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Beautiful Borders at the Spring Fair

Beautiful Borders were a selected number of Borders, each created by a different designer, overflowing with the essence of spring gardens. The Beautiful Borders brimmed with inspirational planting ideas and were enjoyed by visitors and the Garden Assessors alike. Local Beaulieu garden centre Fairweather’s was awarded the accolade of Best Border for their recreation of ‘Patrick’s Patch’, the plot which supplies their café with fresh homegrown
produce.

Find out more about 2021's Beautiful Borders below, and check out what they looked like at the show:  

Hope Springs Eternal by Lucy Miller

Hope Springs Eternal by Lucy Miller


The ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ border encapsulates the legend of The Green Man, representing the cycle of growth and rebirth that occurs every Spring. The living/ log wall features his image and incorporates plants such as Hedera helix, Carex and Vinca, whilst also offering shelter for various pollinators and invertebrates.

Immersive, verdant foliage surrounds the bench leading to a limited palette of orange, white and yellow provided by Digitalis, Geum and Lupinus, evoking a feeling of Spring, in addition to supplying a nectar source for pollinators.

Spring is on the Wing by Emma Hearne

Spring is on the Wing by Emma Hearne


Inspired by Emma's vintage Underground poster and the enjoyment of watching swallows dipping over water in springtime. She hopes to raise awareness to the importance of providing a little bit of water in our gardens to encourage an increased diversity of wildlife, birds and insects as well as a place for us to relax and contemplate the fresh beauty of nature and the garden in springtime.

This garden celebrates the beauty of imperfection in nature (known in Japan as Wabi-sabi), recognising the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Renovatio by Damien Michel

Renovatio by Damien Michel


The design of this border is inspired by a Scandinavian landscape in spring. The ice and the rocks crack with higher temperatures, then plants take their places and grow through the gap left by cracks. So Damien designs very sharp lines using corten stell and grey slates plus gravel to recreate Nordic landscape. He plants typical Nordic vegetation such as lupinus, pines, moss, lychen, foxgloves, lychnis, arctic thyme and alpine plants in various species.

Magggie's Southampton and Sparsholt College Beautiful Border design

Maggie's Border

Cancer support charity Maggie's in Southampton partnered with  Sparsholt College with a Maggie’s inspired Beautiful Border. The essence of the design is a woodland edge garden evoking both the landscapes of both the New Forest and Scotland, the charity’s heritage.  It incorporated planting elements from the Southampton centre’s garden – Pine, Birch, Heather – and repurposed architectural elements from the centre’s building project; tiles and metalwork.  Accents of orange planting referencing the charity’s colour palette.
Vegetable patch

Patrick’s Patch

Local Beaulieu garden centre  Fairweather’s, presented a Patrick’s Patch’s Beautiful Border, based on their productive garden pf the same name, which supplies a year-round super-nutritious and fresh range of fruit and vegetables to the garden centre café, Steff’s Kitchen. The display promoted the importance of engaging children in gardening, helping them appreciate where food comes from and showing them how gardening in harmony with wildlife and nature is the most sustainable future for growing our own food.
60 Trees for 60 Schools in Fairweather’s 60th year

60 Trees for 60 Schools in Fairweather’s 60th year

Fairweather's will also present a second Beautiful Border that represents their 60 Trees for 60 Schools campaign.  

The Border will be planted with up to six trees,  dressed with wild flower turf and a beehive as a celebration of Fairweather’s 60 Trees for 60 Schools initiative. As part of the campaign, schools and children’s charities across Hampshire are invited to apply for a tree to plant in their grounds or playgrounds. The first tree is being planted in May by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu in the grounds of Beaulieu Primary School with the help of school children. To request a tree please email info@fairweathers.co.uk with your school's details, contact and the type of tree you would like.

60 Trees for 60 Schools in Fairweather’s 60th year

Fairweather's will also present a second Beautiful Border that represents their 60 Trees for 60 Schools campaign.  

The Border will be planted with up to six trees,  dressed with wild flower turf and a beehive as a celebration of Fairweather’s 60 Trees for 60 Schools initiative. As part of the campaign, schools and children’s charities across Hampshire are invited to apply for a tree to plant in their grounds or playgrounds. The first tree is being planted in May by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu in the grounds of Beaulieu Primary School with the help of school children. To request a tree please email info@fairweathers.co.uk with your school's details, contact and the type of tree you would like.
 

With thanks to

Organisers would like to thank product supplier Rolawn for supplying their Medallion Turf and their safe, consistent, fertile growing media to the Beautiful Borders and Small Spaces at the Fair.

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