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London Stone’s Off-The-Shelf Yorkstone Means No Long Lead Times

London Stone’s Off-The-Shelf Yorkstone Means No Long Lead Times – learn more about this exceptional service offer

Ever had the experience where you knew exactly what stone would be best for the job, only for the client to choose something else because they didn’t want the delay of a long lead time?

Rosebank Landscaping used Grey Yorkstone Steps and Paving on this townhouse scheme

As every landscaper and contractor knows, the problem with Yorkstone – one of the loveliest and most desirable natural stones – is the long lead time of up to two months usually encountered when ordering it. read more

Wow Your Clients With London Stone’s Improved Showroom Displays

Wow Your Clients With London Stone’s Improved Showroom Displays – we’ve been busy making improvements – find out more!

We may be biased but, as Customer Experience Director Chris Durnford says, “I think we have the best range of showrooms out there.” Lately, though, they’ve needed a little improvement.

Dune Sawn Sandstone at the Middlesex Showroom – perfect for showing natural variation and pointing options

This is because stock changes, lines are discontinued, and new paving is introduced into our range. Every year we replace discontinued paving with new, meaning that some of the displays were becoming less coherent. As we prioritise customer service over anything else; that couldn’t continue. read more

Small Details, Big Impact At RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

Small Details, Big Impact At RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 – learn more about this year’s show and the stunning show gardens that grace it.

Currently basking in sunshine, the newly rechristened RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival offers plenty of thought-provoking detail in its gardens this year.

Tom Simpson’s stunning The Cancer Research Pledge Pathway To Success, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

The Cancer Research Pledge Pathway To Success

Central to the design of The Cancer Research Pledge Pathway to Success, for example, is the spiralling effect that leads visitors to the round pond, down circular steps that smoothly transition into a bench in a sunken seating area. “The circular design makes it as immersive as possible. It draws you in and then you’re surrounded by planting,” explains designer Tom Simpson. read more

It Takes Two – Landscape Artisan Becomes Our 1000th Landscape Specialist

It Takes Two – Landscape Artisan Becomes Our 1000th Landscape Specialist – London Stone’s Landscape Specialist Scheme recently celebrated it’s 1,000th member

London Stone’s Landscape Specialist Scheme has just hit the grand age of two and a half, but there are no toddler tantrums involved. Far from it, as we welcome Landscape Artisan as our 1000th member.

Landscape Artisan and London Stone celebrate 1000 Landscape Specialist Members, June 2019

Joss and Rebecca Durham have an admirable number of years of landscaping experience between them. “It was my fault,” says Joss. “I worked for a landscaper many years ago and really enjoyed it, so I embarked on a part-time course at Merrist Wood.” read more

Seeking High And Low For Inspiration At Gardeners’ World Live

Seeking High And Low For Inspiration At Gardeners’ World Live – two very different spaces, both with great results

“The benches are quite distinctive. A lot of people said it must be the High Line before reading the sign,” says Lucy Bravington, designer of the Design It Garden at this years Gardeners’ World Live.

Lucy Bravington’s High Line-inspired offering at BBC Gardener’s World Live 2019

Shows arrive thick and fast at this time of year, and GW Live has come hot on the heels of RHS Chatsworth. This features the APL Avenue, with five designs chosen from members, aims to show visitors the quality and variety that can be achieved in a small space by engaging a professional landscaper. The Design It garden was distinctive in more ways than one: Lucy not only won the highest award of Platinum for her design, but Design It Landscapes also garnered Best Construction and a golden spade from Niwaki. read more