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  The Landscape Show 2012, Olympia, London

Our thanks to the organisers of Landscape Show for their support and hard work arranging what is currently the only professional trade show dedicated to horticulture. The following review has been kindly written for our members by long standing member and professionally qualified garden designer, Cecilia Litvinoff, who attended the show.

Landscape Show

'A trade show aimed at landscape gardening and interior and exterior landscaping professionals, the Landscape show takes place annually, over three days in March, at Olympia in London. A fairly large number of exhibition stands and a seminar programme were on offer this year and entrance to the show is free.

Seminar Programme

The programme covered a broad range of subjects, with some well known speakers from the landscape and design areas. Themes included ‘Using Stone Effectively’, ‘Landscape Design in Russia’, ‘The Science of Trees’, ‘Sustainable Gardens’ and talks about exterior and interior design. There were also ‘Student Zones’ seminar sessions, in which several speakers talked about their experience of becoming landscape contractors, florists, nurserymen, interior landscapers and landscape designers.

Garden Products and Trends

Product categories included Artificial Turf, Natural Stone, Outdoor Kitchens, Paving, Planters, Fountains, Garden Design, Living Roofs, Metalwork, Trees, Garden Buildings and Fencing. Some trends in evidence included natural wood, artificial products (furniture, containers, grass), green walls, outdoor entertaining and lighting, sustainability and recyclable products. The Graduate Garden was a new feature, with newly qualified designers exhibiting their designs and promoting their work.

Garden Materials

The traditional beauty of natural materials, such as stone for paths and patios, and wood for fences and gates, was in evidence. But there were also interesting alternatives, such as fibreglass for containers, and synthetic rattan for outdoor furniture. A useful feature was Marshalls’ good selection of natural stone samples and Jacksons’  range of fencing styles. From the practical and affordable to the luxurious and elaborate, such as pavilions and ornamental/architectural cast stone, there was certainly enough to see. I would have liked to have seen more tools on show and for sale (only 2 exhibitors: Burton McCall Ltd and Jardin de France).

The Gardeners Guild had a good prominent corner stand. Other associations included the Horticulture Trade Association and the charity Perennial. But in all it was a good event and meeting place, with a chance for networking and learning new things'.

Cecilia Litvinoff (TGG member)
March 2012