Buzzing around the Bee and Butterfly Garden
Wildlife gardening is a hot topic. As Gardeners' World regular Chris Baines recently commented on the programme, wildlife gardening has only been a concept, a style and generally on the gardening agenda for a few decades. It has certainly only taken off well within the 50 year lifetime of BBC Two's Gardeners' World.
It is no surprise then that we find not one, but two Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners' World Live this year focusing on encouraging wildlife into our outside spaces, whatever size spaces we've got.
We've been pleased to catch up with the team at Lanwarne Landscapes to hear more about the ideas behind the garden that won them a place on the prestigious APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017.
The Lanwarne Landscapes 'Bee and Butterfly' Garden is designed for a couple who work long hours and have an active social life. And so need a relaxing outdoor space.
The garden includes an outdoor dining area, fire pit and living picture planted with specially grown moss. The design combines a love of nature with a clean and contemporary design and shows visitors that contemporary gardens can also celebrate the natural world.
James Lanwarne’s young children are particularly excited by this year’s theme and are busy nurturing their own caterpillars into butterflies to release into the garden.
The design uses honeycomb paving, black slate cladding and blue black granite from London Stone which is complemented by timber painted in shades of black ash, raspberry and stone grey, supplied by The Garden Trellis Company.
Visitors to the garden can take home ideas to encourage wildlife, not only from the specially selected planting but also from the construction. Timber posts incorporate bee and insect houses and the bubble fountains act as both a water feature and safe places for the bees and insects to drink.
This isn’t Lanwarne Landscapes first time at BBC Gardeners' World live. Last year, with in-house garden designer Martin Lines, they won Gold and Best in Show for the Beautiful Border category. This year their team includes two students from Into University, a charity that supports underprivileged young people access educational opportunities.
At this point it's only right to mention that Lanwarne Landscapes have some important acknowledgements to make to their sponsors including Black Rock, London Stone, the Garden Trellis Company. Marshalls have kindly supplied products from their domestic range, and Pro-Grow are compost suppliers, to all APL Avenue Show Gardens
So, join us in welcoming Lanwarne Landscapes, and their home-grown caterpillars, back to BBC Gardeners' World Live, for their second year running. And if you like what you see, be sure to say so in the people's vote for your favourite APL Avenue Show Garden.
See you there!.
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