Nikki Hollier launched her company Border in a Box in 2017. This came about as a result of moving house and having little idea of how to approach the garden, with scarce gardening knowledge, skill, or money. Nikki went on to study horticulture at Pershore Horticultural College followed by a garden design course, a journey which culminated in Nikki leaving a 20-year career in IT to be a garden designer specialising in borders.
Shortly after the launch of Border in a Box, with five products, Nikki visited BBC Gardeners' World Live where she experienced the Beautiful Border competition in all it's glory. A path was clear. Nikki would enter the Beautiful Border competition in 2018 with the objective of showing off a planted border that could be easily recreated at home.
When speaking with Nikki about her decision to take part she said "BBC Gardeners' World Live is a well-respected British brand, so to gain an award was imperative, as a major PR opportunity for me in 2018." Nikki was able to use her upcoming Beautiful Border as the basis for a WINN (Worcestershire Innovation) Award for innovation, with the prize money going to help fund the Border itself. "I was able to use all the PR opportunities for winning the WINN Award and BBC Gardeners' World Live on social media. People are really interested and it creates a talking point when you have authentic stories to tell."
Not only did Nikki go on to win a Platinum Award for her Beautiful Border at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2018, but she also won the coveted Best Border award. She's packaged up her Beautiful Border into the brand new Wellbeing Border in a Box, so visitors really can recreate it at home. And looking to the future, Nikki is now working with the sponsor of her Beautiful Border, Solus Décor, to create a planting scheme for their exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
"I loved creating a Beautiful Border at BBC Gardeners' World Live– it was a well organised event and a great brand to work with. I would recommend anyone to exhibit and create a garden – it’s stressful at times, but worth it! The team were so organised and want you to do well, it’s in their interests to make sure you are successful. I made friends with my garden neighbours and created some fabulous memories."