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Secret Spaces - 2019 gardening trend

by: BBC Gardeners' World Live 18-Jan-2019

A good garden design draws you in, entices you to explore and tells a story. A great garden design contains unexpected details, personal escapes and little surprises. In 2019 we are already seeing the limelight ever-more focused on the creation of secret spaces that are revealed only as you embark on your journey around the plot.

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[Pictured: 'The Square Garden' designed by Diarmuid Gavin, landscaped by Jacob Botting and Laurence Senior of Bespoke Outdoor Spaces for the Young Landscapers Award 2018.]

These hidden gems give the garden owner an alternative perspective, a much-needed retreat and chance to be immersed in their garden, away from the hectic world outside. For a guest to the garden, these well-designed escapes offer a sense of excitement, exploration and insight into their hosts world.

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[Pictured: Living Gardens, designed by Peter Cowell for APL Avenue 2018]

Exploring the various Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 will be an incredible way to uncover ideas for creating your own secret space.

  • The headline Watchmaker’s Garden offers a glimpse of how the master craftsmen would retreat to a productive yet hidden space in their gardens.
  • The Beautiful Borders with an ‘Our Space’ theme in 2019 represent a multitude of ways that a patch of just a few square meters can become a micro-retreat.
  • The APL Avenue Gardens, all with an international travel theme in 2019, include a variety of ideas for creating the ultimate secret space packed with inspiration from globetrotting adventures.

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[Pictured: Keyscape Gardens designed by Martyn Wilson, Wilson Associates Garden Design for the APL Avenue 2018]

bright britain border

[Pictured: Bright Britain Border designed by Kirsty Fitchett Pershore Horticultural College for the Beautiful Borders Competition 2018]

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[Pictured: Bursting at the Seams Border designed by Tee Robertson and Level III Students for the Beautiful Borders Competition 2018]

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[Pictured: Living Gardens, designed by Peter Cowell for the APL Avenue 2018]

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[Pictured: Timotay Landscapes , designed by Timotay Landscapes for APL Avenue 2018]


With a day out at BBC Gardeners’ World Live you can explore an array of Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders all packed with Secret Space ideas that you can recreate at home.

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