Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire.

Taking place on 20 February, this ‘Faking It’ seminar will focus on all aspects of artificial landscaping including artificial grass, composite decking, porcelain and the great artificial plant debate.

Mark Gregory, twenty-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and previous Chairman of the APL, will be hosting a range of presentations, panels and Q&A sessions throughout the day, making the seminar more engaging and interactive.

We will be looking at the considerations that need to be explored when incorporating artificial elements into the design of a garden; the technical aspects of artificial grass installation, and what the size of the artificial market is compared to where it is expected to be in the future, along with some examples of where it works best. There will also be some extra input from Richard Nunn of Gekko Industries on how they can support the perfect installation.

Karl Harrison, Managing Director of Exterior Solutions Ltd and design and build company Decorum London, and long-time contributor to the Decking Expert forum, will give a technical session on how to build the perfect artificial deck looking at the considerations you need to make and the problems you may face.  Rod Winrow, Managing Director of Garden House Design, will then give a real-life insight to composite decking using a case study of his own.

Graham Pattison of Alfresco Solutions, will give a technical round up of artificial plants, the advancements in UV stability and tolerance to heat with examples of their uses. Richard Bickler, Green Envee, will present overview of what is available in the marketplace, what their uses are and will also be talking to a designer who has included them in their projects and the considerations they had to make.

Mark Gregory, Richard Bickler and Jamie Butterworth will then have a debate on the presence of real and artificial products in gardens and if there a place for artificial in today’s modern projects.

Finally, Paul Masters from headline sponsor London Stone will be discussing porcelain, why this truly is a fake product and how with its array of finishes can potentially mimic anything. He will cover briefly the latest advancements in installation and will be joined by NCC Streetscape to discuss suitable jointing compounds and a contractor to show some of the fake uses.

It promises to be an exciting and educational day for all involved, and massive thanks go out to our sponsors for the event:

Headline Sponsors:

Exhibitor Partners - CED Ltd, Gekko Industries, NCC Streetscape and The Millboard Company.

Find out more information and book your place now at

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