Bringing together the final chapter of the latest round of APL seminars is ‘It’s Time to Plant’, taking place at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire on 25 September.

Very often the transformative period of the project, this seminar will explore the following topics;

The design process - Kate Gould will cover how to interpret a brief, the process and considerations to take when designing a planting scheme and the role of the designer with the contractor.

Soil - Tim O'Hare will talk about soil types, problems and solutions. He will look at the recent issues with compaction in new builds and the soil that is left by builders. What can be done?

It’s Just an Illusion - Mark Gregory and Kate Gould discuss some of their fantastic planting schemes at the shows both here and abroad. They will observe the difference between this and normal builds but realising that the basic principles must still hold true.

Getting Mature… Planting and Handling - A look at handling large mature stock, what machinery required, what tools and kit. What pits should be dug, anchoring and irrigation. Mark Gregory will then explain the logistics and considerations of a project with mature trees and shrubs.

A session on planting combinations will be discussed by Jamie Butterworth. He will cover the 'right place, right plant’ and talk about combinations against stone and other surfaces.

With many more speakers yet to be announced, it promises to be an educational and inspirational day for all who attend. Prices are £65 + VAT for APL members and £70 + VAT for non-members.

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