ADVICE & TALKS

EVERYDAY

The Gardening Doctor
ADVICE

Paul Slater, Garden Designer and Landscape Consultant

The Gardening Doctor: full of useful and helpful garden advice

We are delighted that Paul Slater has joined the Garden Show Team and will be on hand daily to answer all those tricky gardening issues you may have.

Paul has created hundreds of gardens from small courtyards to grounds of several acres. He has constructed the majority of those himself, giving a unique insight into the realities of creating a garden.

His holistic approach to design ensures a garden has a sense of place, a sense of purpose and meets the clients’ individual needs and style. He combines natural proven materials with contemporary styling to achieve a timeless architectural quality that that sits comfortably in its surroundings and is not constrained by the labels of ‘traditional’ or ‘modern’….. and there is always room nature! Drawing on extensive experience Paul now offers an independent landscaping consultation service to compliment his garden design commissions. Aimed to help clients make the most of their garden or to offer guidance with a project that may have run into difficulties.

Paul is an accredited member of the following professional organisations:

  • Member of Chartered Institute of Horticulture
  • Member of the Professional Garden Consultants Association.
  • Member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

 

Some of Paul’s work is featured in industry books and publications and is also used to showcase products on suppliers websites.  Recently some work has been shortlisted for the ‘Small Project, Big Impact Awards’.  

Paul retrained to follow his passion for garden design after a 23 year military career.  Born in Kent, now based on the south coast of Hampshire in his spare time Paul likes to keep active and is a keen motorcyclist. He helps raise funds and awareness of veterans charities and organises the annual Southsea Remembrance Service, the souths largest ‘ride in’ remembrance service on Remembrance Sunday.

Paul can be contacted via his business website:

www.paulslaterdesign.co.uk

FRIDAY 1.30PM

In the Talk Tent
TALK

Plant Selection

Q & A session with the Show’s Garden Advisor: how to choose the right plants.

The right plant in the right place, penny for the plant, a pound for the ground, plant passport scheme, choosing a healthy plant.

Paul Slater - MCIHort, MPGCA Garden Designer and Landscape Consultant

Paul has created hundreds of gardens from small courtyards to grounds of several acres. He has constructed the majority of those himself, giving a unique insight into the realities of creating a garden.

His holistic approach to design ensures a garden has a sense of place, a sense of purpose and meets the clients’ individual needs and style. He combines natural proven materials with contemporary styling to achieve a timeless architectural quality that that sits comfortably in its surroundings and is not constrained by the labels of ‘traditional’ or ‘modern’….. and there is always room nature! Drawing on extensive experience Paul now offers an independent landscaping consultation service to compliment his garden design commissions. Aimed to help clients make the most of their garden or to offer guidance with a project that may have run into difficulties.

Paul is an accredited member of the following professional organisations:

  • Member of Chartered Institute of Horticulture
  • Member of the Professional Garden Consultants Association.
  • Member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

 

Some of Paul’s work is featured in industry books and publications and is also used to showcase products on suppliers websites.  Recently some work has been shortlisted for the ‘Small Project, Big Impact Awards’.  

Paul retrained to follow his passion for garden design after a 23 year military career.  Born in Kent, now based on the south coast of Hampshire in his spare time Paul likes to keep active and is a keen motorcyclist. He helps raise funds and awareness of veterans charities and organises the annual Southsea Remembrance Service, the souths largest ‘ride in’ remembrance service on Remembrance Sunday.

Paul can be contacted via his business website:

www.paulslaterdesign.co.uk

SATURDAY - ALL DAY

The Pest Clinic stand
ADVICE

The Pest Clinic

with entomologist Dr Ian Bedford

Come along and meet the Garden Show’s ‘Bug Man’ – Dr Ian Bedford who will be on hand to discuss plant pest problems and to advise on environmentally safe ways of keeping them under control without harming the environment.

The clinic will have specimens of some of the common pests that we find in our gardens which can be looked at under various magnifiers.   Ian will be able to examine samples of damaged plants and pest specimens that you might like to bring along and he’ll aim to identify them for you and discuss the environmentally safer options for controlling them.  Ian will happily discuss any concerns that you might have with managing plant pests within your gardens or vegetable patches

Something that’s very topical at the moment is encouraging wildlife into our home garden, and many of the well-known environmentalists (and book writers), have been telling gardeners to stop mowing their lawns and leaving borders to grow wild flowers However, many gardeners I speak to don’t want to replicate the countryside in their home gardens and want them to remain tidy and colourful.  However, the majority also would like to help our native wildlife and see it visiting their gardens. My advice is that gardens don’t have to be wild and unkempt in order to benefit the wildlife and can be just as effective and beneficial as the countryside in attracting vast numbers of species by just following a few simple steps.  I do this in my own garden and it’s teeming with life.

SATURDAY 1:30PM

In The Talk Tent
TALK

Gardens for Nature

with entomologist Dr Ian Bedford

With almost 50% of Britain’s wildlife lost over the last 70 years, it’s important that wherever possible we try and allow nature to recover.  Our home gardens can be perfect places for helping this recovery to happen and, contrary to some of the advice we’re given through the media, our home gardens do not need to become wild and unkempt places to achieve this.  However, understanding the roles that wildlife play in sustaining ecosystems is something that we do need to know so that we can ensure our gardens provide a safe and welcoming place for wildlife to visit.  A ‘steppingstone’ that helps to connect the wild places where wildlife are often restricted in their ability to travel. Knowing which creatures are the beneficials and which are the ones that might need to be deterred from certain garden plants will be important too.  Deterring, but not killing, since these plant-eating creatures will be the food of others and are vital for nature’s food chains to establish.  Please pop along to my talk where I’ll explain the four ‘S ‘ factors (Suitability, Safety, Structure and Sustenance) that we’ll need to think about when creating a perfect Steppingstone Garden.’