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Horticultural Exhibiting Opportunities

Horticultural exhibiting opportunities

Horticultural exhibiting opportunities

Applications for the Floral Marquee and Plant Village and Beautiful Borders 2017 are now open. The remaining application forms will be available shortly for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017.

Meet the Team:

  • Bob Sweet – Horticultural Director
    Bob brings a vast amount of knowledge and familiarity with BBC Gardeners’ World Live and will oversee all horticultural aspects of the show including the Floral Marquee, Plant Village, Show Gardens and features.
  • Cliff Plowes – Horticultural Show Manager (Floral Marquee and Plant Village)
    Cliff may be a familiar face to some of you having been the owner of Oak Tree Nursery and exhibited at many horticultural shows. Cliff’s knowledge and long experience as a UK nursery trade exhibitor is a huge asset to the show.
  • Imogen Bodimeade – Assistant Show Manager
    Imogen works alongside Bob and Cliff to deliver all aspects of the show, and is based in the office should you have any urgent questions. Cliff and Imogen will be working together to process your applications and answer queries.

If you are interested in applying for one of the below, please get in touch with the Assistant Show Manager Imogen Bodimeade at or telephone the office on 0203 405 4288.

Make sure you apply to be among the top plant nurseries, garden designers and landscapers to exhibit at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017.

Floral Marquee

The Floral Marquee at BBC Gardeners’ World Live is an integral feature of the show. With exhibitors being the top nurseries from the UK and abroad, the marquee is the prestige of quality plants, dramatic innovative displays and engaging sales areas.


We have a fresh approach to assessment and awards, with recognition for not only the best displays, but also the most inviting sales areas. Below is a breakdown of the awards and prizemoney available.

Award Prizemoney
Platinum £600
Gold £525
Silver Merit £350
Silver £225
Bronze £125


  • The Geoff Hamilton Award
    • for the best exhibit in the BBC Gardeners World Live Floral Marquee
    • £500 prizemoney
  • The BBC Gardeners World Live Plant Of The Year
    • for the best new plant introduction at the show
    • £500 prizemoney
  • The BBC Gardeners World Live Best Display Of Summer Plants
    • for the best herbaceous or summer wildflower display
  • The BBC Gardeners World Live Best Retail Area In The Floral Marquee
    • for the best designed sales area in the Floral Marquee
    • £500 prizemoney

The deadline for applications is 5th September and we will confirm space by 3rd October 2016. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the opportunities available, please contact Imogen ( or Cliff (

Click here for the 2017 Floral Marquee Application Form

Plant Village

Exhibitors have large selling areas both covered and uncovered, with an associated small display of their plants. Applications are welcomed from quality British and International nurseries.


Plant Village exhibitors will be assessed by a panel with 1st Prize for best Exhibit in the Plant Village receiving £525, 2nd place receiving £350 and 3rd place receiving £200, equivalent to the prizes at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2016.

The deadline for applications is 9 September and we will confirm space by 7 October 2016.

Click here for the 2017 Plant Village Application Form

Specialist Societies

Specialist Societies is a feature area at BBC Gardeners’ World Live with a focus on learning, careers and specialist knowledge in horticulture, where visitors are encouraged to join in, visit, learn more, take up a new hobby or even pursue a new career. We welcome applications from colleges, local gardens, groups, charities, horticultural career organisations, societies and associations. Exhibits should clearly demonstrate their specific area of horticultural knowledge, learning or careers and be of interest to gardeners.

Click here for the 2017 Specialist Societies Application Form

Show Gardens 

Show Gardens are the editorial jewel in the crown and secure significant exposure within the event’s marketing campaign. Show Gardens can generate business or even a subliminal promotion, particularly important for a charity. We welcome gardens both small and large that encapsulate eye-catching designs with well-built construction and innovative planting.

Beautiful Borders

Quality Gardens:

Continuing from the success of 2016, where just shy of half of the designers receiving a coveted Gold award, we are hoping 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.

The theme invites creative interpretations of the past 50 years of Gardeners’ World. Over the years the programme has reflected the development of gardening and the attitude towards it, becoming one of the longest running gardening programmes on air and we’re delighted to be sharing this celebration with you.

Your Beautiful Border could pay homage to your favourite presenter: be it Percy Thrower, Geoff Hamilton, Bob Flowerdew, or one of the many other friendly faces. Or how about recreating elements of gardens that have featured in the programme like The Magnolias, Clack’s Farm, Barnsdale, Barleywood or Greenacre. Similarly, it could be your favourite episode, garden visited or plant featured - the possibilities are endless.

As well as the theme, the border should show eye catching design, innovative planting skills and effective plant selection.

We will continue to present Platinum, Gold, Silver-Merit, Silver and Bronze awards, along with awards for Best Border and Best Interpretation of Theme.

Apply now!
Applying for space is quick and easy, please complete the application form. Should you have any questions or issues in regards to the application, please feel free to get in touch.

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