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Chelsea medallist comes to GardenUp

Newcomer to the world of Shows is Sarah Harper who was awarded a bronze medal for her first attempt at Showing this year at Chelsea.

“I was a finalist for the RHS Young Florist of the Year award 2014 and was awarded a Bronze Medal at Chelsea in 2014.

From this I have now set up my own business. I am a freelance florist specialising in events.”

Steel comes to Garden Up

Chris Campbell Garden up structures

Another class act in the shape of steel fabricators and artists from Chris Campbell Design bring their beautiful steel decorative gates and furnishings to Garden Up.

Handspring add another touch of class!

Handspring  bridge in park copySheffielders will be familiar with some of Handspring’s beautifully crafted wood sculpture around the city. Their work is a testament to the skills to be found amongst the wood craftsmen at Ecclesall Woods Craft Centre.


It is a great pleasure for us at GardenUp to have some of their work around the showgrounds where visitors will be able to sit in their unique gazebos.

Handspring  onion at tatton

Professional Association of Landscapers are here

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’.