Posts Tagged ‘Horticulture’

BALI Awards 2017

Last Friday Hedges Direct and a few members of our team took a journey down to the fabulous city of London to be a part of the 2017 BALI awards. Held at the prestige Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

“The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week is a highly anticipated 41st BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 promises to be a phenomenal event, having reached BALI’s full house capacity. The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious landscaping Awards is the biggest in the industry calendar, celebrating the hard work, quality, commitment and successes of its members from those entries submitted this year, including categories for soft and hard landscaping, design and maintenance.

Receiving a BALI National Landscape Award is one of the landscape industries’ highest accolades. Recognition of a high level of achievement, from within the industry, has a positive motivational effect on staff.” taken from BALI

Hedges Direct proudly sponsored  the Domestic Landscaping between 30K and 60K, the principal winner was won by Spruce Landscapes with their ‘Eco Garden’. Well done!

The awards  ceremony was hosted by Sarah McGovern, BBC English journal and television presenter.  Throughout the ceremony she was witty and charming, the audience certainly enjoyed the laughs. Our team got the chance to meet and mingle with industry experts, passing knowledge and praise. It was a great day and a fantastic achievement for all the winners.

 

 

The Great Room in Grosvenor House, Park Lane. A lot of mouths to feed!

 

Our Sales Manager Nick presenting the winners award alongside Sarah McGovern and winners Spruce Landscapes.

 

 

Hedges Direct team with a few of our suppliers.

 

 

The Hedging Network: A Focus on Robert Hughes

Here at Hedges Direct, we’re passionate about introducing our customers to reliable, experienced landscapers and garden designers in their local area. In order to pair up our customers with local planting professionals, we created The Hedging Network, which allows you to locate and choose from our database of approved horticultural experts. Having worked with these companies on previous projects, we’ve built up strong, trusting relationships and we’re confident in the knowledge that our quality products are in the hands of professionals. So, now when you see The Hedging Network’s ‘Approved’ badge, you too can be confident that the expertise and reliability demonstrated by your local landscaper or garden designer, sufficiently meets the standards expected of The Hedging Network.

This is the first article in our new ‘A focus on…’ series, which hopes to shine the spotlight on some of our Approved members. To kick start the series, we interviewed one of the founding members of The Hedging Network, Robert Hughes of Robert Hughes Garden Design. A two time RHS award winning Landscaper turned Garden Designer from Cardiff, who is currently living his dream working through a long list of design projects and show gardens. We managed to grab a few minutes with him, in between projects, to gain a snippet into his busy schedule –

 

  1. How did you get started in the industry?

I graduated in Product Design in 2003.  I decided to enter landscaping industry after being inspired by the exciting, architectural and daring designs created by Diarmuid Gavin on Homefront in the garden around that time.  From then on I gained experience by building gardens whilst studying at home in order to achieve my dream to become a Garden Designer.  I established my company in 2008 and went on to win my first RHS Silver gilt medal with my first garden in 2009.

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  1. What does a typical day look like?

Having only recently given up the tools, my days are now much more relaxed. After a cup of tea to start the day and get the brain ticking, I sit at my desk with the views up to the local mountain and let the creative juices flow.  I’m usually juggling up to 10 projects at any one time so I will spend a few hours on one project and leave those ideas to incubate, I’ll then work on another project at a different stage and every now and again I’ll make a trip out to meet my clients to discuss the designs.

 

  1. Which of your projects have you most enjoyed working on, and why?

My most enjoyable project to date would have to be my recent RHS Cardiff show garden, ‘Office box’.  I’m always working towards reaching my goal of exhibiting my own style, having my own personal edge.  This garden is the closest garden I’ve created to date which really speaks of my personal taste and demonstrates my capabilities.

A focus on Robert Hughes Garden Design

  1. What’s your number one gardening tip?

Well I’m more of a hard landscaping expert so I think I’ll focus on that.  A common mistake most people make is using a jet wash to clean the algae from their patios.  This opens up the stones pores and means that the patio will probably go green twice as quick next time around.  There’s some products on the market which help prevent the growth of Algae.  Solve the problem before it arises and keep on top of cleaning off any dust, dirt or leaves to keep those patios looking like new.

 

  1. What are you working on next?

Along with many other exciting projects I’m currently working alongside a local Architect firm to create a contemporary garden which will complement their bold statement of a reimagined 1960’s contemporary house in Penarth, South Wales.  I am also currently seeking a sponsor to work alongside and start making plans towards exhibiting another show garden at one of next year’s prestigious RHS flower shows.

We hope you enjoyed this insight into his expertise. Stay tuned for the next installment in the series, coming in 2016 and head over to our Hedging Network to see what horticultural experts are in your area.

For landscapers and garden designers, if you would like to become an approved member of our reputable Hedging Network, please contact trade@hedgesdirect.co.uk or give us a call on 01257 263876 and ask to speak to a member of the Trade Team.