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  1. Johnsons of Whixley help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in the centre of Manchester

    Johnsons of Whixley help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in the centre of Manchester

    We recently worked on a project for the Dakota Hotel, a new luxury hotel in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, teaming up with PWP Design Ltd and Gavin Jones Ltd.

     

    We supplied a range of plants to the hotel, including clipped evergreen shrubs, sculptural feature trees and lush green groundcover for a series of planting areas and pots that frame the terrace and enhance the parking courtyard, main entrance and overall impression of the hotel.

     

    Our supply included hundreds of herbaceous, shrub and grass varieties for the hotel grounds, including Buxus spirals, Sarcococca confusa, Pachysandra ‘Green Carpet’ (to create attractive yet low maintenance ground cover), Agapanthus africanus, Viburnum davidii and Hakonechloa macra.

     

    The Dakota Manchester is situated on Dulcie Street, at the edge of the vibrant Northern Quarter, and features 137 rooms, a Dakota Grill restaurant, cocktail bar, waterside terrace, cigar garden and a grand deluxe penthouse, believed to be the largest in the city.

     

    A lot is happening in Manchester right now, especially in the Northern Quarter, so it’s fantastic to be supplying to this new project. It’s also great to be teaming up once again with Gavin Jones Ltd and PWP Design Ltd, both of whom are long-standing customers.

     

    The collaboration of our businesses allowed us to achieve the luxurious and highly visual impact the client required for the hotel, delivering the quality and style that is associated with the Dakota brand.

     

    This is not the first time we have worked on a luxury hotel, take a look at our recent project, supplying the stunning Grantley Hall near Ripon.

     

    Posted 15th Aug 5:01pm
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  2. Johnsons brings a touch of Chile to Yorkshire

    Johnsons brings a touch of Chile to Yorkshire

    We have recently added to our blooming repertoire with the launch of a new Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ plant line, just in time for our new catalogue in September.

    The award-winning plant, which originally derives from Chile, has been carefully cultivated over the winter by production manager Ian Nelson and the rest of our team.

    He put the plant through multiple tests, finding it able to withstand harsh conditions, require minimal care, as well as being suitable for use across a range of soil conditions.

    ‘Angel Wings’ is identifiable by its striking silver leaves and silky touch. It is also drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant, making it the perfect addition to a coastal garden.

    We debuted ‘Angel Wings’ on our stand at the National Plant Show in June where it attracted widespread attention.

    ‘Angel Wings’, which has also been seen in the Falklands and Argentina, was first discovered by plant developer Lyall Fieldes on a trip to the Patagonia region of Chile. It has since made its mark on the European market, winning a bronze medal at the Netherlands Plantarium in 2016 and the Glee new product award in 2017.

    Ian Nelson,  Production Manager said “We always strive to provide something unique and beautiful that will bring something special to a garden or larger-scale project.

    “As ‘Angel Wings’ is a very robust plant, it is perfect for most growing conditions, while still maintaining its soft and delicate appearance. It requires very little care due to its durable nature and will add a gorgeous touch to flower beds and pots alike.”

    Garden Centre Sales Assistant Manager, Paul Lamb, added:  “We are delighted to be able to offer the sought-after Senecio ‘Angels Wings’ to our customers. We are launching with a 5L version, and as we head into 2020 we will have the plant available in both a 3L and a 5L size.”If you’d like to find out more about Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ click here to contact a sales rep today

     

    Posted 15th Aug 8:48am
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  3. WANTED: Maintenance Assistant

    WANTED: Maintenance Assistant

    Maintenance Assistant

    Location: Whixley HQ, York

    Hours: 39 hrs per week (Overtime essential seasonally)

    Salary/Wage: To be discussed at Interview

    This is a permanent role reporting to John Price (Maintenance Manager).

    The role is fast-moving, diverse and multi-functional. Based in the workshop the successful candidate will operate on all of our sites and will assist with general repairs, new projects and other duties as specified. Essential attributes include:

    • Proven ability to carry out basic joinery tasks
    • Command of basic building and construction skills
    • Ability to work using own initiative and as part of a team
    • A natural ability for practical tasks

    You can view the full job description and employee specification below or can collect a copy from our reception. Please send your CV with a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the job description and employee specification to Chris Davis via email (chrisd@nurserymen.co.uk)  by Wednesday 31st August 2019.

    To view the employee specification please click here

    To view the full Job Description please click here

    Posted 9th Aug 8:55am
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  4. WANTED: Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

    WANTED: Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

    Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

    Location: Whixley HQ, York

    Hours: 39 hrs per week

    Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 16:30 Friday 08:00 – 15:30 but flexibility required

    Salary: circa £27,000 plus private Health Care

    We need someone who can manage and coordinate all our goods within our supply chain. This is an exciting and varied role, key to ensuring we are able to fulfil our customer’s service expectations.  You’ll be route planning our vehicles, managing the usage of our transport resources and working with all our stakeholders to ensure our products are where they should be at the required time.

    You must have:

    • Experience of transport planning and communicating directly with drivers
    • Experience of European logistics
    • The ability to work to deadlines and think on your feet when problems arise
    • Supervisory skills
    • Demonstrable knowledge of supply chain management

    Due to the nature of our business, the ability to work flexibly, both within the standard working day or week and beyond, and to participate in additional working as and when required is essential.

    You can view the full job description and employee specification below or can collect a copy from our reception. Please send your CV with a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the job description and employee specification to Chris Davis via email (chrisd@nurserymen.co.uk)  by Wednesday 21 August 2019.

    To view the employee specification please click here

    To view the full Job Description please click here

     

    Posted 8th Aug 3:28pm
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  5. Wholesale Xpress cash & carry celebrates its best trading year ever

    Wholesale Xpress cash & carry celebrates its best trading year ever

    Our Wholesale Xpress trade cash and carry division is celebrating its best year yet, following a 32% rise in revenue.

    The unit is run by a third-generation family member, Luke Richardson, and is a one-stop-shop for horticultural professionals in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.

    The cash and carry have seen revenue rise by 32% compared to the previous year and experienced a significant increase in customers. To further support the impressive business growth, Johnson’s have employed an additional two members of staff to fulfil the surge in demand.

    With only one year in the role as cash and carry manager, Luke Richardson said: “Revenue saw its biggest incline through spring, following small incremental improvements made to our quoting system, tills and the general appearance of the store. We also increased our product offering by 29% which resulted in the sale of a further 134,311 plants.

    “With our sights already set on next year, our focus is firmly on consolidation, given the uncertainty of Brexit and its potential knock-on effect to our industry”

    The trade cash & carry is located 2.5 miles from the A1, Junction 47 and offers a one-stop trade shop to landscape contractors and gardeners, garden designers, tree surgeons, estates, hotels, wedding venues, caravan parks and universities in Yorkshire and beyond.

    Supported by the wider nursery business and with strong links to UK & European suppliers, the trade cash and carry unit boasts a wide range of products including shrubs, herbaceous, trees, hedges, climbers and seasonal lines to suit all.

    A recent plant supply by the cash and carry included an impressive order of plants to restore the grounds of the new 5-star Grantley Hall Hotel. Varieties included a number of large topiary, including Fagus (Beech) domes and Buxus (Box) balls, as well as thousands of herbaceous, shrubs and grasses used for decorative borders, large hedging elements were also supplied to create partitions in the Hall’s gardens.

    You can read more about the Grantley Hall supply here

    Posted 7th Aug 2:38pm
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  6. Jobs to do in the garden this August

    Jobs to do in the garden this August

    Looking to keep busy in the garden this August? Here are the jobs you should be keeping on top of this month:

    1. Cut back the long whippy growth of Wisteria to within 3 buds of the old wood, if they are not required, to extend the area covered by the plant.
    2. Keep dead-heading the best flowering plants to encourage new flowers and stop them from setting seed. Apply a liquid feed as plants will require added nutrition to counter dry weather and heavy watering.
    3. Complete the lifting of last seasons’ bulbs and dry them off naturally in light woven sacks for maximum ventilation.
    4. Collect the seed of the plant which you wish to regenerate next year. Place a brown paper bag over the seed head and shake out contents as they become free. Save the seed in the fridge and sow next spring.
    5. Clean up and dispose of early fallen fruits, such as apples, to prevent disease spread.
    6.  Damp down greenhouse floors to maintain humidity, and don’t forget to open the vents to improve air circulation. It’s best to water early morning/late evening, and not in the heat of the sun. Close doors at night at the end of the month as conditions become cooler, but be sure to open up again the following morning.
    7.  A good time to clean the pond and the pump filter, and perhaps reduce the amount of oxygenating plants.  A fountain will help oxygenate the water for the benefit of fish.
    8. Trim lavenders after flowering but don’t cut into older wood.
    9. Towards the end of the month cut back the canes of fruited cane fruits to ground level, and tie in the young shoots which will provide next year’s harvest.
    10. Divide and replant rhizomatous Iris and layer carnations and pinks, pegging into the soil after carefully cracking a small section of the stem.
    11. Weed between alpines and top up the surface with grit or gravel. Take cuttings of Aubretia, dwarf helianthemums etc., root in a warm propagator.
    12. Continue to water recent new lawns. Probably better to leave laying or sowing a new lawn until next month when the weather is cooler.
    13. Watch out for pests and diseases, warm dry weather encourages mildew and aphids can rapidly increase in numbers. Treat with specific garden chemicals.

    Check out our previous months gardening reminders here

    Posted 2nd Aug 12:02pm
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  7. Beautifying a sloping garden with plants and hard landscaping in the Harrogate area

    Beautifying a sloping garden with plants and hard landscaping in the Harrogate area

    Our wholesale Xpress department recently supplied a selection of plants to enhance the hard landscaping of a sloping garden designed by LWB Landscapes in the Harrogate area.

    LWB Landscapes proved that a garden doesn’t need to be flat and spacious to be beautiful, dealing with a steep slope requires imaginative thinking, and, adding stone terraced flower beds, Indian stone paving and Oak sleepers they have created a beautiful layered garden.

    Using a simple mix of Buxus Sempervirens balls and cones, Lavender Hidcote, Convolvulus cneorum, Carex morrowii ‘Vanilla Ice’ and Pieris jap, we were able to bring the space to life, creating an enviable garden that will be loved for years to come.

    See below for before and after shots of the garden

    Before

    After

     

    This isn’t the only project our wholesale Xpress department has supplied in the Harrogate area; you can read about our supply to Grantley Hall here  and see how our plants helped celebrate Bowcliffe Hall’s Georgian splendour here .

     

    Posted 1st Aug 2:54pm
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