Registration open for Parks & Gardens Live 2018, Woburn Abbey, 27th June

Horticulture Week is delighted to announce that the Parks & Gardens Live showcase is returning to the stunning Woburn Abbey House & Gardens on Wednesday 27 June.

Woburn Abbey: Location of the Custodian Awards 2018 and Parks & Gardens Live
Woburn Abbey: Location of the Custodian Awards 2018 and Parks & Gardens Live

Parks & Gardens Live, which is free to attend will provide professional gardeners, parks professionals and landscape maintenance teams an exciting mix of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking - all curated by the UK's leading kit expert and HW technical editor, Sally Drury.

The showcase opens at 10am with workshops, kit demonstrations and product tours running at intervals throughout the day. NB Visitors arriving early will be able to take advantage of a free head gardener-led tour of the Woburn Abbey gardens which starts at 9.30am.

Workshops & Expert Advice Hub

Highlights at this year’s Parks & Gardens Live include workshops led by leading experts in the field including two by master gardener Alan Sargent.   

In the first of his two workshops entitled From a Good to a Great Head Gardener, Sargent will draw on a lifetime of experience and knowledge, to reveal his top tips on what head gardeners (and all aspiring head gardeners!) need to do to become the very best that they can be.

Meanwhile How to be ‘Event Ready’ will see him share his advice on the preparations gardening teams need to make to ensure success at a time when garden attractions and parks are increasingly looking to raise their profile (and income) through events. 

Joining Sargent this year to lead a workshop for professionals tasked with ensuring staff and volunteer compliance with health & safety requirements will be Neil Huck, national group training manager at Ground Control, well known in the industry for his technical expertise and leadership.

Expert advice will also be on hand from members of the Professional Gardens Consultants Assocation who will be running a drop-in Advice Hub throughout the day.

Kit demos & Product Tours

Product highlights at this year’s Parks & Gardens Live include kit demonstrations tailored for the parks and gardens market – as well as the opportunity to take part in Sally Drury’s Product Tours which will provide a personal introduction to the latest product solutions on offer from exhibitors and aimed specifically at solving the challenges of professionals in this market.

Exhibitors include British Sugar Topsoil which will be showing its HortLoam enriched planting topsoil chosen by Matthew Oliver as the base panting medium for the new global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Meanwhile John Chambers Wildflower Seed will be showcasing a selection of wildflower seed mixes and will The team will offer advice on the best mixes for specific projects.

With a background in ‘hands-on’ contracting work, Tudor Environmental, will present a selection of the vast array of products from machinery and power tools to clothing and workshop sundries available from its "one stop shop" for professionals.

Live demonstrations include the Spider 2 (ILD02) remote-controlled slope mower from Czech firm Dvorak Machine Division which can handle slopes of up to 55 degrees with its integrated winch and is commonly used for challenging work areas such as the side of moats and close to river edges.

Exhibitors also include Lubbe & Sons wholesalers of flower bulbs and perennials for open spaces who include naturalising flower bulbs, mechanised planting and perennials in their product and service range. Meanwhile manufacturer of the electricide-based professional hand-weeder, Ubiqutek returns to Parks & Gardens Live to showcase its environment-friendly solutions.

Also exhibiting and available to talk about their activities and services on offer to the parks and gardens industry will be industry charity Perennial, the Professional Gardeners Guild, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the Professional Garden Consultants Association.

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Parks & Gardens Live is co-located with the Custodian Awards 2018 which will take place in the Woburn Sculpture Gallery after the close of Parks & Gardens Live at 3pm. If you would like to book tickets to the awards, please go to:

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