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Garden Landscaping and Design Forums

Spring is here at last, and the green fingered amongst us will be busy trying to make their gardens look beautiful. 

Expert panel

Click here to join the forum and post your questions for the expert panel. Our next live chat with the experts is Thursday, 17th June 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Don't miss out!

Gardening is about so much more than just choosing which flowers to plant and, thanks to The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and Society of Garden Designers (SGD) gardeners of all abilities will have access to an expert panel for free real-time advice about landscaping and design ideas. During the live online event, members of the public are invited to publish questions and photos into the Shoot Forum, and the panel, which boasts many of the UK's finest garden designers and landscaping experts, will be able to answer them instantly.

Meet the Panelists

Mark GregoryTaking part in this next forum and fresh from winning an amazing three gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 is APL vice chairman and managing director of Landform Consultants, Mark Gregory.

Mark is a highly respected and successful contract landscaper and designer based in Surrey in the South East of England. With over 30 years of Quality Landscaping experience, he now concentrates on high end private gardens. He also specialises in the construction of show gardens for The RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower shows, with almost 120 medal winning Show gardens to his name. 50 medals at Chelsea alone!

Ena RonayneEna Ronayne also joins the panel of expert. Ena has always had an interest in gardening and decided after studying at The National Botanic Gardens to set up, The Garden Design Co.  Since 2000 The Garden Design Co has implemented designs for clients and has also worked off plans created by other designers and architects.

Practical experience in both gardening and designing, Ena is also a part time teacher of horticulture at Killester College of Further Education, Foxrock Institute, Deansgrange and Bray Partnership. For the last 6 years, Ena has taught Garden Design, Landscape Construction & Maintenance, Soil Science, Nursery Stock Production, Plant Science and Plant Identification, to both part time and full time students, ranging in age from 17 to 77.
Stuart MarlerStuart Marler will also be on hand to answer landscaping questions. Stuart started out gardening for family and friends, part time about 12 years ago, becoming a full time landscaper in 2006.

He now specialises in Garden design, Build, Install and Maintenance. His services cover the front garden and driveway to the back garden. Also specialises in resin bound aggregate and safe play areas.

Stuart is a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

The panel will be happy to answer questions across a range of landscaping and design issues such as the pros and cons of using different materials, the costs of landscaping projects and dealing with problems such as level changes.

About the Association of Professional Landscapers

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) represents landscapers who meet a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark Scheme. They are regularly inspected and agree to follow a customer charter with clients. The APL is part of the Horticultural Trades Association which is the trade Association for the UK gardening industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers. For further information visit www.landscaper.org.uk

About the Society of Garden Designers

The Society of Garden Designers was established in 1981 and is the only professional body in the UK dedicated solely to garden design. It is active both nationally and internationally, promoting its aims through the Garden Design Journal, workshops, seminars, conferences and links with the construction industry. The Society includes Friends of the Society, and membership categories for Students, Graduates, Correspondents and Registered Members. Only Registered Members are approved by the Society as garden designers and they can provide a full professional service in all aspects of garden design. For further information visit www.sgd.org.uk

How to participate

Getting involved is simple:

1) Sign-up to Shoot. You can sign-up for FREE.
2) Go to the 'Garden Landscaping and Design Forum'
3) Add a new topic and type in details about your question. You can also upload a photo to show the professionals your garden.
4) The panelists will answer your questions on Saturday 21st March from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm at which time the forum will close.