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Design your Beautiful Border to show how 'Every Space Counts'

Design your Beautiful Border to show how 'Every Space Counts'

Continuing from the success of 2017, where just shy of half of the designers were awarded Gold, we are gunning for a bumper year of applications and fascinating designs! 

Beautiful Borders are a unique element of BBC Gardeners’ World Live providing an opportunity for horticultural students and budding gardeners to experience the design, planning and build of a horticultural exhibit in a show environment, without the large financial and resource commitment of a show garden. Beautiful Borders are an enjoyable feature with visitors, allowing them to be able to be inspired for their own garden or small space.

GET STARTED TODAY! Download the application form or email Imogen for more details 

Applications close 26 January 2018. 

A word from the Show Manager

The theme: Every Space Counts

The theme: Every Space Counts

It’s amazing what can be achieved in even the smallest garden – your design should aim to give visitors inspiration for utilising space, transforming difficult or problematic areas, taking advantage of previously wasted space and enjoying every last inch of garden. Give yourself a clear brief, and let your design bring the space to life with colour, style and creativity!

This is a chance to show off your eye-catching design, innovative planting skills and effective plant selection. Download the application form today!

The Awards

The Awards

The prestigious Awards Ceremony, held as part of the Press Preview event includes the presentation of  Gold, Silver Merit, Silver and Bronze Awards plus the much-anticipated  Best Beautiful Border and Best Interpretation of the Theme Awards. Presented by the Chair of the Garden Assessment Panel and attended by key members of the press, this is a sparkling event to attend.
Kate Savill, Globe Gardens, Best Border 2017

Kate Savill, Globe Gardens, Best Border 2017

“The whole show has a friendly feel, and there was a real camaraderie with all the other exhibitors. I loved to experience and met some great people. I would recommend having a go if you are starting out in the world of horticulture and design."
Nia Blake, Blake Garden Design, Silver Award 2017

Nia Blake, Blake Garden Design, Silver Award 2017

“As a new designer the experience of the Beautiful Border competition was fabulous, and a bit of an eye opener! It was an amazing opportunity for promoting the launch of my Garden Design business.” 
Carol Klein says...

Carol Klein says...

I simply love to see the creativity bursting out of each Beautiful Borders at BBC Gardeners’ World Live - it’s what flower shows are all about – encouraging up and coming garden designers and giving them the chance to present their ideas and originality to a hordes of people! For the designers it’s a brilliant way to get themselves noticed and network with potential new clients, and for the visitors they’re packed with ideas for smaller gardens.”

Gallery

Gallery

See some of our favourite bits from the Beautiful Borders at BBC Gardeners' World Live over the years.

Awards 2017

Awards 2017

Browse the list of who won the coveted awards in 2017, including Best in Show and Best Interpretation of a Theme.
Martin Lines, designer of Fire & Ice, the ‘Best Beautiful Border’ in 2016 said: “This is a major development in my design career and I would like to thank River Street Events, the APL, and BBC Gardeners’ World Live for giving me this wonderful opportunity to show case myself as a professional and unique designer in my own right and to represent Lanwarne Landscapes in such an exciting way."

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