UK Grower Focus

This month we look ahead to the Palmstead Nurseries Soft Landscaping Workshop on January 23rd 2019.

The Green Connection - 'Empowerment through Collaboration'

Palmstead's highly successful Soft Landscaping Workshop is a one-day seminar and discussion forum on topics relating to the Landscape industry. Delegates are drawn from the interconnecting worlds of landscape architecture, garden design, landscape contracting and green space management.

For next year’s workshop a stimulating line up of speakers has been arranged to discuss 'The Green Connection' and how we can benefit from applying this philosophy to our internal connections within the industry, empowering ourselves through collaboration.


A number of mini-workshops will be taking place during the day, some designed to impart practical advice and led by key figures in their respective areas and others led by representatives of horticultural organisations who will be explaining why being a member of an organisation is so important to developing connections within the industry.

This year’s event will take place from 09:00 to 17:00. There is a full schedule of speakers and events taking place and a large number of companies from across the industry will be exhibiting on the day. The traditional timings for the day have therefore been extended to accommodate such a full and fantastic programme. The event will be held at its traditional venue, the Ashford International Hotel in Kent.

Speakers for the day include...

John Adlam of Dove Bugs is an in-demand consultant for the horticultural industry. He will be discussing the idea of assumption within our industry and how this impacts our connections with each other in UK horticulture, and also our wider connections with Europe. John will also be touching on the shape of UK Horticulture in the light of Brexit and will offer predictions about pesticides, glyphosate, plastics, growing media and biosecurity. 

Dr Ken Thompson is an independent speaker and writer. His writings include 'The Sceptical Gardener', 'Where do Camels Belong?', 'The Story and Science of Invasive Species', 'Do we need Pandas? and many more...

President of Landscape Institute

Adam White (Landscape Architect) whose energy and enthusiasm wowed delegates at the last workshop is returning as chair for the day. Now President of the Landscape Institute, Adam will be discussing cross-industry collaborations and the importance of networking and will be summarising the day.

Andrew Wilson of the London College of Garden Design will be looking at how Garden Design can help in greening up our urban spaces. 

The population of the UK is rising; we are told there is a housing crisis, so where do we fit in all the plants? John Wyer will be exploring how we got to this point and where we might go from here...What will our cities look like in twenty or thirty years and how will we work together to build a better future?

Hosting Talks

APL, BALI, LI and SGD will be hosting talks during the day as well as a number of other industry professionals (see website for more details)

The delegate fee including a buffet lunch and refreshments is £36 + VAT. For delegates travelling by rail there will be a shuttle bus meeting the fast train from London St Pancras to transfer you to the venue and back.

Visit and click on events for more information and to book your place.