Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
Nathan James Dodd describes how GardenSite have once again joined forces with garden designer Andy Tudbury by donating a Rowlinson Haven Corner Arbour to his show garden at this year's Gardeners' World Live event.
Last year GardenSite sponsored Andy Tudbury's garden at Gardeners' World Live and this year we donated a delightful arbour to act as the focal point of his 'Legacy' garden.
The garden commemorates the legacy of perhaps the most well known Gardeners' World presenter – Geoff Hamilton, who died twenty years ago.
He was well known for using recycled materials, that's why Andy, who runs Halcyon Days Garden Design, has chosen to use old scaffolding planks as the broadwalk that goes over a shallow gravel pool leading to the arbour.
A mass of cottage style plants surrounds the Haven Corner Arbour which is constructed from top quality pressure treated softwood, seats four people and can be stained or painted to complement the landscape.
Many of the plants have come from Barnsdale, Geoff's former garden, and there is a strong wild meadow influence reflecting his organic gardening philosophy.
Preparing the garden took nearly a fortnight and wasn't easy due to heavy rain, but the effort proved worthwhile as Andy was awarded a bronze prize by the judges.
After the event, the arbour will be transported to the East Midlands Flower show taking place at Newstead Abbey, and then it will be donated to a charitable cause.
Nathan James Dodd
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.