In the world of garden design and landscaping, finding a way to stand out is critical. Show gardens are a fantastic way of adding gravitas to a garden design portfolio and qualifying experience. But, for a first time garden designers and landscapers, a show garden can be intimidating in terms of sponsorship, resources, time and investment. BBC Gardeners’ World Live has the solution. The Beautiful Borders category is a stepping stone into the exciting world of flower and garden shows.
Beautiful Borders are a major visitor attraction at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The event entertains upwards of 100,000 visitors each year, taking place from 13 – 16 June 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC. At just 7.5m2, each Beautiful Border offers up a wealth of ideas in terms of colour, planting and design. All of which can translate into re-energising a patch of a client garden.
As a garden designer, landscaper or horticultural student, creating a Beautiful Border can build a company’s confidence. All that, plus exposure to some of the country’s keenest gardeners. The show has extensive media coverage, helping companies to grow. The theme for 2019 is ‘Our Space’ which offers up a chance to be creative with use of plants. It encourages companies to create a dynamic, eye-catching and impactful small space with a sense of purpose.
Nikki Hollier, Platinum Award winner and Best Border in 2018, said:
“I loved creating a Beautiful Border at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. It was a well organised event and a great brand to work with. I would recommend anyone to exhibit and create a garden. It’s stressful at times, but worth it! The team were so organised and want you to do well, it’s in their interests to make sure you are successful. I made friends with my garden neighbours and created some fabulous memories.”
James Lanwarne of Lanwarne Landscapes won a Gold Award for their Beautiful Border in 2016. The company also won a Gold Award for their subsequent Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2017. James explains how doing a Beautiful Border: “Created a positive energy around the business. You can’t rely on things just happening, you’ve got to get out there!”
Applications for BBC Gardeners’ World Live close 29 Jan 2019.