BBC Gardeners’ World Live, one of the country’s best loved gardening shows, has announced the Show Gardens and an unprecedented number of Beautiful Borders to inspire visitors to the Show, at Birmingham’s NEC from 14 – 17 June.
Steam train enthusiasts will want to head for the Made in Birmingham feature garden to make their way through a prize allotment and wildflower embankment to the signal box and up aboard The Eagle, a traditional Pullman Dining Carriage, positioned behind a working steam engine. The beautifully restored train, the first ever seen in a Show Garden, will have made its way to the Show from Vintage Trains’ local Tyseley works. The garden further celebrates the industrial heritage of the Black Country with an impressive field of barley and hops to illustrate the region’s brewing industry, including sampling from local brewery Davenports. Designer Paul Stone is also working with a MIND group in Knowle to grow the cutting garden plants. “We want to celebrate the vigor and energy of the Birmingham powerhouse, from the past to the current day” says Paul, award-winning designer of the Made in Birmingham feature garden.
Moving around the Show Gardens, visitors will be able to walk through the extensive Wyevale Garden Centres Solutions Garden designed by David Stevens, where each zone illustrates stunning, yet practical, ways to deal with common garden problems from soil types to dry shade and water conservation to weed control. Wyevale Garden Centre experts will be on hand at every point to talk you through the solutions and help you apply them to your own garden.
Next, you’ll find the Tesco ‘Every Little Helps’ Garden designed by Owen Morgan, a family space with areas and activities for all ages without compromising on luxury and design. There are sure to be elements you’ll want to recreate at home straight away including a Mediterranean inspired border, play area complete with den, secret garden within a wildlife area, outdoor dining, kitchen and bar area plus space for growing tasty veg.
Setting the bar in Show Gardens, Diarmuid Gavin, one of the most well-known names in garden design, has designed not just one but TWO gardens for the show this year. Four of the UKs brightest young sparks in landscaping will have constructed the gardens from scratch, packed with design features, variety of materials, and incredible planting combinations, as part of the inaugural Young Landscapers Competition sponsored by Marshalls.
Moving on you’ll get to the Association of Professional Landscapers Avenue where five Show Gardens, designed and built by five of the country’s leading landscaping companies, demonstrate what incredible results can be achieved in a typical back garden and how realizing the garden of your dreams is within your reach. For visitors keen on transforming their front garden into a practical but appealing space to park the car, the Marshalls Front Garden illustrates best practice with a design that’ll be the envy the street.
As you keep going around the show you’ll find even more, including three Small Gardens and more than twenty Beautiful Borders, all packed with ways to make every space amazing. Organisers would like to offer up a big thank you to sponsors Rolawn, as the Show Garden designers and contractors are all able to benefit from their Medallion Turf and their safe, consistent, fertile growing media.
With a day out at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, whatever sized plot you’ve got, you’ll find yourself going home with a head full of ideas and expert advice, plus a car full of perfect plants and gardening kit. You won’t need to waste even a minute in getting started when you get home! Celebrate the best of summer gardening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 14 – 17 June at Birmingham’s NEC. Find out more and book tickets today at bbcgardenersworldlive.com