan has joined the crop-protection research programme.
Life must be a lot easier and more enjoyable for those of us who are laid back and do not care about things. The older I get the more frustration is experienced by the ways of the modern world.
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.
Chris Francis, a former Garden Centre Group regional director, has joined Hillier as a centre director.
What a brilliant start to the season the garden industry has enjoyed over the past fortnight. And what a contrast to the circumstances the garden industry found itself in a year ago.
There are several events over the course of the year that act as a good barometer to measure how sections of the trade are faring.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
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).
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.
A new British Standard is about to be published and it is different from anything seen in the past.
Tree and landscape professionals are failing to understand and conserve the cultural capital the UK's rich heritage of old trees contains.
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.
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...
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