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  1. Johnsons help transform Growth Corridor

    Johnsons help transform Growth Corridor

    We are helping transform a major trunk road linking the East and West Midlands. Thousands of plants have been supplied for a new junction on the A50 in Staffordshire, created as part of a £40m regeneration project in Staffordshire. The Growth Cor...

    Posted 13th Mar 9:35am
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  2. Fresh scenery for Darwin Escapes' Sandymouth Holiday Resort

    Fresh scenery for Darwin Escapes' Sandymouth Holiday Resort

    Our Wholesale Commercial team do like to be beside the seaside – especially when supplying plants for an award-winning holiday development close to the beach at Bude, Cornwall. Over a period of six months, the team supplied plants worth more tha...

    Posted 13th Mar 9:06am
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  3. New sensory garden for Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough

    New sensory garden for Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough

    We have teamed up with local garden designer Lorna Batchelor to supply plants to a new sensory garden at the Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. The new sensory garden will create a safe place for students to learn and explore and i...

    Posted 7th Mar 1:26pm
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  4. New trees for Spinning Acres conservation area

    New trees for Spinning Acres conservation area

    We worked with client Brambledown Landscape Services to supply plants and trees for an exclusive £40m development within a secluded conservation area in Leeds. Spinning Acres, at Far Headingley, has transformed the six-acre former Tetley Hall U...

    Posted 6th Mar 9:21am
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  5. Mental Health Garden at Harrogate Flower Show 2019

    Mental Health Garden at Harrogate Flower Show 2019

    We are delighted to have sponsored the trees and plants for a display dedicated to mental health awareness at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show. The Mental Health Garden has been designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design and is proudly support...

    Posted 6th Mar 9:16am
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  6. Jobs to do in the garden this March

    Jobs to do in the garden this March

    Not sure what to do in the garden this month? here are some jobs to do in the garden this March. 1) Prune strong growing Buddleias down to about 18” for a good show by summer. Prune to 30-40” for a denser but weaker overall growth. 2) Prune...

    Posted 1st Mar 9:21am
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  7. Great for ground cover plants

    Great for ground cover plants

    Ground cover plants are a great addition to open landscapes and gardens of all sizes by filling in gaps and brightening up bare patches beneath trees. Here’s a list of our top six plants that will work in any environment. Alchemilla mollis has...

    Posted 11th Feb 8:47am
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  8. Plant supply for Darwin Escapes’ new lodge and retreat

    Plant supply for Darwin Escapes’ new lodge and retreat

    Our Wholesale Commercial team worked with Darwin Escapes to supply plants for a new lodge and retreat, the Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa. The new Norfolk complex, which opened in January, includes luxury self-catering lodges, many with their own ...

    Posted 11th Feb 8:26am
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  9. Johnsons freshen up the grounds of Omega plc’s warehouse

    Johnsons freshen up the grounds of Omega plc’s warehouse

    Our Wholesale Commercial team recently completed a project in supplying plants to Omega plc’s site at Capitol Park, Doncaster. Working alongside one of our long-term customers, Ashlea Ltd, we supplied over 6,000 shrubs grown on our nursery; incl...

    Posted 5th Feb 4:59pm
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  10. Meet our new sales executive, Hannah Smith

    Meet our new sales executive, Hannah Smith

    We recently welcomed a new face to our Wholesale Commercial team. Hannah Smith joined our sales team in January as a sales executive/administrator. Here’s what she had to say about her first two weeks at Johnsons of Whixley. 1. Welcome to the te...

    Posted 5th Feb 4:53pm
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  11. Jobs to do in the garden this February

    Jobs to do in the garden this February

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of February. 1) Cut back ornamental grasses. 2) Divide and replant Snowdrops as the flowers go over. 3) Clean out existing bird nesting boxes and put up new ones. 4) Take hardwood cuttings of forsy...

    Posted 4th Feb 8:00am
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  12. Jobs to do in the garden this January

    Jobs to do in the garden this January

    Jobs to do in the garden this January 1) Now is a really good time to tidy up the hellebores. Remove old leaves and make way for the Flowers, which will be with us shortly. Plant winter aconites to improve the early spring show. 2) Be sure and...

    Posted 9th Jan 12:55pm
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  13. Hedging for 365 days of the year

    Hedging for 365 days of the year

    Wanting a hedge 365 days of the year? An evergreen hedge provides structure and privacy throughout the year, here’s 6 of the best. Hedging for 365 days of the year 1. Prunus Rotundifolia - a vigorous, dense evergreen shrub suitable for almost...

    Posted 9th Jan 9:21am
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  14. Johnsons - Planting Trees for Bees

    Johnsons - Planting Trees for Bees

    Johnsons - Planting Trees for Bees When we think of plants for bees we naturally think of Lavender, Echinacea and other predominantly flowering species. Rarely, however, do we think of trees as a major source of pollen for bees. A tree is la...

    Posted 9th Jan 8:46am
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  15. Johnsons supply two award-winning developments

    Johnsons supply two award-winning developments

    Johnsons supply two award-winning developments via Plant Style Ltd We are proud to have supplied plants to two award-winning developments via Plant Style Ltd called ‘Great Kneighton, Trumpington, Cambridge’ and Tadpole Garden Village, Swindon,...

    Posted 12th Dec 11:48am
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  16. Win a bottle of Quixley Gin terms and conditions

    Win a bottle of Quixley Gin terms and conditions

    Win a bottle of 'Quixley Gin' Terms and conditions 1. The promotor is Johnsons of Whixley Ltd 2. Entrants must like the Johnsons of Whixley Facebook page and have liked and commented on the post as requested to be in for a chance to win. 3....

    Posted 7th Dec 2:34pm
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  17. Johnsons supply plants to £100 million infrastructure

    Johnsons supply plants to £100 million infrastructure

    Johnsons work with Whiting Landscape Ltd to supply plants to £100 million infrastructure. We have teamed up with Whiting Landscape Ltd to supply plants to East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park, a £100 million infrastructure by SEGRO and Roxhill. ...

    Posted 7th Dec 12:27pm
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  18. Employees reach 105 years of service combined

    Employees reach 105 years of service combined

    Four members of our staff have reached 105 years of service combined. Group Managing Director, Graham Richardson, has achieved 35 years with us, alongside assistant retail manager, Paul Lamb for as many years, as well as Adrian Price who has been ...

    Posted 7th Dec 11:53am
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  19. Welcome to the team Jozsef

    Welcome to the team Jozsef

    A warm welcome to Jozsef Szabo who joins the cash & carry team as Plant Centre Assistant. Jozsef’s role will include serving customers, helping load customer orders, helping put down stock and sales admin. Cash and Carry Manager, Luke Ric...

    Posted 6th Dec 2:11pm
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  20. A change of roles - Ellie Richardson

    A change of roles - Ellie Richardson

    A change of roles - Ellie Richardson Ellie is set to start a gradual withdrawal from her ‘Xpress Plant Centre” focus which will be complete by December 2018. As a victim of her own success Ellie assumes responsibility for Social Media, Webs...

    Posted 6th Dec 10:07am
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  21. December Gardening Reminders

    December Gardening Reminders

    Check out our gardening reminders for the month of December. 1) After a week of November rain, often heavy, fallen leaves are becoming a congealed mass in many garden corners. Try and clear them away to the compost heap before they start to rot an...

    Posted 5th Dec 12:48pm
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  22. Johnsons get into the ‘Christmas Spirit’ with a company gin!

    Johnsons get into the ‘Christmas Spirit’ with a company gin!

    Johnsons get into the ‘Christmas Spirit’ with a company gin! Following a successful project to develop corporate ales ‘Whixley Gold’ and ‘Copper Beech’, the next exciting step was the creation of our own high-quality London Dry Gin. ...

    Posted 4th Dec 4:27pm
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  23. Johnsons deliver Christmas trees to Spinningfields

    Johnsons deliver Christmas trees to Spinningfields

    Johnsons of Whixley have teamed up with award-winning landscaping firm, Ground Control Ltd, to supply and install Christmas trees to Spinningfields, Manchester. Spinningfields is one of Europe’s most successful urban regeneration projects. Home ...

    Posted 4th Dec 2:59pm
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  24. Trees for different locations

    Trees for different locations

    To celebrate National Tree Week (24th November to 2nd December), we have come up with some trees for different soils and locations. Clay soils – Malus John Downie Sandy Soils – Robinia Frisia Acid soils – Amelanchier lamarckii Wet soil ...

    Posted 23rd Nov 2:15pm
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  25. Johnsons trial plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

    Johnsons trial plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

    We are excited to be trialling a revolutionary new type of plant pot to fight the industry battle against plastic waste. The new taupe-coloured plant pots, in collaboration with pot manufacturer Aeroplas UK, are made from 98 per cent of recycled p...

    Posted 23rd Nov 2:04pm
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  26. Johnsons look back at supply to Glasgow Riverside Campus via Ashlea Ltd

    Johnsons look back at supply to Glasgow Riverside Campus via Ashlea Ltd

    To celebrate National Tree Week (24th November to 2nd December), we look back at the supply of a number of trees to Glasgow Riverside Campus via customer Ashlea Ltd in 2016. Glasgow Riverside Campus, situated at the edge of a major crossing at th...

    Posted 23rd Nov 1:04pm
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  27. Johnsons raise £300 for Children in Need

    Johnsons raise £300 for Children in Need

    We are proud to have raised £300 for Children in need on Friday 16th November. Staff raised the money by taking part in a ‘wear your pyjamas to work day’ where staff put in £1 for wearing pyjamas and £2 for those who didn’t, staff also ma...

    Posted 19th Nov 4:22pm
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  28. Johnsons work with Kingston Landscapes to supply BALI award winning inner-city development

    Johnsons work with Kingston Landscapes to supply BALI award winning inner-city development

    Johnsons of Whixley teamed up with award-winning landscaping firm, Kingston Landscape Group, to supply Colindale Gardens – a substantial inner-city re-development by Redrow Homes worth £1 billion located in the heart of North West London. The...

    Posted 15th Nov 10:59am
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  29. Johnsons supply large domestic garden via award winning garden designer Lizzie Tulip.

    Johnsons supply large domestic garden via award winning garden designer Lizzie Tulip.

    We have been working with Lizzie Tulip Garden Design to supply plants to a local large domestic garden, Lizzie Tulip Garden Design is a specialist design consultancy renowned for creating beautiful, stylish gardens. Based in Yorkshire, they work on p...

    Posted 14th Nov 3:48pm
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  30. Johnsons are crowned as one of the region’s best businesses for the second year running

    Johnsons are crowned as one of the region’s best businesses for the second year running

    We are proud to have been crowned as one of the region’s best businesses for the second year running. Compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press publication, the ‘York Top 100 Businesses’ report has...

    Posted 14th Nov 12:40pm
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  31. Remembrance Memories

    Remembrance Memories

    As the nation commemorated Remembrance Sunday, we wanted to share this piece from our Group Director, Graham Richardson, on the impact war hero, Eric Johnson, has made on our company – an impact we are truly grateful for and respectful of his remar...

    Posted 12th Nov 3:18pm
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  32. Karate kid Lewis ‘chops’ his way through competitions and gets Scottish call-up

    Karate kid Lewis ‘chops’ his way through competitions and gets Scottish call-up

    We caught up with Lewis Simpson, our sponsored Karate martial artist, to get the low down on a superb past few months of competitions. Lewis, who lives in Falkirk and trains in Dunfermline, has taken part in various events as part of his quest to ...

    Posted 9th Nov 9:48am
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  33. November Gardening Reminders

    November Gardening Reminders

    November Gardening Reminders 1) The earlier any winter digging can be done, the better, as this allows rain, snow, frost and ice to break down clods of soil and make cultivations in spring so much easier. 2) There is a current move towards ...

    Posted 5th Nov 9:58am
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  34. Johnsons Supply banking at Whinfell Forest Center Parcs

    Johnsons Supply banking at Whinfell Forest Center Parcs

    Johnsons Supply banking at Whinfell Forest Center Parcs We have been selected by Ashlea Ltd to supply over 250 10L shrubs to restore the waterfall banking at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Penrith. Whinfell Forest offers short breaks on the e...

    Posted 1st Nov 11:33am
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  35. Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night

    Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night

    Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night. We all love bonfire night however, this can be a dangerous time for hedgehogs. Here are a few tips to help protect them this year • If possible, build your bonfire on the day you are going to light i...

    Posted 1st Nov 9:46am
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  36. Johnsons Supply exciting new 5-star lodge and spa retreat

    Johnsons Supply exciting new 5-star lodge and spa retreat

    Johnsons of Whixley has been working with Darwin Escapes to supply plants to its newest lodge and spa retreat, Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa. The new Norfolk complex will open in January 2019 and will be bringing Darwin Escapes’ luxury accommo...

    Posted 30th Oct 1:41pm
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  37. Johnsons Supply Dream Wedding Venue in the Yorkshire Dales

    Johnsons Supply Dream Wedding Venue in the Yorkshire Dales

    Johnsons of Whixley Ltd (a commercial horticultural nursery based near York) have been supporting Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd in the supply or Trees & Shrubs to assist in the creation of a new outdoor space linked with the renovation of an origin...

    Posted 29th Oct 8:20am
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  38. Johnsons work with Ashlea Ltd and Green-tech to supply A21 Tonbridge

    Johnsons work with Ashlea Ltd and Green-tech to supply A21 Tonbridge

    We were selected by Ashlea Ltd in February 2017 to supply thousands of bare root hedging and trees to the new Tonbridge dual carriageway, Kent. This was part of the two-year, £70 million project which set to create a new dual carriageway to foll...

    Posted 26th Oct 3:51pm
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  39. New Dynamic Dispatch Duo

    New Dynamic Dispatch Duo

    Congratulations to Matt Campey who will be taking on a new role as Deputy Dispatch Manager from November 1st, this follows on from our new Dispatch Manager, Steve Morton, who took on the management role back in July this year. With over 12,000 del...

    Posted 26th Oct 8:14am
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  40. Johnsons make York’s top 100 businesses for second year running

    Johnsons make York’s top 100 businesses for second year running

    We are delighted to announce that we have made it into York’s top 100 businesses for the second year running. The list is compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press. Researches take an in depth look at...

    Posted 23rd Oct 2:36pm
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  41. National Apple Day

    National Apple Day

    The 21st October marks national Apple day and to celebrate we have listed some of our favourites for cooking, eating and for cider. For cooking • Granny Smith – great for baking whole, sweet and crisp with a green skin • Braeburn – mak...

    Posted 20th Oct 9:49am
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  42. Johnsons work with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply Saughton Park, Edinburgh

    Johnsons work with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply Saughton Park, Edinburgh

    We have been working with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply plants for the restoration of Saughton Park, Edinburgh. The £6.7 million renovation project began back in July 2017 and included the restoration of the walled garden, winter garden - includi...

    Posted 20th Oct 8:23am
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  43. Johnsons get green fingered for Greenfields community garden

    Johnsons get green fingered for Greenfields community garden

    Johnsons get green fingered for Greenfields community garden Staff from horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley got stuck in with their third volunteering project with York Cares on Thursday, 18th October. York Cares is a partnership of the...

    Posted 18th Oct 4:04pm
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  44. Johnsons Supply Morecambe Promenade's Wave Reflection

    Johnsons Supply Morecambe Promenade's Wave Reflection

    We were recently selected by Ashlea Ltd to supply a number of shrubs and grasses to Morecambe Promenade's Wave Reflection. Varieties included over 1,700 Pinus mugo ‘mops’ 2L, 400 santolina incana 2L, over 600 cortaderia pumila 2L, over 200 ph...

    Posted 15th Oct 1:25pm
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  45. Landscape architect training day

    Landscape architect training day

    We hosted our Landscape architect training day on Thursday, 4th October, where we invite landscape architects and garden designers for a free one-day course to help broaden their knowledge of plants, planting and to gain an insight into what we do. ...

    Posted 12th Oct 2:16pm
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  46. Plant donation for Love Your Home and Garden

    Plant donation for Love Your Home and Garden

    Earlier on in the year we teamed up with the Love Your Home and Garden team to supply a number of plants to the value of over £600. The supply was for a single mum and her severely disabled son in Mansfield. Josh is 16 and the equipment he needs ...

    Posted 11th Oct 2:25pm
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  47. Another new face

    Another new face

    A warm welcome to Tom Watkins who joins the Johnsons of Whixley team as part of a two year management trainee programme which Johnsons hopes will provide a vocational platform from which the business’s future leaders can emerge. 1. Where did you...

    Posted 10th Oct 9:39am
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  48. October Gardening Reminders

    October Gardening Reminders

    Check out our gardening reminders for the month of October. 1) Autumn colours are almost always at their best for the next six weeks, and the relatively dry September and the colder nights will continue to develop the colours. For one of th...

    Posted 8th Oct 11:15am
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  49. Welcome to the team George Metcalfe

    Welcome to the team George Metcalfe

    We would like to welcome George Metcalfe to the team who joins us as part of a two year management trainee programme which Johnsons hopes will provide a vocational platform from which the business’s future leaders can emerge. 1. Have you had any...

    Posted 5th Oct 3:49pm
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  50. Join the team - we're hiring

    Join the team - we're hiring

    Location: York Hours: 39 hrs per week Monday to Thursday 8.30-4.30, Friday 8.00-3.30 but flexibility required Salary: £18-20k dependent on experience. Johnsons of Whixley is a Wholesale Plant Nursery situated in the Vale York, 2 miles off the...

    Posted 5th Oct 2:42pm
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  51. Trees for bees – how Johnsons is keeping the bee community ‘abuzz’

    Trees for bees – how Johnsons is keeping the bee community ‘abuzz’

    When we think of plants for bees we naturally think of Lavender, Echinacea and other predominantly flowering species, rarely however, do we think of trees as a major source of pollen. A tree is larger in size and therefore has lots more flower hea...

    Posted 4th Oct 5:00pm
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  52. Johnsons raise £350 for Macmillan

    Johnsons raise £350 for Macmillan

    Johnsons raise £350 for Macmillan On Friday the 28th September we raised £350 for Macmillan’s biggest coffee morning by hosting our very own ‘Nursery bake off’ where staff brought in cakes for judging. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize were up f...

    Posted 2nd Oct 11:47am
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  53. Johnsons go the extra mile to support boy battling illness

    Johnsons go the extra mile to support boy battling illness

    We have quite literally gone the extra mile to support a project aiming to improve the quality of life for a young boy suffering from bacterial meningitis. Dexter Summerscales-Heard lives with his family in Woking, and Johnsons has teamed up with ...

    Posted 2nd Oct 11:05am
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  54. Hedges for full sun

    Hedges for full sun

    For hedges in full sun you also need to consider if the plant will be drought tolerant. This means the plants can handle being in direct sunlight for longer periods of time. Here are some of our top favourites: Prunus spinosa, more commonly know...

    Posted 25th Sep 9:58am
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  55. Hedging for an exposed site

    Hedging for an exposed site

    As well as challenging exposure to wind and rain, hedges can protect more delicate plants from coastal sea spray and snow drifts. Native hedging plants are great for use in this instance as they can establish the best of their situation. Try – A...

    Posted 25th Sep 9:55am
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  56. Johnsons helps keep village’s mining heritage alive with plant supply

    Johnsons helps keep village’s mining heritage alive with plant supply

    We have supplied more than £5,000 worth of plants to help renovate a local community garden. 1,000 plants, including shrubs, grasses and trees, were planted by a team of volunteers in Pegswood, Northumberland, on the grounds at the junction of Fr...

    Posted 25th Sep 9:29am
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  57. New till system for cash & carry

    New till system for cash & carry

    As part of our ongoing investment programme we have recently concluded a project to update our Plant Centre EPOS (Electronic point of sale) Software. Our new iVend software offers improved functionality, an improved interface and greater compatibilit...

    Posted 12th Sep 2:57pm
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  58. Conifers for every garden

    Conifers for every garden

    Conifers for every garden When conifers are mentioned, most people think of the large overgrown hedges which can become the source of arguments between neighbours. However, this conifer week, we will be looking at how they can be used in all garde...

    Posted 12th Sep 2:25pm
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  59. Hedging for shade

    Hedging for shade

    Hedging for shade Some plants can survive with only a few hours of sun a day, whether that be early morning or late evening. Shade can be caused by a number of reasons, but to help your plants grow, plant with rootgrow to help the plant establish ...

    Posted 12th Sep 2:14pm
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  60. Hedging for small gardens

    Hedging for small gardens

    Hedging for small gardens In small gardens, most people favour a wall or fence, however these are plants that can create privacy or a boundary without taking over too much room. 1. Buxus sempervirens are a great low growing hedging plant that o...

    Posted 12th Sep 2:11pm
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  61. 6 reasons to love and protect bees

    6 reasons to love and protect bees

    Here are 6 reasons why you should love and protect bees this National Honey Month. 1) 1 out of 3 bites of food is originally sourced from a bee-pollinated plant. 2) Bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants on earth. 3) Bees have been producing pl...

    Posted 7th Sep 9:17am
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  62. Plants good enough for Alan

    Plants good enough for Alan

    We recently donated over £500 worth of plants to ITV’s Love Your Garden. Plants included Lavenders, Geraniums, Alchemilla, grasses and many more varieties. The team transformed Jim Cowlings’ garden in the Yorkshire Dales into a personal ...

    Posted 5th Sep 3:47pm
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  63. Q&A with our beekeeper for National Honey Month

    Q&A with our beekeeper for National Honey Month

    To celebrate National Honey Month this September, we asked Keith Simmonds from Harrogate Beekeepers Association, who looks after our onsite apiary, some questions. 1) How many years have you been a beekeeper and what do you like most about it? I ...

    Posted 5th Sep 8:00am
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  64. September Gardening Reminders

    September Gardening Reminders

    September 2018 1) August has been another dry month here in North Yorkshire, we had a few showers and some prolonged rain on the 26th/27th, but not enough serious volumes to replenish the water table. Just that fresh feeling in the mornings now...

    Posted 1st Sep 11:14am
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  65. Six blooms for bees

    Six blooms for bees

    Want to attract bee's to your garden? Here's six great blooms to do just that. 1) Lavender is one of a bees favourites, largely because of their bright purple tones as bees see this colour more clearly. A two year study at Sussex University found ...

    Posted 1st Sep 8:10am
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  66. Six great plants to keep the weeds at bay

    Six great plants to keep the weeds at bay

    Are weeds taking over your garden? If you choose ground cover plants they will naturally smother weeds, they cover the ground and don’t leave any spaces where weeds can grow. Here are six great plants to keep the weeds at bay. 1) Alchemilla...

    Posted 23rd Aug 1:07pm
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  67. Well done Marcin

    Well done Marcin

    Well done to Marcin on his new role as Production admin. 1) Congratulations on your new role, how will you be celebrating? I’m not going to do anything. 2) What does your new role involve? • responsibilities for stock count, stock tran...

    Posted 15th Aug 8:18am
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  68. National Allotment Week

    National Allotment Week

    Check out our allotment tips for national allotment week. •Crop rotation – this is a great practice to follow which helps with soil fertility, weed control and pest and disease control. Split your plot into sections depending on how much of o...

    Posted 13th Aug 2:35pm
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  69. Congratulations Luke

    Congratulations Luke

    Congratulations to Luke Richardson who has now taken on the role of cash & carry manager. 1.How many years have you worked at Johnson’s? 12 Years in varying different positions. My last role was in Amenity Sales managing southern accounts wh...

    Posted 8th Aug 2:59pm
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  70. Johnsons of Whixley supply garden display for global coffee brand

    Johnsons of Whixley supply garden display for global coffee brand

    Johnsons of Whixley supply garden display for global coffee brand. We have worked with a promotional equipment specialist to deliver a UK pop-up brand promotion for a world-renowned coffee brand. We supplied over £7,000 worth of plants and mat...

    Posted 8th Aug 10:54am
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  71. August Gardening Reminders

    August Gardening Reminders

    Here's our gardening reminders for the month of August: 1) Now is the last chance to prune stone fruits such as cherries and plums. Choose a dry day in order to prevent disease entry through the wound. If you have peaches or apricots under protec...

    Posted 8th Aug 10:42am
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  72. Outdoor watering

    Outdoor watering

    Suggestions relating to watering outdoor plants in dry weather. Drought (the definition for a gardener): drought is considered to occur in a garden when the soil moisture in the plant root zone is exhausted and the plants wilt. A continuous perio...

    Posted 26th Jul 12:02pm
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  73. Late flowering perennials

    Late flowering perennials

    Want a good selection of late flowering perennials? Choose from these flowers that are sure to see you through until the end of summer. 1) Rudbeckia 'Little Gold Star' - a compact Rudbeckia standing at 50cm high, these plants will last you all th...

    Posted 24th Jul 2:55pm
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  74. New Despatch Manager

    New Despatch Manager

    Congratulations to Steve Morton on his new role of Despatch Manager. 1. How many years have you worked for the company? I have worked here for 20 years, starting in 1998 and working towards an NVQ Level 2 in nursery stock. 2. What previous ro...

    Posted 16th Jul 10:53am
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  75. Get a lawn as good as a golf course

    Get a lawn as good as a golf course

    To celebrate the British Open Golf tournament this week, we have come up with some tips to help you get a lawn as good as a golf course. A regular maintenance programme will help avoid the need to renovate later. 1) Mowing – this should be ...

    Posted 16th Jul 10:21am
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  76. How we are helping the bees

    How we are helping the bees

    How we are helping the bees 1) Our plants and trees provide pollen and shelter throughout the seasons. 2) We grow 100’s of varieties of plants that are good pollinators including lavenders, Echinacea’s, Buddleia and many more. 3) Our onsi...

    Posted 16th Jul 9:39am
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  77. New Cash & Carry Manager

    New Cash & Carry Manager

    Robert Richardson will be leaving his role as Cash and Carry Manager on the 14th July 2018 as he moves to another area of the business. Robert will be replaced by Luke Richardson-previously Johnsons of Whixley’s southern area sales rep. Rober...

    Posted 6th Jul 11:24am
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  78. Drought tolerant plants

    Drought tolerant plants

    Drought tolerant plants With the current challenging conditions that gardeners face, it may be time to consider changing plants to cope with the climate change. Considerations: Use plants with silver or grey-green leaves, as these reflect the su...

    Posted 5th Jul 9:17am
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  79. Johnsons helps beautify Exhibition Square as part of Bloom Festival

    Johnsons helps beautify Exhibition Square as part of Bloom Festival

    Johnsons of Whixley has loaned £5,000 worth of plants to the upcoming Bloom Festival, to help beautify York’s Exhibition Square. The plants were delivered on the morning of the 4 July, ahead of the Festival, which runs between 5 and 7 July, and...

    Posted 5th Jul 9:14am
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  80. White for Wimbledon

    White for Wimbledon

    This week marks the start of Wimbledon and to celebrate we have put together a list of six of our favourite white plants that are flowering now. 1) Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ has a lovely fragrance with flowers up to 5cm across. Suitable in ...

    Posted 5th Jul 9:12am
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  81. July Gardening Reminders

    July Gardening Reminders

    Here are our gardening reminders for the month of July: 1) July is set to be the driest month ever recorded in the UK. Water is best applied to plants in the form of a good soak, and not a spray over, which evaporates in no time at all, and little...

    Posted 4th Jul 9:55am
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  82. Johnsons help staff beat the heat

    Johnsons help staff beat the heat

    We have pulled out all the stops to help staff beat the heat during the latest heatwave sweeping the UK. We have purchased and installed freezers at key locations through our 200-acre site – and filled them with complimentary ice creams and ice ...

    Posted 2nd Jul 9:13am
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  83. York Cares volunteering

    York Cares volunteering

    York Cares volunteering We recently offered support to this year’s York Cares initiative that aims to improve outdoor spaces at various local community organisations. Johnsons of Whixley staff members Ellie Richardson, Corrina Mills, Vicky Ne...

    Posted 2nd Jul 9:05am
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  84. Procurement Manager wanted

    Procurement Manager wanted

    Procurement Manager Salary £27k 39 hours per week Johnsons of Whixley Ltd is situated in the Vale of York and is one of the largest Wholesale Plant Nurseries in the Country delivering plants all over the UK and Northern Ireland. We prid...

    Posted 2nd Jul 8:27am
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  85. Bee population grows

    Bee population grows

    Last week, staff member Ellie Richardson gained a close insight into activity within the apiary and discovered that site now houses more than 200,000 bees. The Johnsons site is perfect for bees as it provides foraging within the surrounding countrys...

    Posted 26th Jun 2:47pm
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  86. Johnsons of Whixley were proud to be sponsors of the Balloon Raffle

    Johnsons of Whixley were proud to be sponsors of the Balloon Raffle

    Johnsons of Whixley were proud to be sponsors of the Balloon Raffle at the Sir Ogden Macmillan Centre’s recent charity ball. More than £26,000 was raised towards funding cancer treatments and provide vital supportive services for Harrogate’s ...

    Posted 22nd Jun 9:58am
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  87. Half a dozen home-grown flowers to mark British Flowers Week

    Half a dozen home-grown flowers to mark British Flowers Week

    To mark British Flowers Week, we’ve published a list of six of our favourite Briitish flowers that we enjoying seeing across the country throughout the year. 1. Bluebells - The UK is home to about half of the world’s bluebell population, which...

    Posted 20th Jun 4:35pm
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  88. Johnsons celebrates the spirit of the volunteer

    Johnsons celebrates the spirit of the volunteer

    Johnsons of Whixley is marking National Volunteers’ Week by helping adults with learning difficulties learn new horticultural skills. Our very own Ellie Richardson recently spent a day working with Horticap, a charity that provides adults with l...

    Posted 5th Jun 3:17pm
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  89. June Gardening Reminders

    June Gardening Reminders

    Here are our gardening reminders for the month of June: 1) Continue mowing established lawns frequently. Raise the blades a little in very dry weather. Treat with weed killer if necessary. Remember to water new lawns in very dry weather. Conside...

    Posted 5th Jun 8:30am
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  90. World Environment Day

    World Environment Day

    To mark World Environment Day on the 5th June, Johnsons is proud to list some of the ways we help make a positive contribution to the world around us: • We achieved BS8555 ‘Development of Systems leading to full Environmental System’ in 2006...

    Posted 4th Jun 8:41am
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  91. Johnsons welcomes three new starters

    Johnsons welcomes three new starters

    Johnsons of Whixley has strengthened its workforce with the addition of three new staff members. The new starters will occupy roles across the business as Johnsons continues its growth following a highly-successful last 12 months, during which the...

    Posted 1st Jun 4:51pm
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  92. Why Butterflies are important

    Why Butterflies are important

    To mark National Butterfly Awareness Day on Saturday, Johnsons of Whixley shares six reasons why we should all try to protect our winged friends: 1. Butterflies are great for educational purposes. Their life cycles are fascinating and watching the...

    Posted 31st May 3:29pm
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  93. Gardening with children

    Gardening with children

    Want to include your child in your next Saturday afternoon in the garden? Here are our top tips to get them interested. 1. Choose flowers that are easy to grow from seed like sunflowers, poppies and marigolds. This will encourage your child and sh...

    Posted 29th May 10:29am
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  94. Great plants for children

    Great plants for children

    Want to get your kids excited about gardening? Here are our top six plants 1) Echinacea Magnus – its bright pink flowers are sure to attract bees and butterflies, which is great when teaching your child all about pollination. They will also look...

    Posted 25th May 4:30pm
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  95. Johnsons lends a hand to help deliver Yorkshire garden at Chelsea Flower Show

    Johnsons lends a hand to help deliver Yorkshire garden at Chelsea Flower Show

    Johnsons of Whixley has assisted with the transportation of materials from North Yorkshire to London for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Johnsons helped transport a turf for the garden from York, which will be used in the Welcome to Yorks...

    Posted 22nd May 4:07pm
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  96. How to create a Chelsea garden

    How to create a Chelsea garden

    Feeling inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show this week? Here are’s some plants to create that ‘Chelsea’ feel. 1) Digitalis is available in an array of fantastic colours and are sure to impress the neighbours through May – July.They prefer ...

    Posted 17th May 1:14pm
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  97. May Gardening Reminders

    May Gardening Reminders

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of May: 1) Plants should be staked before they become too big and start to flop. Methods to use include pea sticks, bending the tops across at the top to form a canopy, upright canes around each c...

    Posted 3rd May 4:05pm
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  98. Donating plants to two award winning Harrogate Flower Show gardens

    Donating plants to two award winning Harrogate Flower Show gardens

    We have donated £600 worth of plants to two gold award winning gardens at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. We donated £300 worth of plants to the charity Horticap’s ‘All Characters Great & Small’ show garden, and £300 worth of shrubs...

    Posted 2nd May 4:13pm
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  99. National Garden Meditation Day

    National Garden Meditation Day

    Thursday is National Garden Meditation Day and to mark this we have created an infographic on why gardening is good for the mind, see our reasons below. 1) Gardening is great for the mind and is a mood booster. Being busy in the garden keeps your ...

    Posted 30th Apr 11:35am
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  100. We’ve been shortlisted for a Horticulture Week Business Award!

    We’ve been shortlisted for a Horticulture Week Business Award!

    We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for a Horticulture Week Business Award in the Best Sales or Marketing Campaign category. The prestigious awards honour and support the extraordinary work and achievements of businesses operating across th...

    Posted 26th Apr 1:39pm
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  101. The Spirit of the Nurseryman

    The Spirit of the Nurseryman

    BBC Look North's Harry Gration this week helped unveil a statue commemorating Chairman John Richardson's more than 60 years' service to the industry. The statue, named ‘The Spirit of the Nurseryman’, has been created by wire sculptor Derek Kin...

    Posted 25th Apr 4:19pm
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  102. Farewell to Andy Hedech

    Farewell to Andy Hedech

    Andy Hedech will be leaving our team as he retires after working at Johnsons for 16 years. We would like to thank him for all of his hard work and dedication to his role, we all wish you the best for retirement. Here's what he had to say about ret...

    Posted 25th Apr 2:53pm
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  103. Welcome to the team Simon

    Welcome to the team Simon

    We would like to welcome Simon Harrison to the Johnsons Of Whixley team. Simon joins our incoming goods team which is quite the change from his 20 years as a chef In the NHS. Simon’s role will include unloading incoming deliveries, checking off inc...

    Posted 18th Apr 12:32pm
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  104. Welcome to the team Alice

    Welcome to the team Alice

    We would like to welcome Alice Knowles to the cash & carry team. Alice joins us from RHS Harlow Carr and has a great plant knowledge behind her, Alice will be working front of house on the cash & carry dealing with customer enquiries in perso...

    Posted 16th Apr 9:56am
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  105. 2017-18 Winter Challenges

    2017-18 Winter Challenges

    This last winter has really been one of opposites compared with those of the previous few years. After several winters of no frost at all until Christmas, we hit low temperatures and frost in November and December which created real problems when...

    Posted 11th Apr 3:52pm
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  106. National Siblings Day

    National Siblings Day

    To mark National Siblings Day on Tuesday 10th April, we’re celebrating the brothers and sisters who work together here at Johnsons of Whixley. Our workforce is made up of 100 employees, which includes three generations of the Richardson family, ...

    Posted 10th Apr 11:48am
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  107. Creating a bee friendly garden

    Creating a bee friendly garden

    1) Add nectar and pollen rich flowers to your garden including varieties such as Lavender, eryngium, heather, Ivy, Mahonia, Geranium, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Salvia and many other varieties. 2) Small garden? No problem, plant up seasonal containers...

    Posted 9th Apr 8:20am
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  108. Creating a Dog friendly garden

    Creating a Dog friendly garden

    Creating a Dog friendly garden 1) There are lots of plants in your garden that are potentially harmful to your dog if eaten including daffodils, Tulips, foxgloves, delphinium and yew. Either replace them with more suitable plants or make sure you...

    Posted 6th Apr 3:07pm
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  109. The benefits of gardening

    The benefits of gardening

    It’s National Garden Month and to celebrate we have shared some of the benefits of gardening. 1) Spending time in the garden provides sunlight which in turn gives you some much needed vitamin D. 2) Gardening for several hours a week could hel...

    Posted 6th Apr 2:57pm
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  110. We’re backing an Olympic Karate hopeful

    We’re backing an Olympic Karate hopeful

    We are sponsoring 16-year-old Karate martial artist, Lewis Simpson, on his quest to compete at the Olympic Games. Lewis, who lives in Falkirk and trains in Dunfermline, recently represented Scotland in the European Under-21s Championship in Sochi...

    Posted 3rd Apr 1:23pm
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  111. April Gardening Reminders

    April Gardening Reminders

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of April 1) Prune early flowering shrubs after flowering is over. 2) Prune foliage shrubs when cut foliage is required later in the year. 3) Mulch shrubs when weather begins to warm up, but not deep...

    Posted 30th Mar 10:47am
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  112. Chris Myers’ guest blog: Making plans for 2018 and the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    Chris Myers’ guest blog: Making plans for 2018 and the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    Chris Myers is an RHS Gold Medal-winning designer, TV presenter and off-grid gardener Together with my team of merry helpers, we build the gardens I design, as well as helping to maintain and develop other gardens of varying maturity. The perio...

    Posted 22nd Mar 4:46pm
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  113. How to attract butterflies to your garden

    How to attract butterflies to your garden

    Want to attract butterflies to your garden? 1) “Butterflies like a lot of sunlight”! Be sure to choose plants that do well in full sun like Echinacea, Verbena and Lavender. 2) Do choose native and non-native plants to encourage different butt...

    Posted 20th Mar 6:50pm
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  114. Plants for Butterflies

    Plants for Butterflies

    To celebrate butterfly week we thought we would share some of a butterflies favourite plants. It is said that 70% of the UK’S butterfly population are in decline. By planting some of these you could help save butterflies from any further decline. ...

    Posted 12th Mar 6:07pm
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  115. International Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day

    To mark International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the women in our business and are exploring the role of women in horticulture today. International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year to commemorate the movement for women's...

    Posted 8th Mar 11:29am
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  116. Congratulations Terry

    Congratulations Terry

    Congratulations to Terry Cooper who has taken on the system support assistant role and will be working alongside IT Manager Darren Earle. Where did you work prior to Johnsons? I’ve done quite a bit, worked as an engraver with my uncle for a ...

    Posted 6th Mar 11:17am
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  117. March Gardening Reminders

    March Gardening Reminders

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of March 1) Prune strong growing Buddleias down to about 18” for a good show by summer. Prune to 30-40” for a denser but weaker overall growth. 2) Prune decorative Cornus and S...

    Posted 6th Mar 10:20am
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  118. Employee Appreciation Day

    Employee Appreciation Day

    To mark Employee Appreciation Day, some of our members of staff have shared with us what they enjoy about working at Johnsons of Whixley and how the business has supported them in their career. Group Managing Director Graham Richardson said " In a...

    Posted 2nd Mar 8:56am
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  119. Snow closure

    Snow closure

    The business will close at 12pm on Friday 2nd March due to the ongoing impact of heavy snow, low temperatures and a very challenging working environment. The cash & carry will also be closed on Saturday 3rd March. We will re-open on Monday 5t...

    Posted 1st Mar 11:40am
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  120. The bare root and root ball ‘clock’ is ticking

    The bare root and root ball ‘clock’ is ticking

    The bare root and root ball ‘clock’ is ticking - only a month left to go! Here are our reasons for planting during the bare root and root ball season:- 1) 9 out of 10 times a bareroot & root ball hedge or tree will be cheaper than it i...

    Posted 1st Mar 11:34am
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  121. Plants for a cottage garden

    Plants for a cottage garden

    Ever wanted to create a cottage garden? Here’s our top 6 plants to create that cottage garden feel. 1) Digitalis offer height with their long tubular bells in bright colours that offer a fantastic feast to bees. Digitalis flower from June – J...

    Posted 20th Feb 1:12pm
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  122. Restoring Terry’s Factory to its former glory

    Restoring Terry’s Factory to its former glory

    We have supplied a range of trees and shrubs totalling £20,000 to a recently-completed residential development on an iconic site in York. The work is part of the conversion of the Grade 11 listed Terry’s Factory. The art deco building, which wi...

    Posted 16th Feb 11:27am
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  123. We’ve completed our supply to an award-winning retail project

    We’ve completed our supply to an award-winning retail project

    We have completed the supply of a range of more than 20 varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants to a landscape upgrade scheme at the Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre. Following a competitive tender process, we secured the five-figure contract to sup...

    Posted 15th Feb 11:24am
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  124. Supplying stock to the new Manchester Airport link road

    Supplying stock to the new Manchester Airport link road

    We have supplied a range of trees, plants and grasses as part of the construction of a new £15m link road at Manchester Airport. The products were supplied to the new Enterprise Way at Airport City North throughout the month of November, in partn...

    Posted 15th Feb 11:21am
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  125. Plants for a fragrant garden

    Plants for a fragrant garden

    Ever wanted to create a ‘fragrant garden’ but not sure what to plant? Check out our guide below. 1) Lavender has been used for thousands of years for its scent in the garden including its use for essentials oils. It has also been used for man...

    Posted 12th Feb 8:58am
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  126. Welcome to the team Laura

    Welcome to the team Laura

    Congratulations to Laura Holmes who has joined the sales team as a Sales Administrator from her previous HR admin role at the City of York Council, here’s what she had to say about her new job. 1) Where did you work prior to Johnsons? City of Y...

    Posted 8th Feb 2:09pm
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  127. Helping to refresh Harrogate’s Valley Gardens

    Helping to refresh Harrogate’s Valley Gardens

    Johnsons of Whixley has supplied more than £3,000 worth of plants as part of the ongoing Heritage lottery funded restoration of Harrogate’s grade II listed Valley Gardens. The horticultural nursery, which is based equidistant between York and H...

    Posted 8th Feb 9:13am
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  128. We’ve supplied plants to the ‘Best Large Park in Britain’

    We’ve supplied plants to the ‘Best Large Park in Britain’

    We’re proud to have supplied our stock to a holiday resort which has been awarded as the ‘Best Large Park in Britain 2017’. We supplied 346 trees and 15,000 hedge, shrub and herbaceous plants to Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat in the Lake Distri...

    Posted 8th Feb 9:05am
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  129. National Bird Feeding Month

    National Bird Feeding Month

    Its national bird feeding month so we have come up with some plants that are guaranteed to encourage birds into your garden! 1) Holly (Ilex) is definitely a bird’s favourite. Its dense prickly leaves offer windproof shelter along with berries for ...

    Posted 6th Feb 12:51pm
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  130. Haggerston Castle

    Haggerston Castle

    We have completed a three year long project supplying plants to a Northumberland Holiday Park, supplying plants to two landscaping and construction companies as part of a major long-term project at Haggerston Castle. The first phase of stock inclu...

    Posted 4th Feb 1:02pm
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  131. Creating a bird friendly garden

    Creating a bird friendly garden

    Want to create a bird friendly garden but not sure how? Check out our guide below. 1) Grasses not only provide cover their seed heads provide food and material for birds’ nests. 2) Providing birds with a feeder encourages them into your garden...

    Posted 22nd Jan 4:02pm
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  132. My old village

    My old village

    Hi I’m Chris, I’m a garden designer & together with my team of merry helpers we build the gardens I design, maintain them & maintain & develop other gardens of varying maturity. I grew up in a small rural village in North Yorkshire...

    Posted 15th Jan 11:13am
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  133. Honey bees during winter

    Honey bees during winter

    We have had our first batch of honey and haven’t seen our bees for some months. But what are our bees getting up to during the winter months? During the winter months honey bees form a winter cluster that aims to last all winter. The worker bees ...

    Posted 8th Jan 11:45am
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  134. January 2018 Gardening Reminders

    January 2018 Gardening Reminders

    1) Rake dead leaves out of ponds to prevent water stagnating. 2) Plant winter aconites. 3) Remove dead and dying foliage from hellebores. 4) Plant fruit trees and cane fruits, mulch newly planted trees (do not build compost up around the trunks of...

    Posted 4th Jan 12:46pm
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  135. Christmas Opening Hours

    Christmas Opening Hours

    Christmas Opening Hours Thursday 21st December open 8 am - 12pm Closed from Friday 22nd December - Wednesday 3rd January Thursday 4th January open as normal 8am - 4.30pm Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your co...

    Posted 19th Dec 2:55pm
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  136. Nursery Jottings No.19

    Nursery Jottings No.19

    The weather has been very variable over the last month, and we have had at least 2 or 3 frosts in the morning, this is very different to recent years when the first frosts have not occurred until late December. The total rainfall for the month has be...

    Posted 16th Dec 10:37am
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  137. New renovations at York Cemetery revealed

    New renovations at York Cemetery revealed

    We have helped renovate areas of York Cemetery, with the help of garden designer Lizzie Tulip. Lizzie Tulip is a Chelsea Flower Show Medal winner, who has served as a trustee for the Cemetery for the last four years and helped shape the landscape ...

    Posted 7th Dec 8:57am
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  138. December Gardening Reminders

    December Gardening Reminders

    1) Plant fruit trees, bushes and trees in fertile soil and stake trees firmly. 2) Apply substantial mulch to borderline hardy herbaceous plants such as Agapanthus,dahlias, Phygelius, and Penstemon. 3) Continue to take hardwood cuttings of a ran...

    Posted 4th Dec 11:00am
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  139. Chris Myers Blog: Thinking outside the box helps deliver woodland walk

    Chris Myers Blog: Thinking outside the box helps deliver woodland walk

    By Chris Myers RHS Gold Medal Winning Designer, TV Presenter, Off Grid Dweller @digchrismyers As any garden designer or landscaper will tell you, what we do involves the use and understanding of a vast amount of skills. Landscape creation oft...

    Posted 28th Nov 12:11pm
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  140. We’ve collected our first batch of honey!

    We’ve collected our first batch of honey!

    We’re delighted to have collected our first batch of honey, after installing an on-site apiary earlier this year. After recognising the important role that bees play in the UK’s natural eco-system, we partnered with Harrogate and Ripon Beekeep...

    Posted 28th Nov 11:57am
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  141. Johnsons plays key role in boosting UK tree population

    Johnsons plays key role in boosting UK tree population

    We’ve grown and supplied more than 2.5 million trees during the last 12 months, placing us as one of the UK’s biggest net contributors to the nation’s tree population. This week is National Tree Week (25 November – 3 December) which is org...

    Posted 27th Nov 4:06pm
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  142. Johnsons counting down to BALI National Landscape Awards

    Johnsons counting down to BALI National Landscape Awards

    Johnsons of Whixley will be in attendance at the upcoming BALI National Landscape Awards. The Awards will be held on Friday 1st December at Grosvenor House in London. Organised by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and deliv...

    Posted 23rd Nov 9:28am
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  143. Current job vacancies

    Current job vacancies

    Johnsons of Whixley currently has vacancies for three positions: Key Accounts Manager This vacancy is for a driven and proven sales professional, who will assume the role as Key Accounts Manager and have responsibility for annual sales of £2m....

    Posted 21st Nov 9:03am
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  144. Johnsons hits the national headlines!

    Johnsons hits the national headlines!

    Johnsons of Whixley has completed a publicity hat-trick of items in the national media. Our garden centre sales manager, Mark Reynard, featured on Channel 5’s national news bulletin in September, as part of the programme’s coverage of Brexit. ...

    Posted 17th Nov 3:55pm
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  145. Johnsons to attend Landscape Institute Awards

    Johnsons to attend Landscape Institute Awards

    Johnsons of Whixley will be in attendance at the upcoming Landscape Institute Awards. The Landscape Institute Awards will be held on Thursday 23rd November at The Brewery in Central London. The event, which will be hosted by best-selling author...

    Posted 15th Nov 4:25pm
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  146. Congratulations Corrina

    Congratulations Corrina

    Congratulations to Corrina Mills who has joined the sales team as a Sales administrator from her previous role a Receptionist administrator. The role will include assisting the sales reps with quotes, telephone calls, logging complaints and much more...

    Posted 15th Nov 11:08am
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  147. Tree size guide

    Tree size guide

    Not sure what size tree you need this bare root and root ball season? Check out our tree size guide above. Note: Girth is measured as circumference at 1m high. For example a 6-8cm Girth Tree is a hefty broom handle thickness. ...

    Posted 15th Nov 10:58am
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  148. Reasons to plant a bare root or root ball hedge

    Reasons to plant a bare root or root ball hedge

    There are lots of compelling reasons to plant a bare root or root ball hedge, see some of our reasons below. Save Money – Planting a bare root or root ball hedge is usually much cheaper than planting an equivalent container grown hedge. Att...

    Posted 7th Nov 12:05pm
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  149. We helped to kick-start Leeds City Council’s new nursery

    We helped to kick-start Leeds City Council’s new nursery

    Our Garden Centre Sales division has supplied approximately 64 trolleys worth of stock to The Arium in Leeds, a new City Council led initiative to provide horticultural support to all areas of Leeds. The Arium is the name for the newly-opened Leed...

    Posted 1st Nov 11:16am
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  150. Will robots replace people in production nurseries?

    Will robots replace people in production nurseries?

    Our Production Manager Ian Nelson has shared his thoughts on robotics in production nurseries. “Will robots replace people in production nurseries? Eventually - Yes. When – not so sure. This is an area where we have a lot of interest and w...

    Posted 1st Nov 11:13am
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  151. We’re the Harrogate Advertiser’s ‘winning team’!

    We’re the Harrogate Advertiser’s ‘winning team’!

     We’re delighted to be the Harrogate Advertiser’s ‘winning team’ this week. Each week the newspaper selects a local business to be celebrated as its winning team, and this week the Harrogate Advertiser team chose our fantastic team. ...

    Posted 31st Oct 4:42pm
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  152. November Gardening Reminders

    November Gardening Reminders

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of November. 1) Remove fallen leaves from herbaceous beds and lawns to prevent rotting and discourage slugs. 2) Dig areas to be sown with annuals next year, leave it rough to be broken down by fro...

    Posted 31st Oct 3:31pm
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  153. Our Chairman John has won a Lifetime of Achievement Award

    Our Chairman John has won a Lifetime of Achievement Award

    Our Chairman John Richardson has been named as one of the first recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award in The Yorkshire Post newspaper’s Rural Excellence Awards. John received the honour at the inaugural edition of the awards, held at the Pa...

    Posted 31st Oct 3:13pm
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  154. Bare root guide

    Bare root guide

    Check out our guide below for the bare root and root ball season Choose your hedging variety – Make sure you research the area that you are planting. What is it you are needing. Is it functional or ornamental? If its privacy plant Laurel, Y...

    Posted 31st Oct 2:23pm
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  155. Johnsons teams up with Children in Need to help transform community centre

    Johnsons teams up with Children in Need to help transform community centre

    Johnsons of Whixley teamed up with BBC Children in Need and the DIY SOS team to help a local charity in Swansea rebuild their community centre. We donated a range of large trees, hedging and shrubs as part of the redevelopment of the centre and its ...

    Posted 27th Oct 4:29pm
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  156. Fast growing hedging plants

    Fast growing hedging plants

    With the bare root and root ball planting season just around the corner here is our guide to some popular fast growing hedging varieties. Cupressus Leylandii – a very fast growing hedging variety that can grow up to 3ft per year with its event...

    Posted 27th Oct 4:02pm
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  157. Autumn Interest

    Autumn Interest

    Autumn Interest Looking for trees with Autumn interest here’s a few of our favourites looking fantastic right now. Euonymus alatus – Dark green leaves that turn to a bright attractive red in Autumn. Once its leaves are shed you are left w...

    Posted 17th Oct 9:51am
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  158. Thousands of plants supplied to the National Memorial Arboretum

    Thousands of plants supplied to the National Memorial Arboretum

    Tens of thousands of plants we’ve supplied to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire are now in full bloom. A total of 38,000 plants, including a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous varieties, were supplied to the project as part of a con...

    Posted 13th Oct 10:11am
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  159. Our Chairman has been honoured with a prestigious nomination

    Our Chairman has been honoured with a prestigious nomination

    Our Chairman John Richardson has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award! John recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and his achievements in the industry spanning well over half a century and have been recognised by The Yorkshire Post, ...

    Posted 12th Oct 11:52am
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  160. Intruder proof your hedge this planting season

    Intruder proof your hedge this planting season

    Intruder proof your hedge this planting season with our intruder proof hedging range. 1)Prunus spinosa – A prickly native hedging plant covered in thorns, great as a mixed native hedge with bright white flowers in Spring followed by green foliag...

    Posted 11th Oct 11:01am
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  161. We’re providing hardy horticultural solutions for the holiday park industry

    We’re providing hardy horticultural solutions for the holiday park industry

    We’re joining forces with caravan and static home parks from across the country to provide cost-effective horticultural solutions for the industry. Our business is offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ to parks, including the supply of plants, shrubs, ...

    Posted 6th Oct 9:18am
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  162. Meet the Boss: Tony Coles

    Meet the Boss: Tony Coles

    Johnsons of Whixley’s Senior Amenity Sales Manager, Tony Coles, recently took part in the York Press Meet the Boss feature. Check out his interview below. What job would you like to have other than your own and why? It sounds daft but I would...

    Posted 6th Oct 9:16am
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  163. Our new Garden Centre Sales 2018 catalogue is available now

    Our new Garden Centre Sales 2018 catalogue is available now

    Our new 2018 Garden Centre Sales Catalogue is now available, featuring our largest ever range. The new catalogue features a wide selection of hardy plants grown and nurtured in the Vale of York, on which our 200-acre nursery is located. The rel...

    Posted 5th Oct 3:11pm
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  164. Our Chairman John Richardson celebrates his 80th birthday

    Our Chairman John Richardson celebrates his 80th birthday

    Happy 80th birthday to our Chairman John Richardson! John has been at the head of our business for more than 50 years and says he has no plans to retire. John first took ownership of Johnsons of Whixley in 1964. Under his leadership, the business ...

    Posted 5th Oct 9:03am
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  165. Here are Johnsons of Whixley’s Gardening Reminders for the month of October.

    Here are Johnsons of Whixley’s Gardening Reminders for the month of October.

    1. Lift dahlias and other tender perennials when temperatures fall sharply. Store in a frost-free place 2. Take cuttings of roses and other deciduous shrubs 3. Tie in newly-grown stems of climbing and rambling roses to prevent winter wind damage 4...

    Posted 3rd Oct 2:55pm
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  166. Planting Season

    Planting Season

    With the bare root and root ball season only a few weeks away, Johnsons of Whixley has shared its top six tips for to get a head start. 1) Choose your hedging variety - Make sure you research the area you are planting. What is it you are needing? If...

    Posted 3rd Oct 2:53pm
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  167. Intruder-proof your hedge this planting season with the best hedging range for the job.

    Intruder-proof your hedge this planting season with the best hedging range for the job.

    1) Prunus Spinosa – A prickly native hedging plant covered in thorns. Its great as a mixed native hedge, with bright white flowers in Spring, followed by green foliage and sloes, which appear in Autumn – and great for making Sloe Gin, if you get ...

    Posted 2nd Oct 4:58pm
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  168. Hebe ‘James’ Globe

    Hebe ‘James’ Globe

    A new plant variety was spotted at the nursery recently! Hebe James Stirling and Hebe Green Globe  were mistakenly potted into one 2L pot resulting in a combination of both plants appearing as one. We’ve named the new plant variety Hebe ‘J...

    Posted 22nd Sep 4:51pm
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  169. Vacancy: Sales Executives / Administrators

    Vacancy: Sales Executives / Administrators

    Johnsons of Whixley is recruiting to the role of Sales Executive / Administrator. Location Whixley, near York Hours 39 hours a week. Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm, although some flexibility in this respect is...

    Posted 20th Sep 6:27pm
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  170. Ellie's great for shade

    Ellie's great for shade

    After buying my first house in March my garden task was to remove the leylandii hedge which had been pleached… yes pleached. It was horrible! The problem was what I would replace it with due to it being in a partial shade north facing spot. Aft...

    Posted 20th Sep 6:23pm
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  171. Chris Myers - Garden Design and Creation

    Chris Myers - Garden Design and Creation

    Well hasn't Autumn just appeared with a bang...& totally out of the blue!! The acers up here on the hill around our off grid home are displaying some real fiery colours already. When I look down across the valley I see signs that the trees ...

    Posted 8th Sep 2:45pm
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  172. Johnsons helps Maggie’s Centre garden blossom

    Johnsons helps Maggie’s Centre garden blossom

    Our Wholesale Commercial team has supplied plants to a new garden, built in the grounds of Maggie’s Centre in Oldham. Maggie’s Centre offers practical, emotional and social support for those with cancer, along with their family and friends. ...

    Posted 4th Sep 2:36pm
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  173. National Honey Month

    National Honey Month

    Internationally, September marks National Honey Month. Johnsons of Whixley understands the important role that bees play in our environment and eco-system, and we’re proud host our own apiary on site, in partnership with the Harrogate Beekeepers...

    Posted 4th Sep 1:36pm
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  174. Your gardening reminders for September

    Your gardening reminders for September

    As the colder weather and darker days approach, the team at Johnsons of Whixley provides its gardening reminders for September, to help you get the most out of your garden. Continue to deadhead late flowering plants e.g. Dahlias & Salvias ...

    Posted 1st Sep 4:58pm
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  175. Ellie’s Bulb Guide

    Ellie’s Bulb Guide

    Love a bulb, but not sure where to plant it? Here’s Johnsons of Whixley’s Ellie Richardson on some of her favourite bulbs now, which are now available to buy from Johnsons’ Cash & Carry. 1) Daffodil Tete-a-Tete – A miniature bright ...

    Posted 25th Aug 12:26pm
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  176. Autumn is for planting

    Autumn is for planting

    Summer may be disappearing before our eyes, but autumn is the best time to plant bulbs. As we prepare for the changing of the seasons, Johnsons of Whixley’s Ellie Richardson provides a step-by-step guide to planting bulbs this autumn. 1)  ...

    Posted 22nd Aug 3:50pm
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  177. Providing horticultural solutions for the holiday park industry

    Providing horticultural solutions for the holiday park industry

    We're joining forces with caravan and static home parks from across the country to provide cost-effective horticultural solutions for the industry. Our business is offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ to parks, including the supply of plants, shrubs, he...

    Posted 20th Aug 4:02pm
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  178. Q&A with our Chairman

    Q&A with our Chairman

    Most 80 year olds are at home reading a book or watching TV. At 79 you are still at work four or five days a week. What does an average day entail? My average day at work involves managing a series of administrative tasks related to quality and en...

    Posted 16th Aug 10:26am
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  179. National Allotments Week

    National Allotments Week

    It’s National Allotments Week! Many of our staff at Johnsons of Whixley have their own allotments and in line with the national celebration our colleagues Vicky, Adrian and Andrew have shared what they’ve been up to at their allotments this year....

    Posted 14th Aug 3:01pm
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  180. Your summer border is not over just yet…

    Your summer border is not over just yet…

    With summer slowly disappearing before our eyes, and plants going over and ready to be cut back, there are still some late-flowering perennials, which are a must if you eager to add some much-needed late summer colour. Johnsons of Whixley’s Elli...

    Posted 9th Aug 5:03pm
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  181. Tim Smith of Johnsons of Whixley shares an insight into his first year on the road, which has taken him across Europe.

    Tim Smith of Johnsons of Whixley shares an insight into his first year on the road, which has taken him across Europe.

    How have you found your first year on the road working for Johnsons? It has been an enjoyable year that has flown by and proved to be very different from my previous job. What is the difference between this job and your last job? My last job...

    Posted 7th Aug 4:32pm
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  182. August Saturday Hours

    August Saturday Hours

    August Saturday Hours August is a month of dry weather (supposedly) and summer holidays, as a consequence planting is at a seasonal low. In recognition of this the wholesale cash & carry will not be open for usual business on Saturday mornings...

    Posted 6th Aug 8:57am
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  183. Nursery Jottings No. 17

    Nursery Jottings No. 17

    I suppose we could say we are having a typical British summer with rain showers, wind, and dull days, all ensuring that the summer will not be a memorable one unless you live on the Cornish south coast! Although we seem to have had frequent rain i...

    Posted 4th Aug 12:31pm
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  184. August Gardening Reminders

    August Gardening Reminders

    Here are our Gardening Reminders for the month of August. 1)    Arrange for pots to be watered when on holiday 2)    Give containers a liquid feed as long release fertilizer may not be providing enough boost to keep plants going 3) ...

    Posted 2nd Aug 1:55pm
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  185. Johnsons of Whixley production manager, Ian Nelson, shares an insight into Photinia varieties, and examines the issues affecting this area of discussion.

    Johnsons of Whixley production manager, Ian Nelson, shares an insight into Photinia varieties, and examines the issues affecting this area of discussion.

    Photinia is one of the ten most popular plants for private gardens and maybe in the top 25 for landscape. It gets used in a number of ways – from a lollipop stem to hedging Red Robin is the name everyone knows, but it is not an entirely stabl...

    Posted 1st Aug 11:57am
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  186. Ellie’s Eight: How to be a net contributor to the environment

    Ellie’s Eight: How to be a net contributor to the environment

    Keeping your garden green is more important than ever before. With the rise of low-maintenance gardens, and plant-free drives, it is important to remind ourselves just how important our gardens and green fronts are. Johnsons of Whixley’s Ellie ...

    Posted 27th Jul 2:24pm
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  187. Johnsons helps National Trust at Studley Royal restore its 18th c garden

    Johnsons helps National Trust at Studley Royal restore its 18th c garden

    We’re helping The National Trust at Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey near Ripon, North Yorkshire, to restore an important element of its 300-year-old Georgian garden. Since 1983 we’ve been supplying specimen container grown hedging plants t...

    Posted 26th Jul 5:03pm
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  188. Johnsons staff enjoy stunning garden visits

    Johnsons staff enjoy stunning garden visits

    Johnsons of Whixley Xpress Cash & Carry customer, garden designer Helen Taylor, invited staff members Clare Horner and Dave Wicks to visit six gardens she has designed in the Harrogate and Ilkley area. The selection included contemporary and f...

    Posted 26th Jul 12:09pm
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  189. Farewell, Mally!

    Farewell, Mally!

    Long-serving staff member Mally Billbrough will be taking his retirement in August. He’ll be missed by all of us at Johnsons, and, before we let him go, we asked him to share some of his favourite memories of working for the company: “I sta...

    Posted 25th Jul 5:16pm
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  190. Honey is in sight as bees get to work at our nursery

    Honey is in sight as bees get to work at our nursery

    Life is sweet at our nursery as colonies of bees have been busy creating their first batch of honey. We installed an apiary at our 220-acre nursery three months ago as part of a project in partnership with Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Associatio...

    Posted 21st Jul 2:52pm
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  191. Vacancy: Despatch Assistant Manager

    Vacancy: Despatch Assistant Manager

    Location: York Hours: 39 hrs per week Monday to Thursday 7.30-4.00, Friday 7.30-3.00 but flexibility required Salary: £20k - 23K dependent on experience. We are looking to recruit a Despatch Assistant Manager who can take a pro-active ro...

    Posted 19th Jul 1:26pm
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  192. Johnsons scoops award at HTA New Plant Show

    Johnsons scoops award at HTA New Plant Show

    We are proud to announce that Johnsons of Whixley’s Garden Centre Sales enhanced its reputation as one of the UK’s top growers with the receipt of a Silver medal at the New Plant Awards. Our Veronica Moody Blue Sky Blue was awarded the Silver ...

    Posted 19th Jul 9:25am
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  193. Horticap’s students gain industry insight from nursery visit

    Horticap’s students gain industry insight from nursery visit

    Students and staff from the charity, Horticap, enjoyed a tour and hands-on work experience at leading horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley on Wednesday 12 July. Horticap’s qualified staff and team of volunteers provide adults with learning ...

    Posted 17th Jul 4:34pm
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  194. Statement: Johnsons of Whixley’s procurement policy in relation to Xylella spp.

    Statement: Johnsons of Whixley’s procurement policy in relation to Xylella spp.

    Based upon information currently available from DEFRA, APHA and other sources globally, Johnsons of Whixley Ltd will not knowingly procure any stock directly from or originating in an area that has had a confirmed outbreak of Xylella spp. Currentl...

    Posted 14th Jul 4:51pm
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  195. Chris Myers guest blog - A little help from the wild side!

    Chris Myers guest blog - A little help from the wild side!

    Isn’t working outdoors great? Well, I think so! Even on the wet days, I’d rather be feeling the elements on my face than sat in an office! One of the things I love most about spending my days outside is how the seasons move on, and with tha...

    Posted 11th Jul 5:19pm
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  196. Ellie’s Eight – National Don’t Step on a Bee Day

    Ellie’s Eight – National Don’t Step on a Bee Day

    The 10th of July marks the wonderfully named National Don’t Step on a Bee Day, which encourages members of the UK public to cherish and help protect our stripy neighbours. To celebrate the occasion, Johnsons of Whixley’s Ellie Richardson dedic...

    Posted 10th Jul 4:05pm
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  197. Johnsons Gardening Reminders – July 2017

    Johnsons Gardening Reminders – July 2017

    The days may now be getting shorter, but there’s hopefully still plenty more pleasant weather to come in the weeks ahead. As we head into July, Ellie Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley provides your monthly gardening reminders. 1) Arrange for pot...

    Posted 3rd Jul 4:37pm
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  198. Ellie’s Eight - Love Wimbledon? Love White!

    Ellie’s Eight - Love Wimbledon? Love White!

    As we settle in for two fantastic weeks of Tennis in SW19, this edition of Ellie’s Eight focuses on eight fantastic white flowering plants, to match the immaculate uniforms of the world’s best at Wimbledon. 1) Salvia ‘Snow Hil’ is a great ...

    Posted 3rd Jul 11:42am
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  199. Staff profile: Gergo Kontos

    Staff profile: Gergo Kontos

    Name: Gergo Kontos Age: 27 Hometown: Szolnok, Hungary.  I now live in Leeds, but visit home once or twice a year to see my family. How long have been in the UK? I moved here when I was 24, so it’s been just over three years W...

    Posted 29th Jun 5:21pm
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  200. Johnsons recognised for charitable contributions

    Johnsons recognised for charitable contributions

    Johnsons of Whixley has been recognised for its charitable efforts with the receipt of a Plaque of Appreciation from the Easingwold District Lions, marking more than 25 years of working with the organisation. Easingwold District Lions is a part o...

    Posted 28th Jun 9:05am
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  201. Staff Profile: Laszlo

    Staff Profile: Laszlo

    Meet our Potting Supervisor Laszlo – he’s been working at Johnsons of Whixley for four years, after moving to the UK from his hometown in Hungary. In his profile, Laszlo talks about what he enjoys about working at our nursery, what brought him ...

    Posted 20th Jun 11:40am
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  202. Johnsons invests in Drone technology

    Johnsons invests in Drone technology

    Johnsons of Whixley has invested more than £1,000 in drone camera technology as the company continues to drive innovation in the horticultural industry. The new airborne cameras will enable Johnsons staff members to remotely monitor stock levels ...

    Posted 14th Jun 11:31am
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  203. Johnsons named runner up in Family Business Awards

    Johnsons named runner up in Family Business Awards

    Johnsons of Whixley’s status as one of the county’s leading family businesses has been further enhanced after being named Runner-Up for the Yorkshire region at the prestigious Family Business of the Year Awards earlier this month. Following a ...

    Posted 14th Jun 11:30am
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  204. Ellie's Eight: National Insect Week

    Ellie's Eight: National Insect Week

    In this edition of Ellie’s Eight, Ellie Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley identifies eight plants that will help attract and provide a hub for insects. The list is in support of National Insect Week, which runs between  19th and 26th June. Pl...

    Posted 14th Jun 11:21am
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  205. A look back on May

    A look back on May

    Johnsons of Whixley enjoyed another great month in May. We bought our very own drone to capture imagery of our nursery, across all five of our nursery sites. Imagery will be used on our website and social media accounts. We spent over 300 hours...

    Posted 8th Jun 1:40pm
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  206. June Gardening Reminders

    June Gardening Reminders

    The warm weather is here, and we’ll hopefully enjoy plenty of sunshine from now until the end of August. Here are Johnsons of Whixley’s Gardening Reminders for the month of June. Dead-head spent flowers Continue to stake and tie in tall a...

    Posted 8th Jun 1:39pm
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  207. Statement on Cattal Land

    Statement on Cattal Land

    Johnsons of Whixley group managing director Graham Richardson has issued the following statement relating to development plans in the local area and the company’s overall role within those plans: “Land in the Hammerton and Cattal areas has be...

    Posted 7th Jun 11:13am
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  208. A look back on April…

    A look back on April…

    Johnsons of Whixley enjoyed another successful month in April. In total, the business received 1,531 orders and more than 365,000 plants were sold. 194,876 new plants were produced to sell, including 2Ls 5Ls and 10Ls, which means a whopping 880...

    Posted 6th Jun 2:28pm
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  209. Chris Myers Guest Blog

    Chris Myers Guest Blog

    Celebrity gardener Chris Myers, best known as presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Wild Things’ programme and as one of the UK’s foremost ‘off-grid’ gardeners, is one of Johnsons of Whixley’s guest bloggers. This month he discusses the role nature...

    Posted 6th Jun 2:26pm
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  210. Ellie’s Eight: Patio Plants

    Ellie’s Eight: Patio Plants

    In this edition, Ellie Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley identifies eight ways to enhance any patio. Acers look great on a patio or decking and will make a great focal point to your garden. They will do best in semi shade with moist soil and wil...

    Posted 6th Jun 11:40am
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  211. Ellie’s Eight for May

    Ellie’s Eight for May

    Get the Chelsea Look! …with Ellie’s Eight for May   Grasses are great at adding movement and creating texture. They vary in size and colour, with different seed heads. Lupins are used year on year out at Chelsea and are avai...

    Posted 11th May 1:46pm
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  212. Nursery Jottings No. 18

    Nursery Jottings No. 18

    Whatever the weather The weather has been good for us this last month - only 10mm of rain in the month - making it the driest since we started keeping records. This low rainfall combined with almost continual winds will mean that we could all be s...

    Posted 9th May 11:46am
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  213. Johnsons Gardening Reminders - May

    Johnsons Gardening Reminders - May

    Summer is right around the corner! As preparations of the warm weather continue, here are our gardening tips and reminders for the Month of May: Provide suitable support for perennials Plant out sweet peas when hardened off and no frost ...

    Posted 4th May 4:26pm
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  214. A Busy Month!

    A Busy Month!

    Wow! Phew! It’s been busy. It’s stayed busy. We were half expecting that after a fantastic selling March we’d be experiencing a pretty ordinary April, but it hasn’t turned out that way at all. The momentum is still there.  They are all go...

    Posted 3rd May 10:49am
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  215. Beekeepers

    Beekeepers

    Honey bees play a vital part in the pollination of food crops and flowers. In recent years, the number of bees has been declining due to pressure factors including disease and the UK’s recent cooler summers. Recognising the crucial role bees ...

    Posted 2nd May 3:16pm
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  216. May Day Bank Holiday - Xpress opening hours

    May Day Bank Holiday - Xpress opening hours

    Our trade only Cash & Carry will be open on Saturday 29 April, 8.00am to 12.00pm. We will be closed on Sunday and Monday before re-opening between 8.00am and 4.30pm on Tuesday 2nd May. We hope to see you over the bank holiday weekend!...

    Posted 28th Apr 3:54pm
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  217. Chris Myers, Best in Show

    Chris Myers, Best in Show

    Hello again, For the last 12 years, building show gardens has formed part of the work my team and I do. This year I was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society to design & produce a show garden based on a Welsh myth or legend, to be ex...

    Posted 26th Apr 10:16am
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  218. A look back on March

    A look back on March

    Johnsons of Whixley enjoyed another successful month in March 2017. In what was a great month across the business, 2,135 orders were processed and more than 858,000 plants were sold. 507,914 bare root trees and transplants were sold, along with...

    Posted 26th Apr 9:04am
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  219. World Health and Safety Day

    World Health and Safety Day

    To mark World Health and Safety Day (Friday 28 April), here are some of Johnsons’ top health and safety tips to help keep you safe whilst gardening. Don’t forget your Goggles - It’s easy to forget to put your goggles on when mowing the law...

    Posted 25th Apr 9:10am
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  220. Q&A with our safety experts for World Health and Safety Day

    Q&A with our safety experts for World Health and Safety Day

    To mark World Health and Safety Day (Friday 28th April) we have asked Johnsons’ resident Health and Safety experts, Dave and Terry from Sound Safety, some questions around the subject and their work with us. How long have you worked with Johnson...

    Posted 24th Apr 5:19pm
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  221. Harrogate Top Honours

    Harrogate Top Honours

    After supporting and supplying plants to the largest ever show garden at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, as part of a project being delivered in conjunction with Help For Heroes, we are proud to announce that the garden, named ‘A Homecoming Prayer’...

    Posted 21st Apr 4:41pm
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  222. Ellie’s Eight - Top Tips for the Easter Weekend

    Ellie’s Eight - Top Tips for the Easter Weekend

    A four-day weekend for the majority means ample opportunity to enjoy some time in the garden. Ensure watering is a priority, especially with the wind we have had up north this week, and take particularly good care of newly planted plants. This e...

    Posted 13th Apr 2:03pm
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  223. Johnsons congratulates Chris Myers on ‘Best in Show’ award at RHS Cardiff

    Johnsons congratulates Chris Myers on ‘Best in Show’ award at RHS Cardiff

    Johnsons of Whixley has congratulated Chris Myers on winning ‘Best in Show’ at the RHS Show Cardiff for his garden celebrating the mythical tale of ‘Bloudeuwedd’. According to the myth, Blodeuwedd was a woman created from flowers, and the ...

    Posted 11th Apr 2:01pm
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  224. Allotments for National Garden Month

    Allotments for National Garden Month

    Gardening is not only great for your health, but can also provide a great source of food - from mint, to lettuce, to rosemary, to garnish your drink. Andrew and Vicky, who are a part of the team here at Johnsons, have their own allotments. And ...

    Posted 3rd Apr 3:39pm
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  225. Look out for our blog posts during April, as we celebrate National Garden Month!

    Look out for our blog posts during April, as we celebrate National Garden Month!

    To get us started, here are some calorie-burning facts - gardening is not only great for the mind, but great for boosting your health and wellbeing, too! ...

    Posted 3rd Apr 3:38pm
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  226. Johnsons develops staff through Growing Stars initiative

    Johnsons develops staff through Growing Stars initiative

    Johnsons of Whixley is paving the way for the company’s stars of the future, and aiming to develop local talent, through a significant financial investment in its new Growing Stars programme. Growing Stars has been introduced by Johnsons to deve...

    Posted 3rd Apr 1:01pm
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  227. Europe’s Strongest Man hopefuls prepare with help of Johnsons

    Europe’s Strongest Man hopefuls prepare with help of Johnsons

    World-class competitors from the Strongman circuit, including Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson, prepared for 2017’s Europe’s Strongest Man competition with the help of leading commercial nursery business Johnsons of Whixley. Bjornsson, who ...

    Posted 3rd Apr 1:01pm
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  228. Nursery Jottings No. 15

    Nursery Jottings No. 15

    A seasonal reminder The weather has been very acceptable over the last month, although we had a couple of days of very heavy rain. The total for the month has been about average, but the rain together with the lack of frosts at night has ensured t...

    Posted 29th Mar 12:53pm
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  229. Johnsons supports Show Garden project in support of Royal Logistics Corps

    Johnsons supports Show Garden project in support of Royal Logistics Corps

    We are proud to announce that we will be supporting and supplying plants to the largest ever show garden at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, as part of a project being delivered in conjunction with Help For Heroes. The garden, which has been named ...

    Posted 23rd Mar 2:15pm
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  230. Johnsons supplies leisure development at former Arla site

    Johnsons supplies leisure development at former Arla site

    We will be supplying more than 12,000 plants as part of the retail and leisure development on the former Arla Foods site in South Ruislip. We were selected ahead of other bids following a competitive tender process and will supply a range of shrub...

    Posted 20th Mar 10:42am
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  231. Johnsons supplies Chris Myers’ mythical garden at RHS Cardiff

    Johnsons supplies Chris Myers’ mythical garden at RHS Cardiff

    We are pleased to be supplying plants to Chris Myers’ RHS Cardiff Show Garden, which this year celebrates the story of ‘Bloudeuwedd’. The garden, which is open between 7th and 9th April at the RHS Show Cardiff, will feature ferns, ivys, blac...

    Posted 17th Mar 9:43am
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  232. Trade sales and public sales – what’s the difference?

    Trade sales and public sales – what’s the difference?

    Johnsons of Whixley is a supplier to DIY chains, independent garden centres and amenity projects across Europe. We’re proud to enjoy strong relationships with such a wide range of clients, and the service we provide reflects the requirements of ...

    Posted 14th Mar 5:06pm
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  233. February Infographic

    February Infographic

    Johnsons of Whixley has enjoyed a vibrant and successful second month of 2017. Across the business, close to 1,500 orders were processed and more than 750,000 plants were sold in February. This includes more than 3,000 stock variants, requiring...

    Posted 14th Mar 5:05pm
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  234. Don’t stop me now!

    Don’t stop me now!

    My latest blog post veers towards the self-indulgent, but I hope you’ll forgive me on this occasion! Two weeks ago, I clocked over another year with Johnsons of Whixley, and I am now within touching distance of the State Pension - despite my bes...

    Posted 14th Mar 12:00pm
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  235. Ellie’s Eight plants for Mother’s Day – and beyond!

    Ellie’s Eight plants for Mother’s Day – and beyond!

    Check out these plants, that we’re sure your mum will love! While they’d make the perfect Mother’s Day present, these plants will bring joy throughout the year. Euonymus Alatus is best known for its unusual bark and fiery red leaves in ...

    Posted 10th Mar 4:15pm
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  236. Reviving the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

    Reviving the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

    We’ve secured a contract worth £122,000 to supply the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland. The new planting scheme is part of a £48m revamp of the hospital, which cares for patients with mental health problems, after a new state-of-the-art fa...

    Posted 7th Mar 10:23am
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  237. Supplying colour to Culzean Castle

    Supplying colour to Culzean Castle

    We’re working alongside The National Trust of Scotland to add vibrant colour to the newly re-modelled entrance to Culzean Castle, and the surrounding country park, on the Ayrshire coast. The Castle, and the 600-acre park that surrounds it, is Th...

    Posted 7th Mar 10:22am
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  238. Celebrating 30 years in partnership with Wentworth Garden Centre

    Celebrating 30 years in partnership with Wentworth Garden Centre

    We’re celebrating 30 years of being in business with Wentworth Garden Centre. Over the years we have established relationships with clients from across a number of sectors through its amenities, garden centre sales and cash and carry services. ...

    Posted 7th Mar 10:22am
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  239. ‘Cheers’ to Sturmer Nurseries!

    ‘Cheers’ to Sturmer Nurseries!

    We were pleased to present Robert Mason of Sturmer Nurseries with an exclusive Johnsons of Whixley beer gift pack at the British Plant Fair following his latest order. Johnsons enjoys a great relationship with Robert and Sturmer Nurseries and we w...

    Posted 6th Mar 12:00pm
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  240. Chris Myers' March guest blog

    Chris Myers' March guest blog

    Hello again In my previous blog I told you a bit about how life as a child shaped me into a lover of nature with an addiction for the outdoors, but what took to me from enthusiastic child/teenager to modern day designer?? Money!! Yes that’s righ...

    Posted 3rd Mar 4:33pm
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  241. Road closure, business open as usual

    Road closure, business open as usual

    There is currently a road closure in place from Whixley crossroads to Cattal bridge until Tuesday 7th March, access will be given to staff, customers and transport the business is open as normal....

    Posted 3rd Mar 10:05am
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  242. Painting the Forth Road Bridge

    Painting the Forth Road Bridge

    As the painters near completion their attention turns to starting again – the description has become the ultimate example of a never-ending cycle. The same description applies perfectly to our potting and production cycle which is forever churni...

    Posted 28th Feb 11:32am
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  243. Ellie's eight great for wildlife

    Ellie's eight great for wildlife

    Check out Ellie’s eight great for wildlife, these varieties were full of bees and butterflies last year as you can see from the photos. Be sure to include them in your planting plans for summer borders.   Echinacea Magus the perfect addi...

    Posted 28th Feb 11:30am
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  244. Return of Oystercatchers herald the start of spring!

    Return of Oystercatchers herald the start of spring!

    There are few events in the Johnsons calendar as significant as the annual return of our Oystercatcher community. We spotted our first this year on Wednesday 15th February, which is very early! Every year (for at least 15 years) we have waited ...

    Posted 23rd Feb 11:56am
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  245. There’s a buzz about Johnsons!

    There’s a buzz about Johnsons!

    Following recent discussions with Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association, we’re proud to announce that we will soon be keeping our own beehives on the open ground at the top of the nursery. Both parties agreed that the thousands of varieti...

    Posted 21st Feb 2:07pm
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  246. Nursery Jottings No. 14

    Nursery Jottings No. 14

    January 2017 had exactly a half of the rainfall which occurred in 2016 (48mm v 97mm) and it was also a month which was pretty unique for January, where we saw the lightest of snow coverings on only one day, and frosts have been relatively limited. ...

    Posted 21st Feb 9:38am
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  247. Ian Nelson's February Nursery update

    Ian Nelson's February Nursery update

    The last two weeks have been very ‘sciencey’ – a number of times I’ve been in discussion with professionals who talk in a language frequently beyond my understanding. But these are people who want to be involved in the future of UK growing...

    Posted 21st Feb 9:35am
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  248. Celebrating three decades of business with Wentworth Garden Centre

    Celebrating three decades of business with Wentworth Garden Centre

    We’re celebrating 30 years of being in business with Wentworth Garden Centre! We’ve established relationships with clients from across a number of sectors through our amenities, garden centre sales and cash and carry services. And our relat...

    Posted 20th Feb 9:00am
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  249. Dwarf Conifer surprise

    Dwarf Conifer surprise

    This huge Cedar of Lebanon with a 65cm girth (at 1m) is sure to create a statement in any garden. Let’s hope the customer has more than an estate car and a big spade at the other end! Isla and 15L Mahonia help create a sense of scale. “We assu...

    Posted 17th Feb 3:24pm
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  250. Ellie's eight great for ground cover

    Ellie's eight great for ground cover

    Alchemilla mollis has rounded light green leaves with green-yellow small flowers flowering from June through to August it is known for growing in many conditions and is a fully hardy perennial it is great for ground cover in borders. Vinca min...

    Posted 17th Feb 1:39pm
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  251. Despatch Assistant Vacancy

    Despatch Assistant Vacancy

     Despatch Assistant Location: York Hours: 39 hrs per week Monday to Thursday 7.30-4.00, Friday 7.30-3.00 but flexibility required Salary: £7.60 per hour as a minimum but will increase dependent on experience. We need a Despatch Assistant...

    Posted 15th Feb 11:20am
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  252. Apprentice Business Administrator

    Apprentice Business Administrator

    View apprenticeship posting here. Admin Business Administration Processing sales orders / purchases orders and related tasks Taking Retail orders over the telephone Change and update paperwork Manage relevant filing systems Answe...

    Posted 14th Feb 2:26pm
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  253. The clock is ticking on bare root season

    The clock is ticking on bare root season

    The clock is ticking! Time is running out on the root ball and bare root season, with just six weeks remaining to make purchases before we’re back to selling container-grown hedging. Here are four great reasons to plant now: It’s cheap...

    Posted 10th Feb 12:37pm
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  254. Ellie's Eight for Valentine's Day

    Ellie's Eight for Valentine's Day

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this edition of Ellie’s Eight focuses on plants with a love them. All of the plants listed can be found at our Cash & Carry or in the wider nursery. Why not try a Pieris japonica 'Valley Va...

    Posted 10th Feb 11:44am
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  255. Chris Myers' February guest blog

    Chris Myers' February guest blog

    Hi I’m Chris, I’m a garden designer and together with my team of merry helpers we build the gardens I design, maintain them & maintain and develop other gardens of varying maturity. My interest in gardening & the outdoors came at a ver...

    Posted 2nd Feb 11:25am
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  256. Outside the box

    Outside the box

    Due to the ever-increasing problems of box blight, we have thought outside the ‘box’ with these Buxus sempervirens alternatives. Try Sarcococca confusa for a fragrant evergreen hedge.  It grows up to 60cm tall, in sun or partial shade. ...

    Posted 2nd Feb 10:21am
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  257. Ian Nelson's January Nursery update

    Ian Nelson's January Nursery update

    Hello to all, I’m a virgin at blogging so be gentle. My remit – as far as I understand – is to reflect on what’s happening in the nursery and also what’s going on around the trade. As for myself – I’ve been in plants for the la...

    Posted 31st Jan 2:58pm
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  258. Pleasure, Environment & Business

    Pleasure, Environment & Business

    Our 2 acre pond at Thornville looked a picture of serenity this morning. Moorhen’s darted for the reeds as a brown hare sat ‘bolt upright’ straining to listen for imminent danger. The surrounding grass glistened in the early morning frost and t...

    Posted 25th Jan 1:45pm
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  259. Ellie's Eight for the Big Garden Bird Watch

    Ellie's Eight for the Big Garden Bird Watch

    Have you seen #ElliesEight? This edition is all about plants that encourage birds into your garden, and is in support of RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch this coming weekend (28th / 29th January). Cotoneaster branches are always full of small ...

    Posted 23rd Jan 4:37pm
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  260. Q&A with our Chairman

    Q&A with our Chairman

    As he prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday later this year, Johnson’s of Whixley chairman John Richardson offers an insight into his career as the head of the business – and the life he’s lead around it. Most 80 year olds are at home read...

    Posted 23rd Jan 4:26pm
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  261. Nursery Jottings No. 13

    Nursery Jottings No. 13

    I hope you all had a good Christmas, the weather was reasonably kind to us, and not many events which required emergency attention. In 2016 January was the wettest month and December the driest, the overall annual rainfall at 597mm (23.5”) being...

    Posted 16th Jan 4:03pm
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  262. Our 2016 highlights

    Our 2016 highlights

    What an amazing year 2016 was! We had a brilliant 12 months and would like to thank everyone who made it such a great year. Below you can find just some of the highlights of the year – can you believe we supplied over 11,000 variations of stock?...

    Posted 16th Jan 3:59pm
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  263. Winter Potting

    Winter Potting

    Many will assume that production grinds to a halt in the depths of the winter. Not so, our potting programme is a truly all year round process. Here are batches of Cornus (Dogwood) varieties in a 10L format potted a few weeks ago and already estab...

    Posted 13th Jan 11:44am
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  264. Ellie's Eight for January

    Ellie's Eight for January

    As the cold weather continues into the New Year, office supervisor Ellie Richardson shares images and notes of her favourite January winter plants.   With their fantastic dark green elliptic leaves, panicles of red buds showing in winter...

    Posted 10th Jan 4:36pm
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  265. All wrapped up for winter

    All wrapped up for winter

    Here at Johnsons of Whixley, we are well-equipped to deal with the chills of a British winter thanks to the advent of super-light thermal technology. Batches of our stock are protected against the elements beneath large gossamer fleece blankets, w...

    Posted 9th Jan 5:08pm
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  266. Christmas advent for Xpress customers

    Christmas advent for Xpress customers

    Throughout December we’ve invited customers in the Cash & Carry to take part in opening the doors to our giant advent calendar. 18 customers who visited the Cash & Carry checkout at 10am each day were the lucky recipients of one of a range ...

    Posted 21st Dec 11:54am
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  267. Nursery Jottings No. 12

    Nursery Jottings No. 12

    We hear so much on the News about the consequences of inflation, and I have just been looking through the 1775 price list of the famous old nurserymen, Telfords of York. Examples of prices at that time were:- Beech, one year seedlings, 50p per 1000, ...

    Posted 20th Dec 11:12am
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  268. Corrina completes level 2 Diploma

    Corrina completes level 2 Diploma

    A big well done to Corrina Mills who has achieved her level 2  city & guilds diploma in business administration and completed all 11 modules. She also achieved a level 2 in English. Her manager, Chris Davis, said “I would like to congratula...

    Posted 20th Dec 10:38am
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  269. Latest plant news

    Latest plant news

    We are delighted to introduce a new plant to our commercial landscape range aimed at landscape designers, architects and contractors. Our new herbaceous perennial, Geranium Miss Heidi, has many benefits for customers as it comes at a relatively lo...

    Posted 20th Dec 10:24am
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  270. Christmas jumpers at the ready

    Christmas jumpers at the ready

    On Friday 16th December our 100-strong workforce, along with our office dog Isla, took part in Christmas Jumper Day and we are pleased to announce we raised £107 in aid of Save the Children. We will be closed from 12pm on Wednesday 21st December ...

    Posted 20th Dec 10:19am
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  271. Raising vital funds for Oscar Day

    Raising vital funds for Oscar Day

    We recently raised £500 for Oscar Day - a local three year old boy who suffers from severe Dystonic Cerebral Palsy and whose parents are teachers at our local school. Oscar’s disability means that his family are faced with constant decisions ar...

    Posted 20th Dec 10:16am
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  272. Net environmental contributors, responsible environmentalists & biomass burners!

    Net environmental contributors, responsible environmentalists & biomass burners!

    In this blog post our managing director, Graham Richardson, discusses how we create a perfect growing and protected environment in an efficient and sustainable way. As a grower and supplier of millions of trees and shrubs, we are one of the few bu...

    Posted 14th Dec 2:44pm
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  273. MD bench presses own body weight

    MD bench presses own body weight

    Well done to managing director Graham Richardson who bench pressed his body weight today 11th December  (90 kilos) 22 times and won the competition at Absolute Fitness Gym in Boroughbridge....

    Posted 12th Dec 11:29am
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  274. Luke makes Pro Landscaper’s 30 under 30

    Luke makes Pro Landscaper’s 30 under 30

    We are proud to announce that our very own Luke Richardson has been named on Pro Landscaper Magazine’s prestigious 30 under 30 list. Pro Landscaper launched the initiative again this July to find another 30 young inspiring people in the industry...

    Posted 5th Dec 1:02pm
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  275. Pupils get planting for National Tree Week

    Pupils get planting for National Tree Week

    Pupils from Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary School received a lesson in the importance of planting trees this week from our procurement manager Jonathan Whittemore. We also donated 45 bulbs, one for each child at the school to plant as part of Natio...

    Posted 4th Dec 2:39pm
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  276. West Kensington memorial garden

    West Kensington memorial garden

    Johnsons of Whixley were selected by The Landscape Group id verde to supply Gwendwr Gardens in West Kensington. Gwendwr Gardens is a public garden that was built in memory of those killed in the Blitz. We secured the contract, worth £13,000, f...

    Posted 1st Dec 12:21pm
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  277. Jackie becomes Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

    Jackie becomes Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

    A big well done to Jackie Gill who recently became Supply Chain and Logistics Manager. Her new role will involve cost effective planning of UK deliveries and abroad collections for the 6 company vehicles we run, managing sub-contractors, and improvin...

    Posted 1st Dec 11:28am
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  278. Nursery Jottings No. 11

    Nursery Jottings No. 11

    Moving from autumn to winter It’s November 9th and we’re experiencing the first snow of the winter. Still, we mustn’t complain after 10 weeks of really good autumn weather - we were down to 33mm of rain in October, only 40% of the average ov...

    Posted 16th Nov 10:20am
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  279. 5 star planting scheme at luxury Lake District holiday resort

    5 star planting scheme at luxury Lake District holiday resort

    We recently won a large contract to supply a new, 5 star luxury holiday resort in the Lake District. Landscape architect, RPS Group - one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies advising on all aspects of the built and natural envir...

    Posted 21st Oct 9:48am
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  280. Xpress Cash & Carry team raise money in support of local boy with rare disease

    Xpress Cash & Carry team raise money in support of local boy with rare disease

    Our Xpress Cash & Carry division teamed up with customers in September to raise over £450 for a cause close to their hearts, the bone marrow charity, DBA UK. The charity funds research into finding a cure for the extremely rare bone marro...

    Posted 21st Oct 9:47am
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  281. Nursery Jottings No. 10

    Nursery Jottings No. 10

    First week in October and we are still basking in the good weather which has now lasted a full 5 weeks. Only 36mm of rain in September compared with 52 last year and 62 in August this year. A really good rain in the near future would do no harm at a...

    Posted 4th Oct 2:54pm
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