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02 Apr 2016

Chatsworth named as venue for new RHS Flower Show

Exciting new annual event will be set against the glorious backdrop of Chatsworth, in the rolling Derbyshire landscape

The RHS has announced a significant addition to its shows programme in the beautiful surroundings of the Chatsworth Estate, family home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The rolling Derbyshire countryside, in which the Capability Brown landscape of Chatsworth is nestled, will offer a glorious backdrop for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, a brand new celebration of plants and gardens. The first of these major new shows will be held on 7-11 June 2017 and it will be an annual event.


Visitors can expect all their favourite RHS Show features, including a fantastic range of specialist nurseries, outdoor lifestyle shopping and garden inspiration at every turn.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We’re thrilled that in 2017 we will be hosting an RHS Flower Show in partnership with Chatsworth on its breathtaking grounds. The amazing estate with its gorgeous surroundings has a rich gardening heritage and we’re honoured and excited to soon be a part of it.

“RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will join our current portfolio of shows at Cardiff, Malvern, Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park and London. It will be an incredible new show – a stunning addition to the flower show calendar, bursting with fresh ideas that will delight visitors. It’s a fabulous opportunity for exhibitors and a great platform to showcase and sell their amazing plants to a new audience."

Like to know more?

Read more about our exciting new show in the RHS press release (22kB pdf)

We will add more information here as and when it is released.


If you would like to exhibit at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2017 please let us know by completing the Chatsworth expression of interest form.


Original blog can be found here

02 Apr 2016
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6 Ways Nature Helps You Get More Out of Your Employees

If your employees are bored, stressed out or burned out, could a touch of nature in the office be the answer?

According to a new report by Human Spaces, employees whose workplaces incorporate natural elements, such as natural light, greenery and views of the outdoors, are more productive, more creative and feel more positive about their work.

Nearly half of employees surveyed in The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace have no natural light in the workplace, and almost six out of 10 have no greenery (live plants). But when these elements were introduced into workplaces in various experiments, employees had a 15 percent higher level of well-being, were 15 percent more creative and were six percent more productive overall.

Biophilics studies the relationship of humans to the natural world — a relationship that’s becoming more important as more people migrate to urban environments. In fact, one-third of respondents in the survey say the way an office is designed is so important that it would affect their decision to accept a job or not.

In today’s high-stress workplace, the report says, “Nature contact has a restorative effect on people, helping them deal with day-to-day stress and … maintain their work performance.” Even if you don’t have employees, nature can have the same effect on you. How can you bring more of nature into your office, co-working space or home-based business? Here are some suggestions from Human Spaces.

Get More Out of Your Employees Using Nature

Start at the Entryway

If you have a lobby or foyer in your office, adding bright colors and live plants can give you and your staff an energy boost from the minute you walk in the door. Two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents report feeling happy when walking into bright office environments accented with green, yellow or blue. In addition, those who have internal green space in the workplace are nearly twice as likely to feel happy and inspired when entering the workplace, while those without green space were almost twice as likely to feel anxious or bored about the day ahead.

Promote Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is by far the most-desired element in office design, cited by 44 percent of employees. In addition, employees with window views spend significantly more time at the office each week than employees without them. Ideally, this means locating employee workspaces near an outside window. Figure out how you can rearrange your office layout to bring more light inside, whether by removing curtains, window blinds or furniture that blocks natural light. To maximize the benefits of natural light, consider locating common areas near the windows instead of the old-fashioned approach of giving a few key employees the coveted window seats. Skylights are another option for providing natural light for everyone. If you don’t have many windows, choosing indoor lighting that most closely mimics the spectrum of natural light is helpful.

Use Color to Energize

Natural colors — specifically, white, yellow, browns, greens and blues — boosted the productivity, happiness, enthusiasm and creativity of employees in the survey. You can use color selectively to achieve different goals: For example, paler natural shades can help people calm down and focus, while brighter shades will energize them for creative work group projects. Avoid gray (even though its very trendy right now) at all costs — it increases stress levels and drains enthusiasm and creativity.

Get Green

Live plants inside the office and green space outside it boost productivity, creativity and enthusiasm. If you want to keep the costs of plant maintenance down, mixing live and artificial plants can be a budget-minded solution. So can concentrating the live plants in common areas where everyone can see them and enjoy the benefits.

Create Both Open and Quiet Spaces

Almost 40 percent of workers say they are most productive in a private office at their own desk, but the growth of open-plan offices has made this arrangement harder to come by. As a result, 28 percent of respondents say there is no quiet space to work in their workplace. Try to create quiet spaces such as comfy couch nooks or small conference areas where people can go to get peace and quiet.

Last Resort: Fake It

The study found that simulating nature, while not as effective as the real thing, is better than a workplace that has no natural elements at all. Landscape artwork or photographs, or even wallpaper that look like nature scenes, can all help boost employees’ mood and productivity. In particular, “views of the ocean” are one of the top five elements that employees want. Bring on the seascapes!

Keep these tips to get more out of your employees in mind if you’re looking for a new office space or co-working space, or setting up a home office. No matter how small your work space is, live plants on desks, nature photos on the wall and soothing natural colors can be used to help increase your energy and enthusiasm.


original blog found here @ Small Business Trends

02 Apr 2016

RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza

featuring the RHS London Orchid Show

Get spring off to a flying start at the show

Step into spring and enjoy the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza (featuring the RHS London Orchid Show) at the RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls. Enjoy an amazing selection of spring plants, must-have gardening sundries and a spectacular array of exotic as well as hardy orchids.

There’s also the chance to see a specially-designed garden by this year’s RHS Young Designer 2016 finalists – an ‘outdoor office’ space within a garden setting which will showcase the 2016 RHS Show theme of Health, Happiness and Horticulture.

Date: 1 – 2 April 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall and RHS Lawrence Hall, London

This year's awards

Floral exhibits (92kB pdf)
Orchid exhibit (140kB pdf)

In the RHS Lawrence Hall

Browse and buy from an amazing selection of plants as you stroll around the wonderfully-lit halls – choose from the latest spring plants and vegetables, unusual bulbs, orchids, ferns and a whole host of houseplants – all displayed in beautiful woodland exhibits.

New talent on show

The RHS Young Designer 2016 competition at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park gives aspiring garden designers aged 28 years and under the chance to showcase their skills, gain exposure at a prestigious RHS flower show and compete for the coveted title. This year three finalists have been selected to design a show garden based on the theme of Health, Happiness and Horticulture for the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza.


This garden is one of a series of garden designs featured across all of the RHS flower shows for 2016, intended to show visitors the importance of gardening to promote their physical and mental wellbeing. The designers, Caitlin McLaughlin, Robin Dwiar and Lilly Gom have specifically kept in mind that their garden promotes tranquillity and therefore is designed to increase productivity.

In the RHS Lindley Hall

This is the place to buy orchids and get advice from expert growers from around the world. Some of the exhibitors have even 'graded' their plant stands so that less or more experienced orchid fans can choose something suitable for their skill level. There are also rare orchids that have never before been exhibited.

In the lower level of this hall a ‘talks area' offers tips and expert advice. As part of this inspiring talks programme, RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal-winning designer Mary Reynolds will launch her new book ‘The Garden Awakening’.


See who is exhibiting and speaking at the show (453 kB pdf)

While you are a tthe show, why not treat yourself to afternoon tea – scone, jam, cream and cup of tea or filter coffee just £4. Served in the Lawrence Hall café between 2.30pm – 4pm on April 1 and 2. Booking is essential.

If you're looking to explore your creative side, there will be a floral workshop in which you can make your own floral ring or bracelet using spring blooms and foliage, with RHS London In-House florist Helen Cranmer. Places can be booked directly from the Ticket Factory.

Ticket Prices

RHS Members (in advance): £6
RHS Members (on the day): £9

Public (in advance): £9
Public (on the day): £12

Book tickets for this show

Useful links

Want to grow orchids at home? Get some quality RHS advice and tips.

Become an RHS member and take advantage of all of the benefits available, including discounted show tickets, free garden visits and a subscription to our monthly magazine The Garden.


Re-blog original post located here @ RHS