Apply to design a Beautiful Border!

Garden design competition open for entries

The Beautiful Borders are an annual visitor favourite at BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the seasonal BBC Gardeners’ World Fairs, as they display a variety of excellent designs, space savvy ideas, planting combinations and creative features that can be packed into a small garden.

If you’re a Garden Designer looking for a challenge in 2023, designing and building a Border could be just the ticket. At just a few square metres, a Beautiful Border is a unique way to showcase your skills to a large audience of keen gardeners, press and experts.

This year, we invite you, garden designers and creators, to encapsulate the essence of ‘My Garden Escape’.

Your interpretation of the theme might be a quiet oasis or refuge, a place of mindfulness or an area shaped around its mental health benefits and sensory aspects.

Or is ‘My Garden Escape’ a place for friends and family to gather, to grow edibles for your table, to let your hair down in, or a firework display of exuberance and colour?

Perhaps ‘My Garden Escape’ reflects one of your hobbies or pastimes, or maybe it embodies your ultimate happy place

As well as the prestigious Best Border and Best Interpretation of the Theme awards, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine subscribers have the chance to win the coveted Best Subscriber Border award. 

If you are interested in getting more information about applying for a Beautiful Border at BBC Gardeners’ World Live or the BBC Gardeners’ World Fairs, please email Lucy.

Download the application form here >

Bob Sweet headshot
Lucy Tremlett Headshot

Bob Sweet – Horticultural Director

Bob brings a vast amount of knowledge and familiarity with BBC Gardeners’ World Live and will oversee all horticultural aspects of the show.

Lucy Tremlett – Horticultural Manager

Lucy works alongside Bob to deliver all aspects of the show, and is based in the office should you have any urgent questions. Lucy will be working together to process your applications and answer queries.

Beautiful Borders from BBC Gardeners' World Live 2022

Looking for inspiration? Take a look at the wonderful Wild Life Beautiful Borders which featured at the Show in 2022…