The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) has had great success with 'Landscaping Live' at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A first for both the APL and the RHS, the Landscaping Live concept demonstrated to the public how to create the perfect garden with a range of "How to" presentations.
As part of the Low Cost, High Impact gardens in the Inspire section of the show, the feature consisted of two gardens, one showing a professional approach and demonstrating how to make the most of a small space, the other showing a complete contrast, highlighting that good quality preparation and installation is essential for carrying out successful garden improvements.
The garden was designed by Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, constructed by Arun Landscapes and planted by Claudia De Yong.
The construction of the planting took a mere two days with Claudia being aided by Paul Baker of Holland Landscapes and Phil Tremayne of the APL.
The plants were sourced from Hortus Loci with Claudia planting a running theme of white and blue with a splash of deep red to liven the garden up.
The plants in the garden ranged from Pittosporum tobira nana to Dianthus Cruentus and Astrantia Florence to Rosa Seagull.
The garden was an instant hit with the Hampton visitors who could immediately relate to both the un-landscaped garden as their own and the professional garden which was achievable.
APL's Phil Tremayne did daily demonstrations with members Landform Consultants, Arun Landscapes, Garden House Design, Holland Landscapes, Arbour Design and Build and Claudia De Yong Designs on how to lay turf, plant trees and shrubs and how to lay decking which attracted phenomenal interest from the public.
APL Chairman, Mark Gregory said: "Landscaping Live was a runaway success with the public as they could immediately connect with the two contrasting gardens in front of them, realising that a beautiful garden is within their reach.
The event also did wonders for promoting the APL brand to the consumer and we hope that this will be their first port of call when choosing an accredited landscaper."