How biological control can benefit gardens and estates

Back to presentations: Annual conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’
Julian Ives, Managing Director, DragonFli Julian has worked in horticulture since his career started as a trainee gardener at the RHS Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate. He studied commercial horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College before joining a horticultural sundries company as a technical sales representative. After gaining a valuable insight into the supply needs of commercial growers, Julian left to join the pioneering biological control company; Koppert Biological systems. For over ten years he advised growers on the use of beneficial insects (natural enemies of plant pests such as parasitic wasps and predatory mites) and pollinators before moving into management of the UK branch of Koppert.  Julian then decided to take his knowledge of biological control into the consumer sector, co-founding Just Green, a mail order company supplying natural pest control products before moving on to form Julian Ives Consultancy and now Dragonfli Ltd. The Professional arm of DragonFli provides biological control products for use in professional horticulture by growers, research facilities, sports turf managers, amenity areas and large estates. Some of these products are available through the Dragonfli website shop but most are supplied after consultation with Dragonfli. We can then provide tailored advice and trade price lists for our extensive range of biological control products. DragonFli supplies Natural Gardening Solutions. Supplier of BEEPOL Bumblebees, Beepol Villas, Roots Boost Mycorrhiza, Natural & Biological Pest Controls.