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Soft Landscape Workshop at Palmstead Nurseries

31 July 2012

The line up for this year's Soft Landscape Workshop at Palmstead Nurseries will feature: Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum and Horticultural Services, Kew and Dr Glynn Percival, innovative scientist and tree doctor, topping the bill.

Trend setter Elco Hooftman and Chelsea Gold Medal winner Sarah Eberle will bring a design element to the workshop and Jim Gardiner, Director of Horticulture RHS will offer advice on plant selection and right plant, right place. 

You can read an interview with Tony Kirkham via this link:

Nick Coslett, Marketing and Sales Manager at Palmstead said; "We've received great feedback already on the speakers we have lined up for this year with bookings getting close to the 100 mark already - hopefully we can merge some evidence based science with some inspirational examples of plant selection and use. And I'm sure, like last year, the audience will find the workshop "nourishing".

Entitled “Survival of the Fittest”, the Workshop will run for a full day on Thursday 27th September at The Ashford International Hotel, Kent.

The Workshop held annually attracts over 300 landscape and garden professionals along with exhibitors from the landscape industry. 

The audience is usually made up of 40% Garden Designers, 20% Landscape Architects, 20% GreenSpace Managers and 20% Landscape Contractors. Its a great networking opportunity too.

The line up for 2012 includes: -
Tony Kirkham (Kew) on tree selection and how to plant them properly.
Dr Glynn Percival (Bartlett TreeCare and Reading University) on tree and large specimen planting establishment - with feedback from his research on mulches, lateral shoot pruning and use of sugar as a root stimulant.

Eelco Hooftman (Gross Max) working from a major trend setting Landscape Architecture practice – Elco will be talking on their use of plants and their role in their award winning designs across Europe.

Sarah Eberle (Sarah Eberle Landscape Design + multiple RHS Chelsea Gold medal winner) will talk on the art of planting, getting the aesthetics’ right and about her favored plant choices for associations and successful establishment.

Jim Gardiner the Director of Horticulture at the RHS will be talking to delegates about the AGM plants and the research and work that goes  into awarding them. He wants to encourage all plant users  to use and value the AGM trials and research.

This can benefit their work and fill their plant palettes with plants which perform.

Venue: Ashford International Hotel, Ashford Kent
Date: Thursday 27th September 2012
Cost:  £21 inc VAT per person including lunch (£17.50 + £3.50 VAT).

There will be an exhibition of selected suppliers and Michael Packard's bookshop alongside the workshop and sufficient time in breaks to circulate and network.

Please book online to reserve your seat at this popular sell out event at

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