Soft-landscape workshop

Garden designer Andrew Wilson, Sheffield alumni Ken Thompson and award-winning landscape architect John Wyer will lead the discussion on ‘Biophilia’ at Palmstead Nurseries’ soft-landscape workshop in January 2019.

Palmstead’s annual workshop traditionally puts plants and planting at the heart of its discussion, and 2019 is no different.

Nick Coslett, organiser of the event says: “The topic for 2019 is biophilia – the idea that as human beings we possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. In other words, for us, as an industry green is good and absolutely vital for a habitable future. However, as an industry we know that some greens are better than others. If we are to truly embrace the idea of biophilia we need to look to the future and to ask whether the urban spaces we are creating are fit for purpose – will they be a healthy place to live? Do we need to think differently about the plants we use and the planting styles that have been on trend if we are to truly connect with nature?

“We know that successful landscapes are achieved by collaboration and team work – we want the workshop to look at how we work together as an industry and to ask some really pertinent questions such as do we need to fight harder to convince the construction industry that they need the landscape profession from the beginning of a project to the end? Palmstead is a hub where networks and collaboration can start and form links – there is a reservoir of knowledge about plants that collaborating customers can tap in to.”

Palmstead Nurseries Soft Landscape Workshop ‘Biophilia – Green Is Good’ is on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at the Ashford International Hotel in Kent. A shuttle bus service will collect delegates from Ashford International Station (35 minutes train journey from London St Pancras). The event will host speakers from the world of garden design and landscape architecture and exhibitors from the industry. The event always provides good networking opportunities and new ideas. Tours of Palmstead Nurseries are available at the end of the event.
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