I am delighted to say that the Allandscapers Library site is maintaining its unique niche in the industry, being the only Free To View site containing a wide range of subjects relevant to so many different aspects of horticulture. It is not a BLOG site, but is intended to be a long standing/fixed library of essays and information, that may be accessed at any time, and is not time or season related.

Articles, features and guidance notes/hints & tips are continuing to receive a lot of views, with ‘Laying Cobbles’ nearing seventeen thousand views being the most popular. Bear in mind that Allandscapers does not advertise anywhere, and only those who are seeking advice on a particular subject are going to come across the site.

Marie Shallcross of Plews Gardens continues writing her brilliant articles on ‘horticultural’ matters, which will be of great interest to our gardening readers. Marie is famed for her blogs, and she has promised more features in the coming months under the Sages and Gurus section.

The Professional Garden Consultants Association (PGCA) goes from strength to strength, with over fifty accredited Expert Consultants now forming the group. All Consultants are totally independent, offering their services throughout Britain, and will prove a great source of inspiration to for future articles.

I have an extremely busy year ahead, with so much consultancy work, but also with the PGCA, who have become a Partner to The Horticulture Week in presenting the 2018 Custodian of The Year Awards at The Parks and Gardens Live Event in June at Woburn.

At the time of writing, I am still in the middle of a series of seminars aimed at Garden Designers and Contractor titled Taking Care of Business, which was run as a Road Show in association with The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

I am planning to organise a similar Road Show in the Autumn of 2018 devoted to Marketing for Garden Designers and Contractors, which will be presented in the usual unorthodox way as the TCB series and also as a joint venture with the APL/HTA! is now five years old, at the same time (May) I will be celebrating fifty years working in horticulture, so a double anniversary!

Thank you all for your continued support for the site. With nearly one hundred and forty features, and growing (slowly!) all the time, we aim to enthuse readers and inspire with the content.


Alan Sargent FCIHort MPGCA