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Design a Beautiful Border in 2019 to show

Design a Beautiful Border in 2019 to show "Our Space"

In 2018 three designers received a Platinum Award. In 2017 just shy of half of the Beautiful Border designers were awarded Gold. So what treats are in store for 2019? We'll we're looking for another 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. The 2019 theme "Our Space" will mean that the Beautiful Borders are packed with ideas that visitors to the show can take home to try in their own gardens.

Download the application form >

Applications close on 29 January 2019.

(Pictured: Adam Frost with Nikki Hollier of Border in a Box, Platinum Award winner and Best Beautiful Border)

A word from the Show Manager

The theme: Our Space

The theme: Our Space

The theme ‘Our Space’ offers up a chance to be adventurous and creative with your bijou or compromised space.

Designers and groups should choose to give a purpose to a certain spot with the intention of bringing wonder and delight to all. Think of a challenging area and find inspirational solutions showcasing your personal flair, wowing visitors with the vibrancy and life that can be infused into every inch of space.

Showcase how to entertain with plants, you could choose to transform a space into an appealing area for wildlife, bring colour to a dark corner or challenge yourself to get plants flourishing in a tricky patch challenged by arid/alkaline soil or complete shade. The border could bring joy to a city school or a technicolour flash in a concrete corner.

Your space can be entirely creative and not necessarily technical, let your imagination take over, we can’t wait to see what creative borders come out of this year’s theme.

(Pictured: Joe Swift with Derby College, Platinum Award winner and Best Interpretation of Theme winner)

The Awards

The Awards

The prestigious Awards Ceremony, held as part of the Press Preview event includes the presentation of PlatinumGold, 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.

View the 2018 Awards >

Natalie Forklin, Silver Merit Award 2018

Natalie Forklin, Silver Merit Award 2018

"I loved the whole experience – hard work, physically demanding, hot and sweaty but so rewarding seeing it all come together. Even better was the reaction of the visitors. Everyone was so positive and really interested in the plants, the ideas that they could take home to their own gardens"

Read more in Natalie's blog >

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 2018

Awards 2018

Browse the list of who won the coveted awards in 2018, 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."

Applications are currently open!

The 2018 Gallery 

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