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 1PM

SATURDAY TALK TBC FOR 2024
TALK

SUNDAY - ALL DAY

The Pest Clinic stand (opposite the Information Tent)
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.

SUNDAY 1:30PM

In the Talk Tent (ZONE A)
TALK

British Flowers Rock!

Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery

Ben is an award winning 4th generation grower at Crosslands Flower Nursery which was established in 1936 in West Sussex and is one of the last flower nurseries in the UK producing cut flowers in a full colour range all year-round.

Ben’s British Alstroemeria is a very sustainable crop. His flowers are not sprayed with any chemicals after being harvested and go into recyclable, reusable boxes and arrive with customers the next day. No soil cooling techniques are used to force production and some flower beds are over 20 years old, still producing premium quality stems. Under 5% of the crop is replanted a year so sterilizing the soil is kept to a minimum.

The British Alstroemeria is known as a ‘Cool Crop’ and a ‘Dry Crop’ so doesn’t take much heat input or watering. Optimum heat at night through the winter is just 13°C via a biomass boiler and the crop is watered for just 20 minutes once a month in the winter and just 20 minutes once every 10 days in the summer unlike flowers grown in warmer countries that use a lot more water resource.

When Ben’s flowers have been picked they don’t go into big freezers, the cooling storage system at Crosslands is usually turned off between November and March. When the flowers need to be stored in warmer weather they’re only chilled at about 6°C instead of 0.5°C like most imported flowers. They are only stored for a couple of days before they are with the customers. They are a lot fresher than flowers that go all around the world. Most importantly all the stems are harvested at a ‘ripe’ big fat bud stage giving a bigger more vibrant flower unlike the imports that are harvested too tight in bud just so that more can be transported in boats and planes.

Ben also only employs local people and more importantly does apprenticeship schemes with local horticultural colleges and goes into floristry colleges to give his ‘British Flowers Rock’ Talks

Next to being a fulltime grower, Ben is an avid campaigner for British Flowers and takes any opportunity he can to spread the word that British Flowers Rock!

Ben won the Grower Award in 2019 and 2022! And won the Gold Sussex Environmental award in 2020

Ben donated his blooms to St Richards Hospital and West Sussex care homes during the COVID 19 lockdowns.

You can buy Ben’s flowers by contacting him on his social media channels –  twitter and Instagram @alstroemeriaben and on facebook at Crosslands Flower Nursery.