Back and as big as ever, BBC Gardeners’ World Live has kicked off its four-day garden-extravaganza at Birmingham’s NEC with the announcement of the ‘Best in Show’ award winners.
The prestigious awards showcase the top gardens, designs and landscaping with winners across a number of categories, including Best Show Garden, Best Beautiful Border and Best Construction Landscaper.
The accolade of Best Show Garden was awarded to Frances Tophill for Frances’ Garden. In her debut Show Garden, Frances Tophill’s Bauhaus inspired sustainable garden shows how to use locally sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials to demonstrate how gardeners can maximise outdoor space without compromising on design. Frances’ passion for upcycle gardening and sustainability is reflected in her sustainable, post-industrial styled garden which uses her expertise to highlight how effortlessly plants can intertwine with a stylised landscape, helping to increase biodiversity in our built-up spaces.
Frances said: “I’m so pleased that my design has been awarded the best show garden – it came as such a surprise. I’m completely overwhelmed by the positive response it’s had so far.”
The Best Construction Landscaper was awarded to Living Landscapes – A Nostalgic Experience. The show garden explores the expression of a controlled landscape merging into a natural and rugged environment with a full-sized natural swimming pond. Inspired with the whole family in mind, it showcases ideas to blend a multi-functional space.
The honour of Best Border was awarded to The Crinkle Crankle, Dead Hedge Border by Cathy Perry. Central to this border is a dead hedge which forms the backdrop to naturalistic planting. Mixing wild and cultivated plants, the design emanates an English summer hedgerow providing for the needs of a range of beneficial creatures.
The Best Interpretation of the Border Theme went to (We Deserve A) Wild Life – Kitty Chew. The garden is in celebration of women, both past and present, inspired by several recent tragedies in the news that have affected women. The garden features a colour palette making use of the colours of the Suffragette Movement transitioning into a celebratory riot of pinks and reds.
The Best BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Subscriber Border was awarded to Recall, Return, Renew by Sue Arthur and Ian Potts. Returning to the way they experienced nature as children, the designers brought to life how to renew landscapes for a better future.
Celebrating 100 Years of the BBC
In this special centenary year for the BBC, the Show’s Floral Marquee has marked the celebrations with a collection of stunning floral features inspired by popular BBC programmes, including Only Fools and Horses by Jon Wheatley, Antiques Roadshow by Grafton Nurseries, Dr Who by Dibley’s Nursery, The Repair Show by Hardy’s Garden Plants, Gone Fishing by Lincolnshire Pond Plants, and Top of the Pops by Sam Theakstone.
Platinum Award winner Alexandra Froggatt said: “I couldn’t resist designing a Peaky Blinders inspired feature because I absolutely love the TV Show.”