Mother’s Day surprises
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Treat them this Mother's Day Are you looking for that perfect surprise to share on Sunday 10 March? No need to dig any further – we’ve plucked the best of the bunch with a list full of gifts to suit every style and budget. Whether you’re after something on the smaller side or really hoping to make a splash, you’re bound to find the right gift below This wish-list of gifts are all available online, from exhibitors you’ll be able to meet and buy from, across the BBC Gardeners’ World this year. Will you be shopping at BBC Gardeners’ World Live or the BBC Gardeners’ World Fairs in 2024?Please note that all gifts are subject to availability and delivery times of independent suppliers may vary.  /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-divider{--divider-border-style:none;--divider-border-width:1px;--divider-color:#0c0d0e;--divider-icon-size:20px;--divider-element-spacing:10px;--divider-pattern-height:24px;--divider-pattern-size:20px;--divider-pattern-url:none;--divider-pattern-repeat:repeat-x}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider{display:flex}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{font-size:15px;line-height:1;max-width:95%}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__element{margin:0 var(--divider-element-spacing);flex-shrink:0}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-icon{font-size:var(--divider-icon-size)}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider-separator{display:flex;margin:0;direction:ltr}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon 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100%;mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;-webkit-mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);background-color:var(--divider-color);-webkit-mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url);mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url)}.elementor-widget-divider--no-spacing{--divider-pattern-size:auto}.elementor-widget-divider--bg-round{--divider-pattern-repeat:round}.rtl .elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{direction:rtl}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-divider,.e-con>.elementor-widget-divider{width:var(--container-widget-width,100%);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} Share a great gardening day out in 2024!Take them on a green-fingered day out this year, with plenty of dates to suit anyone’s calendar:BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 13-16 June at Birmingham’s NECBBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, 3-5 May, Beaulieu HampshireBBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, 30 Aug-1 Sept, Audley End House & Garden (on sale March) BOOK GW Live tickets book spring fair tickets sign up to the autumn fair newsletter A little something special Little bag of well-beingOh Oils | £15.00 Treat them to a perfect bundle of essential oils for the days when a bit of extra pampering is needed! Featuring scents including Confidence (Jasmin & Ylang Ylang), Calm (Neroli and Bergamot), Relax (Lavender and Honeysuckle), and more, there’s a world of soothing oils waiting to be discovered. Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here Aromatherapy ‘Breathe’ Reed DiffuserUniquessence | £26.00 Crafted with an eco base blend and concentrated essential oils, this diffuser will bring scents of calm to their space lasting a minimum of 12 weeks. Handmade in a green matte jar with rose gold details, it features thick reeds for an extra aromatic boost, with a fresh blend of eucalyptus, spearmint, and lemongrass provides soothing and peace-inducing benefits. Find them at stand X at the Spring Fair. Click here Scabiosa ‘Pink Mist’Hillier Nurseries | £13.99 Bring a fresh splash of colour to their plot with this hardy perennial in a beautiful range of soft pinks. Loved by bees, butterflies and borders, their upright stems produce flowers from early summer right through to autumn.Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here Mixed Tea BundleDorset Tea | £12.99 For soothing cuppas in a variety of flavours after a long day of gardening, Dorset Tea is on hand. Featuring four boxes of teas, they’ll be able to enjoy 20 cups each of Wild About Mint, Strawberries & Cream, Ginger & Sunshine Lemon, and Cool Chamomile.Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here Heart Teardrop Bird FeederRotherwick Bird Feeders | £35.00 Bring winged friends to their plot with a handmade stoneware bird feeder! Fired to make it strong enough to withstand modern climates without cracking, each item is unique and measures 25cm in height and 13cm in width. Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here Push the boat out Create-Your-Own Gift Box Valentte | from £17.70 to £76.50 Choosing from Valentte’s extensive collection of perfumes, diffusers, soaps, oils and more, create a bespoke gift box for that perfect person, coming in beautiful gift packaging. Whether they already have a signature scent or are keen to sample different scents, there’s something to suit all tastes.Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here Hill Bloomville Stone VaseOlive & Olive interiors | £74.00 Create a new space for their latest bouquets with a charmingly earthy vase, complete with an eye-catching geometric pattern. Timeless yet on brand, its stone texture will fit any home.Find them at stand X at the X Click here Golden Bumble Bee PendantElly Harvey Silver | £115 Charm them with a solid 9ct yellow gold bumble bee pendant, complete with intricate detailing. Perfect for a fine chain and measuring approximately 18mm x 15mm, it includes a multiway fine gold chain, adjustable to 16″ or 18”.Find them at stand G2 at the Spring Fair. Click here Wave – abstract wall artD’Sculpted | £175 Gift a truly unique piece of art to your loved one, with each wall art being an individual composition of metal and organics. A truly show-stopping was to bring nature in to any home.Find them at stand X at XYZ Click here
Top tips on making a seasonal bouquet
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How to curate seasonal stems in a bouquet NEW for 2024, floral expert Kim O’Brien will be leading hands-on workshops teaching how to arrange spring flowers into beautiful bouquets. Ahead of the Fair, Kim shares how to make the right choices for your blooms – discover her five top tips below.Looking to join a workshop in person? Simply select your Spring Fair tickets and then add a Workshop to your booking. Or, if you’ve already booked tickets, you can add a workshop by heading straight to the ‘Extras‘ section’. BOOK TICKETS AND A WORKSHOP ADD A WORKSHOP TO YOUR BOOKING Choose your foliage carefullySelecting the right foliage is crucial for creating a visually appealing and balanced floral arrangement. Incorporating at least two different types of foliage can add depth and interest to your design. Look for varieties that contrast in color, form, and texture to create a dynamic composition. For example, you might combine feathery ferns with broad, glossy leaves to achieve a pleasing contrast. Condition your flowers thoroughlyProper conditioning of flowers is essential for maximising their vase life. Before arranging your flowers, it’s important to remove any leaves that will be submerged in water, as these can harbor bacteria and lead to premature wilting. Additionally, trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle and placing them in clean water will help ensure optimal hydration and longevity. Avoid toxic microplastics and floral foamEnvironmental considerations are increasingly important in floral design. Rather than relying on traditional floral foam, which is non-biodegradable and can release harmful microplastics, consider eco-friendly alternatives such as floral frog pins, chicken wire, or willow lattice. These options provide support for arranging flowers while minimising environmental impact. Be bold in your flower choicesWhen selecting flowers for your arrangement, don’t shy away from bold and impactful choices. Mixing large accent flowers with smaller filler blooms can create a dynamic contrast in size, shape, and colour. Experiment with complementary colours to create visual interest and make a statement with your arrangement. Keep your blooms hydrated To ensure your flowers stay fresh and vibrant for as long as possible, it’s important to keep them well-hydrated. Cutting the stems at a 45-degree angle helps facilitate water uptake, while changing the water every other day prevents bacterial growth and maintains water quality. By following these simple steps, you can extend the vase life of your blooms and enjoy their beauty for longer. Looking for even more tips?  Join Kim O’Brien at the Spring Fair for a hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn how best to arrange seasonal blooms and even take your personally curated bouquet home with you! BOOK TICKETS AND A WORKSHOP ADD A WORKSHOP TO YOUR BOOKING
T-bone steak with black pepper butter
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T-bone steak with black pepper butter This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022, as seen in the Big Kitchen by Tom Kerridge.  This is the king of steaks! Caramelised on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, you can’t beat a T-bone steak cooked on the barbecue. A colourful assortment of veg – cooked around the steak until tender and temptingly charred – is the perfect accompaniment. Serves 3-4Ingredients1 T-bone steak (about 900g), atroom temperature1 tbsp vegetable oilBlack Pepper Butter:100g salted butter, softened1 tbsp Dijon mustardCharred VegI red onion, quartered1 white onion. quartered3-4 spring onions1 medium leek (white part only), split lengthways and halved 6long-stem broccoli spears1 lemon, cut in half2 thyme sprigs2 tsp vegetable oil MethodFirst, prepare the black pepper butter.Mix the ingredients plus 2 tsp cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl until evenly combined, then spoon onto the middle of a sheet of foil and roll to form a cylinder, roughly the diameter of a £1 coin. Twist the ends of the foil to seal and put in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up.Meanwhile, for the charred veg, put all the onions in a large bowl with the leek, broccoli, lemon and thyme. Drizzle with the oil and season with a little salt and pepper.When ready to cook, rub the T-bone steak with the oil and 1 tsp salt, then lay on a hot barbecue grid and cook for 5 mins.Using a pair of tongs, turn the steak over and cook for another 5 mins.Quickly place the onion wedges around the steak and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 mins. Now lay the leek, spring onions, broccoli and lemon halves on the grid and scatter over the thyme sprigs. Cook until the veg is tender and charred on both sides, turning as necessary.Once the steak is cooked, lift it off the barbecue and onto a warmed platter.Cover the steak with an upturned bowl to keep it warm and leave to rest for8 mins. Meanwhile, unwrap the black pepper butter and slice into discs, the thickness of a £1 coin.Carve the steak either side of the T-bone and place on a warmed platter or board.Lay the butter discs on top of the steak.Serve with the barbecued veggies and the charred lemons for squeezing over. /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-column .elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--spacer-size)}.e-con{--container-widget-width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer{width:var(--container-widget-width,var(--spacer-size));--align-self:var(--container-widget-align-self,initial);--flex-shrink:0}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container{height:100%;width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer{height:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--container-widget-height,var(--spacer-size))}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty{position:relative;min-height:22px;min-width:22px}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon{position:absolute;top:0;bottom:0;left:0;right:0;margin:auto;padding:0;width:22px;height:22px} Grow your own leeks To grow leeks, sow seeds in spring in peat-free compost. Keep them moist, then transplant in summer, either individually or in clumps. Harvest from autumn through spring. Alternatively, sow directly into prepared soil or buy seedlings. Sowing & care  For optimal growth, plant leeks in a sunny, sheltered area with well-drained soil enriched with manure or fertilizer. Use a dibber to create 20cm deep holes for seedlings, watering them in for robust growth. Alternatively, plant in small clumps. Monty Don demonstrates another method, focusing on harvesting flavourful small plants. Space clumps appropriately and maintain moisture through watering and mulching while keeping weeds at bay. Harvest Your leeks will be ripe for harvesting starting from summer, depending on the variety. Lift them with a fork either individually or in clusters, being careful not to disrupt nearby plants. Leeks can remain in the soil until needed and will keep well in the fridge or a cool pantry for up to a couple of weeks after harvesting. BOOK BBC GARDENERS' WORLD LIVE TICKETS BOOK SPRING FAIR TICKETS Find more grow your own recipes Find out more about the Fair
Cucumber Margarita
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Cucumber Margarita This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022, as seen in the Big Kitchen. Grow your own cucumbers to add flavour to your Valentine’s cocktail, with tips from our friends at BBC Good Food Show Summer. Crisp and refreshing, we’ve got the perfect recipe to use your cucumber in for a romantic evening in.  Serves 6Ingredients210g cucumber, peeled, deseeded and cut into pieces, plus extra sticks to decorate 130ml tequila 60ml orange liqueur 150g granulated sugar 3 limes, peeled, white pith removed and deseeded, plus 1 extra lime wedge  Method Prepare each salt-rimmed cocktail glass by rubbing the glass rim with a lime wedge, turning the glass upside down and twisting it into a saucer of 1-2tbsp fine sea salt.  Put the cucumber, tequila, orange liqueur, sugar and limes into the mixing bowl and blend for 30 seconds/speed 8. Add 500g ice cubes and blend again for 1 in/speed 10. Serve in salt-rimmed cocktail glasses, decorated with cucumber sticks. Grow your own cucumbers In the warmer months, basil is the perfect addition to your windowsill or vegetable patch, and packs fantastic flavours for summer dishes. Read on below for tips on growing basil from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and to find out more about a delicious one-pan lemon sole recipe, using your basil, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2022. Sowing  To kickstart cucumber seed germination, ensure a minimum temperature of 20°C. Optimal spots include a greenhouse, heated propagator, or a sunny windowsill. Use 5cm pots filled with peat-free compost, sowing seeds vertically or on their sides, 1-2cm deep. Expect sprouting in 7-10 days, then thin out to one seedling per pot. Transfer them to 9cm pots once they sport their first set of large leaves.For outdoor planting, wait until late May or June when frost risk diminishes. Warm the soil by covering with a cloche or fleece post-planting. Caring for cucmbers In the greenhouse, ensure regular watering and mulch soil for moisture retention and weed control. Maintain humidity by damping down or misting plants. Consider partitioning sections for enhanced humidity.Feed flowering cucumbers weekly with high potash fertiliser. Remove male flowers to prevent bitterness in fruits. Pinch out growing tips for side shoot development and bigger yields. Outdoor varieties also require ample watering but retain both male and female flowers for natural pollination.For outdoor cucumbers, pinch out growing tips after seven leaves and train side shoots upwards or allow them to trail. Trim flowerless tips once they reach seven leaves. Harvest Harvest cucumbers around 12 weeks after planting, starting in midsummer. Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Outdoor types yield until September, while greenhouse varieties can last into October in warm conditions. Fruit length varies by type. Harvest as needed to avoid bitterness and tough skins. For best results, pick in the cool morning hours. Use secateurs or a sharp knife. Some longer varieties can be halved on the plant for later use. BOOK BBC GARDENERS' WORLD LIVE TICKETS BOOK SPRING FAIR TICKETS Find more grow your own recipes Find out more about the Fair
Top 10 Plants for your loved one
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Top 10 plants for Valentine's Day with Mint Plants Looking to add a touch of green love to your Valentine’s Day? Look no further! From nostalgic favourites like the Aglaonema to the charming heart-shaped leaves of the Hemionitis fern, there’s something for every green thumb (or budding enthusiast). Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or just starting your indoor garden journey, these plants are sure to bring joy and vibrant beauty into your home. So, let’s dive in and discover the perfect botanical companion for this Valentine’s Day celebration! Share a great gardening day out this year Let their love of gardening flourish with an inspiring day out, with plenty of options throughout 2024, including:BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 13-16 June at Birmingham’s NECBBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, 3-5 May, Beaulieu HampshireBBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, 30 Aug-1 Sept, Audley End House & Garden (on sale March) BOOK GW LIVE TICKETS BOOK spring fair tickets /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-image-carousel .swiper,.elementor-widget-image-carousel .swiper-container{position:static}.elementor-widget-image-carousel .swiper-container .swiper-slide figure,.elementor-widget-image-carousel .swiper .swiper-slide figure{line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-image-carousel .swiper-slide{text-align:center}.elementor-image-carousel-wrapper:not(.swiper-container-initialized):not(.swiper-initialized) .swiper-slide{max-width:calc(100% / var(--e-image-carousel-slides-to-show, 3))} 1. Agalonema A very easy houseplant popular in US offices in the 70s and 80s. Will tolerate lower light and long periods of drought. Perfect for those wanting a splash of gorgeous colour without too much maintenance! BUY NOW 2. Dieffenbachia A beautiful large leaf tropical plant, loves super bright light. Happy to go dry inbetween waterings too, making it a lovely addition to those brighter spots in the home BUY NOW 3. Dracaena An absolute staple in the houseplant world, and very easy. Forms a chunky stem as it grows and happy to go long periods without repotting, making it a very easy plant BUY NOW BOOK GW LIVE TICKETS 4. Ficus Ruby Another easy plant with stunning variegation for those looking for something a little different. The rubber plant loves to go completely dry between waterings, and prefers bright light, making it a good plant for those hotter but drier spots in the home. BUY NOW 5. Hemionitis (heart leaf fern) Hemionitis (heart leaf fern) is a ridiculously adorable little fern, producing textured heart shaped leaves on long fuzzy stems. It is hard not to fall for this one. BUY NOW 6. Homalomena Maggy An underrated plant with deep burgundy stems and stunning glossy heart shaped leaves. These are a little like a peace lily in that they will flop when they are thirsty. Making them a very understandable plant! BUY NOW BOOK SPRING FAIR TICKETS 7. Hoya Carnosa Another variegated plant we think is ridiculously beautiful, and much easier than your variegated philodendrons and alocasias that seem to be all the rage at the moment. And the Hoya is so easy! Much like the ficus, it prefers bright light, but is happy to go completely dry between waterings BUY NOW 8. Hypoeste This little beauty is commonly known as the polkadot plant for its spotted foliage. It loves moisture, so is perfect for the overwaterers in your life! BUY NOW 9. Philodendron: Brasil Aka heart leaf pothos – comes in multiple beautiful varieties but our favourites are those with bright yellow variegation. The brasil is an absolute classic, with random, striped variegation across the whole leaf. And the micans lime is a newer variety with completely yellow leaves. Each require moderately bright light to keep the yellow colouring strong, but are very easy to keep as they prefer to go completely dry in between waterings. BUY NOW 10. Philodendron: Lime The micans lime is a newer variety with completely yellow leaves. Each require moderately bright light to keep the yellow colouring strong, but are very easy to keep as they prefer to go completely dry in between waterings. BUY NOW Book your tickets now and get ready to tick off your whole shopping list! BOOK GWL TICKETS TODAY BOOK spring fair tickets MINT PLANTS WEBSITE
Let love bloom this Valentine’s Da...
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Treat the green-fingered loved one in your life Not sure where to find the perfect gift for your favourite gardener? We’ve done all the digging for you! Browse our specially curated list, featuring products from exhibitors attending BBC Gardeners’ World Events this year and sow the seeds of love with a wonderful gift. Please note that all gifts are subject to availability and delivery times of independent suppliers may vary. Share a great gardening day out this year Let their love of gardening flourish with an inspiring day out, with plenty of options throughout 2024, including:BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 13-16 June at Birmingham’s NECBBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, 3-5 May, Beaulieu HampshireBBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, 30 Aug-1 Sept, Audley End House & Garden (on sale March) BOOK GW LIVE TICKETS BOOK spring fair tickets A little something sweet Glass Terrarium ‘Garden Globe’ KitSurreal Succulents | £13 The Glass Terrarium succulent kit makes for an amazing gift, whether it’s for yourself or someone special!Design and craft your unique mini garden with this kit, which includes all the accessories necessary for creating this little living world. Step-by-step instructions are included for an easy set up. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand F16) Hemerocallis ‘Olive Bailey Langdon’ New Forest Hostas | £9 each Surprise a loved-one with a bloom from Spring Fair’s 2023 Display Award winner, New Forest Hostas. With a stunning purple bloom, this hemerocallis is an award-winner in its own right, blooming early mid-season and semi-evergreen, you’ll be gifting them a reminder of you affection to flourish for years to come. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand F5) Rustic Love HeartBeechwood Trinkets | from £12 Spread the love to their beloved green space, with a beautiful weather resistant decoration. With 2mm thick steel, this rustic heart is perfect for hanging in the garden (or home!). Plus, find the version that suits any size of space, with the option of sizes 8, 10, or 1 inches.  BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G78) and at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand G80) Solar Red Flaming Balloon Enchanted Earth | £12.95 Help them bring a touch of whimsy to their outdoor space, with a beautiful glass solar-powered hot air balloon light. Complete with realistic flaming effect (whilst staying cool to the touch), add a burst of colour and light to their haven. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G102) and at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand E406) More than a trinket Hanging Leaf quoteA Blackbird Sang | £12.95 Remind them of your love every time they step in to the garden with a beautiful hanging leaf featuring the quote ‘If I Had a Flower For Every Time I Thought Of You’. Made with mild steel and able to hung with either nylon line or string, they can be hung wherever suits. Looking for a more naturalistic effect? Simply bend with hand or pliers to make it truly unique. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G78) and at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand G80) Living Frame with SucculentsPlantamamita | £38 Gift them the greenest art you can find, with a stunning living frame. Featuring several live succulents, these ready to hang features are perfect for those with minimal house-plant space. Complete with wooden easel and detailed care instructions, these beautiful handmade artworks are sure to flourish. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand HP6) Gold-Filled Hand Stamped Birth Month Flower NecklaceRebecca May Jewellery | £40 Bring their love of gardening to an elegant piece of jewellery filled with sentiment. Each necklace comes with the hallmark of bespoke hand-drawn birth flowers, with most months offering two options for the flower. With difference chain types and lengths available, you’ll be able to craft and share a piece that is truly unique to your loved one. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand AC32) Football Cartoon History PrintsFootball Cartoon Histories, Richard Argent | £25-45 Bring their favourite team to life in a beautiful hand-drawn print showcasing the history of their club. Whether you’re after a mounted print (£25) or a canvas (£45), you’ll have a choice of teams from Arsenal right down to York City.  BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand AC40) Mini Rose & Carnation KitToft | £30 If they’re a lover of all things crafty and gardening, why not combine the two? Give them a bouquet that will never wilt with a mini rose and carnation crochet project that’s quick to make, ready to bring a splash of colour and brighten their days all year round! BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand G182) Things to make the heart soar Luxe Six-Wick Candle, Moody GoldSpry Scents | £250 Don’t just gift a bouquet – fill their home with the scent of Rose & Musk with this limited edition, slow burning, six-wick scented candle. Hand-set in a luxurious Moody Gold that gives a shabby chic effect, and complete with a matching lid to snuff out, it’s a great way to life their spirits and create a cosy feeling for 250 hours of burn time. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand AC12) Ultimate Orange Wine CollectionThe Italian Wine Shop | £149.99 Treat a beloved amateur sommelier to a collection of delightful orange wine from 3 Italian regions renown for their tipples. Not only will they be able to adventure beyond the traditional red, white and rosé, they’ll be introduced to a group of diverse winemakers from across Sicily, Aosta and Sardinia. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand GF66) Reversible Suzani – no 52Twizzell | £150 Let florals bloom on their bed spread, with a stunning hand-embroidered suzani. Limited edition, lined in velvet and reversible, it makes a colourful statement and truly cosy option. And, if pink isn’t their colour, explore the full range of suzanis, each with their own unique design and colour palette. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G10) Gifts to bowl them over Lupin Study (original)A Great Escape Art | £460 Spoil them with a stunning artwork featuring beautiful watercolour lupins – a wonderful way to bring a touch of colour and their green-fingered focus to their walls. Coming complete with frame and mount, it’s ready to find a home on their walls and in their heart. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G96) Maryville Bubbling Hearts Contemporary Solar Water FeatureOutdoor Living UK | £278.23 (discounted from £375.61) Let love bubble over and flow with a show stopping water feature, with its soothing sound ready to make their garden a tranquil retreat. Attractive to wild birds looking for refreshment and powered by solar energy, it’s sure to add character to any garden space. BUY NOW Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (stand G84) and at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand E214) Discover all these exhibitors and more across our shows in 2024 – book your tickets for BBC Gardeners’ World Live or the Spring Fair today!Plus, if you want to be the first in the know when the Autumn Fair goes on sale, sign up to the newsletter below. BOOK spring fair tickets BOOK GW LIVE TICKETS SIGN UP TO THE AUTUMN FAIR NEWSLETTER
Let the colour of 2024 bloom in your gar...
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Pantone's Peach Fuzz is here to flourish As the fresh shoots of a new year start to peek out, we’re looking to the Pantone Colour of the Year, Peach Fuzz, for inspiration. Embrace the warmth of this delicate orange, with Pantone noting that this ‘velvety gentle peach tone’ is the perfect hue to ‘enrich the mind, body, and soul.’Below, you’ll find a beautiful bouquet of blooms in this year’s colour, taken from BBC Gardeners’ World Events of the past few years. You’ll find the full spectrum of colours amongst the incredible variety of plants available to browse and buy at the BBC Gardeners’ World Events. Sign up to the Autumn Fair newsletter to be one of the first to know when tickets are on sale! Sign up to the newsletter Dahlia – ‘Maya’ Dahlias offer a spectrum of colours and shapes, from petite pompons to larger blooms. These half-hardy plants thrive in mild winters and are moderately easy to grow, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, making them ideal for wildlife-friendly gardens. Best planted from May to June in well-drained, humus-rich soil and a sunny location, be sure to give them approx. 60cm between plants. They flower from June until the arrival of the first frost. Versatile and adaptable, Dahlias are suitable for borders, gardens, beds, cut flowers, as well as containers and patio pots, offering a charming addition to any plot. Foxtail Lily – ‘Eremus Cleopatra’ Foxtail lilies, also known as Eremurus, are enduring perennials prized for their striking flower spikes that typically bloom in June or July. These majestic spikes consist of numerous star-shaped flowers, alluring to bees and offering a captivating presence in the garden for about three weeks and should be planted between January to March.They necessitate a cold winter period to ensure the most magnificent blooms, and thrive best in full sun and well-drained soil. They are ideally situated at the back of a border where they can also contribute valuable height to the rear.  Fox Gloves – ‘Dalmatian Peach’ Foxglove ‘Dalmatian Peach’ (Digitalis) is a biennial or short-lived perennial that blooms in midsummer, attracting bees and pollinators. This variety typically blooms in its first year, and prefers humus-rich, moist soil and grows well in sun or part shade.As a hardy plant, doesn’t need winter protection, and can be propagated easily from mid-summer seeds. Ideal for borders or containers, it pairs beautifully with purple companions wherever you choose to plant it. Alstroemeria Alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian lily or Lily of the Incas, is a hardy perennial originating from South America, renowned for its vibrant summer-to-autumn blooms in reds, oranges, purples, pinks, yellows, and softer hues.Planting these flowers in warm, damp soil during spring or autumn ensures the roots are established quickly, and are perfect for borders, containers, and compact pots. Loved by bees, these blooms thrive in sunny or partially shaded spots, lasting from early summer to late autumn. Roses Roses add charm to any garden, delighting both gardeners and pollinators. Blooming in summer, many varieties re-flower in autumn and endure for years, with a broad variety of hues to choose from. Attractive pollinators and serve as nesting spots for bees, most prefer full sun and fertile soil, while some tolerate shade and poorer grounds. Plant bare-root roses from November to March or container-grown roses anytime, avoiding frozen or waterlogged conditions.  Lupins – ‘Lupinus Salmon Star’ Lupins, classic in cottage gardens, thrive in sunny spots like formal borders and gravel gardens. They prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soil and bloom in various colours, attracting pollinators. Plant them in sunny to partially shaded areas with moist, well-drained soil. Best placed towards the back of borders, they don’t suit containers due to potential weak growth. Lupins, with their traditional charm, also fit modern schemes when nestled among ornamental grasses for a unique display. Anemone-Flowered Dahlia – ‘Totally Tangerine’ Anemone flowering Dahlias, also called Powder Puff Dahlias, bear distinctive double feathered central petals resembling a Powder Puff, making them ideal for indoor displays as cut flowers. These versatile plants are suitable for garden borders, beds, patio pots, or containers. Growing up to 90cm in height, they bloom from June to October, providing a long flowering period. Trumpet Pitchers – Sarracenia Trumpet pitchers, scientifically known as Sarracenia, are carnivorous plants known for their unique pitcher-shaped traps. These plants thrive in wet, boggy environments, using their pitchers to attract, trap, and digest insects for nutrients. They make intriguing additions to gardens or terrariums, requiring moist, acidic soil and plenty of sunlight. Trumpet pitchers are captivating and low-maintenance plants, adding a fascinating touch to any plant collection. What will take root in your garden this year? Don’t forget, you can glean expert advice at all of our events, with live expertise on stage and one-to-one recommendations from a wealth of exhibitors.With every hue right there at your fingertips, don’t miss out on a great gardening day out – register for the newsletter and be one of the first to know when Autumn Fair tickets for 2024 go on sale! sign up to the newsletter
Your 2023 gardening gift list!
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'Tis the season to find the perfect gift! Make someone’s day merry and bright this Christmas by finding them a gift they’ll treasure. Whether it’s for someone with the greenest of fingers or someone who’s gardening passions are just starting to sprout, there’s something for everyone below. Featuring products from exhibitors who will be attending BBC Gardeners’ World Events in 2024, ease your festive worries and tick everyone off on your list, with plenty of time to relax with a mince pie before the big day.Please note that all gifts are subject to availability and delivery times of independent suppliers may vary. The gift of a great gardening day out Help inspire someone’s gardening projects in 2024 with tickets, with plenty of days to choose from, including:BBC Gardeners World Live, Birmingham’s NEC, 13-16 JuneBBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, Beaulieu, Hampshire, 3-5 MayBBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, Audley End House & Garden, Essex, 30 Aug – 1 September (on sale Feb) BOOK SPRING Fair TICKETS BOOK GW LIVE TICKETS Explore even more events in 2024 Treat yourself or a loved-one all year round with the Do What You Love Annual Pass!From gardening and food, to art, dance, knitting and stitching, there are many great days out to enjoy with your Annual Pass, including all three of BBC Gardeners’ World Events in 2024.Find out out more, and order your Annual Pass, below: BUY AN annual PASS TODAY A little something special... Ceramic heartsBroadlands Pottery | £5 – 11 Give a loved one an everlasting reminder of how wonderful they are, with a handmade ceramic decoration from Broadlands Pottery. With plenty to choose from with a floral flourish, they’re bound to leave smiles in their wake, whether it’s for family or friends. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live – stand AC10 BUY NOW Velvet Rose & Oud candleBumble and Bee | £14 Fill their home with the beautiful scents of velvet rose & oud. These hand poured soy wax candles boast a 35 hour burn time, giving them plenty of time to bring an extra level of aromatic cosiness  Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G190 BUY NOW Floral earringsBurbi | £18 Let them bring their love of all things floral everywhere with some delicate floral studs – the delightful accompaniment to any outfit.  Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live – stand E120 BUY NOW Famous Gardeners Wash BagElegance Natural Skin Care | £28.95 Take care of your favourite gardeners’ green-fingered hands with a wash bag filled with everything they need for a bit of potting skin care. Including honey hand cream, honey hand soap, a nail brush and flannel mitt, all inside a green wash bag, they’ll be ready to dig in time and time again. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live – stand E154 BUY NOW Donkey GlovesDonkey Gloves | £16 Are they looking to take on new gardening challenges in 2024? Give the gift of practical and stylish gardening gloves, designed by horticulturalist and ex-Blue Peter gardener, Clare Cooke. With four sizes available and profits supporting a private animal sanctuary, they’re both practical and charitable. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand G274) or Spring Fair (stand G124) BUY NOW More than a stocking filler Root wrapped raspberry canesFrank P Matthews | £16 for all varieties Help them start their grow-your-own journey with raspberries. With over 100 years’ experience, Frank P Matthews offer a broad variety of trees, including fruit trees that can be planted during the festive period for masses of delicious fruit next summer! Easy to grow, easy to maintain and only needing a small space, they’re a great first step.  Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live – stand E282 BUY NOW Open Terrarium KitThe Seaside Jungle Co | £50 Looking for a sustainable, but low maintenance way to bring some greenery indoors? This open terrarium kit is a great choice and comes with a hand-blown recycled glass terrarium, soil, and a selection of succulents to make it their own. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand F17 BUY NOW Hydro-herb kitsFig & Fox | £22 for all types Perfect for the chef in your life, these recycled wine bottles house everything they need for a replenishing stock of their favourite herb! With simple instructions for watering and enough hydroponic fluid to keep growing for approximately two years, their next dish will be full of fresh flavours.  Plus, each kit comes with spare parts, giving even the newest gardeners a chance to learn as they go. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G64 BUY NOW A touch of luxury Stunning oil paintingsHeather Philp | From £80 Let flowers blossom no matter the time of year with a beautiful oil painting that’ll brighten up any home. Whether you’re keen on original paintings or the giclée print of them, add a splash of colour all year round. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G168 BUY NOW Sensory Garden BorderGarden On A Roll | £75 – £630, depending on size/border type Help a novice gardener make the most of any border with the innovative Garden on a Roll! With nine different border options, you can choose the one best suited and order it to size.Whether they would prefer a shady, sunny, Mediterranean or a sensory border (as shown to the right), let them create it with a bio-degradable template, designed by professional horticulturalists. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G66 BUY NOW Hand embroidered suzani throwTwizzell UK | £150 Bring handmade luxury to their home with stunning limited edition suzanis. Hand embroidered and lined in velvet, these beautiful blankets are reverseable and ready to make a statement in any home.Hurry – with just one of each pattern, they’re bound to be snapped up quickly! Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G10 BUY NOW Splurge-worthy surprises NEW Supper Club at Lime Wood with Adam FrostLime Wood Hotel | £185 pp Treat them to a one-of-a-kind evening with the all-new Supper Club at Lime Wood (Lyndhurst, Hampshire). Indulge in laidback luxury at Lime Wood’s restaurant, Hartnett Holder & Co, where Chef Director Luke Holder and Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost present a seasonal Supper Club menu featuring locally sourced produce, including a selection from Lime Wood’s own greenhouse.Places are extremely limited – tickets include welcome drinks, a seasonal banquet with wine, a talk from your hosts and a night to remember! BUY NOW Eleanor Double Folding Hanging ChairMaison & Garden | £379.99 Add a stylish seating area to the garden with space for two people to enjoy. Easy to store with an innovative folding design, this sturdy chair comes with large comfortable seat and back cushions, making it a great place to sit back and relax in. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (stand G240) or Spring Fair (stand G210) BUY NOW iMOW® RMI 422 Robotic MowerStihl | £1,100 Give them the independence to focus on other areas of the garden with a robotic mower. Fully automatic, it includes a mulching mower unit to cut, shred and fertilise the lawn. Compact and perfect for medium-sized green areas of up to 800 m² and gradients up to 35%. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G132 BUY NOW NEW Cheeky Charlie Charcoal OvenCharlie Oven | £4,500 Encourage their love for outdoor cooking with a tabletop version of the original Charlie Oven! Perfect for gardens with slightly less space but with all the same design, functionality, and footprint as the original freestanding oven.  Whether you’re looking for a barbecue, hot or cold smoker, or pizza oven, this does it all in one and can be matched to their tastes with 10 colours available. Find them at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair – stand G12 BUY NOW Don’t forget, you can explore all the exhibitors above and even more more at all our 2024 events. Secure your tickets for BBC Gardeners’ World Live or the Spring Fair today, and mark the Autumn Fair dates on your 2024 calendar for an unforgettable experience! BOOK TICKETS FOR SPRING FAIR BOOK GARDENERS' WORLD LIVE TICKETS Discover the highlights of the Autumn Fair in 2023 - from live expert advice to stunning gardens Sign up to the newsletter and be the first to know when tickets go on sale!
Transform your urban garden
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Create an urban oasis Small urban gardens, balconies and roof terraces needn’t be a barrier to growing the plants you love. From living walls to hanging pots and growing climbers, you can utilise every last inch of your space to create an urban jungle in the heart of the city. Find out some top tips for getting the most out of your urban garden from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine below.What’s more, NEW to BBC Gardeners’ World Live this year, are the Urban Garden Area. There will be plenty of inspiration to take-home in this area, from two Showcase Gardens, designed by Cherry Carmen, as well as a stage dedicated to all things urban gardening!  FIND OUT MORE Top tips for urban gardens Get the most out of your balcony If you have a balcony or small garden with a low fence, you can maximise your growing space with balcony planters. These nifty planters can be hung over the balcony rail or fence ledge, giving you extra growing space that needn’t impact on the area beneath it. For more top tips on balconies, read more here from expert Chris Collins. Use every inch of your space Level surfaces, including the tops of low, sheltered walls, may be used as an additional space to house potted plants. Do this only where it’s safe to do so and use heavy pots such as terracotta, which are less likely to be blown off by wind.  Hanging pots Fill trellis by hanging pots planted with fast-growing bedding. Using brackets that can attach pots to a range of surfaces including fence posts, fences, walls, trellis and even drain pipes, you can fill space that would otherwise be bare. These easy to use, multi-purpose brackets can be used again and again, to fill space where you need it at the time. Grow climbing plants Another way to utilise wall space is to grow climbing plants. Several species of clematis can be grown in containers, and will climb up a simple trellis or wire frame, attached to the wall. You can also grow annual climbers for a more temporary display.  Create a private area Looking to screen off overlooking windows? Why not erect a pergola to increase privacy, creating a cosy, private seating area? You can also grow climbers up it.Or, plant a tree to provide privacy in your garden. It’s often better to plant it in the middle of the garden, as opposed to on the boundary – check where you think it would work best.  Add some colour Accent colours on walls work just as well outside as inside your home. Blues help to make a space feel bigger, while brighter colours can act as stunning backdrops for plants. Either way, some colour will help bring year-round energy to walls, fences, sheds or trellis. Water features Bring the soothing effect of water into a garden. Water features come in all shapes and sizes, and many require minimal wiring and a pump, while others are solar-powered or fitted with LED lights. Place on pebbles for a natural scene.  More balcony tips Find out more about the Show
Joe Swift’s tips for December
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Joe Swift's top tips for December Watch the video below to find out what to grow in December, from expert gardener Joe Swift. What’s more, you’ll be able to see Joe and get even more expert advice for your garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live on Sunday 16 June. BOOK TICKETS As well as planting perennials and deciduous shrubs this December, why not try growing Sarcococca. Christmas box, Sarcococca confusa, is a dense, winter-flowering evergreen shrub, bearing sweetly scented, pure white blooms, in contrast with dark green leaves. It’s extremely tolerant of shade and is therefore perfect for growing in a woodland border or shady corner, where you can enjoy its heady fragrance throughout winter.Grow Sarcococca confusa in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade, ideally near a path or in your front garden, where you can appreciate its scent. /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-video .elementor-widget-container{overflow:hidden;transform:translateZ(0)}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper{aspect-ratio:var(--video-aspect-ratio)}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper iframe,.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper video{height:100%;width:100%;display:flex;border:none;background-color:#000}@supports not (aspect-ratio:1/1){.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper{position:relative;overflow:hidden;height:0;padding-bottom:calc(100% / var(--video-aspect-ratio))}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper iframe,.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper video{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0}}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-open-inline .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;background-size:cover;background-position:50%}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{cursor:pointer;text-align:center}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay:hover .elementor-custom-embed-play i{opacity:1}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay img{display:block;width:100%;aspect-ratio:var(--video-aspect-ratio);-o-object-fit:cover;object-fit:cover;-o-object-position:center center;object-position:center center}@supports not (aspect-ratio:1/1){.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{position:relative;overflow:hidden;height:0;padding-bottom:calc(100% / var(--video-aspect-ratio))}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay img{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0}}.elementor-widget-video .e-hosted-video .elementor-video{-o-object-fit:cover;object-fit:cover}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-video,.e-con>.elementor-widget-video{width:var(--container-widget-width);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} A ticket to BBC Gardeners’ World Live gives you a summer day out blossoming with garden inspiration, top experts, shopping and entertainment. From seasoned gardeners to new gardeners and everyone in between, the Show has something for everyone.Get ready to learn, explore, and have fun alongside fellow nature lovers at the Show– the ultimate celebration of all things gardening! Join Joe Swift at the Show on Sunday 16 June. BOOK TICKETS
Warm up this winter with home-grown chil...
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Warm up this winter with home-grown chillies We’ve got quite the winter warmer for you this month, for both your plot and plate! Try growing chilli peppers for a sizzle of heat into your winter dishes, with some top tips from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. What’s more, put your delicious chillies to good use in a recipe from Ching-He-Huang, as seen on the Summer Kitchen at the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2023. Chilli peppers can be sown anytime of year, but you’ll need a heated propagator and a grow lamp to give them a good start.  How to grow Chillies need a warm, sunny spot for the best results and the hottest chillies. Ideally, grow them in a greenhouse or raise them in pots on a south-facing patio or windowsill. Chillies need a long season to grow, so it’s best to sow seed early in moist, peat-free multi-purpose compost, and keep in a heated propagator under a growing light, to prevent seedlings going leggy (sow seed in March if you don’t have a heated propagator).  Potting out Pot on into individual pots when the first true leaves appear. Keep potting on if growing in pots or plant out into the greenhouse when night temperatures exceed 10ºC – ensure the soil or compost is free-draining. Feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser once plants have started flowering, and harvest chillies as and when they appear.  Care Once planted out, chillies require very little attention. Pinch out the growing tips when plants are about 20cm tall to encourage bushy growth. Tall varieties may need staking.Water your chilli plants little and often. As soon as the first flowers appear, feed weekly with a high-potash liquid fertiliser such as tomato feed.In hot weather, mist chilli plants to increase humidity and deter spider mites. Chillies will be ready to pick from late summer. For the mildest flavour, pick chillies while they’re still green, leave them to mature for more heat. Hawaiian sticky mushroom and pineapple fried rice As seen on the Summer Kitchen at the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2023 with Ching-He Huang. Serves 2 1 tbsp rapeseed oil2 1/2 cm-sized piece ginger, finely grated100g carrots, chopped into small pieces200g can sweetcorn, drained400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well200g fresh king trumpet mushrooms, sliced into strips300g cooked jasmine rice1 tbsp dark soy sauce2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce1 tsp sriracha2 tbsp tamari or low-sodium light soy sauce150g fresh pineapple, chopped into small pieces (if you’re using fruit from a whole pineapple, keep the hollowed-out shell to serve)1 tsp toasted sesame oilsmall handful chopped chives1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, to serve1 tsp chiu chow chilli oil, to serve Fresh king trumpet mushrooms, wok-fried in tamari, sweet chilli and sriracha, then served with chickpeas, sweetcorn and carrots in a hollowed-out pineapple. Serve with chiu chow chilli oil for a spicy kick. Heat a wok over a high heat until smoking, then add the rapeseed oil. Once hot, give the oil a swirl, then add the ginger and stir-fry for a few seconds. Add the carrots and cook for a few seconds, then add the sweetcorn, chickpeas and mushrooms and cook, tossing, for less than 1 min. Add the cooked rice and use your spoon to gently break down the rice in the wok.Add the dark soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, sriracha and tamari or light soy sauce and toss to mix well. Add the pineapple and stir to combine.Now add the ground white pepper and toasted sesame oil. Spoon the mixture out of the wok and into a hollowed-out pineapple, if using. Sprinkle over the chopped chives and chilli, then serve with chiu chow chilli oil on the side. Find more grow your own recipes Find out more about the Fair
Zöe’s Story: Taking a Tea Break
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Zöe's Story: Taking a ‘Tea Break’ At BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair, Zöe designed and created the ‘Tea Break’ Beautiful Border.Zöe’s Border was inspired by the concept of having a conversation over a cup of tea and cake whilst listening to bird song, surrounded by beautiful and scented flowers and plants that you have grown is one of the great pleasures that a garden brings. As part of her Beautiful Border, Zöe decided to raise awareness for the Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group (ADSHG) by doing an interview about Addison’s disease and also fundraising on the Border for donations.Find out more about Zöe’s journey creating her Beautiful Border below. If you are interested in designing and creating your own Beautiful Border at one of the BBC Gardeners’ World Events in 2024, click here to find out more > Written by Zöe Defoe In early September, I exhibited my first show border for the BBC Gardener’s World Autumn Fair. It had been months in the planning, and it involved conquering a lot of my personal fears to be able to do it. I had a lot of anxiety in the lead-up to the show and a lot of fatigue throughout, as well as managing the early September heatwave! That said I had an absolutely amazing time meeting lots of other like-minded people, celebrity gardeners and designers and learning lots along the way.  The theme this year was ‘My Garden Escape’. I chose to use grasses and lots of bright colourful flowers to create the feeling of seclusion, sanctuary and also joy. I also set up a bistro table and chairs laid with a tea set – the perfect place to sit and relax and appreciate your surroundings. I called my border, ‘Tea Break’ which ended up being used as a pun by many! I was lucky enough to achieve a silver medal. Why ADSHG?I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 2017 after years of asking doctors to find out why I was so sick and tired all the time. I had already been diagnosed with Graves’ disease aged 10, and B12 deficiency in my twenties. I subsequently developed Hypothyroidism and later also had shingles. At the point of diagnosis with Addison’s disease at the age of 37, I was very unwell but grateful that my persistence had paid off and, by all accounts, just in the nick of time! I wasn’t happy with my first endocrinologist so requested to move to another hospital and my care has been amazing! I was also informed about the ADSHG. The information and social media content from the ADSHG has been phenomenal. I’ve also been able to take part in research projects that have been shared by ADSHG through social media and will soon be doing a Professional Doctorate myself looking at autoimmune conditions. Addison’s and II think the hardest thing for me upon diagnosis was getting used to taking medication three times a day and knowing when to up-dose. Since then, it’s the weight gain that has been the hardest to deal with, I feel like my body has changed a lot, so it has been about accepting those changes. I get bad bouts of fatigue and pain from time to time and have to listen to my body and rest when this happens. Why Gardening?I found gardening helped me to slow down, process my thoughts and gently exercise. It is a great stress buster. It is also a great reward to see something you have sown grow into an amazing flower, fruit or vegetable. I am a strong advocate for therapeutic horticulture. A garden is both a place to gently work and a sanctuary. My design shows the beautiful balance between the two – the seating area a retreat at the back of the border, the gardener’s gloves and tools at the front.Tea break symbolises the need to pause and take notice of your surroundings – something especially important to me upon my diagnosis with Addison’s disease. A garden is never finished, it’s constantly changing and evolving. As Lao Tzu said, ‘nature does not hurry, yet all is accomplished.’What better way to escape to the garden than with a ‘Tea Break’? If you’d like to donate and contribute to Zöe’s fundraiser, or find out more about the Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group (ADSHG) click the buttons below.  Zöe's fundraiser Addison's Disease Self-Help Group Zöe's Beautiful Border Apply to bring a Beautiful Border to 2024