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Association of Professional Landscapers to showcase at Garden Up – Sheffield

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is delighted to announce that it will have a presence at Garden Up which runs from the 7 -8 June at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

The APL will be exhibiting at the event and will be giving out expert advice to visitors on why it is important to choose an accredited landscaper to do work on a garden, the benefit of the government endorsed Trustmark scheme, as well as showcasing examples of members work.

This will give the perfect opportunity to meet APL’s Regional Account Managers Andrew Dunkley and Phil Tremayne.

The show, the first to be held in Sheffield is an innovative two-day event sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, and will showcase the very best talent from the worlds of horticulture, architecture, landscape and design.

The creator of ‘Garden Up’ is Richard Nicolle, who is a Sheffield-based horticultural expert and former TV producer. He has five years’ exhibition experience at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, and has worked on the Sheffield Winter Garden and Peace Gardens more recently.

APL Chairman, Mark Gregory said: “We are delighted to present the APL offering at Garden Up and look forward to meeting gardeners to discuss the benefits of using an APL member. 2014 is an exciting year for the APL with the partnership with WorldSkillsUK, collaborative work with Trustmark and Your Garden, Your Budget at RHS Hampton Court. We are delighted to be able to add Garden Up to this list and are excited to be part of the inaugural show.”

Richard Nicolle, organiser of Garden Up said: “The presence of the APL at Garden Up will help to underline the importance of qualified and creditable professionals in the Gardening and Landscaping industry. Sheffield is a vibrant city with a great many gardens and Green spaces and we feel that to live up to its reputation as the ‘Greenest City in Britain’ it needs a thriving Horticultural Design sector behind it. The Garden Up event is helping to stimulate an appetite for gardening expertise and inspire the market with innovations and skills that can be applied to our gardens and built environments.”

‘Stoneface’ Vickers comes to the Show

Andrew Vickers Stoneface & Naked (Jonathan Pow)Sheffield artist Andrew Vickers discovered a passion for sculpting whilst marking the dry stone walls he was building with a stone face.

Andrew Vickers_MG_0349Sculpting a wide variety of media from natural stone and metals to reclaimed materials, the art of ‘Stoneface’ is inspired by Andrew’s spiritual surroundings at his woodland workshop at Storrs Wood where many of his larger sculptures line the bank of Storrs Brook.

Andrew’s woodland portfolio will surprise with impressionistic and abstract work detailing studies from the female form to a horse’s head or fallen leaf, now also available as digital prints.

Lock up breaks new ground at GardenUp.

Brodco  secure garden shedINNOVATIONS are what we aim to bring to GardenUp shows, and here is one of them.
Brodco is a family business that has been making waves in the gardening market over the past year.

Their DaylightSecure Max shed is made from waste materials and is the first garden shed ever to be approved by the police for its security.

They also produce attractive raised beds from the same material, and both their flagship products are maintenance free and come with a 50 year guarantee.

This year has seen the launch of TidyUp, a range of storage solutions designed to make the most of the space available in your outbuildings.

Show Garden design sneak preview

Garden Open’ – Celebrating the National Gardens Scheme by designer Phil Hirst.

Bursting from a huge ‘Yellow Book’ are a myriad of gardens that open for charity. They range from stately mansions to suburban oases, from quaint cottage hideaways to plantaholics’ labours of love. ‘Garden Open’ reflects the huge contribution made by the National Gardens Scheme and the dedication and skill of the owners that throw open their gates to the public. And of course there’s “tea, cake and plants for sale”!

By popular demand – Plant list

Since so many people were asking what the plants were in the display here they are:

To follow the colours of the posters the scheme was predominantly  Purple/burgundy, yellow and white. The textures of the leaves added interest to the scheme and made it very ‘Busy’.

Pride of place went to the Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Inaba Shidare’, closely followed by the Purple Hazel, or Filbert, Corylus maxima ‘Purpureum’.

Out and About – GardenUp

In this age of viral social media there is some consolation in doing things the old way too!

The GardenUp stand at the weekend’s Highland Fling event raised  a lot of interest, despite the somewhat cool southwesterly wind that blew in unobstructed! over the Derbyshire Dales.

Orchid Society displays at GardenUp!

Sheffield and District Orchid Society

The Society was formed in January 1972 with the aim of promoting interest in orchids and their culture.

Meetings are held at 10.00 a.m. on the second Sunday in each month at the Ranmoor Parish Centre, Ranmoor Park Road, Sheffield.


Green Oak at home and in the Garden

 Aisthorpe Green Oak is located in Sheffield on the edge of the beautiful Peak District and they are passionate about producing hand-crafted and bespoke furniture and structures from Oak and other elegant hardwood.

Ian Walker says “After years of working on other people’s projects we felt that it was time to launch our own project and have created a company that allows us to make the things we love and give others the opportunity to own something that we have hand-crafted here in Sheffield.”