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BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Beautiful Border design competition 2019

BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Beautiful Border design competition 2019

We’re on the lookout for one talented Gardeners' World Magazine reader or subscriber to take part at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in our Garden Design Competition to create a Beautiful Border.

At just a few square meters, the Beautiful Borders are a fantastic way to show off your ideas and if you’re a garden designer looking for great exposure – this competition is for you!

Every space deserves to be amazing!  This year's Beautiful Border theme is 'Our Space' . Your design should aim to give a sense of purpose to a previously underused space to bring wonder and delight to visitors. 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. This is a chance to show off your flair for eye-catching design, innovative planting skills and effective plant selection.

Click to download the application form today >

Reader/Subscriber application deadline 15 Feb 2019

Application Form

Application Form

Download now and start planning your Garden Show debut! Deadline 15 Feb.
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Fact Sheet

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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.
Subscriber winner 2018

Subscriber winner 2018

Ben Stubbs, Lush Gardens North East

Inspiring words


Terms and conditions:

  • Designs to be submitted by 15 February 2019 – which includes; description, master plan, perspective drawing, preliminary planting plan and any other relevant details.
  • Winner to be contacted by 12 March 2019.
  • When accepting the place, the winner is required to confirm that they are available for the key dates outlined below, with a commitment to participation in the Show.
  • Judges decision will be based on quality of design, planting, concept and the designers ability to confirm attendance on all key Show dates (detailed below).
  • Should the judges not be satisfied that any applications fulfil all requirements, they reserve the right to withhold the Border.
  • The Border will be built out of railway sleepers and filled with compost ready for the first day of build, both supplied by River Street Events. Designers will need to supply all plants and structures included in their design.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.

Deadline for Gardeners' World Magazine Beautiful Border applications – 15 February 2019
Build up dates – 8 June 2019 until 14:00 on 13 June 2019
Show dates: 13 – 16 June 2019, 9am-6pm
Take-down: 16 – 17 June 2019

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