Beat The Hosepipe Ban

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) welcome the news from the water companies that landscaping and turf businesses are exempt from the hosepipe ban as of today.

The adjustment to the Temporary Use Ban by the seven water companies in the south and east of England allows gardening businesses and their customers to use hosepipes to water newly laid turf and plants, for up to 28 days from planting.

This decision comes as it was confirmed that the record rainfall experienced in April and continuing rain in May has reduced the severity of the ongoing water shortage in the South and East of England although groundwater levels still remain exceptionally low and the hosepipe bans remain in place.

Chelsea Fringe

The first ever Chelsea Fringe begins today and runs for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London.  It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.

Garden Art Exhibition

Nicola visited the opening day of the Garden Art Exhibition hosted by Maureen Michaelson in Hampstead NW3 5AD.  A personal favourite is this sculpture by Peter Clarke.

Cerelith by Peter Clarke

This exhibition  features innovative artworks by seven UK-based artists, designed to enhance and enliven even the smallest domestic garden.  The artists work in a range of materials including copper, ceramic, slate, glass and willow. Items will include seats, tables, sculpture, installations and planters – all affordable and all designed to suit our climate. Another favourite is this birdbath by Sarah Walton.

Birdbath by Sarah Walton

There will be an artists talk featuring Jonathan Garratt and Lisa Pettibone on Sunday 20 May at 3pm. This is a glass sculpture by Lisa

Glass Sculpture by Lisa Pettibone

More about the Chelsea Fringe

The Fringe is a brand new initiative, entirely volunteer-run in its first year. It’s all about harnessing and spreading some of the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.

Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe will explode out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. It will range from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

The Fringe will showcase a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond.  Contributors will create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks.  The full programme will be unveiled in the run-up to the festival.

The Chelsea Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Festival Director Tim Richardson.  All progress to date has been achieved by a team of dedicated volunteers donating their time and money.